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Mixed plastic packaging

Guidance

Most plastic packaging can be recycled in north London, please just empty and rinse items first.

Items that can be recycled

  • Drinks bottles
  • Cosmetics bottles e.g. shampoo or shower gel
  • Standard cleaning product bottles e.g. washing up liquid
  • Pots, tubs, trays and punnets

Items that cannot be recycled

  • Plastic wrapping/film
  • Brown plastic food trays
  • Brown plastic plant pots
  • Plastic toys
  • Medicine blister packs
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic food bags e.g. bread bags
  • Plastic magazine wrapping
  • Bottles containing strong chemicals e.g. anti-freeze
  • Single-use plastic cutlery, plates and cups
  • Triggers/pumps from plastic bottles
  • Coat hangers
  • Laminated plastic food/drink pouches e.g. baby food, cat food, or coffee pouches (but some of these can be recycled through TerraCycle)
  • Toothpaste tubes (TerraCycle┬áhas a number of drop-off points for toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and packaging)
  • Crisp and sweet packets/wrappers (some manufacturers, such as Walkers, offer a free recycling scheme. TerraCycle┬áhas a number of drop-off points where crisp packets and biscuit wrappers can be recycled).