You can reduce packaging waste by buying items loose such as fruit and vegetables and choosing items that are not over packaged. See PLASTIC and See GLASS for details of shops that offer a refill service and tips on how to reduce packaging.
City of Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh Council kerbside recycling service accepts many types of packaging. In the Green bin you can recycle tins, cans, paper, cardboard, envelopes, shredded paper, plastic bottles and bottle tops, pots, tubs and trays- put the items in loose, do not use plastic or black bags. Some examples of pots, tubs and trays include yoghurt pots, tubs containing cleaning products, meat trays, margarine tubs, ready-meal containers, punnet style containers that hold fruit / vegetables such as mushrooms or grapes and pots containing facial or body creams.
Communal bins (for flats) you can recycle packaging in the green lidded bins. You can put cardboard, clean plastic bottles with tops, pots, tubs and trays, clean cans and tins, drink cartons, for example juice and milk cartons, empty aerosols and foil. Note: Remember to rinse your plastics, cans and tins and put your recycling in loose.
AVOID: Putting bags of recycling in the bin - this counts as contamination and means waste cannot be sorted. You can't put plastic bags, glass, wrappers, crisp bags or photographs, polystyrene, plastic toys or plant pots in your shared packaging bin.
The following materials can be taken to the Packaging Recycling Points in Edinburgh: food and drink tins and cans; envelopes; clean aluminium foil; empty aerosol cans; plastic bottles; cardboard and cardboard food and drink cartons (e.g. Tetra Paks).
See: W: www.recycleforscotland.com.
Buying concentrated products and buying in bulk saves you money and reduces packaging. Split items between friends or family members if you have too much to use at once or don't have the storage space.
Use margarine tubs etc. for storing left-over food, instead of using foil or clingfilm.
Ask at your local playgroup, nursery or primary school to see if they could make use of plastic tubs, cardboard etc.
In the rest of the Lothians certain packaging items are accepted in kerbside collections. See KERBSIDE RECYCLING.