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Recycling Plastic Film Packaging

Householders encouraged to use plastic film recycling points at local supermarkets

Every fortnight, 8% of the average Perth and Kinross household's general waste bin contains plastic film - a large proportion of which can be taken back to the supermarket for recycling. 

Mark Butterworth, the Council's Head of Environmental & Consumer Services explains, 'Plastic film seems to take up so much of the general waste bin - and a lot of it is unavoidable.  Not everything can be recycled at the kerbside, but designated collection points and take-back schemes are becoming the norm. There are numerous Recycling Points for glass bottles and jars, textiles, foil and small-electricals across Perth and Kinross and the Deposit Return Scheme is on the way. Supermarket recycling points for plastic film like this one at Morrison's Perth branch, is just another example of waste that we can get into the habit of diverting from landfill.'      

A lot of resources have been used to create the plastic, using oil from the North Sea.  Instead of sending this material to landfill, it can be taken back to the supermarket so that it can be made into something new.  This can make a big difference to the environment and is something that we can all do. 

Stephanie Duncan, Community Champion of Morrison's Perth adds: 'To take part, shoppers are encouraged to put a carrier bag aside at home and put in it any empty, clean and dry plastic films. When the bag is full, take it for recycling at the same time as your next food shop.'

Selected Morrison's, ASDA, Sainsbury's and Tesco supermarkets now have plastic film & carrier bag recycling points in the entrance of their stores.  Visit our plastic film recycling page to view the full list of Perth and Kinross supermarkets who host these recycling points, and the types of plastic film which are accepted.

For more information on recycling in Perth and Kinross, please contact on the details below, or look for the hashtag "#recyclemore" on the Council's social media channels.

Contact details

Waste and recycling

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476