Plastic and metal cans recycling in your red box

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Your plastics and metal cans recycling is collected weekly on your normal collection day.

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Please present plastics and metal loose so that we can see if there is any of the wrong type.

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.)
    • Please rinse or wash bottles
    • Please squash where possible
    • Remove bottle tops
  • Plastic tubs, pots and trays (e,g. margarine tubs, yoghurt pots etc.)
    • Please wash or rinse to remove food residues
  • Tubs (e.g. margarine, butter, ice cream)
  • Drink cans
  • Food tins (pop tin lids inside the tin)
  • Aluminium foil (e.g. for baking, covering food)
  • Aluminium foil trays (e.g. take-away trays)

Please present plastics loose in the red recycling box.

Please do not try to recycle these items

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  • We cannot collect any plastic that is in a bag or sack
  • Black plastic trays
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Plastic wrapping and packaging (for example crisp packets, plastic bread bags, plastic nappy packaging and any other plastic wrapping)
  • Flower pots

These items should be placed in your black wheelie bin.

Why we don’t accept plastic carrier bags

We can only recycle hard or rigid plastics, such as bottles and containers. Plastic bags are not accepted for recycling at our Waste & Recycling Centres. Plastic bags placed in recycling bins can become tangled in sorting machinery, potentially causing breakdowns, or even fires, and hindering the recycling process for other materials.


What happens to the collected plastic and cans?

The collectors will deposit the mixed plastics and cans in a separate compartment on the vehicle.

Once collected, the cans and plastics are separated into three material streams: aluminium cans, steel cans and mixed plastics. These are then baled and sold on to re-processors.

Aluminium cans are re-melted and eventually used to produce new cans.

Steel cans are 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. If Space Waye is closed, there are alternative re-use and recycling sites available in West London.

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