What is the best way to recycle packaging materials?

We’re all trying to do our bit for the environment, and the world is increasingly receiving online packages, particularly over the past year. But what is the best way to recycle or dispose of packaging materials?


Packaging materials are built to last – particularly the ones that we sell! They’re designed to withstand a great deal of wear and tear so there are different recycling restrictions involved for each. We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular packaging materials, and the best way to recycle them.



What is the best way to recycle paper packaging?


The benefits to paper packaging are endless, and one of our favourite things about it is how widely recycled it is! It’s an incredibly versatile product. Not only is it perfect for packing, but also wrapping, protecting and presentation.


Here at Springpack we offer a wide range of recyclable paper packaging so you can be sure you’re doing your bit for the environment. Whether you’re looking for Honeycomb paper, Twist-fil or Void Fill – we’ve got you covered. To take a look, just click here.



Can bubble wrap be recycled?


Bubble wrap is one of the most popular forms of protective packaging, and the good news is that it’s widely recycled! It can safely go into your recycling bin and will be collected by the council.


Some councils actually offer separate collections for bubble wrap, in addition to carrier bags and plastic film. This is still quite a limited service and most collection services recommend you use your recycling bin. You can also often find recycling points at supermarkets where you can safely deposit your bubble wrap.


For more information on the benefits of using bubble wrap in packaging, take a look at our blog.



How do you recycle bubble envelopes?


Due to the fact bubble envelopes are made from both polythene and paper, in order to recycle them you will need to pull the paper and ‘bubbles’ apart first. They are normally bonded together, so by ripping apart the two and placing the paper in with your card and paper, you can safely recycle. Just pop the plastic bubbles in with your plastics as with regular bubble wrap.



How do you recycle packaging foam?


While the protective qualities of packaging foam are unrivalled, it’s not quite as simple to recycle as some of the other protective packaging available.


It varies from area to area, so you will need to check with your local council to see if you can put packaging foam out with your recycling for collection. The great thing about packaging foam however, is that you can just use it again instead! It often retains its shape so you can do your bit for the environment by reusing it.



Can I recycle Cable Ties?


The Cable Ties we supply at Springpack are all manufactured from plastic. This means they’re widely recyclable and environmentally friendly. They are available in a range of sizes and in either Black or Neutral. These easy-to-use products make packing quick and easy. With the added reassurance that your product is secure and in place!


You can find a variety of Cable Ties on our website.




Packaging Recycling Guide

Please see our recycling guide below. Please note, the products suitable for recycling may will vary by Council, and we would recommend checking on the Government website.



How to recycle packaging



Our environmental impact is important to us and we are always striving to be better. If you would like to find out more about what we’re doing, take a look at our blog.


For further information and help on any of the products we offer at Springpack, get in touch with our Packaging Pros today, by calling 01905 457 000 or emailing [email protected].

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Simon Rees
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