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MrsWW

Non-recyclable supermarket packaging

I've just started a container of what I deem to be unnecessary (and in our area is not recyclable at this time) packaging from the supermarket.

I plan to take this back to them next weekend for them to dispose of at their own cost.

Does anyone else do this?

Our black sack (ie, landfill rubbish) is less than one sack per week. But what is in that sack is predominantly supermarket excess packaging. It'd be nice if I could get us down to NO landfill each week - I'm certainly going to have a go.
kaz

I have enough trouble remembering to take my own bags back to the supermarket so I can't imagine that I could persuade the family to save the packaging from the stuff that they use. Cardboard boxes/outer packaging are the main item for me - the outside of cereal, dog food, pizza boxes etc - they are not 'contaminated' because the food is in another wrapper inside bu they take up a lot of room in the bin.
MrsWW

Can't you recycle paper/cardboard round your way then Kaz?
kaz

No - each household usually just has one blue basket in which they are expected to seperately recycle glass, tins and newspaper (we cheat and have 2) and these are collected every 2 weeks. There are no facilities to recylce cardboard or plastic. Wheelie bins are emptied every week ATM.
MrsWW

We have a wheelie bin for cans, paper, plastic (certain types), cardboard which is collected once every 2 weeks. The glass we recycle ourselves - usually take it when I'm going shopping anyway so it's not a separate journey.
fish

i take mine back! dont just hand it over theyll get realy arsey,just put the bag in a bin outside the store or in their carpark. alternatively try buying stuff with less packaging! its a bit healthier too!
MrsWW

I buy as much as I can without packaging anyway.
Lloyd

For the first time tonight when doing the monthly LIDL shop, I used no bags at all. The stuff went from trolley to conveyor belt, back into trolley then into the boot loose. It took twice as long to unload into teh house but so what?...no bags used at all.
tangers

Get a wheeler. No need for carrier bags. I put all my rubbish into my wheeler and wheel it into the waste bins in town. I go shopping and put all my purchases into the wheeler.
Lloyd

Ok Tangie. What's a wheeler then?
HonkHonk

We have old fashioned type shopping bags to save filling a drawer with carrier bags, and we recycle as much as possible, we have a compost bin, a bag for old papers and box for glass and tins that is collected every 2 weeks, resulting in our wheelie bin only having to be put out every 2, sometimes 3 weeks.
fish

just a note,wheelie trolless are good i have one for market,but TESCO's 'big green bag'(actually blue!) is 45p and a realy hard wearing,fols easily, usefull,comfy in the hand under load and so much better than the 'bag for life' and it costs 45p.

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