Recycling is a win win solution for both the environment and your pocket. Small changes make a big difference to help towards a cleaner environment, reduce pollution, save energy, conserve resources and cut your weekly domestic waste collection charges.

For further information on recycling facilities in your local area contact your local authority or if applicable contact your owners’ managing agent to see what changes you can implement in apartment block communities to reduce domestic waste and increase recycling awareness.

Items that can be recycled

  • Glass bottles and jars (some bring centres recycle plate glass or windows)
  • Paper (newspapers, magazines, telephone books, office paper, junk mail, comics and light cardboard)
  • Paper; laminated or waxed papers (for example, paper cups) and beverage cartons (for example, Tetrapak, milk or orange juice cartons).
  • Aluminium cans (soft drink and beer cans, foil)
  • Plastic (drinks bottles, detergent bottles, carrier bags, clingfilm, bubblewrap, yogurt and butter cartons)
  • Food tins (fruit, vegetables, pet food)
  • Plastic bottle tops, metal and aluminium lids
  • Batteries (lead acid, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium/lithium ion and all household primary, powerpack and mobile phone batteries)
  • Green waste (see items that can be composted)
  • Textiles (clean clothes, bed linen, towels, coats and jackets)
  • Waste tyres
  • Waste oil (mineral and vegetable oils)
  • Cars
  • White goods (washing machines, cookers, dryers, dishwashers, fridges)
  • Other household electrical appliances (kettles, toasters, computers)
  • Wood (without nails)

Items that can be composted

  • Teabags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg cartons
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Weeds
  • Old plants and garden cuttings
  • Vegetable wastes
  • Fallen leaves
  • Fruit and vegetable remains
  • Crushed egg shells
  • Newspapers
  • Light cardboard

Items that cannot be recycled or left at bring centres or civic amenity centres

  • Crystal glass, Pyrex, television tubes, opal glass, (that is, alcohol bottles where a large amount of foil is glued to he bottle) and car windscreens
  • Porcelain, pottery, stones and ceramic tiles
  • Lead foil (occurs on certain brandy bottles)
  • Carpets and rugs, cushions or mattresses

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