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Recycling champ to the rescue - part 2

recycling 2You’ll have heard a lot about our recycling efforts, but we’ve decided to get our ‘Recycling Champion’ and Pendleton Together tenant, Darren Ardron, to offer you some top tips.

Darren said: “Recycling and protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility and it’s never been easier to do after the improvements made to our homes.

This month, I’m looking at the black/pink bins and what you can and can’t take to your local recycling centre.”

BLACK/PINK LID: Fruit & vegetable peelings, all cooked or uncooked food, garden waste, meat and bones and tea bags. It is acceptable to mix garden and food waste as you would in a composter at home if you have one. NO PLASTIC BAGS ONLY COMPOSTABLE BIO-BAGS

RECYCLING CENTRES/TIP: Old tyres, old furniture that is unusable, used engine oil, cooking oil, batteries, wood, asbestos, builders’ rubble, electrical goods (fridge, washer, TV), computers, mobiles, scrap metal, empty gas bottles, textiles and fluorescent tubes.

Click the link to find you nearest recycling centre.

Some of the reasons why certain items cannot be recycled or are not currently recycled: 1. The work needed to sort the item out is not cost effective for selling it on to be reused. 2. The item would currently be sorted in the same category as another item and would cross contaminate, increasing costs and lowering sell-on values, e.g., glass and plastic bottle tops (see below). 3. The more times a plastic is recycled the poorer the grade of plastic it becomes. Plastic tops and plastic bags are mostly plastics at the end of their re-useable lives. 4. Window/plate glass, vehicle window glass, cookware glass (Pyrex, etc.), drinking glasses, crystal glass are not recyclable because they all contain additives to strengthen them. This means they won’t melt at the same temperature as plain glass for recycling and contaminate the batch.

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