Right thing, right bin

In the summer we sent a leaflet to all houses in the Borough called "Right thing, right bin". It explained that we were seeing more of the wrong things being put into green recycling bins.

Sometimes it's non-recyclable rubbish that should actually go in your black refuse bin. And sometimes it's recyclable stuff that should actually go in your other recycling containers for food, textiles or glass. Either way, it's expensive to sort this out from your green bin recycling, and it can reduce the amount that actually gets recycled.

Why is this a problem - especially if it's recyclable like glass?

It's about how the recycling  companies work. With Simply Weekly Recycling we carefully considered this to get the best value for residents:

Glass in the green bin smashes and causes expensive damage to the machines that sort out your recycling. And glass shards reduce the value of your other recycling. That's why we ask you to put glass separately in your kerbside box.
Food in the green bin is difficult and expensive to separate. It reduces the value of your other recycling, and once cleaned off has to be disposed of as refuse. That's very expensive.

Textiles in the green bin get caught in the machines, causing damage, delays and cost. Recycle textiles separately.
  And, of course, if you put non-recyclable rubbish in your green bin it has to be sorted out and disposed of. That's even more expensive than simply putting your rubbish in your black bin to start with. Nobody wins.

Right thing, right bin

So we're appealing to everyone: check it out before you chuck it out!

Quick guide to what goes where

It's really important to put the right thing in the right bin. What if the Council can't recycle it? Why do we recycle fewer plastics now?

You might like to know that we're now recycling a fraction under 56%. That's the highest ever result in Epsom & Ewell, and way ahead of the national average. Recycling is part of what we can do to protect the climate. What you do really does make a difference. Thank you.

What happens to your recycling?

This is the really interesting bit. Where does your recycling go? What happens to it?


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