What can and can't be recycled

We can’t recycle all packaging with the recycle logo – only those shown below – and all materials must be dry and clean. If they are not, then it is impossible to recycle them.

Please put the following items in your smart clear sacks or in the smart banks:

  • clean and empty mixed glass (take metal lids off and put them loose in your recycling)
  • clean and dry unshredded paper, card and cardboard
  • clean and empty plastic bottles (please squash and keep plastic lids on)
  • clean and empty plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • clean and empty cartons (please squash and keep plastic lids on)
  • clean and empty Tetra Paks (please squash and keep plastic lids on)
  • clean and empty tins and cans

Please remember

  • Items need to be clean and dry
  • give bottles, jars, cans and cartons a quick rinse
  • flatten cardboard boxes
  • squash plastic bottles and cartons.

If in doubt, leave it out!

What can't I recycle

Please do not put these items in smart clear sacks or smart banks:

  • food waste
  • plastic wrappers
  • shredded paper
  • food-soiled packaging
  • polystyrene
  • foil
  • paper towels
  • plastic bags/bin bags
  • textiles
  • aerosol cans

More information about what you can't recycle and why.

We have one of the lowest council tax charges in the country and we want to keep it that way. If wrong items end up at the recycling centre we are charged more and that ultimately means you, the taxpayer, are charged more.

We have to pay nearly seven times as much for a contaminated load of recycling compared to clean and dry recycling. If the contamination spreads throughout the whole load then nothing can be recycled – it’s such a waste!

The wrong types of materials can also cause havoc at the sorting depot, clogging up machinery and causing breakdowns.

What happens to my recycling?

For more information about what happens to your recycling (e.g. paper and card, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, mixed glass, tins and cans), and where it goes, please visit the WRWA Reuse and Recycling Centre website and see what happens to my recycling?

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