Plastic free lunch kit
Plastic free lunch kit

On Monday (10 February), our Waste and Recycling team will be in Derby Market Hall launching their first pop-up-recycling shop, armed with information and advice to help you get the right things in the right bins as well as a chance to win a plastic free lunch kit! Information will be available until Friday 21 February.

Plastic is a part of almost every aspect of modern life. From the clothes we wear to the technology in our homes and even our homes themselves. With so many different plastics about, it’s easy to get confused about which can be recycled in your blue bin.

reusable and eco friendly products
Plastic free alternatives

While lots of plastics can be recycled, not all of them can be put into your blue bin alongside tins, card, paper and cans. In Derby, we accept plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays in the blue recycling bin. These items are easily recognisable, easy to collect and importantly the machines exist to separate and process them into a material which people want to buy. This means they can be turned into new products, making this a sustainable process.

The team will also have some simple plastic free swaps on display to help residents break up with plastic altogether!

Councillor Johnathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride commented:

“This is event is the perfect opportunity for families to come and learn about the part they can play in the climate emergency. Reducing waste and recycling more is a key part of protecting our environment for generations to come.
Plastics make up a huge part of what can be recycled in blue bins so it’s important that we’re putting the right ones in the bin and reducing the use of those we can’t.”

Yes please – only these plastics can go in your recycling bin

  • Bottles (milk, water, pop, cleaning sprays, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel) – Lids can be recycled too
  • Pots (yoghurt, sauce)
  • Tubs (butter, margarine, soft cheese)
  • Trays (meat, fruit, veg, ready meals)
Yes please
Yes please – please recycle these items

No thanks – All these plastics should go in your black bin. Some, like plastic bags can be taken back to supermarkets for recycling.

    • Plastic bags and film (carriers, cereal bags, salad, fruit, veg)
    • Crisp packets
    • Pet food pouches
    • Cling film
    • Polystyrene takeaway boxes
    • Bubble wrap
    • Plastic cutlery and straws
    • Nappies (try washables instead)
    • Children’s Toys (these can be donated or sold if in good condition)
    • Clothes hangers
    • CD Cases
No thanks - please don't put these items in your blue bin
No thanks – please don’t put these items in your blue bin

These plastics can’t be collected in blue bins because they’re difficult and expensive to process so aren’t valuable to processors. Putting these items in the blue bin could risk your recycling not being put to its best use or rejected altogether.

We’d love to help residents recycle more items via their blue bin. The good news is that manufacturers are starting to design and use more easily recyclable packaging and some companies are investing in technology to enable us to recycle more in the future.
For more information, visit our website.