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- What do I need to do with my glass?
- Where shall I place my recycling box for collection?
- What type of plastic can we recycle?
- Do I have to remove the tops from plastic bottles?
- Can I recycle shredded paper in my box?
- Can I recycle electrical items?
- What can we do about supermarket packaging?
- Can I recycle juice cartons and tetra packs?
- Why don't you take green waste?
- What do recycling symbols mean?
- What happens to my recycling?
- Have another question?
What do I need to do with my glass?
The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) mechanically sorts the materials, so residents are not required to separate all their items. However, we ask that glass and batteries are still kept separate.
If glass gets mixed with the other items then it will smash into shards, which makes recycling paper very difficult, having financial and environmental implications as well as possibly damaging the machinery in the sorting facility.
You can leave your glass items out in a recycling box, or in a separate carrier bag (please make sure this is sturdy so the glass doesn’t fall out and smash on the pavement).
Where shall I place my recycling box for collection?
You need to place your recycling box on the kerbside for collection.
In order for Cityclean to use resources as efficiently and economically as possible, the Council has set guidelines for the refuse and recycling rounds. This is for the benefit of both the resident and the crews.
It means that all crews will collect bins and boxes from the same place for every household. This aims to reduce reported missed collections and improve our service and your value for money.
Whilst it may seem to be only a few steps to collect from a driveway or a front door, then over the course of the day this can add a substantial amount of time on the crews’ workload, as they collect from over 1000 properties every day. Bins and Boxes should be kerbside from 6.00 am to ensure they are collected.
What type of plastic can be recycled?
Plastic bottles are the only plastics that Brighton & Hove and the majority of local authorities currently recycle. Plastic bottles are mainly made from PET (soft drinks and water bottles) and HDPE (milk and detergent bottles). There are already markets for plastic bottles as these can be recycled back into bottles or even fleeces!
There are several reasons why other plastics are not currently being recycled. These include:
- There are not well developed and secure markets for all plastics. This means we may not be able to sell them on.
- Even though some items such as food trays might be made from PET they actually have different properties than the PET used to make bottles. This means we may not be able to process the material.
- Plastics are used to make food trays and there is a concern that residents will place recycling still contaminating food. If too much recycling becomes contaminated it cannot be processed.
Do I have to remove the tops from plastic bottles?No. Please wash and squash your plastic bottles and screw the lids back on.
Can I recycle shredded paper in my box?
Shredded paper can fall out of the recycling process when it’s been sorted by the machinery and unfortunately this wouldn’t get recycled. We would suggest that you home-compost shredded paper where possible or alternatively it can be recycled if taken to one of our Recycling Centres.
Can I recycle electrical items?
There are a number of ways in which electrical goods can be recycled. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipement (WEEE) Directive sets targets for increasing the recycling rate for electrical goods.
At the two recycling centres in the City there are facilities for recycling electrical goods. You can find out where your nearest recycling centre is here.
Many companies that sell electrical goods will now also take away your old appliances when they deliver the new one. Some charity shops in the City will also accept electrical goods.
Ten new recycling points for small electrical items have also been set up across the city. Take a look at our electrical recycling page to find out more including a list of local retailers that will take back electricals.
Can I recycle juice cartons and tetra packs?
Yes - recycling banks for juice cartons and tetra packs have been introduced throughout the city. Please wash the cartons out and squash them.
Take a look at our recycling point finder to show your local carton recycling bank.
What can we do about supermarket packaging?
The government has been working with retailers and the packaging industry for a number of years to reduce the quantities of packaging waste. A large number of companies are signed up to the Courtald Commitment which aims to see a reduction in the quantity of packaging and food waste generated. This has lead to changes in the way items are packaged including changes in the materials used.
If you are concerned about the amount of food packaging is being placed in with your refuse, you have powers as a consumer. You can buy fruit and vegetables loose, rather than being contained in plastic bags or packaging. Also, many people are not aware that you are within your rights as a consumer to leave all your packaging at the till in a supermarket, which is then their responsibility to dispose of correctly.
Why don't we take green waste?
A garden waste collection is likely to have only a small amount of users, as Brighton is an urban city with many multiple-occupancy buildings that do not have outside space, so the city as a whole produces a comparatively small amount of garden waste. We need to ensure that council tax payers receive value for money therefore we could not include a service which many residents would not benefit from.
There are other ways in which to dispose of garden waste. For example garden waste can be taken to the recycling centres which is then composted and sold.
The council also subsidise home composters and wormeries for residents. Find out more information on what discounted home composters and wormeries we offer here.
What do recycling symbols mean?
This symbol is called a Morbius loop and shows that the item is capable of being recycled depending on whether there are local facilities.
Sometimes this symbol shows a number percentage inside. This shows how much recycled content is used in the product.
This shows the type of plastic the item is made from.
The Forest Stewardship Council logo identifies products which contain wood from well managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the FSC A.C.
This is the Tidyman symbol and is used as a reminder to dispose of litter in bins.
This indicates that an item is made from aluminium which is widely recycled.
This symbol was developed by the British Retail Consortium to help consumers understand which materials can and cannot be recycled. There are three types of classification.
- Widely reycled: 65% or more of local authorities recycle that type.
- Check local recycling: 15% to 65% of local authorities recycle that packaging type.
- Not currently recycled: Less than 15% of local authorities recycle that packaging type.
What happens to my recycling?
Have another question?
Visit our service information page or let us know if you have any further questions about our services through our online report form. These are passed directly to the customer service team. You can also check out our refuse faq.
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