Hard to recycle items

There are some items that can’t be recycled in your home recycling bin or at recycling centres. But all is not lost for these ‘hard to recycle’ items ...

Soft plastics

What are soft plastics? Soft plastics are things like plastic bags, plastic film, bread bags, pasta bags, crisp packets and chocolate bar wrappers. If you're not sure, a simple test is to scruch it up and if it pings back, its soft plastic.

Many supermarkets are now offering soft and flexible plastic recycling. Click the links below for some of the schemes on offer and see whether your local store has a collection point. 




Some other supermarkets have collection bins for soft plastics such as plastic bags, food bags and plastic film but you will need to check with the store in advance. 




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Terracycle is an innovative recycling company who recycle lots of hard to recycle items.

These include materials that you can’t recycle in your home recycling bin, local bring bank or at the Suffolk Recycling Centres – some are listed below:

  • Plastic film products e.g., plastic wipe/ laundry/ pet food packets, bread bags, plastic food packaging, crisp packets, and biscuit wrappers
  • Contact lenses
  • Air fresheners
  • Pens, highlighters and markers
  • Make up & beauty packaging
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and packaging

You can see all the recycling programmes on offer here. 

Each recycling programme has details on how it works and where the current drop off locations are. Some programmes are looking for more drop off locations if you wanted to get involved and are able to provide a suitable drop off location.  

Please note that many of these drop off locations are at local primary or secondary schools. Please contact the school directly to check whether their drop off point is publicly accessible before visiting.

You can find out more about Terracycle here