You can recycle more than you know

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The ‘Little Known Items’ campaign is targeting materials that people may be unaware can be taken to a Recycling Centre, such as takeaway coffee cups, hard plastics, batteries, books, textiles and small electrical appliances. By recycling these items it could help boost the region’s recycling rate by up to 40,000 tonnes.

The ‘Little Known Items’ could be those not collected as part of household waste recycling collections, and so often get thrown away in the residual bin instead. Our Recycling Centres all accept items such as takeaway coffee cups, clothes, plastic toys and garden furniture, CD and DVD plastic covers and electrical items.

For instance, although they are made largely of paper, takeaway coffee cups are lined with plastic polyethylene, which is tightly bonded to the paper making the cups waterproof and therefore able to contain liquid. This means that they have to be collected in specialist bring banks so they can be processed separately. You can download our list of accepted items on our website: