Clear Sacks - Kerbside recycling
Clear sacks are for recycling only and should not be used for general refuse or garden waste, if used incorrectly they will not be collected.
Non recyclable and recyclable items should not be mixed. If they are the load will be seen as "contaminated" and will be rejected by the reprocessing plant.
Please note that leaving bins and/or waste out is in contravention of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. All waste (sacks and bin/s) should be stored securely within the boundary of your property between collections and put out for collection earliest the night before and latest by 7am on the day of your collection.
For a details on what can and cant go in your kerbside recycling collection view our Recycling and Refuse directory
What can go in:
- Cardboard Boxes
- Foil lined drink cartons
- Paper and card items
- Foil trays
- Soft and flexible plastics
What can't go in:
- Bubble wrap
- Dirty, wet or greasy card and paper items
- Clothes shoes and textiles (view our textiles recycling page)
- Glass jars and bottles (take to your local bottle bank)
- Metals (gas containers, paint tins and utensils)
- Nappies(view our cloth nappies page)
- Plastic/cling film
- crisp packets
- Small items/pieces (under 40mm)
Where does my recycling go?
The materials we collect are separated in a Waste Transfer station and then transferred to reprocessing plants in the UK where it is treated as follows:
- Food waste is taken to an Anaerobic Digestion plant, where it's transformed into soil fertiliser and energy;
- Recycling (contained in the clear sacks) is taken to a Material Recovery Facility plant. At the plant it is sorted in the various materials and sub-types (different polymers for plastic, different types and qualities for paper, cardboard and tins) and then transferred to other plants where each material can be reprocessed into new items.
- Garden waste is taken to an Open Windrow composting plant, where it will become compost;
- Glass is separated by colour and taken to a reprocessing plant, where it is transformed into new glass bottles and jars.
Our refuse does not go to landfill, but it is treated in a Mechanical Biological Treatment plant, where what is still recyclable is extracted and the rest is shredded to make pellets, materials for construction and energy.
Need more recycling sacks?
You can also collect more sacks free of charge from your local Library or the Council Office's.
To Learn about recycling symbols view the Recycling Now website.
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