Get your tubs to our pubs!

Greene King are running ‘Tub 2 Pub’, a recycling campaign to raise money for Macmillan and recycle plastics.

From 1st January to 28th February, their pubs, restaurants, and hotels will accept your clean and empty:

  • Confectionery tubs
  • Biscuit tubs
  • Cracker tubs

Must be clean,
5/PP grade plastic
Look for this logo!

We’re all guilty of indulging in chocolate, sweets and crackers over the festive period and it’s estimated that OVER 100 MILLION plastic tubs are sold in the UK each year, with over 40% of these at Christmas.

Make sure your tubs don’t go to waste and bring your clean, empty plastic confectionery and cracker tubs to any Greene King site from 1st – 28th February 2021 to be recycled. The only thing you need to make sure of is that it has the 5PP logo on the bottom.

Simply leave your tubs with a Greene King staff member at the bar or welcome station within one of their locations, remembering to wear your face mask and stick to 1m+ social distancing rules.

After 28th February, all tubs will be collected and taken to a plastic reprocessing centre where they’re shredded, before being sold onto plastic manufacturers to use in place of virgin plastics. All money raised from the sale of Tub 2 Pub plastics will be given directly to Macmillan Cancer Support. To show what a difference you could make, if EVERYONE took their empty plastic tubs to be recycled, we could raise over £400,000!

Over 100,000,000
plastic tubs are
sold in the UK
every year
40% of these tubs
are sold just
at Christmas time
Over £400,000 could
be raised for charity
if every tub is
taken to a pub

Our Chosen Charity

Our Chosen Charity Macmillan Cancer Support is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information, and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also looks at the social, emotional, and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care. To read more about Macmillan Cancer Support, please click here.


Due to the lockdown not all our pubs will be open to accept the tubs but some have made other arrangements to facillitate drop offs. Please check your localpubs Facebook page to see if there is an alternative way of you dropping off your tubs. You can find your local pub by using the link at the bottom of this page.

Please remember that at this time, not all Greene King pubs can take part in this campaign due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England. So please ensure that your local pub is open and accepting tubs before taking them over.

All Greene King locations taking part are following the current Covid-19 government guidelines (please click here to view the current guidelines on the Government website) and will be working safely to ensure that the risk of infection is prevented within their premises. To make this happen Greene King also need your contribution, so when taking your tubs in, please sanitise them first. Once you have entered a public house, please wear a face mask (unless you’re exempt) and hand your tubs over to a front of house team member either at the bar or welcome station, whilst keeping to the 1m+ social distancing rules.

Once you’ve handed the tubs over, please make sure to sanitise or wash your hands before touching anything else inside. The member of staff will also make sure to sanitise after placing the tubs within their storage area.


Will it cost me anything?

No, dropping off containers is completely free. The only money you spend will be if you decide to have a substantial meal and drinks!

What’s in it for me?

By dropping off your containers, you will not only be helping the environment by aiding the recycling of hard-to-recycle plastics, but you will also be helping us raise money for charity.

What do I need to do with my tubs before I drop them off?

Please ensure your tubs are clean, empty, and sanitised before taking them to a Greene King location.

Where do I drop my containers off to?

The area where you drop your containers off to will vary at different pubs so just make sure to ask a member of staff! Due to Covid-19 pubs will be trying to minimise touch points within their premises so all you may need to do is hand them over to a member of staff who will make sure to wash their hands after and we recommend you do too.

What type of tubs do you take?

Any tubs that contain the 5PP logo on the bottom. (See Above)

How do Greene King store the containers?

Your containers will be kept in indoor and outdoor storage areas and as they’re plastic, they can be kept outside but stacked upside to keep out rain and other contaminants.

Do Greene King make any money from this?

No, all money raised from the sale of Tub 2 Pub plastics goes directly to Macmillan. The only profit they may receive is if you decide to have a substantial meal and drinks as this money will not be going to charity.

How are the containers recycled?

Devon Contract Waste and co-cre8 will collate all the plastic containers before sending to DCW Polymers where the containers are shredded before being sold to manufacturers where they are made into recycled products. All the profit money from the sales will be given to our chosen charity, Macmillan.

How do the logistics work?

Greene King is collecting tubs on behalf of Devon Contract Waste and co-cre8 who are responsible for the collection, recycling, and sale of the plastic tubs. All tubs will be collected in March 2021 from each drop-off location across a couple of days. Routes will be carefully planned for the collection drivers to help minimise the amount of road miles.

What if my local pub is closed due to being in lockdown?

Please check your local pubs Facebook page to see if they have made alternative arrangements to allow you to drop off your tubs. To find your local Greene King please use the link at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions, please ask your at local Greene King establishment.
You find your local’s contact details here.