Seeing as both our plastic recycling and food waste recycling handy tips proved to be very popular, we thought now would be a good time to give you some more handy tips so you can continue to do your bit for Wrexham.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said, “We’re continuing to give recycling tips to try and make things clearer for people around which items can be recycled in Wrexham. We’re hoping people will take them on board and use the information to make informed choices about the materials they buy, reusing as much as they can, and staying away from non-recyclables as much as possible.”
So with that in mind, here’s some useful tips to help you out 🙂
• Don’t grab as you go. Yep, grabbing items on the go is a pretty big problem as it often involves non-recyclable materials and single-use plastics. Takeaways and ‘meal deals’ usually come with plastic films and polystyrene packaging that we can’t recycle. Buying bottles of water while you’re out is only adding to the plastic problem too. Planning ahead and taking a packed lunch is much better and let’s be honest, cheaper. Getting a reusable water bottle and filling it up with tap water before you go out is also a big improvement.
Tip: Around a million people buy a bottle of water every minute, but this is just adding to the plastic problem. Get a reusable bottle and fill it up with tap water before you leave – you’ll be helping the environment and saving money. #recycling #recycleweek pic.twitter.com/FMLyHL4G6e
— Wrexham Council (@wrexhamcbc) September 26, 2019
• Metal lids in tins when you recycle them. Something you can do to help us out is putting metal tin lids back inside the tin when you recycle them. This helps us as when the metal gets crushed together at the recycling centre, the lids that haven’t been put inside the tins often slip out of the bale due to their size.
• Home composting. We’re sure you’ve heard about the green bin charges that are coming in next year. Due to cuts, we’ve had to introduce this charge, which we’ve tried to keep as small as possible at £25 per green bin; one of the lowest in England and Wales. We hope you’ll continue to get your green bin collected by us, but if you’re thinking about not having your green bin collected, something you might want to look into is home composting. Have a look at this home composting guide and see what you think.
• Glass is important. Perhaps glass isn’t talked about as much as some of the other recyclable materials but it’s important too. Recycling glass is 33% more energy efficient than creating glass using new materials, and like aluminium, glass can be recycled over-and-over again.
• Clean foil is recyclable. Did you know that clean foil can be recycled in your green box/middle wheelie box with your tins and plastics? It needs to be clean foil though or otherwise it will contaminate your other clean recyclables.
Recycling fact: Washing your plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles before they’re collected means a much better quality of recyclable material is sent off to be recycled into new products. pic.twitter.com/p1gjES9y4l
— Wrexham Council (@wrexhamcbc) March 3, 2019
• See if it can be recycled at the recycling centre. If it can’t be recycled in your recycling boxes/bags, perhaps it can be recycled at our three recycling centres in Wrexham. You can recycle many, many different materials here, including used cooking oil! Take a look at this blog which runs through the materials that can be recycled at our recycling centres.
So, did you find any of these tips useful? Stay tuned as we’re looking to bring you some more in the near future.
And as always, thanks for recycling 🙂
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