My challenge to myself to do 'one more thing' to reduce my household waste as part of Zero Waste Week was to recycle stretchy, plastic bag type plastic.
As promised here is a months worth of plastic, destined to be recycled at the supermarket, in the container for recycling plastic bags.
Fruit, veg and bread bags,
Plastic carrier bags and plastic wrap used for packaging,
And toilet roll wrappers.
If you're wondering how I know whether the plastic can be recycled or not, then the answer is that I was guessing and if it was stretchy and plastic and like a plastic bag I put it in. Quite recently Shropshire Waste tweeted a few tips on types of plastic that can go in carrier bag recycling points (here, here, here and here). This week, while doing some Zero Waste Week research I found this blog post from Shropshire Composters, and this list from Recycle Now. Which pretty much confirms what I was doing, and lead me to discover I can put empty plastic cereal bags in the recycling too!
Some plastic film wrappers have helpful symbols on them too, this blue bread bag even tells me to 'recycle with carrier bags at larger stores'. You can't get more helpful that that!
I will definitely be carrying on my new recycling habit now that Zero Waste Week is over. Did you take part in Zero Waste Week this year? I'd love to hear all about it?
Don't forget, you can still find inspiration for ways to reduce your waste or go zero waste on the Zero Waste Week twitter, facebook, pinterest and website.