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New soft plastic recycling


Paving the way for a greener future, we’re introducing a new in-store soft plastic recycling scheme.

No matter the brand or retailer, we’ll be collecting all types of clean, ‘scrunchy’ plastic film.

Examples of ‘scrunchy’ plastics includes chocolate wrappers, lids from ready meals, bread bags, or cereal box liners.

We'll be promoting the slogan ‘Clean it. Scrunch it. Co-op it.’, to help shoppers remember the easy three-step process.

All items must be cleaned beforehand, and if they bounce back when scrunched into a ball this is a good sign it’s soft plastic.

Once your item is clean and you’re sure it meets the soft plastic criteria, simply dispose of it at your local food store.

The recycling units will be available at 70 different stores across our trading area and will give a greener alternative for items that may have previously gone to landfill.

Estimates from WRAP suggest that 760,000 tonnes of plastic film end up in UK waste streams every year, with half originating from households.

While local councils offer recycling for hard plastics such as yogurt pots or milk bottles, soft plastics are not collected, so this scheme gives an accessible option for shoppers wanting to play their part.

You can find your nearest store here, if a store has a soft plastic recycling unit, it'll show under 'services'.

Alternatively, refer to the list below.

  • Albert Street Food Store
  • Alford Food Store
  • Bardney Food Store
  • Billinghay Food Store
  • Bowbridge Road Food Store
  • Bracebridge Heath Food Store
  • Branston Food Store
  • Brant Road Food Store
  • Burgh le Marsh Food Store
  • Burton Road Food Store
  • Caistor Food Store
  • Cambridge Road Food Store
  • Carlton Centre Food Store
  • Chapel St. Leonards Food Store
  • Cherry Willingham Food Store
  • Clipstone Food Store
  • Collingham Food Store
  • Coningsby Food Store
  • Crowle Food Store
  • Dunholme Food Store
  • Eastwood Road Food Store
  • Gibbet Nook Food Store and Filling Station
  • Gosberton Food Store
  • Goxhill Food Store
  • Haxey Food Store
  • Heapham Road Food Store
  • Holton le Clay (Pinfold Lane) Food Store
  • Hykeham Green Food Store
  • Kilton Food Store
  • Long Bennington Food Store
  • Long Sutton Food Store
  • Market Rasen Food Store
  • Messingham Food Store
  • Metheringham Food Store
  • Misterton Food Store
  • Morton Bourne Food Store
  • Morton Food Store
  • Navenby Food Store
  • Nettleham Food Store
  • Newark Road Hykeham Food Store
  • Newbridge Hill Food Store
  • Old Leake Food Store
  • Parklands Food Store
  • Riseholme Road Food Store
  • Roman Bank Food Store
  • Ruskington Food Store
  • Saxilby Food Store
  • Scawby Food Store
  • Scotter Food Store
  • Shirbeck Road Food Store
  • Sleaford Food Store
  • Spilsby Food Store
  • Springfield Road Food Store
  • Sturton by Stow Food Store
  • Sutton Bridge Food Store
  • Swineshead Food Store
  • Tattershall Food Store
  • The Bridge Food Store
  • Washingborough Food Store
  • Whaplode Food Store and Filling Station
  • Whittlesey Food Store
  • Willows Food Store
  • Witham St Hughs Food Store
  • Woodville Road Food Store
  • Wragby Food Store
  • Wybers Wood Food Store
  • Wygate Park Food Store
  • Crisps, nuts, snack bags
  • Bread bags
  • Produce bags
  • Ordinary carrier bags, not compostable
  • Wrappers around kitchen towel and toilet roll
  • Bags that nappies come in
  • Bags from cotton wool
  • Cereal box liners
  • Bags from frozen foods
  • Bags from ice cubes
  • Lids on yogurts, cream, desserts
  • Lids from packs of meat
  • Ready meals lids
  • Film from cheese packs
  • Wrapping around chicken
  • Fruit and veg flow wrap
  • Chocolate wrappers
  • Croissant, pancake, crumpet, etc wrappers
  • Biscuit wrappers
  • Wrappers from cakes
  • Yorkshire pudding wrappers
  • Bags from dried fruit, sugar, pulses, rice and pasta
  • Protective wrappers from gift wrap
  • Bags from gift tags
  • Pastry packaging
  • Bags from household textiles and similar such as the wrappers from all-purpose cloths, dusters, dishcloths, rubber gloves, scourers etc.
  • Wrappers from pet food
  • Wrappers from pies, pasties and sausage rolls
  • Bagged sweets wrappers
  • Pizza wrappers
  • Bags from porridge, muesli pouches
  • Packaging from baby wipes and similar

And more! Remember- a simple test is to scrunch it up and if it pings back, it’s a useful indicator it's soft plastic.

Soft Plastic Recycling Bin Landscape2