Welcome to Suffolk Recycling’s Winter newsletter featuring all you need to know to have a more sustainable Christmas, changes to your bin collections over the holiday period and how to cut down on food waste... You can follow us onFacebook,X (formerlyTwitter)andInstagramtoo!
As there is a lot more glass around during the festive season, we’re boosting our ‘Glass It’s Better In the Bank’ campaign with some brand new Christmas and New Year messages. They are a handy reminder to use your local glass recycling banks when disposing of glass bottles and jars and not to put them in your household recycling bin!
If glass bottles and jars are placed into your household recycling bin they will be removed as a contaminant at our sorting facility and sadly thrown away.
BUT if you put glass in the recycling bank, it will be reprocessed in the UK ready to be made into new bottles or jars in a matter of weeks - what's not to like?! Glass can be endlessly recycled, over and over again, so it just doesn't make sense to let it go to waste!
With over a thousand glass banks across Suffolk, at all recycling centres, as well as at many supermarkets, there is bound to be one near you!
Glass banks can get especially busy at this time of year, so if you do find that a glass bank is full, you can call the number on the bank or let your local council know it needs emptying. Please remember not to leave glass on the ground around the bank .
How do you know if your wrapping paper is recyclable? Click on Santa below to find out! The shiny foil kind generally can't be recycled but the Santa scrunch test is a good way to make sure - If it stays scrunched it can be recycled!
With extra people in the house, recycling can get in a bit of a muddle over Christmas, and putting the wrong things in your recycling bin can cause quite a headache at the recycling facility where it is sorted into different materials - so it’s a good idea to check exactly what can go in your recycling bin.
Here are a few top tips to help you get it right:
Recycle all plastic bottles, tubs and trays from around the home - just make sure they are empty, clean and dry – a quick swill in the washing up water will do!
Keep lids on bottles – empty, squash and pop the lids back – otherwise they will be lost in the process and won’t get recycled.
No black sacks, plastic bags or film in your household recycling bin.
Paper and card
Keep paper and card clean and dry - fold or flatten larger pieces of cardboard (rather than tear it) to get it in your recycling bin and keep the lid closed.
Remove as much plastic and tape and no glitter please.
Foil and glittery wrapping paper cannot be recycled so choose wisely!
Make sure all your steel and aluminium cans and food trays are empty and free from food and drink residue.
Remove grease and food residue from foil and collect your clean foil into a snowball size to make sure it gets recycled.
Check out our new and improved Suffolk Recycling website, especially our fantastic ‘What to do with? A-Z’. It's got all the information you need to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste.
You can make a recycling centre booking, find out what goes in which bin, as well as plenty of information on how to reduce, re-use and recycle waste and much more. We are really pleased with how it looks and we hope you will enjoy using it! Please take a look atwww.suffolkrecycling.org.uk
Foxhall Recycling Centre
We are delighted that Foxhall Recycling Centre redevelopment is now complete and fully operational ahead of schedule. All previous material streams are now available for recycling and all cars, vans, trailers and traders can once again make bookings. The benefits of this new and improved recycling centre include:
Changes to the highway to improve access
New site layout to reduce queuing on the highway
Improved design and layout for easier access
Removal of steps up to containers to improve accessibility
Relocation of Re-use Shop for easy access and visibility
Greater separation between public vehicles and larger vehicles
If you are upgrading your electrical appliances or anything that includes a battery - remember it should be disposed of responsibly. Electrical items contain precious metals and hazardous materials which need to be separated for re-use and recycling and don't belong in any of your household bins .
Electrical items, batteries and vapes are a common cause of fires when they enter the waste stream and are a potential danger to people, vehicles and machinery. Please always make sure you recycle them at recycling centres, via instore take back schemes or find yournearest recycling point here
HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US AT SUFFOLK RECYCLING !
Our A-Z is currently unavailable on line as we are rebuilding our website but you can download a version here:A-Z pdf
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