Pringles tubes can now be recycled - here’s the top 10 recycling mistakes in Merseyside

Once you pop.... you can recycle. Pringles tubes are to be accepted for reprocessing at sites across Merseyside.

Michael Wake of Veolia, one of the partners in the scheme, and Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive, at Kirkby recycling centre. Image: MRWA

Residents in Liverpool can enjoy their crisps and be eco-friendly after an announcement that Pringles tubes can now be recycled across Merseyside.

The tubes, along with other paper containers with metal ends such as holders for nuts and hot chocolate, are now being accepted at recycling centres across the region.

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The new recycling service has been launched at Merseyside’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) to coincide with Recycle Week 2021.

Local residents can now recycle their containers alongside food and drink cartons via specialist bring banks located at HWRCs in Knowsley, Sefton, Liverpool, St Helens and Wirral.

What happens to the Pringles tubes?

The Pringles tubes and other metal ended containers are collected from the bring banks and sent to a recycling facility in West Yorkshire. Fibre from the recycled cartons is fed directly into a paper mill on the same site, to be turned into industrial coreboard.


Helen Potter, sustainability commercial lead for Kellogg’s owned Pringles, said: “The Bring Banks scheme is an important interim solution as we work towards the development of our new tube. At Kellogg, we’re committed to making all of our packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by the end of 2025.

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chair of MRWA, said: “Merseyside residents have always responded well to the different schemes we’ve implemented at our HWRCs, and we hope that they will take full advantage of this new service.”

Recycling mistakes

Liverpool’s kerbside recycling collection service continues to accept paper, cardboard, glass jars, glass bottles, plastic bottles, drinks cans and food tins.

But there are still a number of things that residents mistakenly throw into their recycling bins at home.

Here are the most common blunders in Merseyside:

Locations of Household Waste Recycling Centres

Pringles and other paper containers with metal ends can be recycled at the following locations:


Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR


Old Swan – Cheadle Avenue – L13 3AF Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR


Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG

Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX

Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG

South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE

St Helens

Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN

Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX

Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA


Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB

Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 4JZ

West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR