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How To Recycle?

June 4th 2014
By: Melanie

In the UK we produce over 100,000 tonnes of waste each year, on average one UK family produces one tonne of waste each year - approximately the weight of a small car.

Although a large majority of waste in Essex is recycled, recently Uttlesford District council have found that they have seen an increase in recyclable waste is being disposed into the black non-recycling bins so we have provided a list below of all the items that can be recycled into the green bins. If you don’t live in this area then the best way to find out what should go into your recycling bin is to visit your local council’s website for more information about how to recycle.

Paper, card, plastic, tin cans, foil - which includes:

  • Greetings/Birthday/Christmas cards
  • Cardboard food packaging such as cereal boxes
  • Cardboard juice and milk cartons
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Cans and tins - aluminium and steel
  • Aerosols
  • Foil
  • Ready meal containers
  • Take away food containers
  • Party platters
  • Meals on wheels containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Ice-cream containers
  • Ready meal and food trays
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets
  • Plastic tubs
  • Bottle top lids
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic bottles
  • CD / DVD / video cases
  • Sandwich packs
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Glass
  • Textiles (Clothes, paired shoes, bed linen and curtains)
  • Bubble wrap and cling film

Do not include:

  • Food recycling
  • Black sacks
  • Patterned or flock wallpaper
  • Expanded polystyrene / Styrofoam
  • Jiffy bags
  • Crisp packets / sweet wrappers