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Recycling with Cotswold District Council

The guidance on this page is for recycling plastic at home only. For all other materials visit Bins and recycling - Cotswold District Council

Know your plastics

Should I be washing and squashing my plastics? Yes, please wash and squash your plastics (where possible) as it saves space in your recycling container
Can I recycle black plastic packaging  Yes, put them in your recycling container with your other recyclable plastics
Can I recycle plastic film including bread bags and crisp packets Not recyclable at kerbside, please put in your non recycling bin You may be able to recycle them at your local supermarket. Check if your local store recycles bags.
Should I leave on or remove lids? Leave them on and they will be recycled
Should I leave on or remove trigger sprays (like on cleaning sprays) Leave them on and they will be recycled



Fortnightly: white recycling sack for the collection of food/drink cans, cartons, foil, empty aerosols, plastic bottles, pots tubs and trays

What do we want?

Plastic bottles

  • Clear/coloured plastic bottles
  • Detergent bottles
  • Hand soap bottles 
  • Cleaning product bottles (e.g. bleach bottles and bathroom cleaners)
  • Skin care product bottles
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Fizzy and non fizzy drinks and water bottles

Plastic packaging

  • Pots, e.g. yoghurt, soup
  • Tubs, e.g. margarine, ice cream
  • Trays or punnets (e.g. raw or cooked meat trays, take away trays, fruit and veg trays)
  • Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays
  • Plastic plant pots

What don't we want?

* Plastic bags cannot be recycled through the kerbside recycling collection services. However, some local supermarkets have recycling collection points in store: check if your local store recycles bags.

Can't recycle an item? Find out where you can take your items to be recycled.

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