Recycling plastic

The recycling of plastic material has been in the headlines after China said it will not accept plastics from foreign countries anymore.

We wanted to remind residents about our policy on plastics to ensure we recycle what we can.

The company we send our recycling materials to, Grundon Waste Management, can only accept plastic bottles for recycling, and does not have the facility to recycle other plastic packaging such as yogurt pots or food containers.

It’s important not to contaminate genuine recyclable material with other material that could block the machinery – for example, plastic bin liners.

Other non-recyclable plastic material such as plastic food trays, which should be placed in your black refuse bin, are sent to the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility at Colnbrook.

The council and Grundon are confident China’s ban on accepting mixed plastic polymers will not pose a problem for recycling plastics in Slough, as Grundon has never exported plastics to China. Instead our plastic bottles are sent for re-processing in the UK and Europe.

Richard West, Service Lead – Environmental Services, said: “Both Slough Borough Council and Grundon have a long-standing commitment to recycling and recycling will continue to take precedence over incineration and landfill for plastic bottles.” 

As a reminder, this is what plastic we can recycle: 


  • Bottle shaped plastics, such as recycled plastic drinks, milk, shampoo or cosmetic product bottles 


  • Plastic bin liners
  • Plastic packaging
  • Food containers
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic wrappers 

For more information on what other materials can be recycled in your red bin, or to find bin collection dates, visit the council's website.


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