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Shropshire residents can now put all plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays and lids, inlcuding things like yoghurt pots and food trays, cosmetic, kitchen, and drinks bottles in the fortnightly collection.
Derived from oil, - a finite resource, that has peaked in production, and now on the way down, a throw-away material - we often use plastic (ie packaging) for a very short amount of time before discarding. It remains in the environment for a very long time, creating litter, pollution and a danger of ingestion to animals and wildlife. Check out the Great Pacific Garbage Patch online for an idea of the devastation caused in the world's oceans by discarded plastic.6 times more plastic than plankton in that area.

   Plastic Flower Pots: take used intact pots back to the nursery you bought them,( but better to buy earthenware or biodegradeable (see Home & Garden section).  Black and red plastic flowerpots can't be recycled if you put them in with other plastics for collection, they will be dumped, until there is technology available to differentiate the different colours! However after 'Blue Planet' TV programme, Garden centres are persuaded to accept clean pots back.

    Dobbies, at Bayston Hill roundabout
    Wyevale Telford Garden Centre

   Wyevale  Percy Throwers Oteley Road   

   Love Plants' at Emstrey

The hidden dangers of plastics are well described at


Cave Records

Cave Records sells new and old records.

28, The Parade, St. Mary's Place.


Try to choose containers that may be recyclable, with minimal packaging. e.g. glass perfume bottles can be recycled with jars and wine bottles, most plastic pots can be recycled in the plastic kerbside collection.
See plastics section for details about how cosmetics and beauty products have been packed with tiny microbeads, which are causing havoc for marine life and land.  Their use will only be partially banned, please investigare carefully these products.

Cotton buds with plastic stems

Cotton buds with plastic stems are being outlawed in Scotland, because people actually throw these down the loo, and they end up on beaches, hurting/killing marine life.  Plenty of cardboard-stemmed ones around locally.  The Herbarium, Wyle Cop sells paper-stemmed, packaged in cardboard.

Drinking Straws

Plastic straws will soon be banned in Scotland. Once used, the plastic ones may take centuries to disintegrate, and then stay as tiny, dangerous to wildlife particles. Plenty of alternatives - bamboo, metal, glass, silicone, or best of all, and simplest by far, buy locally paper straws.


The use of a one-off card/plastic cup, containing a hot beverage -  is not sustainble - as that container that cannot be recycled or reused and the plastic component will be around in landfill for possibly centuries!.  The only sensible option is to sit in a cafe for 10 mins, or take your own re-usable container, and there is a plethora of these in Shrewsbury shops - metal, plastic, bamboo - these latter can be composted after a few years, have silicone lids and can be purchased in pretty patterns from the Herbarium, Oxfam, Waterstones and Cooking Kneads.  You can also ask for a price reduction for using your own container in a takeaway coffee shop.  Starbucks sell a reusable cup for £1, and offer a small reduction on price if people bring their own.

INSPIRATIONAL  --  CONCORD COLLEGE students use thermal mugs, as they have taken a stand against one-use paper/plastic coffee cups.  They have launched a thermal reusable mug which has proved very popular and is now used by staff and students through the college - they bought their own! They had been using around 3,500 paper cups per week, estimated at a weight of 1.4 tonnes of rubbish peryear!  And now - none! This is surely something that could be replicated at every workplace.

If the situation of using once-only is really unavoidable, at least in Pershore sell biodegradeable compostable one-use cutlery and containers, cups, bags etc, for the catering trade.


PLASTIC CLING FILM (and how to avoid)

- re-use ice cream and marg tubs etc to store food, instead of throwing them away

- re-use glass jars with lids or takeaway containers to store leftovers

- fabric, beeswax or silicone food covers are now available from many kitchenware retailers. Make out of your own fabrics.

- sandwiches in paper bags, or reuseable sandwich wraps

- bread and cakes can be stored in a clean tea towel

- most kitchens probably already have green alternatives to cling film


Don't use them, get another form of bag instead, that you can use over and over again, and not just once.  Large companies have to charge 5p - small shops give them away free.  You can buy a long-life plastic bag from most supermarkets, who will replace it when it's worn out.  1.2 trillion plastic bags are produced annually, globally. Wildlife on land and sea ingests or gets caught up in plastic and dies horribly in large quantities.

