Understand your local council’s recycling policy, which can vary from borough to borough. Placing an incompatible or dirty item in the recycling can ruin a whole batch and incur substantial disposal costs for the council.
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General rules for recycling:
• All items need to be completely clean and dry, so no empty pizza boxes or ketchup bottles with smeary necks.
• Most lids or bottle tops can’t be recycled.
• Check labels on all plastic bottles, tubs and film for recycling symbols. Not all are suitable.
• Sometimes only certain components of packaging can be recycled – for example, tissue boxes where the cardboard is recyclable but not the plastic film insert.
Don’t leave dustbin waste beside bins or let it overflow. Foxes and other local wildlife will rip into the bags and scatter the contents. Have enough strong galvanised dustbins with tight-fitting lids to accommodate all your food waste and other non-recyclables. Line them with bin liners to save on cleaning and to contain smells.
Swill kitchen bins and dustbins with disinfectant and water periodically.
For a fee, you can arrange a special collection by most councils for large items like old sofas, fridges or washing machines. Alternatively, post details on an online community recycling scheme in your vicinity where locals can come and collect your unwanted stuff for free.