|Since lockdown started we’ve recorded a 15% increase in black bin waste and a 5% increase in green bin recycling. |
Here are our top tips on key recycling topics #TimeToRecycle.
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Quick and easy bin hacks. These are simple things you can do to get in the habit of recycling!
It’s a good idea to have a few places in your house where you can put recycling before taking it to your wheelie bin.
- Have 2 indoor bins, one for general waste and one for recycling. Colour code or label them so they don’t get mixed up!
- A cardboard box or crate can fit under sinks, counters or coffee tables
- If you’re tight on space, hang a bag on the back of a door!
- Squash bottles and put the lid back on
- Pull the flaps up on cartons to flatten them
- Squish cans
- Break down boxes
We’re collecting more glass in our bottle banks during Lockdown, with 60% more than usual in May! The increase in glass recycling was featured on Look North last week.
Keep your tops on
Keep the lids on bottles and jars when you put them in the bottle bank. The metal and plastic gets recycled too!
Find your nearest bottle bank
Recycle glass at a bottle bank. let us know
Recycle paper and cardboard in your green bin
- leaflets, junk mail, magazines, newspapers
- envelopes (you can leave the plastic windows in, we’ll remove them!)
- cereal boxes, ready meal sleeves, frozen food boxes, egg cartons
- cardboard boxes, clean-ish pizza boxes (grease spots are fine)
- juice and milk cartons (Tetra Paks)
Do not put these in your green bin
- wet/dirty paper is hard to recycle (that’s why we ask you to wash and dry food packaging)
- glittery paper
- shredded paper (it clogs up the machines, compost it instead)
- disposable coffee cups. Put them in a coffee cup recycling bin in the city centre or one the banks located at North Parade Car Park, Sainsburys White Rose Centre, Owlcotes Shopping Centre and the recycling centres in Wetherby, Kirkstall, Yeadon, Meanwood and Seacroft.
Recycle these in your green bin
- Tins (give them a quick rinse, no need to remove paper labels)
- Drink cans
- Empty aerosol cans (deodorant, shaving foam, hairspray)
- Foil (scrunch small pieces up to make a bigger ball)
Bring your old batteries to a battery bank (they’re in every supermarket and there’s a map here.)
Putting batteries in either of your wheelie bins could start a fire.
Some items look like metal but are actually a mix of metal and plastic. Don’t let them sneak in to your green bin. Put them in your black bin or bring them to a Terracyle drop off point.
- crisp packets (this includes pringles tubes)
- biscuit wrappers
- pet food pouches
- chocolate bar wrappers
To check if something is metal or plastic do the scrunch test – if it stays scrunched it’s metal and if it’s bounces back it’s plastic.
Recycle plastic types 1, 2, 4 and 5 in your green bin!
- Type 1 – pop bottles, fruit punnets
- Type 2 – milk bottles, cleaning product bottles
- Type 4 – frozen veg bags, bubble wrap, bread bags (any stretchy plastic bag)
- Type 5 – yoghurt pots, margarine tubs
Pesky plastics – put these in your black bin
- Type 3 – clingfilm, PVC pipes
- Type 6 – polystyrene, clothes hangers, DVD cases
- Type 7 – other plastics like acrylic
- “compostable” or “bio-plastic” isn’t actually plastic
- Black or dark brown plastic – the laser sorter can’t detect it
Do the stretch test!
1/3 of our subscribers thought you can’t recycle stretchy plastic bags in your green bin.
Lots of stretchy plastic bags say “not commonly recycled” or “recycle at a supermarket” on them. If a bag stretches you can recycle it in your green bin, if it tears you can’t.
One last thing…
We love this infographic that Zero Waste Leeds made to explain the different types of plastic you can put in your green bin. Perfect to print off and put on your fridge!