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How to dispose of our packaging


There is a great deal of confusion as to how people should dispose of the packaging. 

Whether at home, in the office or the High St, it can be difficult to know what to do with your food packaging when you have finished your favourite snack or lunch.

In this section of the website, we try to help you understand waste streams so you can identify which is the most suitable and matches your business needs.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us for more information.

Please use the widget below to find where the nearest facility is to dispose of your packaging by entering the current town or postcode your in or, you can use your current location.

Then, use the 'Filters Applied' button to filter the packaging or material type you wish to dispose of.


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PLASTICS & BIO-PLASTICS



PET plastic is widely recyclable, and almost all local authorities in the UK accept PET plastic as part of their recycling collection scheme.

Food and drinks packaging made from PET plastic should be rinsed/washed to remove any food residue before disposal in a recycling bin. 

To determine if a product is made from PET plastic, simply check for the left-hand embossed symbol found in its base.

RPET plastic is also widely recyclable. It has all of the qualities of PET but contains recycled content. You should treat RPET in the same way you treat PET.

PET & RPET can be recycled and turned back into food-grade products

 

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PP plastic is widely recyclable, and almost all local authorities in the UK accept PP plastic as part of their recycling collection scheme. 

Before disposal in a recycling bin, food and drinks packaging made from PP plastic should be rinsed/washed to remove any food residue. 

To determine if a product is made from PP plastic, check for the left-hand embossed symbol found in its base.

Currently, there are no facilities to turn food grade PP back into food-grade items in the UK. As a result, recycled PP is used for non-food applications.

 
 

Please, click this link to learn more about PP packaging disposal and collection schemes in the UK.


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Polystyrene (PS), although recyclable, is the least recycled of the plastics used in food packaging and cutlery. 


PS is gradually being phased out as a material in food service; many manufacturers are switching to PET or PP.

PS should be placed in the recycling bin for sorting at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

To determine if a product is made from PS plastic, check for the left-hand embossed symbol found in its base.


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PLA-bioplastic is commercially compostable, It will break down in non-toxic particles after 12 weeks given the correct conditions.

It should be disposed of through your food waste collection scheme. Note that our PLA-Bioplastic is not suitable for home composting. If you do not send your waste food for composting and you do not have a closed-loop system for compostable packaging, you should consider whether compostable packaging is the correct option for your business.

To determine if a product is made from PLA plastic, check for the left-hand embossed symbol found in its base.

PLA is not recyclable and should not be placed in the recycling bin as it is a contaminant.

Please, click this link to learn more about PLA-bioplastic packaging disposal and collection schemes in the UK.

 

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RENEWABLE RESOURCES

 

 


Bamboo is a natural, renewable material that is commercially compostable, biodegradable and recyclable. 

Bamboo will break down in non-toxic particles after 12 weeks given the right conditions. It can be included in your home compost however if permitted by your food waste contractor, it can be disposed of through your food waste collection scheme. 


To determine if a bamboo product is made from FSC-certified bamboo, check for the right-hand embossed symbol found in its outer packaging.

 

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Learn how to recycle or compost bamboo packaging


Birchwood is a natural, renewable material that is commercially compostable, biodegradable and recyclable.

Birchwood will break down in non-toxic particles after 12 weeks given the right conditions. It can be disposed of in your home compost however, if permitted by your food waste contractor, it can be disposed of through your food waste collection scheme. 

To determine if a birchwood product is made from FSC-certified birchwood, check for the right-hand embossed symbol found in its outer packaging.

 
 

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How to recycle birchwood packaging


Palm Leaf is a natural, renewable material that is commercially compostable, biodegradable and recyclable. 

Palm Leaf will break down into non-toxic particles after 12 weeks given the right conditions. It can be disposed of in your home compost, however, however, if permitted by your food waste contractor, it can be disposed of through your food waste collection scheme. 

To determine if a palm leaf product is made from FSC-certified palm leaf, check for the right-hand embossed symbol found in its outer packaging.

 
 

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How to recycle or compost palm leaf packaging



Paper is commercially compostable, biodegradable and recyclable. It will break down in non-toxic particles after 12 weeks given the right conditions.

It should be disposed of through your food waste collection scheme. 

To determine if a product is made from FSC-certified paper, check for the right-hand embossed symbol found in its base.


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Sugarcane bagasse is commercially compostable. It will break down in non-toxic particles after 12 weeks, given the right conditions. All of our sugarcane bagasse is certified to EU Regulation EN13432.

It should be disposed of through your food waste collection scheme. Suppose you do not send your waste food for composting, and you do not have a closed-loop system for compostable packaging. In that case, you should consider whether compostable packaging is the correct option for your business.

Our sugarcane bagasse packaging is not suitable for home composting. 

Sugarcane Bagasse is not recyclable and should not be placed in the recycling bin as it is a contaminant.

 


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MIXED RESOURCES




Products made from paper with PE Lining can be recycled in special recycling facilities. The PE and paper are separated, and both materials are reprocessed. It is a difficult process, but capacity in this sector is increasing.

Paper products that have food contamination cannot be recycled and should be placed in the general waste bin.

Please, click this link or the right-hand side image to learn more about PE lined packaging disposal and collection schemes in the UK.

 

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PLA-bioplastic lined paper is commercially compostable. It will break down in non-toxic particles after 12 weeks, given the right conditions.

It should be disposed of through your food waste collection scheme. Suppose you do not send your waste food for composting and do not have a closed-loop system for compostable packaging. In that case, you should consider whether compostable packaging is the correct option for your business.

Our PLA-bioplastic packaging is not suitable for home composting.

Paper products with PLA lining cannot be recycled and should be placed in the general waste bin if not for industrial composting.

 

Please, click this link or the right-hand side image to learn more about PE lined packaging disposal and collection schemes in the UK.

 

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