Pots, Tubs and Trays move to ‘Widely Recycled’ under new OPRL rules

Date Published: Thursday 9th February 2017

OPRL's new 2017 Guidelines have designated more packaging materials as Widely Recycled, following a detailed review of current local authority collections. Included in this change are plastic Pots, Tubs and Trays. Certain clear and non-black opaque plastic pots, tubs and trays (PTT) can be Widely Recycled in home collections.


This means PTT’s can automatically be added to kerbside recycling collections by householders, without the need to ‘check local advice’.


Since categories are based on council collections data, black plastic trays, including ready meal trays, remain in the Check Locally category. And in a first step to differentiate between materials that are collected and recycled, and those that are collected and may be sent for energy recovery or other disposal, these are now included on a 'Less recyclable materials' list in the Guidelines, together with expanded and other plastics, mixed materials and bio-degradables.

In contrast, materials such as glass, metals, paper, card, non-black PP, clear uncoloured aPET/rPET and non-black HDPE are listed as 'Recommended materials', based on analysis of their likelihood of being recycled.


The OPRL label has three categories which tell consumers how likely it is that their local authority will accept specific packaging materials for recycling. The categories are:

• Widely Recycled (75% or more of UK local authorities collect that type of packaging)

• Check Locally (between 20% and 75% of UK local authorities collect that type of packaging)

• Not Yet Recycled (fewer than 20% of UK local authorities collect that type of packaging)



Full details; http://www.oprl.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/More-Materials-Now-Widely-Recycled-Under-OPRL-Scheme-PN-8-Feb-17.pdf

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