Plastic Free Cotgrave

Reducing single-use plastics


Plastics Recycling in Cotgrave



Although a lot of packaging states that it is ‘recyclable’ and displays one of these symbols. The contents of our bins are taken to the Veolia plant in Forest Town. If you need clarification on exactly which plastics they can recycle, there is probably a sheet stuck inside the lid of your blue bin. If not, you can download one here.


We are in the process of creating for you a handy sheet showing more detail about recycling plastics if you live in Cotgrave.

Hollygate Skip

Non-recyclable plastic:

  • Plastic pens can be taken to the library. They are sent to Terracycle for processing.
  • Crisps
  • Cotgrave U3A (University of the Third Age) collects crisp packets. You can take these to The Welfare where they are collected by the U3A. This scheme raises money for Ash Lea School. Please make sure that your empty packets are flattened and are clean (you don’t need to wash them) – this reduces the amount of handling done by the volunteers. We have 3 videos on Youtube to help you with this: Crisp Packets 1  Crisp Packets 2  Crisp Packets 3
  • Pet food pouches and plastic pet food sacks: we are currently seeking a new collector! Do get in touch if you are able to help.
  • Fruit punnets can be taken to Kerry’s Fresh when you do your shopping there. They have kindly offered to include these in their own plastics recycling, that will take this type of plastic (whereas our blue bins don’t).
  • Tetrapak (eg juice, milk and soup cartons) can be taken to the Hollygate Lane site, where there is a dedicated skip. (This skip is ONLY for Tetrapak).
  • Plastic milk bottle tops are collected for fund-raising at the Dove Cottage Hospice shop. (They also collect printer cartridges, used stamps and old foreign coins) There is a bin outside the shop for bottle tops – please wash them before dropping them in.
  • Plastic milk bottles tops are also collected at the Newsagent on Bingham Road. Again, please wash and dry them before dropping them in.

Terracycle offer a range of collection opportunities such as toothpaste tubes, cheese packaging, Burt’s Bees and Bayliss and Harding products. If you are interested, visit this page.