SOUTH Gloucestershire residents could be encouraged to recycle all soft plastics if the area is picked to be part of a new pilot scheme.

Yate and Thornbury MP Luke Hall is leading a campaign to secure soft-plastic recycling services across South Gloucestershire which would work alongside existing collections in the area.

South Gloucestershire council have submitted a bid to the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, DEFRA, to be part of a pilot scheme which would conduct a trial, collecting soft-plastics at the kerbside.


If selected residents soft-plastics rubbish, which would include plastic bags, fruit and vegetable packaging, pet food pouches and yoghurt pots and lids would be collected alongside other recycling.


Mr Hall claims South Gloucestershire is continuing to lead the way on recycling, with consistently higher recycling rates and less waste being sent to landfill than Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset.


The MP has written to DEFRA, asking for South Gloucestershire Council to be included in the trial scheme, highlighting the strong record of recycling
in the area.

He also met with the Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment, Rebecca Pow MP, in a bid to gain backing for the scheme.

Mr Hall said: “Being part of this pilot scheme will improve access and recycling rates even further right across our community and will be a real, positive step forward in helping to protect the Environment.”

“Whether it’s soft plastics, clingfilm, fruit and veg packaging, crisp packets or plastic bags, we want to be recycling them, and I am grateful for the community’s support on this vital campaign for our area.”


In support of the Council’s bid, Luke Hall has launched his own petition, calling for South Gloucestershire to be included in the pilot scheme, which you can sign at


The soft-plastics recycling campaign is a key part of the local MP’s Positive Plan for the Environment.