Help us save £90,000 a year!
Waste companies reject contaminated loads
Just a little non-recyclable material in your blue bin can cost the council thousands.
- what was good quality material is no longer suitable for recycling
- we pay an extra cost for removing it
- tonnes of good material going to landfill, or to energy from waste.
We all need to know how to avoid this.
How to ensure your paper and containers can be recycled
- Rinse out plastic and metal containers. No need to scrub them with detergent, but they must be free of scraps and residue.
- Any sauce, liquid or food waste means the container, and anything it drips onto in the bin, can't be recycled.
- Empty and rinse all bottles and cartons.
Greasy pizza boxes
- Oil that’s seeped into the cardboard means the fibre can’t be recycled.
- However, if lid of the box is clean, tear this off and put it in your blue bin.
- If you have a garden, the whole box can be composted! Tear it into pieces and put it in your home compost bin.
- These can plug up sorting machinery. Put them in your grey bin.
- Disposable nappies are made of several materials, so can’t be recycled.
- After use, they contain human waste. They must go in your grey bin.
What else can’t we recycle?
- Tissue and kitchen roll
- Plastic wrap, cling film, bubble wrap
- Crisp and sweet wrappers
- Hard plastic: toys, coat hangers, plant pots etc
Put all these materials in your grey bin.
We could spend another £90,000 on essential council services if everyone recycled properly!