Claire Cameron, Member Participation Campaigns Officer 

Recycling and sustainability are the themes for our Join In opportunities this month.  

Members told us they wanted more action on plastics, so they’ve been working with us to develop our new soft plastic recycling scheme – Clean It. Scrunch It. Co-op It

Thanks to their help in championing recycling and sustainability, we’ve introduced soft plastic recycling bins in many of our Co-op stores. It means everyone can now recycle soft plastics – like crisp packets and bread bags – in their local community.  

Members were keen to know what happens to the recycled plastic once we collect it, so we gave Co-op Member, Saul Deeson, access to Co-op’s packaging guru, Rob Thompson, to get the full story

There are many ways that colleague members can get behind our initiative and help us spread the sustainability message this summer. 

Here’s a quick round-up, so why not share with your friends and family and get them involved too? 

Get creative and win £50 of Co-op vouchers! 

Come up with a catchy way to help people remember the top 5 soft plastics now recyclable in Co-op stores; bread bags, crisp packets, pasta bags, fruit and veg bags and pizza film. Paint it, sing it, wordplay it – choose your medium and namecheck the top 5 in an unforgettable way. 

Enter now 

Spread the word in your community  

Members asked us for shareable resources to support them in getting the word out about our soft plastic recycling initiative in their communities, so we’ve given them – and you – the tools to do that. Get your hands on a variety of posters, social posts and a fun quiz by delving into our toolkit below. 

Amaze your friends and family with these extraordinary recycling facts

Challenge your friends and family with our online, interactive quiz. Take part yourself, and then share the link to see who emerges as the recycling supremo. 

Share information about the recycling scheme with online community groups, local newsletters and schools. Just copy and post

Download and print our postcard template to get the word out on your street and Tweet us your postie pics using #coopjoinin 

Colleague members passionate about sustainability can also get in touch with their local Member Pioneer to join the conversations and events happening in their community this summer