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Plastic bags and wrapping recycling pilot

Over 6500 homes in the Maldon District are to be part of new plastic bags and wrapping recycling pilot from 31 January 2023.

Maldon District Council has been chosen to take part in a major pilot project for the collection of plastic bags and wrapping as part of normal recycling collections. Plastics such as plastic bags, confectionary wrappers, foil lined packaging, plastic film, bubble wrap, pet food pouches and more will be collected from approximately 6500 households.

Further details on the trial including top tips and frequently asked questions can be found here

If you have been selected to take part in trial and need more bags please order them here

If your plastic bag and wrapping collection bag has not been collected you can report a missed collection here. Please let us know as quickly as you can and no later than 2 working days of your scheduled collection day.  Our crew will be unable to return if you report a missed collection after 2 working days and you will need to represent your bag(s) on your next collection day.

We'd love to hear what you think about the trial.  Give us your feedback 

The new service will begin on 31 January 2023 with selected households from across the Maldon District taking part. The initial trial will include a variety of family sizes and housing types and those selected to take part will be sent information on how to use the new plastic bags and wrapping collection service together with collection bags before the service starts.

This is the first year of a three-year trial which, if successful, will be expanded in October 2023, eventually rolling out to all households in the District by the end of 2024.

Plastic bags and wrapping are a considerable challenge as they represented 22% of all UK consumer plastic packaging in 2020 but only 8% was recycled.  At present, the only way to recycle plastic bags and wrapping is at supermarket front of store collection points. This trial will help change that by helping to make recycling plastic bags and wrapping more convenient for everyone which will increase the amount of packaging that the UK recycles.

Households who are included in the trial will receive leaflets through the door over the coming weeks to explain what they need to do, as well as more information about the scheme.

Households not included in the trial can still dispose of plastic bags and wrapping by taking them to local supermarkets across the Maldon District.