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Increasingly, plastic packaging such as pots, tubs and trays are being accepted as part of household recycling schemes. Collections of these items does vary across the country though – so please check with your council in the first instance.

If your council does accept these items, typically it will include:

Yoghurt pots
Food ‘pots / tubs’ for soup, noodles and cakes
Tubs containing cleaning products like stain remover and detergent
Meat trays
Margarine tubs
Ready-meal containers
Punnet style containers that hold fruit / vegetables, such as mushrooms or grapes
Hair gel containers
Pots containing facial or body creams

How to recycle…
Give items a quick rinse using your left-over washing up water
Squash / flatten (where appropriate) – it saves space in your recycling bin!
Do not include plastic film lids or cling film

Other types of plastic pots and tubs, such as flower pots, cannot be recycled at home: however you can sometimes recycle them at household waste and recycling centres. The best option for these types of tubs is to find a keen gardener who might be able to re-use them!

What else can I do with them?
Plastic pots, tubs and trays can be very useful for storing odds and ends – from paperclips, to jewellery to pens and pencils!