Since Rebecca Hoskins from Modbury, Devon spearheaded a campaign to limit their use, many UK towns have become virtually plastic-bag free.  You can't put these bags out with the kerbside plastic collection, but some supermarkets (Sainsbury) will take all kinds of plastic bag/wrappers back. Or give bags to market stallholds.  Battlefield HRC no longer collects them.

If you want to use biodegradable and compostable bags, liners and cutlery - all made from maize - try  Ecosac Ltd, Tern Hill, TF9 3HX.   Use with garden or kitchen waste, and put in green bin, dont put these to be recycled with real plastic bags, as it will degrade the plastic.  Also Biobag Ltd, Leyland, PR26 7PF.


Save A Cup will supply and collect their plastic cups, used for water or vending machines, and then recyle them into other objects. Still only a once-used, your ceramic mug would be better.


Agri-cycle Shropshire - for plastic farm and agricultural waste -  recycling of cartridges, bailer twine, used spiral shelters and guards for young trees .

Montford Bridge

Plastic Microbeads In Cosmetics - Try and Avoid

The good news - plastic microscopic beads  can no longer be manufactured to be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban came into effect in Jan 2018.  A ban on sales will follow in July.

The bad news - they are still allowed in various forms in other non-rinse-off cosmetics, such as suntan lotion, mascara, lipstics and even some deodorants.  Check ingredients before buying.

Useful website -

Plastic Water and Juice Bottles

Plastic Bottles - these, once-used, when discarded, litter the countryside, and do not biodegrade.
They must be recycled at kerbside collections, and some town centres.

TO AVOID once-used plastic water bottles -

- buy a glass or stainless-steel one

- get a good water filter (and recycle filters at Argos, Meole Brace)

- get rid of chlorine taste of water by refrigerating in a glass bottle with top left off and use within 2 days.  Most of the chlorine evaporates!

- when out, cafes will refill your water bottle if asked (eg Costa).  And there is often a jug of tap water, so help yourself.
A growing website, when you are out and about - can tell you the nearest water-filling location.
But it is a legal requirement to fill up on request.

Borough Market in London has now banned plastic water bottles, and instigated water fountains instead, to refill your bottle! 

  A good start is to get milk (and organic) delivered in reusable glass bottles.
  Milk bottle glass is reused a minimum of 20 times and after than can still be recycled.

Have  a look at the following for inspiration:

Much Wenlock or Fairbourne Water, are the nearest source of local bottled water, but check where it is distributed, and then re-use the bottle, but read this website for the dangers of over-using plastic bottles!  See


Sainsbury will accept all types of plastic wrappings No.4 (LDPE) in their in-house plastic bag recycling scheme - wrappers from bakery goods, breakfast cereals, toilet rolls, and plastic bags from fruit, veg, bread, freezer bags, and magazine and shrink wraps. You can post clean plastic wrapping to Polyrpint Mailing Films.

Plastics in Teabags


-  they are sealed with polypropylene - to maintain shape - but when composted or binned, they are releasing yet another tiny bit of un-biodegradeable plastic into  the earth, you can actually see a ghost-like shape left behind after the tea has composted.

- Japanese-style pyramid teabags are made of biodegradeable corn startch.

- The very best option is loose, organic and fairly-traded tea.

- is a blog with up to date research, comparing teas and bags, and idiosyncrasies.

- the co-op lead in researching a totally plastic-free teabag, hopefully with us in 2019.



Open 11-7 Wed, 10-4 Thurs, 10-2 Sat
Collects worthwhile scrap and sorts and stores it in a large warehouse then sells it to members, who use it in art and craft activities to benefit the education of children. Scrappies also run workshops so children and adults can learn about recycling and reusing materials whilst creating with a local artist. (They will receive plastic milkbottle tops, coffee jar lids and empty washing up liquid bottles)

Church Stretton,
01694 722511

Smile Plastics

Smile Plastics make visually interesting  recycled plastic 'board' from which beautiful work surfaces, bird-tables, furniture etc can be made.

United Reform Church

Will accept small items for recycling ;  Biscuit Wrappers,   Beauty products,  Ink Cartridges and pens. These can be taken to the Church Office Mon - Fri (10-00 to 14-00) .


English Bridge
01743 368932