Plastic and metal cans recycling in your Red Box

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Your Red Box is collected weekly.

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Remember to wash, squash and include lids on your plastics!

What we can recycle

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  • Plastic bottles (e.g. drinks bottles, plastic milk bottles, bleach bottles, washing and fabric conditioner bottles etc.)
  • Plastic tubs, pots and trays (e.g. margarine tubs, yoghurt pots etc.)
  • Drink cans
  • Food tins (place tin lids inside the tin)
  • Aluminium foil (e.g. for baking, covering food)
  • Aluminium foil trays (e.g. take-away trays)
  • Aerosol cans (please make sure they are empty)

What we can't recycle

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  • Plastic carrier bags (e.g. supermarket bags, fruit bags etc.)
  • Plastic wrapping and packaging (for example crisp packets, cereal bags, plastic bread bags, plastic nappy packaging and any other plastic wrapping)
  • Hard plastics (e.g. coat hangers, toys, flower pots, paint pots etc.)
  • Polystyrene
  • Black plastic trays

These items should be placed in your black wheelie bin. 

We cannot collect any plastic that is in a bag or sack; all recycling should be presented loose.

Why don’t we accept plastic carrier bags?

Plastic bags are not accepted for recycling at our Waste & Recycling Centre, however, many supermarkets now accept clean plastic film packaging in store. Plastic bags placed in your Red Box can become tangled in the sorting machinery, potentially causing breakdowns, or even fires. If there is plastic film packaging in your Red Box we would consider this as contamination, this could result in your box not being collected or an entire lorry load being rejected.


What happens to the collected plastic and cans?

The collection crew deposit the mixed plastics and cans in one compartment on the vehicle. At the Materials Handling Facility (Southall Lane) the cans and plastics are separated into three material streams; aluminium, steel and mixed plastics. These are then baled and sold on to re-processors.

  • Aluminium is re-melted and eventually used to produce new cans.
  • Steel is also re-melted and eventually used to produce new cans.
  • Plastics are sent to a plastic recycling facility where the different types of plastic are separated and baled. Once washed they can be reused in a variety of ways.

Any rejected plastic waste is usually sent for incineration where the energy content of the material is utilised.

Alternative services

You can take your Recycling and Household / Garden Waste free of charge to Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre. There are alternative re-use and recycling sites available in West London.

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