Collection and sorting of household rigid plastic packaging

An increasing number of local authorities are adding non-bottle rigid plastic packaging, comprising pots, tubs and trays, to existing kerbside recycling schemes. We have produced a guide which sets out key considerations, benefits and options of this way forward.

The growth in recycling of household rigid plastic packaging is on a sharp upwards trend. This guide focuses on the kerbside-collected dry recyclables stream and the supply chain that flows from it. The aim is to provide information for local authorities on how the supply chain works and the questions they should ask to inform procurement and service-change decisions. This in turn will help authorities respond to demand from residents and regulatory drivers to increase recycling rates for post-consumer plastic packaging.

While the guide is likely to be useful to authorities in all nations, steps should be taken to ensure that local policies and material outlets are considered. It also contains links to further detailed information, including a separate guide for local authorities looking to optimise existing plastic bottle-only collections.

To find out more have a look at the guide.

To communicate the rigid plastic packing message wider we have created communications material which has gone through rigorous consumer testing, including flyers, posters and bus advertising. More details on this process can be found on the Recycle Now partners website.

The materials for England and Northern Ireland can be found at the Recycle Now partners website and Scottish partners can request artwork by emailing Welsh authorities can request artwork from or call 02920 468613.