Chelmsford City Council

Recycling your plastics

You can recycle several different types of plastic packaging using our kerbside and flats collection services.


A collection of plastic items that we can recycle, such as bottles, rigid packaging, food trays, cling film and carrier bags

We can recycle: 

1. All plastic bottles

2. Rigid plastic packaging and cartons, such as Tetra Pak

3. Food trays and coffee pods

4. Cling film and polythene wraps

5. Carrier bags

You need to rinse dirty packaging, squash plastic bottles and put the lids back on.

A collection of plastic items we can't recycle, including crisp wrappers, wax-coated coffee cups, bubble wrap and hard plastics

We can't recycle:

  • crisp wrappers and pill packets
  • wax-coated coffee cups
  • fruit and vegetable netting
  • polystyrene and bubblewrap
  • CDs, videos, cassette tapes and their cases
  • hard plastics, plastic toys and pens 

If you have a plastic product that we have not included, you can contact us to ask if it can be recycled.

Various symbols and logos found on plastic packaging

Some manufacturers label plastic packaging with numbers, which indicate the type of plastic, or logos.

In Chelmsford, we can general recycle types 1, 2, 4 and 5. However, this does vary, so we recommend you follow our guidance, rather than the symbols.

Manufacturers also add logos to their packaging. These indicate that items are made from recycled materials, or the manufacturer has made a financial contribution to recycling efforts in Europe. 

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Last updated: 04 March 2021

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