Recycling Tips for Cereal Boxes and Bags

    Oh no! You’ve woken up to an almost empty cereal box? We hope you have a
    brand new one waiting on the kitchen counter, ready to be opened. But
    before you toss the empty box away, let us tell you how easy it is to recycle
    your cereal box and bag.

    We all know recycling is good for the environment. It helps us save precious resources while freeing up landfill space. And it only takes so little time and effort. If you’ve never recycled your old cereal packaging, don’t worry. Here is what you need to know so you can start recycling your cereal boxes and bags like a pro.

    Cardboard recycling tips: how to recycle your cereal box

    The light cardboard that our cereal boxes are made of can be easily recycled. This material is thicker than paper, but thinner than corrugated cardboard, so if you’re not sure which pile it belongs to, it’s good to know that recycling centres will usually accept light carboard boxes together with your other paper products, so you can place them in the same recycling bin. You can always check the cardboard recycling requirements in your local area to see if different rules apply. Here are our top recycling tips:

    Check the recycling logos on your cereal box

    Our breakfast cereals come in packaging specially designed for a lower environmental impact. So, start by checking the useful information we’ve added to the recycling logos on each cereal box.

    Make sure your empty cereal box is really empty

    Once you’ve checked the information on the packaging, the first step to recycling your cereal box is making sure that it’s empty and there are no leftover cereals or crumbs.

    Break down or flatten your cereal box

    This will save you considerable space in the bin, but it will also make it easier for the cardboard to be processed once it reaches the recycling facility.

    Keep it dry

    Make sure the box is clean and dry. It’s always a good idea to keep it separate from food waste or other items that go into the bin. This way you will avoid contamination, which might make it impossible for the cardboard to be recycled.

    Check the recycling guidance on your local council website

    Local councils usually have lots of tips as well as recycling guidelines. Make sure you check them out so you don’t miss out important details that might stop your cereal box from being recycled. The government’s site for recycling collections is a helpful resource for recycling your cereal box or any other materials. Just type in your postcode and go to your local council website for a full list of their kerbside recycling services and more useful information.

    Plastic recycling tips: how to recycle your cereal bag

    Now that you’ve got your cereal box sorted, recycling the cereal bag is the next step. Cereal bags are made from a high-density polyethylene film (or plastic #2 as it’s known by its recycling code). This is one of the easiest plastics to recycle, but if your local kerbside program doesn’t collect cereal plastic bags, the good news is that you can recycle it together with your other plastic bags and take them to one of the larger stores in your area that have a recycling programme.

    Don’t forget these easy tips, before sending your cereal bag off for recycling:

    • The cereal bag has to be empty
    • Make sure the bag is dry
    • Remove any residual cereal dust or crumbs by wiping the bag with a dry cloth
    • Check to see if there are any special rules that apply to recycling cereal bags in your area

    And if you love our Nestlé Cereals Box Bowls Selection Packs, we’ve got great news. The overwrap on box bowls can be treated the same as the cereal bags, so you can add it to your recycling pile.

    That’s it! Now that you’ve got the recycling process started, the boxes and bags that have kept your favourite cereals safe and tasty are off to a new beginning and ready to start their second life as a new box or plastic container.

    Creative ways to reuse your cereal boxes and bags

    If you love DIY projects, there is something else you can do with your empty cereal box: you can turn it into the star of your very own craft project. With a pair of scissors and a bit of inspiration the old cereal box can turn into many amazing things. So, why not combine recycling cardboard and plastic bags with a few fun craft ideas? We’ve put together a few easy cereal box crafts in a handy guide, so make sure you check it out, next.


    Do Nestlé products in emerging countries have more salt than products in developed/developing countries?

    For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.

    What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?

    As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron

    How can I find foods made with whole grain?

    Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.

    I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?

    It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.

    Why does Nestlé label vegetable oil?

    Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.