What are we doing?

In May 2019, we asked for your feedback on our campaigns.

Most people said they wanted a bin sticker that told them what they can put in their recycling bin

Most people said they wanted a leaflet that told them what they can and can’t put in their recycling bin.

We are working with Stockport council to make recycling plastic less confusing by promoting it’s #GotToBeABottle.

Only plastic bottles can be recycled in your brown bin. Please put all other plastics (pots, tubs and trays) in your black bin. Most people think their general waste goes to landfill but it doesn’t, it is used to make electricity. 

Look out for our adverts in local papers and magazines.

Recycling plastics? It's got to be a bottle print advert

Research tells us that…

4 out of 10 people agree that: ‘It is confusing in my area with what you can and can’t recycle at home’.

9 out of 10 people in Greater Manchester are putting one or more wrong items in their mixed recycling bin.

4 out of 10 people are putting plastic pots, tubs and trays in the wrong bin.

Why did I get a sticker?

The sticker is a useful reminder so you can double check you’re putting the right things in the right bin.

Why did I get a leaflet?

Every household in Stockport with wheelie bins received a recycling guide during September or October last year. The leaflet has been designed to be an easy to follow guide on what to put in each bin. Stick it on your fridge, noticeboard or near your kitchen recycling bins as a handy reminder.


You can make a difference

  1. Make a smart swap to reduce your single use plastic
  2. Take your own container to the supermarkets
  3. Reuse and repair things where you can
  4. Recycle all your plastic bottles from around your home, don’t forget the bottles in your bathroom
  5. Make sure you are putting the right items in the right bin

Did you know?

If everyone in Stockport recycled one more bathroom cleaner bottle, it would save enough energy to power a primary school for nearly 3 months!

How to get involved in #GotToBeABottle

1. Tell your friends and family how to recycle right

2. Follow @recycle4gm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

3. Come to an open day and see what happens to your recycling

4. Subscribe to our newsletter

5. Tell your local school or community group to book a visit to our recycling facility


Read more

What happens to my plastic?

To recycle or not to recycle? Check our A-Z guide before you bin.

Find your nearest Recycling Centre, where you can recycle your batteries, clothes, electrical items and more.

Want to use less plastic?  Our blogs have plenty of tips.

Have you received your leaflet and sticker? Tell us what you think, leave a comment below


  • Judith Reynolds says:

    We have not received our leaflet and sticker yet?
    SK4 4HQ

    • Sammy Alloway says:

      Hi Judith, the leaflets have all been delivered, the stickers are still on there way. We will be adding a downloadable version of both soon. thanks for recycling.

  • Sian Bradley says:

    I want to know why Stockport residents cannot recycle plastic such as yoghurt pots, bottle lids and fruit punnets? This is especially frustrating when Cheshire East (prob 10 minutes down the road from me) do recycle these items. It is a travesty that you are campaigning to tell us that only bottles can be recycled rather than changing what you can recycle.
    It is also even more confusing as a number of plastic items also say they are widely recycled… so what do Stockport do with those if they are not a bottle?
    I really think we could learn from our neighbouring councils and even collaborate with them to ensure that as much plastic as possible avoids landfill.

    • Sammy Alloway says:

      Hi Sian, Unlike plastic bottles which are mainly made of two types of plastic (HDPE and PET) plastic pots, tubs, trays, bags and film are made of a range of different types of plastic. All plastics in theory can be recycled but it is not always technically or economically viable. In Greater Manchester, we only collect plastic bottles because there is a sustainable market for them and we can guarantee they will be recycled. There are no sustainable end markets for pots, tubs and trays as these tend to be more difficult to recycle and made out of a lower quality plastic. Please put your plastic pots, tubs and trays in your general waste bin. Most people think that their general waste ends up in landfill. But it doesn’t. General waste is used to make electricity. Other council areas across the UK may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays, however not all of it gets recycled, some are used to make electricity or some may end up in landfill.

  • Andy says:

    So is it the type of plastic you can recycle (PET and HDPE) or the shape of ‘bottles’ that is important? If I can correctly identify those two plastic types can I put them in the brown bin? What about for instance 5 litre containers such as for screen wash?

    • Sammy Alloway says:

      Hi Andy, It is just bottle shaped, this is because they are high grade PET, HDPE. Other plastics may have PET or HDPE written on them but these are resign codes for manufactures and do not give the quality. Most plastic pots, tubs and trays are low grade and manufactures do not want these.

  • Len Edge says:

    This is wholly inadequate and does little to reduce the environmental impact of plastic. It is possible recycle most types of plastic but as you have stated this is down to economics and the capabilities of the Councils’ recycling sub-contractors. If your recycling companies can’t or won’t take a broader range of plastics for recycling then you need to change them for companies which do. Landfill is not a solution – only recycling and re-use is.

  • Leanne says:

    Where can I take my trays and tubs then please? I don’t mind keeping hold of them and taking them to a different location but I agree it is unacceptable to be burning them when we could recycle.

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  • MK says:

    Do we have to take plastic milk bottle tops and metal tops off bottles before they go in the brown bin

  • Maurice Kime says:

    Do we have to take off milk bottle tops and other bottle tops before putting them in the brown Bin?

  • Maurice Kime says:

    Given the high level of residents not putting the correct item in their bins in Stockport,why is it not enforced.
    My daughter lives in another Council area and they have their Bins inspected on a regular basis and residents are fined if they put the wrong waste inside

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