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Plastics

What you can recycle

  • Plastic bottles (including lids).
  • Pots, tubs and food trays.

What you cannot recycle

  • Plastic film (including carrier bags).
  • Rigid plastics (such as plant pots or children’s toys).
  • Polystyrene.
  • Pill/tablet casings.

Things that make a difference

  • Wash - excessive food residue can cause problems during the recycling process please rinse your bottles and trays.
  • Squash – to fit as much in the recycling sack and the recycling lorry as possible.

Metals

What you can recycle

  • Drinks cans.
  • Food tins.
  • Foil.
  • Aerosols.

What you cannot recycle

  • Other metals e.g. knives, radiators, taps. These are comprised of different metal alloys that cannot be separated by the recycling process for tins and cans.
  • Full or partially empty aerosols. These can explode when crushed into bales for transport and present a danger for our teams.

Things that make a difference

Wash - excessive food residue can cause problems during the recycling process please rinse your cans.

Cardboard

What you can recycle

All cardboard including Brown/corrugated cardboard boxes, thin card such as cereal, egg and washing powder boxes and toilet and kitchen roll tubes.

What you cannot recycle

  • Plastic packaging including polystyrene packing and polythene bags.
  • Food residue – take away covers, pizza boxes.

Things that make a difference

Cardboard boxes that are too large to go in the green recycling box can be flattened so it can be placed behind or under the box when you put it out for collection.

Paper

What you can recycle

All paper including office paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail including envelopes (with or without windows), telephone directories, shredded paper - in a bag.

What you cannot recycle

  • Plastic packaging such as film and polythene wrappers.
  • Food residue – please put this in your food caddy.

Things that make a difference

Put your shredded paper in a bag to prevent it getting blown by the wind when we are collecting it.

Glass

What you can recycle

Glass bottles and jars (all colours).

What you cannot recycle

  • Heat proof and Pyrex containers. These types of glass melt at a different temperature to the glass that is used to make bottles and jars.
  • Crockery – it's not made of glass.
  • Window or green-house glass. These types of glass are treated for outside use and this contaminates the glass used to make bottles and jars.

Things that make a difference

  • Wash - excessive food residue can cause problems during the recycling process please rinse your bottles and jars.
  • Metal lids can be put with your cans and tins in the green recycling sack.

Cartons (also called Tetra Pak)

What you can recycle

Cartons – used for long life food stuffs such as juice, milk, chopped tomatoes and pulses.

What you cannot recycle

Cartons still containing food.

Things that make a difference

  • Wash - excessive food residue can cause problems during the recycling process please rinse your cartons.
  • Squash – to fit as much in the recycling sack and the recycling lorry as possible.
  • Plastic lids can be put in your recycling sack with the other plastics.

Small Electrical Items

What you can recycle

Electrical items which use a battery or have a plug, up to the size (height and width) as the recycling box such as kettles, toasters, hairdryers etc.

What you cannot recycle

  • Light bulbs – energy efficient and fluorescent bulbs contain mercury which is hazardous if broken. Tungsten bulbs are not recyclable.
  • Electricals larger than the recycling box – they won’t fit in the compartment on the vehicle.

Things that make a difference

If you can not fit small electricals in your box due to the amount of other materials, please put them in a carrier bag and place next to the recycling box. This stops any wires becoming a trip hazard on the footpath.

Food Waste

What you can recycle

  • All cooked and uncooked food.
  • Pet food.

What you cannot recycle

  • Liquids including cooking oils.
  • Pet waste.

Things that make a difference

Use a compostable liner or newspaper to line your kitchen caddy and help keep it clean.

Textiles

What you can recycle

  • Clothing in any condition.
  • Shoes (in pairs).
  • Towels, bed sheets, blankets, curtains and any other household linen.

What you cannot recycle

Duvets and pillows.

Things that make a difference

  • Put your textiles and shoes in a plastic bag to keep them dry.
  • Tie pairs of shoes together so they don't separate in transit.

Household Batteries

What you can recycle

All household batteries of any size.

What you cannot recycle

Car, golf cart or motorcycle batteries.

Things that make a difference

Put your household batteries in the bags provided or in any clear bag.