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Recycling champ to the rescue

Darren PT

You’ll have heard a lot about our recycling efforts, but we’ve decided to get our tenant champion to give you the benefit of his expertise.

Darren Ardron is a Pendleton Together tenant and a Recycling champion, and over the coming weeks he’ll giving you some great tips to help on how to improve your recycling and reduce your carbon footprint.

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

So after taking around the recycling centre in Sharston, where we got to see what happens to our recyclable waste and what happens when we don’t recycle, I thought I’d do a blog about what I’d learned.

Darren has also made a video, click here to watch it

Firstly, what goes where when it comes to our bins. It’s so easy to get it wrong.

Here’s what goes in your Blue bin:

Cardboard, newspapers, magazines/catalogues, waxed drink cartons/tetrapaks (no tops) – NO PLASTIC BAGS or POLYSTYRENE PACKAGING!

And in your Brown bin:

Aerosols (Empty),

Food cans (not paint tins [full or empty]),

Aluminium drinks cans,

Glass bottles and jars (no tops and not window/plate glass, vehicle window glass, cookware (Pyrex, etc.), broken light bulbs or drinking glasses),

Foil and foil trays,

Milk bottles (no tops),

All types of plastic bottles (no tops).

The only plastics you can put in your recycling bin are plastic bottles; NOT margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, tubes, tubs, plastic trays, plastic bags, plastic film, or anything which is NOT A BOTTLE!

The list above may surprise you, but there are 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.
  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 and 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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