Plastic Recycling - SORTED!

Plastic recycling banner with three types of plastic

Last year in Leeds we recycled almost 4,500 tonnes of plastic – that’s the weight of over 30 blue whales!

With the average household throwing away over 40kg of plastic in their black bin each year, there is plenty more that can be recycled.

It can be confusing knowing which of the most commonly used plastics can be recycled, but in Leeds it’s as easy as 1, 2, 4!

Many of the everyday products we use have a small numbered triangle printed underneath. Plastic types 1, 2 and 4 include fizzy drink, water, milk, shampoo and bleach bottles, as well as bread and carrier bags – all of which can be recycled in your green bin or bag.

Yes please - green bin

✅ Plastic types 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE) and 4 (LDPE) – look for the triangle underneath
✅ Drinks bottles
✅ Food containers e.g. fruit, vegetable and meat trays
✅ Cooking oil bottles
✅ Milk containers
✅ Skincare/soap bottles
✅ Bleach and washing up liquid bottles
✅ Carrier bags
✅ Bread bags
✅ Toilet and kitchen roll wrappers
✅ Bubble wrap
✅ Stretchy fresh or frozen fruit and vegetable bags

No thanks - black bin

❌ Cartons (Tetra Paks)
❌ Margarine tubs
❌ Yoghurt pots
❌ Black plastic
❌ Crisp packets
❌ Cling film
❌ Film lids from fruit trays
❌ Plastic types 3 (PVC/V), 5 (PP), 6 (PS) and 7 (other plastics)


Plastic toys in good condition can be taken to your local charity shop.

For a handy printable guide download our plastic recycling leaflet (PDF 629KB).

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