Put plastic pots in their place…Be Mighty. Recycle.

To get even better at recycling in Wrexham, and to help Wales become the number one recycler in the world (we’re currently third), we will need to get on top of recycling plastic.

Did you know that ANY type of plastic bottles, ALL plastic food trays, plastic pots and plastic tubs can be recycled at the kerbside in Wrexham? So many of our household plastics can be recycled, and not just from the kitchen.

The plastics in your bathroom like shampoo bottles, shower gel bottles and bathroom cleaners (including trigger spray ones) can also be recycled in your recycling box.

Squash your bottles…it can be fun

Now you know which plastics can be recycled, the next step is to squash your bottles before putting them in your recycling box. This gives you more room and makes it easier for us as well.

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During lockdown, one of our Waste Strategy Officers decided to get her two children involved in this and created a fun game squashing plastic bottles so they are ready to be recycled.

In the game, plastics are lined up either side of the recycling box and the children then have fun squashing the bottles in a race to the finish. As the bottles get squashed, they drop them into the recycling box.

Take a look at the video below 😊

It sure looks like a lot of fun, plus it shows much space can be saved and how to correctly recycle the plastics.

If anyone has come up with their own games around recycling, please get in touch because we’d love to hear about them.

Consider this a challenge to be creative and let’s see what you can all come up with. Tag us in on social media to show us your ideas.

Don’t forget, cleaner means greener

When recycling your plastic bottles, trays, tubs and pots, do you make sure there’s no food or drink residue on them? Because doing this means a much better quality of recyclable material is sent off to be recycled into new products. When you’ve finished washing your dishes, before pulling the plug, give your plastics a quick rinse in the dishwater to get rid of any residue.

What can’t I recycle at the kerbside?

The most common things people try to recycle, which aren’t currently recyclable at the kerbside are all types of plastic food bags, all types of carrier bags, cling film, bubble wrap and crisp packets.

We also can’t accept any polystyrene items, hard plastics (these can be recycled at our recycling centres), toys, tupperware, sweet wrappers, toothpaste tubes, plastic razors, plastic cutlery, or microwavable rice sachets.

The re-use shop

If you’re looking to get rid of plastics, such as garden furniture or toys, and they’re in good condition, you should think about donating them to the re-use shop at Bryn Lane recycling centre…as well as recycling these items, you’ll be helping a great local charity too.

The shop is run by Nightingale House Hospice, and our three recycling centres all have an area set aside for people to donate items for re-use…if you’re unsure where these areas are, just give one of our attendants a shout, and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction 🙂

Now we have all the info, lets all get on top of plastic and get Wales to number one!

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