Everyone in Surrey can recycle plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays at home. Find out which bin to put plastics in, or where to take it with the recycling search tool.

Yes please:

  • Bottles like drink, shampoo and bleach bottles
  • Pots like yoghurt and moisturiser pots
  • Tubs like margarine or ice cream tubs
  • Trays like ready meal, takeaway and vegetable trays
  • Lids - put back on bottles, pots and tubs for recycling.

No thanks:

  • Plastic bags and black sacks
  • Polystyrene
  • Hard plastics like Tupperware, toys and furniture
  • Plastic film like cling film and non-stretchy film from a ready meal tray and salad bags
  • Plastic kitchen utensils, plates, cups and cutlery
  • Bubble wrap

Please make sure your plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays are empty, rinsed and dry before you put them in your recycling bin.

You can now line your food waste caddy with plastic bags or liners. You can use anything from old shopping bags to bread or salad bags.

How are plastics recycled?

After being collected from your recycling bin, your plastics are taken to a reprocessing facility, where they are separated from other recyclable materials like paper, cardboard, tins, cans and glass.

The plastics are then cleaned and sorted by plastic type and colour. They are then either melted down directly and moulded into a new shape, or shredded into flakes first and then melted down before being processed into granulates, ready to be used again.

What do plastics become?

Once your plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays have been recycled they could become a picnic bench, football shirt or children's toy.


Plastics are the most confusing items to recycle. In Surrey we can recycle plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays. Some district and borough councils collect plastic bags and film with their recycling, check the recycling search tool.

Hard plastics like Tupperware, toys, furniture, plant pots and kitchen utensils cannot be recycled, but if they are still in a reusable condition or working order they can be donated for reuse.

Polystyrene and bubble wrap cannot be recycled, but they can be reused again to package and protect your belongings.