Check what you can and can't recycle at the kerbside before putting your recycling boxes out for collection.
Kerbside recycling collections
Our Waste teams unload your recycling into compartments on a collection vehicle, then take it to a site where:
- materials are separated and bulked
- any unsuitable materials (‘contamination’) are disposed of
We only collect high quality materials which we sell on to manufacturers for reprocessing.
We may occasionally need to collect your recycling in a different way, for example, when there's a vehicle breakdown.
When this happens, we:
- may mix (or 'co-mingle') your recycling in the vehicle
- will need to sort recycling items after collection (but the material will still be recycled)
Contaminated kerbside collections
We receive an income for the recyclable material we sell on, however, this can sometimes be reduced due to contamination.
If you place items we can't recycle in your recycling box, we:
- could reach the maximum 'contamination threshold' of our contract
- may need to send a whole lorry load of recycling to be processed as household waste
- may incur a charge
So, it's important to sort your recycling correctly, both for the environment and to keep our waste collection costs as low as possible.
Recycling and mixed plastics
We collect all plastics labelled either PET 1 or HDPE 2 as part of our kerbside recycling collections.
PET 1 and HDPE 2 plastics may include some:
- plastic bottles
- plastic trays (such as those used for fresh fruit)
- tubs (such as margarine tubs)
It's not currently cost effective for us to recycle other types of plastic, but we'll continue to explore opportunities to increase the amount of plastic we recycle in future.
You can dispose of other types of plastic:
Recycling at our Household Waste Recycling Centres
You can take many items which can't be recycled at the kerbside to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC):
Between October and December 2017, we recycled around 69% of waste taken to our HWRCs.