Waitrose now offers fresh UK soft-plastic disposal.

February 27, 2023

Waitrose now offers fresh UK soft-plastic disposal


Customers can now recycle their soft plastic at 295 Waitrose stores as a result of a successful trial and extensive research to discover a UK-based waste management solution.


“We know that recycling is a critical priority for many of our customers, so we’re delighted to be able to offer flexible plastic recycling across a number of our shops,” said Caroline Pinnell, Waitrose’s sustainability and ethics specialist.


We continue to eliminate single-use packaging at Waitrose and John Lewis while offering our clients practical reuse, refill, and recycling options. By the end of 2023, all of our own-brand packaging will be reusable, made of widely recyclable, or compostable at home. This is two years earlier than the industry-wide WRAP UK Plastic Pact. We are on pace to achieve this goal.


What then is recyclable at Waitrose? The following are recyclable in-store, provided they are spotless and dry:


  • Transport Containers
  • bagged bread
  • Containers of frozen food
  • Shipping Containers
  • Crayon Marker
  • Salad, pasta, and rice containers are wrapped in toilet paper
  • Covering cheese, fish, and meat
  • Chocolate, biscuits, and Chips Packaging
  • Pet and Infant Food Pouches
  • Wrapping paper and cling film

The plastic will be delivered to a reprocessor in Glasgow, where it will be cleaned, separated, flaked, or pelletized, and then used to create new goods or materials, such as:


  • Additional Packing (e.g. toilet paper packaging)
  • Shrink packaging for products transportation
  • Carrier | Delivery Bags
  • Refusal Bags
  • bags for horticultural, industrial, and do-it-yourself goods
  • buckets, plastic furnishings, or gutters

Attention Managers


The following types of plastic are not permitted in this refuse bin:


  • Multi-material Compostable or Biodegradable Bags and Packaging
  • Packing with plastic wrap and cardboard
  • Bottled in plastic
  • Pliable pots
  • Polyethylene trays and tubs
  • However, the majority of the things that are not accepted can be recycled at home using standard methods.


*Up-to-date statistics (2021) from edie WRAP

Email information
Please get in touch with Jasmine Barker at jasmine.barker@johnlewis.co.uk for more details.

With regards to the John Lewis Company

The John Lewis Partnership is the owner and operator of John Lewis and Waitrose, two of the most well-known retail names in Britain. With over 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the company, the Partnership, which was founded as a radical experiment more than a century ago, is now the biggest employee-owned business in the UK. The goal of the Partnership is to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our Partners, clients, suppliers, and communities. Our Purpose directs us to act differently and better in order to make the world a happier place for everyone and everything we come in contact with. It inspires our values, shapes our choices, and serves as our compass for being a force for good.




Waitrose & Partners operates 331 stores across England, Scotland, Wales, and the Channel Islands. These stores include 59 convenience stores, 27 Welcome Break locations, and Waitrose.com, a rapidly expanding online retailer that has regularly received top marks in independent studies. The retailer, committed to providing high-quality, ethically sourced food along with exceptional customer service, blends the convenience of a supermarket with the knowledge and services of a specialty shop. All Partners have a voice in how the company is managed because they are a part of an employee-owned company.