Recycling is a fast-changing world and there’s always more we can do. We’ve created some information to help everyone to recycle even more - and make recycling even easier: We’re on a mission to help you bin better.
On this page, we’ve pulled together some insider info and shared some top tips and easy-peasy rubbish habits you can adopt to make recycling, reducing and reusing a low-hassle part of your everyday life.
Why bother recycling?
The problem with contamination
Contamination is a big issue when it comes to recycling. It makes it much harder to recycle waste and costs more money to remove. Rubbish, right? Contaminators are items that either spill over other recycling or are items that can't be recycled themselves.
Don't be caught out by these items
From lolly sticks to crisp packets, these sneaky items often end up contaminating our recycling as they are easily mistaken for recyclable rubbish. In actual fact, they cannot be recycled via your normal kerbside collections.
Unsure whether an item can be recycled?
Check using our A - Z tool.
Recycling contamination: main offenders
These items are currently our top contaminators. They can't be recycled through your kerbside dry recycling: food (which can go in your food bin), nappies (urgh!), gas canisters and textiles (e.g. cushions, clothing, soft furnishings). Unsure whether an item can be recycled? Check using our A - Z tool.