Recycling centres now take more plastic packaging

Recycling centres now take more plastic packaging

All 16 Somerset recycling sites can now take rigid plastic food and other household pots, tubs and trays (PTT) in the skips also used for plastic bottles.

Plastic bottles remain the only plastic Somerset Waste Partnership can accept at the kerbside, so please do not add PTT to kerbside recycling boxes.

It is planned to add new materials, such as PTT, beverage cartons (tetrapaks), batteries and small electrical items to the kerbside collections, as the “Recycle More” service rolls out from 2020. Somerset Waste Partnership are procuring a new contractor, new vehicles and improved depots to enable this.

Suitable for recycling at all recycling centres:

  • Plastic pots for yoghurt, soup, face cream, hair gel
  • Plastic tubs for margarine, ice cream, laundry tabs
  • Plastic trays (including black plastic) for meat, ready meals, and plastic punnets for fruit and mushrooms

Please remove all foil, film covers, absorbent pads and card. Rinse out any contents and squash items to fit more in the skips. Not suitable for recycling are plastic films, such as cling film, bubble wrap, carrier bags and film covers; plastic paint pots, plant pots or seed trays; or other plastics, such as toys, garden furniture, car parts, CDs, DVDs, VHS cases or tapes.

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