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A-Z of Materials
- Bricks and Rubble
- Car Batteries
- CD's and DVD's
- Clothes and Textiles
- Computers and IT Equipment
- Cooking Oil
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Engine Oil
- Food Waste
- Fridges and Freezers
- Garden Waste
- Hazardous Waste
- Junk Mail
- Light Bulbs
- Mobile Phones
- Phone Books
- Plastic Bottles
- Plastic Carrier Bags
- Plastic Food Pots, Tubs and Trays
- Printer Cartridges
- TVs and Monitors
- Buy Recycled
- Recycling Banks
- Reuse and Recycling Centres
- What Happens Next?
- What Are Residents Doing?
- Recycling in the Summer
- Visits to MRF
Did you know?
Packaging, such as crisp packets, are often made up of a mixture of materials including paper, plastic and metal, and this makes recycling difficult. There is a lack of facilities and technology for recycling mixed packaging.
Packaging makes up around one-third of the average household dustbin. It is often necessary to protect the product to prolong its lifespan. However, over-packaging does occur, especially for marketing purposes. Basic foods such as bread and rice are rarely over-packaged, while convenience foods often have two or three layers of packaging.
Try and avoid over-packaged items and buy loose products wherever possible. Take your own bags to the supermarket. Read our easy steps to cut down on packaging.
Buy products in refillable containers such as toiletries from the Body Shop or cleaning liquids by Ecover. Buy milk in glass bottles from the milkman.
Try to avoid buying over-packaged goods where possible and when choosing a product pick the packaging material that is easiest for you to recycle locally. Note that there is a difference between materials which it is technically possible to recycle and materials which you can recyle though your clear sack and recycling bank service.
The Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN)
SoanePoint, 6-8 Market Place, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2EG
t 0118 925 5991 f 0118 925 5993
Novelis Recycling (formerly ALCAN)
British Plastics Federation (BPF)
6 Bath Place, Rivington Street, London EC2A 3JE
t 020 7457 5000
Alupro (Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation)
1 Brockhill Court, Brockhill Lane, Redditch, B97 6RB UK
t 01527 597757 f 01527 594140
9 Churchill Way, Sheffield S35 2PY
t 0114 290 1850
Steel Can Recycling Information Bureau (SCRIB)
Port Talbot, South Wales, SA13 2NG
t 01639 872 626 f 01639 872 693