Black food trays

Guidance

All the material we list in the information provided to households as ‘acceptable for recycling’ is included in the specification list of materials accepted by the Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) that we use to sort the recycling from north London homes, so it can be recycled.

Not every local authority includes black trays in their mixed recycling.  However, in north London, black plastic trays can be put into the recycling. This is because the specification for the MRFs, which sort north Londoners’ recycling into the different individual materials, includes black plastic. So, if black plastic is clean, it is not a contaminant in recycling loads