Over on our sister site; Zero Waste Shopping, one of our readers asked about Weetabix Choc Chip minis. She wrote: “this comes in a cardboard outer with an inner which looks and feels very much like 2-HDPE but the packaging states
“Inner is plastic and not recyclable at present”.
Not very helpful information from Weetabix is it? To be honest, I’ve got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this whole packaging labelling lark at the moment. I’m getting increasingly frustrated with useless information such as “Plastic: not currently recycled”. Say What?So I wrote to Weetabix and asked:
Regarding your choc chip minis. You state that the inner is plastic and not recyclable at present.
Could you tell me, specifically what material the plastic inner is please?
You say on your site “Paper based materials can be recycled and used again. Where facilities exist, plastic packaging can be melted down and used for other products or incinerated, with energy recovery.” and
“Packaging in direct contact with food, i.e. cereal bags and biscuit wrappings, is always made from non recycled material. Packaging not in direct contact i.e. cartons, is primarily based on recycled paper.” but I cannot tell whether ‘facilities exist’ to recycle you plastic inners unless I know what that product is!
To their credit, a day later I received this response:
Dear Mrs Green,
Many thanks for your enquiry.
The material used to the make the bags is high density polyethylene (HDPE).
Hope this helps and thank you again for taking the time to contact us.
So there you go. That still means it is not recyclable around here, but perhaps you have a way to recycle it in your area.
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