How to recycle this item

Did you know: Many single use carrier bags are made of oil based plastic, which is a non-renewable resource. Each plastic bag can take up to 500 to 1000 years to decompose, and may never break-down in landfill.

Take your own reusable shopping bags next time you visit the supermarket. Here are some tips to help you remember your bags:

  • keep them in the boot of your car;
  • keep a fold up type fabric bag in your handbag or coat pocket – then you always have it with you;
  • get your children involved, they are great at remembering things and reminding you;
  • at work, set up a carrier bag dispenser where people regularly pass in the staff room or by the entrance so they can pick them up.

Some supermarkets offer a plastic carrier bag recycling point.  Find your nearest recycling point by using the Recycle Now Locator.

Never place plastic bags in your recycling bin (recycling should go in loose) or in your green wheeled bin (they contaminate the organic compost).