Clean paper & card are allowed, including:-
- paper/card wrappers from around cans or yoghurt pot cardboard packaging
- cardboard tubes from loo paper and kitchen towel rolls
- window envelopes
- egg boxes (but consider reuse or composting as well)
- books & catalogues (remove covers and spine from hard back)
- No shredded or tissue paper, paper towels or handkerchiefs, as it clogs the machinery at the recycling facility. No, shredded paper can't go 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. Co-op now accept these items in their recycling bin.
- No take-away pizza boxes - too contaminated with food to be recycled, but theoretically they can be composted, as per shredded paper.
- Remove non-recyclable plastic lining from cereal boxes. The lining should however be accepted at the Co-op recycling point.
Plastic bottles & containers are allowed, including their plastic lids or caps, although we have also have drop-off points for the caps which earn money for charities. This now includes all yoghurt pots but remove any paper labels.
- Not trigger mechanisms (try to refill and reuse?).
- Not plastic bags - now accepted at the local Coop and other supermarkets
- 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 Food trays, which are often low-grade plastic (and not just the black ones).
Steel & aluminium cans, including aerosol cans, are allowed:-
- Remove plastic lids and aerosol nozzles – IF they can be removed safely. Veolia advise us to never try to force a lid off a spray can as they are under pressure.
- 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