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Carrier Bags FAQs

Carrier bags FAQ

Who can charge for carrier bags?

In England, all businesses regardless of their size, are required to charge a minimum of 10p for every single-use carrier bag. There are some exceptions where bags don’t carry a charge, these include: 

  • Bags for uncooked fish and fish products 

  • Bags for uncooked meat, poultry and their products

  • For unwrapped food for animals or human consumption

  • For unwrapped seeds, flowers, bulbs

  • For unwrapped blades (knives, axes and razor blades) 

  • For prescription medicine

  • Woven plastic bags 

  • For goods in transport 

  • Free promotional material

  • Returnable multiple reuse bags (bags for life)


Can you put carrier bags in the recycling bin?

All plastic bags can be recycled and placed in your recycling bin except biodegradable or compostable bags. You should not recycle non-Polyethylene film plastics, these include PP, PVC plastics. When considering whether or not a plastic bag is recyclable, you can try the stretch test. If it can be stretched, it can be recycled. 


How do you dispose of plastic carrier bags? 

Regular plastic bags can be recycled and are accepted at carrier bag collection points. This means that you don’t have to put them inside one master carrier bag in scrumped up balls. To reduce the amount of recycling you should consider re-using your plastic bags where possible. Some councils now collect carrier bags as part of household recycling schemes. If your council doesn’t operate this system yet, most UK supermarkets offer this recycling facility including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-Op and Waitrose.


What is a vest bag?  

A vest bag is the most common type of carrier bag and is usually what you will find in supermarkets and shops. The style of carrier bag is named due to its shape and are often produced in large quantities as a cost-effective product. Here at Magnum Packaging, we offer a range of vest bags including recycled vest carriers and biodegradable vest carrier bags


Bin Bags FAQs

Can you use black bin bags for recycling?

Black bin bags can’t be recycled, so make sure that you don’t place your recyclable items into a black bin bag and then into the bin. The disposal crew who take your recycling will throw the entire contents of the bin bag into their truck, so it is best not to use black bin bags for recycling. 

How do you keep bin bags from getting stuck in the bin? 

It happens every time, but how do you stop your bin bags from getting stuck in the bin? Here at Magnum Packaging, we have a few tips and tricks for you to try. 

  1. The paper tube trick - sellotape a wrapping paper tube to the corner of your bin before lining it with a bag. This will ensure that there is no suction when you remove the bag and you won’t have to pull against the pocket of air that keeps the bag in position. 

  2. Drill holes into the bin - another method that you can use is to drill holes into the inner or back of the bin around 2 inches high. This will also increase circulation within the bin and make it easier to lift out.


    Is polythene safe for humans? 

    Yes, polythene is safe for humans and many of the bags and products that we use everyday include polythene. We even have polythene bags that are biodegradable for those who want to implement eco friendly policies into their business.  


    Is polythene safe to put food in?

    Yes, you can put food in polythene carriers and it will be safe to eat. Many foods are packaged in polythene bags and can even be re-used again and again.