Household recycling in Wrexham started in 2002, and since then we’ve been able to bring the amount of waste we recycle up to the point where we’re consistently one of the best-performing authorities in Wales.

And that’s all down to you, the public, so we’re very grateful for how quickly people have picked up the habit of recycling.

But there’s a lot out there we’re still not able to recycle.

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Envelopes, greeting cards, wrapping paper, tinfoil, aerosols, spray bottles…

Oh…hang on…

We can!

Whether your household has wheelie boxes or a mix of bags and boxes, all of the above can be separated and recycled.

Some of them are a bit fiddlier than others – for example, any foil disposed for recycling has to be clean, and wrapping paper needs any sticky tape removing first.

As for the standard items which we’ve been able to recycle for years, we still need your help.

For example, giving items such as jars, pots and tubs a quick wash before you throw them means they can be recycled into much better material then if any leftover food was left on them.

And if you can, crush or squash any plastic bottles or cans – it means they can take up less space and won’t quickly fill up our trucks.

Although the technology is improving all the time, there’s still a fair few things that, admittedly, even we can’t recycle.

Packing filler like polystyrene needs to be broken up and left in the normal bin.

Stones, pebbles, plant pots and soil shouldn’t be placed in the garden waste bin – though plant pots can be taken to the skips for hard plastic at our Household Recycling Centres.

And if you’re a keen gardener, there’s no sense in throwing your garden waste away – why not compost it?

For more advice on our recycling services, head to our website.

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