Abel and Cole have introduced the first doorstep flexible plastics recycling services in the UK. They will collect soft plastics like bread bags and salad packets from their customers.
Of course, some environmentalists have criticised that they should have less plastic packaging in the first place.
Some supermarkets offer to recycle.
Tesco – “Shoppers can now return all their soft plastic packaging to recycling points at every large Tesco store in the UK”
Sainsbury’s -“You can now recycle more flexible plastic bags, pouches and wrapping here. All items should be clean and free of food and sticky labels removed where possible”
Co-op – “All Co-op own brand food packaging can be recycled. Limitations may apply to third-party packaging. While we will accept soft plastics from any retailer or brand, we cannot guarantee that such third-party packaging will be recycled. However, the majority of third-party soft plastic will be made from materials which will go to be recycled within our scheme.”
M&S – “Customers can recycle plastic from any product, including those not bought at M&S, by placing them into our Plastic Recycling Units at their nearest stores. M&S will take care of the rest.”
Superdrug – Beauty Empties: Superdrug have a partnership with Maybelline and TerraCycle, and can now recycle beauty empties from ANY brand. Give them a quick clean and drop them in a collection box. To find the nearest participating store select Makeup Recycling Bins. Please note, that they do not currently recycle: Makeup brushes, Nail varnish or Aerosols.
Boots – Boots have created a ‘Recycle at Boots scheme’ where you can bring your empty beauty, health, wellness and dental products, from any brand, that can’t be recycled at home. The scheme is aimed at hard-to-recycle beauty, healthcare and wellness products that cannot be put in the council home recycling.