Soft Plastic Recycling

Soft Plastic Recycling - Clean it. Scrunch it. Co-op it. Hero image from TV ad

Great news! You can now recycle soft plastics like crisp packets and bread bags at a Co-op near you. It doesn’t matter where you bought them. Just pop your soft plastics into our recycling units and we’ll do the rest. It means we can all do our bit for the environment.

Clean it. Scrunch it. Co-op it.

Soft plastics recycling is easy. Just follow these three steps:

  • Clean it – First, rinse your packaging out.
  • Scrunch it – Now, scrunch it up tight - if it pings back, it’s a useful indicator it's soft plastic.
  • Co-op it - Pop it into our soft plastics recycling unit at a Co-op near you.

What are soft plastics?

Soft plastics are lightweight plastics that often cannot be placed in recycling bins at home. Think plastic film lids on yoghurt pots, soft fruit punnets and ready meals, as well as plastic crisp packets, pasta bags and chocolate or biscuit wrappers.

What they’re not are plastic bottles, tubs, pots, trays and caps. If you’re not sure, a simple test is to scrunch it up and if it pings back, it’s a useful indicator it's soft plastic. See what you can and can't recycle.

Where can you recycle soft plastics?

Right now, you can recycle your soft plastics at 1,500 Co-op stores across the country. We’re also aiming to offer this service at another 800 of our stores by the end of 2021.

We are currently unable to put recycling units in very small stores. Stores on the Isle of Man are excluded. We currently have no recycling units on Scottish Islands but are working towards rolling this out to our stores there soon.

Find your nearest recycling store

Click on your location within the UK to find out which Co-op stores near you currently have a recycling unit. Alternatively, you can find us through Recycle Now’s recycling locator.

Supporting green issues

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive, Co-op Food

"We're proud to have always led the way with green issues. Over the last two years we’ve removed 331 tonnes of plastic from our fresh fruit and veg lines. This year sees us manage the milestone of making all Co-op food packaging recyclable. We’re not stopping there - aiming to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions across everything we do by 2040."

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive, Co-op Food