Given the myriad of materials used in packaging it is hardly surprising that Enderby residents are often unclear about what can be recycled.
It really shouldn’t be difficult to help people ‘do the right thing’ and recycle where possible and it is useful that producers of goods often indicate what is and what isn’t recyclable. Even so, some just indicate ‘widely recycled’ or ‘check your local regulations’ which leave some residents confused.
Helpfully, Leicestershire Waste Partnership and Casepak (the recycling and waste management company) have produce a list of items that are currently recyclable and can be accepted for collection at kerbside.
This provides greater consistency for residents for what can and cannot be recycled and is aimed at encouraging everyone to recycle more things, more often.
How to present your recycling
- Empty, rinse and dry all bottles, jars and containers
- Place lids back on all bottles, jars and cartons
- All packaging should be empty
- Items should go in loose (all items separate)
- Flatten cardboard* and cartons – keep it dry
*Large pieces of neatly flattened cardboard can be left by the side of your recycling bin
Items for recycling
Glass bottles and jars
No flat glass/mirrors/drinking glasses etc as these have a different melting point and cannot be recycled in the same way.
Drinks cans and food tins
Metal biscuit and chocolate tins
Aerosol cans* from the kitchen and bathroom (must be empty).
Aluminium foil (must be clean) – scrunch it up into a ball
Foil trays (must be clean)
No metal tubes, such as tomato puree
No paint tins
No cooking oil tins
*Avoid aerosols from the garage or shed that contain hazardous materials such as WD40, spray paint or fly killer
Plastic bottles, including from the kitchen and bathroom
Plastic pots, tubs, trays and punnets (any colour except black)
Plastic bags (not black), such as carrier bags; bread bags; salad and vegetable bags
Plastic film, such as bubble wrap, cling film and cellophane (must be clean)
No black plastic of any kind, including black food trays and bags
No plastic tubes, such as moisturiser, sun cream, hand cream or toothpaste
No hard plastic, such as coat hangers; storage boxes; children’s toys; mixing bowls; Tupperware containers
No CDs & CD cases; video cassettes & cases
No plastic cutlery
No trigger sprays or pump action lids from household sprays and soaps (the bottles are fine)
No crisp packets or other metallised plastic wrappers i.e. from sweets; chocolates; biscuits; tea bags
No metallised food and drink pouches, such as from pet food or soft drinks
No plastic plant pots or seed trays of any colour
Large corrugated cardboard boxes
Other cardboard, such as cereal boxes and card from ready meals
Egg boxes, toilet roll, and kitchen roll middles
Files and folders without metal components
Greeting cards (plain cards only, no glitter, fabric or embellishments)
Cartons/ tetra paks
Food and drink cartons, such as milk, soups etc
Crisp tubes, such as Pringles
Newspapers, magazines, leaflets
Catalogues and directories
Office paper and envelopes
Wrapping paper* (plain paper only, no glitter, fabric or embellishments)
Shredded paper (place inside an open topped box such as a cereal box or paper bag to prevent the paper from blowing down the street and remember you only need to shred the part of the document that contains personal information rather than the whole document)
No kitchen paper/ tissues – these can’t be recycled
*No tissue paper – this can’t be recycled
Softback books and hardback books – ideally donate for reuse where possible
Currently unable to recycle the following:
Food waste – place in your general waste
Nappies – place in your general waste
Textiles – Unless your council allows the use of a dedicated collection bag, textiles including clothing, footwear, handbags, belts, towels, blankets, duvets, and pillows are not acceptable in your kerbside collection. Please take them to your local charity for reuse or recycle at textile banks or your Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS).
Clinical waste / needles / sharps – These cannot be recycled or disposed of in your general waste. Please contact your district council to arrange a clinical waste collection.
Waste electrical or electronic equipment (WEEE) – Electrical items, batteries and light bulbs are not acceptable in the recycle bin. Unless your council allows the use of a dedicated collection bag, these need to be taken to your Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS) for recycling.
For details of kerbside collection and waste and recycling within Blaby District visit the waste and recycling page of the Blaby District Council website.