When it comes to recycling, the devil is in the detail. The UK has come a long way in the last 20 years, but what you can recycle and where still varies depending on your local council. Our quest to reduce and eventually eliminate what we send to landfill has led us to replacing the taster pots in our shops, changing the packaging some of our ingredients arrive in, and has seen us install a food waste recycling system, the first of its kind in the UK. We’re not where we need to be yet, so on we go.
When it comes to the box that comes with your Home Delivery from COOK, we’ve managed to make it 100% recyclable … but it does require a bit of effort on your part. We’re working to make it easier and, at the same time, kerbside recycling is improving across the country, but this is how to do it currently:
The box and paper go into paper recycling.
The insulation is made from 100% felted British sheep’s wool. It can be reused – customers have used it to lag pipes, protect plants from the frost, and even insulate a loft – but, once you remove it from its wrapper, it can go in the organic waste or on the compost heap. It is completely biodegradable. The plastic wrapper around the wool is Medium Density Polyethylene (MDPE), the same stuff as plastic bags, so this can be recycled at the majority of local supermarkets.
Cool packs should be defrosted, cut open, and the gel poured down the sink (it’s biodegradable). The plastic pack is Low Density Polyethylene 4 (MDPE4), and can also be recycled at your local supermarket with your old 5p bags. Or you can, of course, re-use the cool pack; handled carefully, it should be good for at least a year.