What to do with
Plastic tubs & trays
Increasingly, plastic packaging such as pots, tubs and trays are being accepted as part of household recycling schemes. Collections of these items does vary across the country though – so please check with your council in the first instance.
If your council does accept these items, typically it will include:
- Yoghurt pots
- Food ‘pots / tubs’ for soup, noodles and cakes
- Tubs containing cleaning products like stain remover and detergent
- Meat trays
- Margarine tubs
- Ready-meal containers
- Punnet style containers that hold fruit / vegetables, such as mushrooms or grapes
- Hair gel containers
- Pots containing facial or body creams
How to recycle...
- Give items a quick rinse using your left-over washing up water
- Squash / flatten (where appropriate) - it saves space in your recycling bin!
- Do not include plastic film lids or clingfilm
- Other types of plastic pots and tubs, such as flower pots, cannot be recycled at home: however you can sometimes recycle them at household waste and recycling centres. The best option for these types of tubs is to find a keen gardener who might be able to re-use them!
What else can I do with them?
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays can be very useful for storing odds and ends - from paperclips, to jewellery to pens and pencils!