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

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.


Who are we working with?

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

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

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 on my bin?

From September, we will be putting stickers on your black bin.

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


Trafford bin sticker

Why did I get a leaflet?

From September, we will be delivering a recycling guide to every household in Trafford that has wheelie bins.

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.

Trafford recycling leaflet

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

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. Take part in  a virtual 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 virtual visit to our recycling facility

Are you recycling right in your black bin?

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 or sticker? Tell us what you think, leave a comment below.


  • Simon Hunter says:

    appalling. the industry has been moving to PET and HDPE for most plastics for years to make them easily recyclable – and now you won’t let us recycle them even though they’re made of the same material as the plastic bottles and clearly labelled!

    • Sammy Alloway says:

      There are no sustainable end markets for pots, tubs and trays as these tend to be hard to recycle, they may be labelled the same type but they are made out of a lower quality plastic. 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.

  • Sheng says:

    To whom may concern,

    This recycling campaign is great and useful. I wonder if you can give a talk to the local community based on a “Zoom meeting”?

    We could have 30 people-ish joining the zoom meeting who are parents and children.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    kind regards


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