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Co-op Members have been getting involved to learn more and encourage others to recycle soft plastics at their local Co-op store.

From taking part in our recycling ‘Odd one out’ quiz, amazing family and friends with some incredible recycling facts, and getting creative by joining in with the first of our Clean it Scrunch it Co-op it challenges, thousands of Co-op Members have been spreading the word about our new recycling scheme.

Up for the challenge

We asked members to come up with a catchy way for people to remember the top 5 soft plastics – bread bags, crisp packets, fruit and veg bags, pasta bags and pizza film – now recyclable at Co-op.

And they didn’t disappoint!

From poems, jingles, song lyrics, pictures and mnemonics, members have been having fun to help everyone remember in an unforgettable way.

So, we thought we’d share our favourites with you. Click on the video below to see some of the best member-made memory aids we’ve received.

How you can get involved

There are many ways that Co-op Members can get behind our initiative, take part in a fun challenge, and help us spread the recycling and sustainability message this summer. Find out how you can get involved by clicking here. https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/join-in

There are always ways for you to join in with your Co-op. Head to your member account to see what opportunities are available now

Mark Robinson-Field
Member Participation Manager

Join the conversation! 25 Comments

  1. Is the Warburtons bread waxed wrapper included in this?

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  2. Has every co op got soft plastic bins

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    • What I would like to kmow is how much of this soft plastic really is recycled, what proportion is incinerated and what proportion ends up in landfill.
      Over to you co-op – please answer!

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      • Hi Helen, The in-store recycling units – which also accept packaging for food products purchased in other retailers – ensures that all Co-op’s own food packaging is recyclable either via kerbside collection at home or through this in-house system. We estimate that 300 tonnes of plastic bags and food wrapping could be collected per year once the bins are fully in place. The material is turned by an organisation called Jayplas into post-consumer plastic granules which are then made into useful secondary products – including: bin liners; rigid products such as buckets, and material for the construction industry. All the plastics collected will be recycled in the UK, rather than flooding land-fill sites, going to incineration or, being shipped overseas. ^Cat

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  3. Well done great ideas

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  4. Great service that has been needed for a long time. BUT the little pedal bin is nowhere near enough. I take mine down every couple of days and the bin is always full.

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  5. Are cat pouches included in the recycling?

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  6. Will the two Co-ops on the Isle of Bute be joining this recycling schem

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  7. Fantastic scheme, I am amazed how much less rubbish is going into my general waste bin at home, I drop off a full carrier bag of soft plastics 1-2 times a week and the bin is always full, but staff will empty it so I can deposit my waste, but definitely need bigger bins in store as this seems to be a great success at my store

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  8. I have been collecting in a large plastic bag which originally held multiple toilet rolls, your bin isn’t big enough for me to place inside I will check with staff if I can leave it by the side of the bin. I am amazed at the amount of clean it, scrunch it plastic that I go through on a weekly basis. I only go into Co-op approx once a week hence collection at home in multiple roll (toilet paper) bag

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  9. A great initiative. The amount of non-food waste that’s going into my kitchen bin has dropped considerably!
    However, the collection bins at the stores seem rather small, given how much plastic could be recycled under this scheme.

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  10. Can crisp packets be recycled in your bins?

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  11. I did the quiz but only got 4 out of 5 answers right 🙁
    It would be good if there was some feedback built in to the quiz so that I could see where I was wrong.

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  12. I’ve been collecting and have a huge bag of soft plastics and have been to two shops, neither of which have got bins out; one said they had the bin but not the lid and therefore couldn’t put it out as the plastic would fly out of it and the other didn’t have anything.

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    • Eastwood Rd Coop (Boston) has a bin but when I asked last week it was still in the back & the staff member took my bag of items to put in the bin.

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  13. A month into the initiative and two of the listed stores in my area still don’t have recycle bins. They’re also both within minutes of the Lea Green distribution centre. Rainhill and Eltonhead Road, St Helens.

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  14. Excellent ideas from everyone. And well done the Co-op. Perhaps we could encourage home composting as a great way to recycle and produce great soil for free.

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  15. Please advise whether the foil cat food pouches can be recycled in store? The thinner, foil type crisp packets can be so I am guessing clean, cat food pouches can be. Just to be certain.
    Thank you.

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  16. Well done Co-op and well done Co-op members – your contributions are inspiring. WELL DONE!!!

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