New UK-based soft-plastic recycling available at Waitrose

Following a successful trial and considerable due diligence to find a UK-based waste management solution, customers can now recycle their soft plastic at 295 Waitrose stores.

Caroline Pinnell, Sustainability & Ethics Specialist at Waitrose, said: “We know that recycling is a key priority for many of our customers so we’re delighted to be able to offer flexible plastic recycling across a number of our shops.

“Across both Waitrose and John Lewis, we are continuing to strip away single-use packaging and provide our customers with convenient reuse, refill and recycling solutions. We are on track to meet our 2023 Waitrose packaging target, that all of our own-brand packaging will be reusable or made from widely recyclable or home-compostable material by the end of 2023, two years ahead of the industry-wide WRAP UK Plastic Pact.”

So, what can you recycle at Waitrose? As long as it’s clean and dry, the following are recyclable instore: 

  • Carrier Bags
  • Bread Bags
  • Frozen Food Bags 
  • Delivery Bags
  • Cereal Liners 
  • Toilet Roll Wrapping
  • Salad, Pasta and Rice bags
  • Cheese, Fish and Meat Wrapping
  • Crisps, Biscuit and Chocolate Wrapping
  • Baby & Pet Food Pouches
  • Bubble Wrap and Cling Film

The plastic will be sent to a reprocessor in Glasgow where it’s washed, separated and then flaked or pelletised so it can be made into new products or materials in their next life – such as:

  • Secondary Packaging (e.g. toilet paper packaging)
  • Shrink Wrap for transportation of goods
  • Delivery / Carrier Bags
  • Refuse Sacks 
  • Bags for DIY, industrial and horticultural products
  • Guttering, buckets or plastic furniture

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