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Council backs supermarket's new in-store soft plastics recycling scheme for householders

Residents in Perth and Kinross are being encouraged to recycle their clean soft plastics (which includes bread bags, plastic film lids on yoghurt pots/soft fruit punnets/ready meals, plastic crisp packets, pasta bags, chocolate wrappers and biscuit wrappers, none of which can go into the household recycling bin) at participating Co-op stores.

Currently, 10 Co-op stores across the Council area have soft plastics recycling collection containers: Aberfeldy, Alyth, Auchterarder, Bridge of Earn, Crieff, Kinross, Pitlochry and stores in Perth on Argyll Road; Main Street, Bridgend; and Rannoch Road. 

Ross Frogley, manager at the Bridgend store in Perth explained: "Scrunch up the plastic item tightly - if it pings back, it's a soft plastic. We accept all brands of soft plastic packaging - it just needs to be clean so that it can be recycled into something new.  Clean It, Scrunch It, Co-op It."

The most effective and hygienic way to rinse your soft plastics packaging is to submerge it in hot water in the kitchen sink - perhaps when you're already doing the washing up.  Then put the packaging aside to drip dry and wash your hands.

Councillor Angus Forbes, Convener of Perth & Kinross Council's Environment & Infrastructure Committee commented: "Since this recycling scheme has been introduced, I've had a carrier bag in our kitchen for collecting all the soft plastics.  I've scrunched and rinsed the soft plastics packaging and then dropped off each full bag at my nearest Co-op during my weekly shop - and I've noticed a big decrease in the amount of waste in my kerbside general waste bin; it's marvellous and so simple."

For more details about the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme, visit our soft plastics page and follow the link to the Co-op website.  Alternatively, email recycle@pkc.gov.uk or call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476. 

Contact details

Waste and recycling

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