More and more people in Essex are recycling items from around the home. We all know how to recycle plastic bottles and cardboard, but sometimes it’s difficult to know what items to place in which container. We’ve come up with a list of quick and easy ways to help you improve your recycling.
Items which are not recyclable but placed in your recycling bin or sack can cause issues during the recycling process. Items are often sorted by hand and may be unsafe to handle. They may also damage machinery, reduce the recycling quality and lead to greater costs when dealing with recycling.
Items that should not be placed in the recycling bin or sack include:
These items should always be placed in your general rubbish bin or black sack.
All items placed in your recycling bin or sack should be clean and dry. Unclean items, such as items with stains, food or liquids on them may soil other items meaning they can no longer be accepted for recycling. To avoid unclean items, follow these easy recycle rules:
To help you improve your recycling and recycle more from around the home, we've created a quick video.
To find a full list of items accepted for recycling at your kerbside, check your local council website.
Clothing and textiles should not be placed in your recycling bin or sack with other recyclable items. If your local council accepts textiles at the kerbside, they should be clean and placed in a separate bag.
Clean clothing, textiles and shoes can be taken to local bring banks often found in supermarket car parks or at any Essex County Council recycling centre. Remember to check the list of accepted items as this can vary.
Find out more about clothing and textile recycling at Love Your Clothes.
The easiest way to check if an item is recyclable is to look out for the on-pack recycling labels. Find out what recycling logos to look out for on Recycle Now.