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Recycle your pots, tubs and trays into your green box from 1 October

recycling plastic Published Monday, 16 September 2019

In addition to the plastic bottles for liquids which are already collected, from 1 October residents in Wyre will be able to put clean plastic pots, tubs and trays in their recycling boxes.

These include yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, and meat, fruit and vegetable trays of any shape or colour, along with their lids. These plastics can be recycled and made into new products such as fleeces, pillows or new plastic bottles.

Residents are also being urged to rinse items to make them more valuable to reprocessing companies, and maximise the likelihood that they will be recycled.

If the plastic still has food waste on it, or is covered in plastic film, it can cause a problem as it goes through the recycling system. This can also make it unsuitable for reprocessing, and mean that it won't be recycled.

It is easy to see whether an item is recyclable by checking the number stamped onto it. Anything with a number 1, 2 or 5 within the recycling triangle should go into your recycling bin.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council, commented: “In 2017/18, we recycled 42.9% of our waste and we’re well on track to reach our target of 50% by 2020. We recently declared a climate emergency in Wyre and our efforts to improve recycling is just one aspect of how we plan to tackle this global issue. It will not stop here, we will push forward and do what we can to reduce Wyre’s contribution to climate change.”

Around 90% of the plastic from recycling collected in Lancashire is processed within the UK. Recycled plastic can be and made into new products such as fleeces, pillows or new plastic bottles.

The only overseas contract is to a well-established operation in Spain that makes it into new plastic products. Commercially and logistically, as well as environmentally, it makes sense to keep as much of the material as possible within the UK. All UK local authority waste information is publicly available through www.wastedataflow.org ensuring transparency.

You can check what is recycled in Lancashire and Blackpool at www.lancashire.gov.uk/waste

Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder of Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces, commented: “We welcome Lancashire County Council’s introduction of pots, tubs and trays to the recycling stream. We hope that this, with our introduction of new wheeled bins to replace the green boxes, will allow our residents to recycle more.

He added, “We also want to encourage residents to reduce their waste where they can. Reducing waste is of equal importance as recycling. Taking decisions such as buying in bulk and cooking from raw ingredients can drastically reduce the amount of waste we produce.”

What we collect now:

  •  Glass bottles
  •  Glass jars
  •  Food tins
  •  Drink cans
  •  Clean foil
  •  Clean foil trays
  •  Empty aerosol cans
  •  Metal biscuit and sweet tins
  •  Metal bottle caps and lids
  •  Plastic bottles, including, for example shampoo and detergent bottles
  •  Plastic lids (either on or off the bottles)

We will also collect the following after 1 October:

  •  Pots (e.g. yogurt, soup, etc.)
  •  Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream, etc.)
  •  Trays / punnets (e.g. raw meat or ham trays; take-away trays; fruit /veg trays)

Remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays, and put these in your general rubbish

  •  Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays
  •  Other clear plastic packaging
  •  Plant pots

Plastic pots, tubs and trays will be accepted in with glass/cans/plastic bottles.

Please put wrappers, film and plastic bags in your general waste bin, not in the recycling bin.

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