Business Waste and Recycling Services

Compostable Packaging Recycling

Available as sack collection
Available as sack collection

How to dispose of compostable packaging

Products made from organic material can be a nuisance in the wrong recycling service, but gold-dust in our Compostables Packaging Recycling sacks.

Compostables don't belong in your Mixed Recycling bags because they contaminate other materials and clog up the machines. But they also can't be disposed of with your Food Waste because food and compostables use very different processes to decompose.

Compostable packaging

Tricky? Not anymore!

Use our dedicated Compostable Packaging Recycling bags to give the land a special treat.

Got a smaller quantity to recycle? Check out our RecycleBox scheme for one-off orders!

✔︎ Chuck it in
✘ Please keep it out
  • Vegware

  • Compostable cutlery

  • Compostable packaging

  • Food waste

  • Garden waste

  • Biodegradable plastics

  • Non-organic material

Compostable packaging must be collected separately, as it can only be broken down in specialist industrial composting facilities.


Easy switch from your current business waste provider
Flexible business waste and recycling collections up to 3 times a day, 7 days a week
Amazing support available 24/7/365 from our specialist commercial waste collection team
Zero-to-landfill, with all non-recyclable business waste sent to generate Green energy.
Service Extras, like compliance certificates, weighing and data, and posters.
Responsible processing of materials in our award-winning facility

Don't confuse compostables with biodegradables!

Compostable packaging must be certified. It proves the material decomposes completely in up to 180 days, leaving no toxics or residues behind. They are made of renewable resources and, once they break down, can be used as fertiliser.

Biodegradable packaging is made of petrochemicals modified to break down quickly by microorganisms, but it doesn’t specify a timeframe for decomposition or the conditions needed. Unsurprisingly, biodegradables often end up in landfills where they can take years to break down, releasing toxic gases. And, once they do break down, we're left with microplastics that harm the soil and can reach the ocean.

Recyclable packaging

So, although compostables are a safer and greener option than biodegradables, they need their own processes to decompose safely - and that's why compostable recyclable packaging can’t be disposed of with food.

Compostable recycling services

Food waste, for example, breaks down at a temperature around 37 degrees in an Anaerobic Digester (a big artificial stomach!). Compostable packaging, however, needs an autoclave with high pressure and temperatures that exceed 160 degrees.

First Mile's Compostable Recycling service ensures materials are correctly processed and recycled, without risk of ending up in a landfill.

Make sure to separate your compostable packaging for recycling and join the revolution!

Set up a Compostables Collection

If you're a current First Mile customer, please order through the Customer Portal.

50 × Sacks

Order sacks and we'll deliver next working day. Place them outside at the times you choose below, and we'll collect shortly after.

Please select at least one day for collection
Please select a date to start collections
Please select a date in the future
Please enter a valid UK postcode

Easy. Smart. Green.

You're one step away from a cheaper, greener recycling service.