Clean paper & card are allowed, including
- paper/card wrappers from around cans or yoghurt pot packaging
- window envelopes
- egg boxes (but consider reuse or composting as well)
- books (remove covers and spine from hard back)
- No shredded paper as it clogs the machinery at the recycling facility, including when put inside cereal boxes. Useful in a wormery though, see our Green Bin page. Or turn it into briquets for a chimenea or wood-burner.
- No foil/glittery wrapping paper. Post office stocks brown paper and cardboard labels, which are recyclable.
- No crisp packets or confectionery wrappers. Local drop-off site for crisps, soon, we hope for confectionery.
- No take-away pizza boxes - too contaminated with food to be recycled, but theoretically they can be composted, as per shredded paper.
- Not, we suspect, paper tissues. To be checked.
- Remove non-recyclable plastic lining from cereal boxes.
Plastic bottles & containers are allowed
- Not plastic bottle tops, nor trigger mechanisms.
- Items like plastic coat hangers are not collected as the plastic is too hard &/or too low grade. This type of plastic turns into a thick goo.
- Not flimsy yoghurt pots where 2,4, or 6 are sold joined together, they can’t be recycled.
- Food trays are too low-grade plastic and not just the black ones.
Steel & aluminium cans, including aerosol cans are allowed
- Remove plastic lids and aerosol nozzles – more research needed on this.
- Rinse cans, don’t risk cutting yourself; a small amount of residue in an aluminium or steel can is not a problem. Mouldy food left inside is.
- not Aluminium food trays or foil - do not contain enough aluminium to be recycled & are also often contaminated with food.
Batteries – but in the special bag, on top of blue or black bin
- They don't always give you a replacement bag automatically