Recycling ‘film’

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plastic-carrier-bag-recyclingHere’s something I’ve not seen before.

During our holiday last week we were paying attention to reducing our waste away from home, in support of this year’s zero waste week.

It’s probably looking like we spent all our time in Waitrose, but I want to bring your attention back to a recycling bin I found.

I’d love to hear if you’ve seen one of these on your travels.

It looked like a regular plastic carrier bag recycling bin only it had an extra message on the bottom:


It was a new on-pack recycling logo I’d not come across before. According to the recycling bin message, as long as your packaging displayed the “Recycle with carrier bags at larger stores. FILM” on it you could pop it in the receptacle to be recycled.

I had a look around the store to find things with this recycling information on it but didn’t find anything. However I was pushed for time so perhaps I need to go back and investigate further.

Apart from carrier bags, what would you put in there to be recycled – vegetable bags, toilet roll packaging? Anything else?

New recycling information to me; but perhaps you've seen it before

New recycling information to me; but perhaps you've seen it before

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Janet says:

    According to the Sainsburies website their carrier bag recycling bins will take any type of plastic bag for recycling, including film, frozen food bags, etc -though presumably excluding “biodegradable” plastic bags- I really hate these. I get quite a lot of journals most in polythene covers and I really have to check closely to see if they’re recyclable or if they are “biodegradable” – which in my area means they end up being incinerated.The printing stating this is sometimes really small and I believe that if they are included with normal polythene can interfere with the recycling process.
    The large Sainsburies near me also has a bank (which says for a trial period) which takes all types of plastic containers such as margarine tubs and yogurt pots.

  2. Janet says:

    Oh I forgot to say how nice it is to have you back. I really missed your posts over the summer ( though you must have needed a break!)

  3. Julie Day says:

    Janet has answered my question for me about what Sainsbury’s bag banks take. So next time I will take all plastic things like bags to the bank instead of putting it in the plastic recycling bank. I have yet to see one with ‘film’ on.

  4. I think you’re right Mrs G…..great minds do think alike, but I have to say your photos are much better than mine. This did make me smile :0) xxx

  5. LJayne says:

    Our Sainsburys says, in-store, it takes plastic 4, which is what the carrier bags are made of I believe. So I mostly add packaging from magazines and anything that states 4 on it. We were in France the last week of the holidays and all their morning pastries (yum yum) were in loose bags (oh dear) but Dh (being an oil & gas engineer) was able to identify them as 4, so I saved them up and brought them home!

    With what Janet says above about what the website states, I’ll have a look and see if there is anything else I can now include.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Janet: Great to hear about the trial bank Janet; what a difference that would make if it was a permanent feature. Thanks for sharing about the JS recycling bins and thank you for your kind comment 🙂

    @LJayne: Love how your engineer hubby saved the day – and you got to enjoy those lovely pastries 😀

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