Are you recycling right this year?

Are you recycling right?

Last year, it cost over £640,000 to dispose of the wrong items put in your paper and card bins.

You can help save your council money this year by putting the right stuff in your paper and card bin.

Are you recycling right this year?


All of the things below are wanted in your paper and card bin and can be recycled to make new paper and card.

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Paper wrapping paper
  • Greeting cards (no glitter)

However, everything on this list are not made of paper or card, so they don’t below in your paper and card bin.

  • Plastics
  • Food
  • Electricals
  • Clothing
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene

You can recycle food waste in your food and garden bin, where it’ll be made into compost in just 6 weeks. Nappies, polystyrene and all plastics (except plastic bottles) can go in your general waste bin, which is used to create electricity. You can recycle electronic items and clothing at your local Recycling Centre.

Recycling only the right things in your bins is really important so that it can be turned into new products, like a new newspaper or cardboard box. Putting the wrong things in your paper and card bins costs your council money and can result in loads to be rejected.


If everyone recycled just one more magazine, it would save enough energy to power your local school for more than 3 years and 4 months.

See how you can make a difference this year. Find out more about what you can recycle in your area.


Recycle for Greater Manchester