Why we are doing it…

The campaigns team went to the paper and card sorting facility and found that residents are putting the wrong things in their blue paper and card bin. Packaging inside cardboard boxes such as plastic wrapping and polystyrene were the most common incorrect items. There were even nappies and electrical items in the recycling.

Wrong things in the blue bin lowers the quality and the value of the paper and card collected. It can even cause whole lorry loads of recycling to be rejected.

Wrong items in the paper and card recycling

Who we’re working with…

  • Manchester City council recycling team
  • Local councillors
  • Large businesses
  • Community groups

What are we doing?

  • Delivering ‘Recycle Right or we can’t empty your bins” leaflets to 157,000 Manchester homes with a kerbside collection
  • Putting informative pictorial stickers on the blue general waste bins to remind residents of what to put in the blue bin
  • Talking to residents at local community events, we have attended the Festival of Manchester and Wythenshawe Games 2018

Good to know

Recycling just one glossy magazine saves enough energy to boil a kettle 9 times.

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