Leave It Loose
Recycling Loves to be Left Loose
The ‘RECYCLING LOVES TO BE LEFT LOOSE’ initiative concentrates on residents’ CONFUSION on what to recycle, and CONTAMINATION in recycling collections.
- This means that the wrong things are being put in the recycling bin – and if there is enough of those wrong items, then the bin can’t be recycled – and all that effort that you as a resident have put in will be lost.
- Contamination can also include things like recyclable items that have been bagged and put in the bin, or even just normal waste being put in the recycling bin.
- We can’t sort or separate bagged recyclables and can’t remove normal waste from recycling bins.
- In fact – no bin liners, plastic bags or refuse sacks of any kind.
- The bags also damage equipment and increase the costs of dealing with your waste.
- Please remember recycling loves to be left loose… and please don’t mix your recycling with any normal waste.
- Putting bags and normal waste in recycling collections is a waste of your time and effort – and means we can’t recycle.
- Keep it simple – just lift the lid and put it in!
- There is a lot of confusion about what can and can’t be recycled in your recycling bin.
- We know that most things that we throw away will have logos and instructions saying that it can be recycled.
- BUT – here in the Liverpool City Region there is a strict list of what CAN and CAN’T be put into your recycling bin – and then be recycled.
- These are all of the items that can be placed in your recycling bin.*
*If you live in St Helens this list varies – please go to this page for more information
CANS AND TINS: Ensure cans and tins are empty and free of food and liquids. Metal lids can be placed inside the tin or can. Do not crush or flatten cans and tins
- Drinks cans
- Food tins (fruit, soup, beans etc.)
CARD: Ensure cardboard is free from sticky and parcel tape, labels, staples and remove all plastic packaging and polystyrene. Please flatten boxes.
- cardboard boxes
- cardboard packaging
- cereal boxes
- corrugated card
- egg boxes (card)
- greeting cards
- pizza boxes (clean – no grease or food)
- toilet roll tubes
- washing powder boxes
- cardboard food packaging (remove the plastic windows)
- catalogues (no hard covers)
- envelopes (you don’t need to remove the plastic window)
- junk mail (removed from any plastic bags)
- magazines (removed from any plastic bags)
- writing paper
- telephone directories and Yellow Pages
- wrapping paper (no foil or glitter)
- soap and toothpaste boxes
GLASS JARS AND BOTTLES: Ensure that jars and bottles are rinsed and free from food and liquids. Glass should not be smashed or broken.
- food jars and metal lids
- cosmetic bottles (glass)
- glass drinks bottles and (metal tops can be put back on)
- medicine bottles (glass) metal jar lids and bottle tops
PLASTIC BOTTLES: Ensure that plastic bottles are rinsed and free from liquids. Do not crush or flatten plastic bottles. Plastic bottle lids and tops can be left on .
- fabric conditioner bottles
- plastic bottle tops
- shampoo and shower gel bottles
- plastic drinks bottles (including milk bottles)
- bleach and cleaner bottles (remove spray or pump tops and lids)
- cosmetics bottles (plastic)
- medicine bottles (plastic)