I live in the UK and do most of my groceries shopping online. At the same time I collect my order I can also hand back to the driver all carrier bags from my previous order (which is great).

Some items like cereals, clearly indicate that the plastic packaging can be recycled along with carrier bags:

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But most of them either don't or have this sign:

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Example of such items:

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Question: am I right to recycle these plastics along with carrier bags or am I doing more harm than good?


I haven't been able to find a resin code on the carrier bags but I have reason to believe it is ♶:

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Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7516859.stm

Some relevant recycling symbols:

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Source: https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/packaging-symbols-explained

  • I had read the question several times not really understanding what is going on here. Am I to understand that it is so common in the UK that food items are delivered in plastic bags, that food 'manufacturers', knowing that, therefore print these labels on their individual products? What a horrible idea. – Jan Doggen May 3 at 12:04
  • @JanDoggen Apologies if there was any confusion. When delivering food, drivers will usually take back your carrier bags. Some items (such as the plastic container for cereals) cannot be put in the regular recycling bin but can be handed back to the driver along with the carrier bags (as indicated in "recycle at larger store" symbol). My question is wether the same logic could be applied for other kind of plastic containers. Based on the resin code, can one reasonably assume that these items can be recycled along with carrier bags? – customcommander May 3 at 19:50

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