Don’t bin, recycle, urges Cornwall Council

CCornwall Council is urging people to recycle items over which many people feel uncertain such as egg boxes, foil, and plastic yoghurt pots.

Recycling tips

Here are some of the most common items you can recycle from each room in your home.

Bathroom
• Toothpaste boxes – flatten
• Toilet roll tubes – flatten
• Plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles – empty and rinse items, replace lids/tops
• Shower gel containers – empty and rinse items, replace lids/tops
• Liquid soap bottles – empty, rinse and remove pump dispenser (throw pump into the rubbish bin)
• Bleach bottles – empty, replace lid
• Bathroom cleaners – rinse and replace the trigger spray

Bedroom
• Empty tissue boxes – remove any plastic insert and flatten
• Old magazines
• Empty deodorant aerosols and hairspray – ensure empty and remove plastic caps (recycle with plastics)
• Unwanted clothes and shoes – put in an old carrier bag and place in your black recycling box

Living room
• Envelopes
• Newspapers
• Cardboard packaging from online shopping – remove packaging tape and flatten to save space in your recycling bin
• Batteries – Set aside a box for “dead” batteries. Once it’s full, take it to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) or battery recycling point. More information about your local recycling points can be found at the battery bank recycling point finder.

Kitchen
Along with the usual drinks bottles and glass jars, remember to check the cupboard under the sink! Items often forgotten include:
• Washing-up liquid bottles – empty and rinse
• Bleach bottles – empty, replace lid
• Surface cleaner bottles – rinse and replace the trigger spray
• Washing liquid and conditioner bottles – empty and rinse
• Aerosols tins of furniture polish and air fresheners – ensure empty and remove plastic caps (recycle with plastics)
• Empty dishwasher tablet boxes and kitchen wrap boxes – flatten to save space in your recycling bin

 

There are a number of items which cannot be recycled yet:

  • Black plastic
  • Plastic film, eg, cling film
  • Plastic oil or pesticide containers
  • Plastic bags, eg, carrier bags, sandwich bags, freezer bags
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Pet food pouches
  • Film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • Crisp/sweet packets
  • Rigid plastics, eg, toys, furniture,
  • Plastic straws
  • Plant pots

We are not currently able to collect drinks and juice cartons for recycling as part of our kerbside recycling service.  However, you can take food and drink cartons and paper cups to our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC).

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