At Polyprint we are very proud of our environmental record and in particular our unique stance on the recycling of all suitable polythene products. As far as we know, we are the only polythene producer that accepts waste polythene for recycling from the general public – or other organisations – no matter what the quantity, big or small.
You can post your materials for recycling to us, or we have a 24 hour drop-off point at our factory in Norfolk, which we run in conjunction with Broadland District Council, where you can bring materials in person.
We can recycle:
- Bags used to cover electrical appliances or furniture
- Bread bags (shaken out)
- Bin bags (clean)
- Can & drink pack outers & joining rings
- Carrier bags
- Cling film (clean)
- Compost sacks (clean)
- Courier bags (without paper labels)
- Drycleaning garment covers
- Mailing wrappers (without paper labels)
- Polythene recycling categories 2 and 4 (as marked on the film)
- Thin bags used in supermarkets for fruit & veg etc (shaken out)
- Toilet roll and nappy pack outers
We cannot recycle:
- Plastic bottles
- Cereal packet inners
- Crisp packets
- Compostable bags (of any type)
- Greeting card wrappers (cellophane)
- Magazine wrappers from book stalls (polypropylene)
We have attempted to answer the most common questions about recycling plastic and polythene products here; if you can’t find the answer to your question, please feel free to e-mail us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of polythene do you accept?
We recycle both printed and unprinted polythene wrappers and bags etc from whatever source, provided all paper labels, sellotape, sticky residue, food remnants and foreign objects have been removed. The recycling codes that apply to our process are numbers 2 and 4.
Download a PDF showing you what can be recycled here
What can’t you take?
We cannot accept polythene marked as ‘compostable’.
Our facilities purely cover the handling of polythene rather than cellophane, PVC, nylon, PET etc.
Download a PDF showing you what we cannot accept for recycling here
How do I tell the difference?
Compostable polythene should be marked accordingly and other materials can normally be differentiated from polythene as they are usually glass clear in appearance and sound “crinkly” when touched. Polythene will also stretch fairly easily whereas the other products do not.
How do I package it?
The best way to ensure that your package is delivered safely is either to use a box, or pack the wrappers flat/rolled.
It would be helpful if you could include your contact details and please clearly mark your package: For Recycling.
How do I get it to you?
Experience has shown that the best way of forwarding material to us is by 2nd class or parcel post. Please ensure the correct postage is rate is used as the Post Office has advised us that they are removing several packages a day from our local delivery office and sending them to landfill due to insufficient postal rates.
We now have a public drop off point on the premises available to the public 24 hours a day.
What happens to the polythene?
It takes approximately 200,000 polythene mailing wrappers to make one tonne of recyclable waste, all of which have to be hand-sorted by our staff. After being recycled, the polythene can be used in various ways, often being turned into refuse bags, fertiliser sacks, chairs, benches, tables, pallets etc.
Due to the low commercial value of waste polythene we do not make any money from this operation and are therefore unable to assist with carriage costs. We continue with the project as a service to the community and to help protect the environment.