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Carrier Bag Recycling - Tesco

Its come to my attention that barely anyone knows what its possible to recycle at the carrier bag recycling points.

This is hardly surprising as the information is not easily found! It took a fair bit of research but I’ve compiled a list of all the things we can actually recycle quite conveniently as we do our weekly shop.

At most Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-op and Waitrose you will find a massive canvas bin labelled “Plastic Carrier Bag” recycling usually by the entrance. It turns out we can put much, much more into this than is immediately obvious including:

  • Almost all plastic bags*
  • Shrink wrap from multipacks of water, cans etc
  • Ring joiners from can multipacks (please break these up first just in case they don’t make it 😉 )
  • Frozen goods bags
  • Grey postage bags
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Generally all stretchy plastic
  • Bags your carrots come in
  • Bread Bags
  • Bagel Bags
  • Bags for various fruit & veg
  • Bags included in furniture packing
  • Postal Bags

In fact – almost any stretchy plastic can go in here!*

*This excludes “biodegradable” bags as these can cause problems if mixed in with standard recycling.

As with all recycling, ensure your plastic is clean.

Interested in knowing more about exactly what can be recycled and where? Recycle Now is a fantastic resource which can tell you what can be recycled and where using a very handy search tool.

Want to know more about the recycling process in the UK? There is a fantastic resource over on facebook which shows a brilliant overview of the waste processing the Uk.


Although recycling like this appears like great progress we should always remember that the greenest option is to avoid plastic where possible. Recycling itself is a resource intensive process and we currently don’t have complete assurances that after collection it’s dealt with in a way we would be happy with. So let’s try and avoid it in the first place and use this is a last resort!


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