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The Broadland Recycling Team have started a recycling project on the area surrounding Atlantic Avenue estate in Sprowston that addresses recycling behaviours.
They hope to engage residents in the recycling process and to encourage the right things going in the right bin. The project includes the trial of an indoor container to store and sort recycling, ensuring that more clean, dry and loose recyclables are going into the larger kerbside recycling bin.
The following are some common items that the Recycling Team find in recycling bins that should be placed in the general waste bin:
In addition to the indoor container, the Recycling Team will be sending out weekly infographics over the next 12 weeks to shed light on some of the processes that occur beyond the recycling bin. Different themes will include recycling contamination, how your recycling is sorted, and various “Life of your Recycling” of specific items.
Residents can also sign up to an email campaign that will include 6 emails over 12 weeks. Each newsletter will include games and recycling facts, and the chance to win £20 Love to Shop vouchers.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you live in the trial area and would like to sign up to the email campaign.
Not only is it important that your recycling is clean, dry and loose – it also needs to contain only things that can be recycled. When non-recyclable items (like nappies or food) end up in your recycling it causes problems at our sorting facility and can lead to whole loads of recycling going to landfill instead.
Once your recycling is collected it is taken to a facility in Costessey where it is sorted by hand and machine into different materials. 90% of the materials in your recycling bin are sent to different parts of the UK to be reprocessed into new products, whilst 10% (mainly cardboard) are sent overseas to certified facilities.
Your recycling is sorted by hand and by machine into different materials, such as paper, plastic and glass. The above graphic explains some of the processes and why we ask that your recycling is clean, dry and loose
The items you put in your grey bin are turned into shiny new things – like plastic bottles becoming t-shirts; newspapers becoming books and much more. Your drinks can could end up a bicycle frame, and a glass jar could be made new again and return to your home!
Why does your recycling need to be clean, dry and loose?
Clean: Food residue can leak from items like jars, tins and cartons and ruin your other recycling. Food-soiled cardboard, for example, can’t be processed into high quality material.
Dry: Water and other liquids can also ruin paper and cardboard in your recycling, so please make sure your rinsed items are given a chance to dry before ending up in your recycling bin!
Loose: Plastic bags can’t be opened at our recycling facility, so any bagged items will be sent for disposal as rubbish instead of recycling. This includes black sacks, plastic bags and clear sacks so please put your recyclables into your bin loose!
Glass items can be recycled over and over again, so it’s really important they end up in your recycling bins! The glass is crushed, melted and reformed into new products so your jam jar could come back as a jar for pasta sauce. Don’t forget other recyclable glass from around your home, including toiletries bottles and perfume (but not drinking glasses or cookware!).
All those magazines, newspapers, envelopes, junk mail, cardboard tubes, packaging and more are taken to our recycling facility in Costessey.
Here they are sorted, before being sent to a processing facility in the UK to be shredded and pulped before being formed and pressed into new sheets ready to come back as your Sunday newspaper!
Once they get to our recycling facility plastic bottles are separated from other materials based on their 3D shape – so please keep their lids on and don’t crush them! After this, your bottles are shredded and melted before being made into items like football shirts or kids toys.
Cartons are made of a mixture of paper and plastic, which need to be separated before they can be recycled. This is done in a machine a bit like your washing machine, after which the paper fibres are dried and rolled out to make products like gravy tubs. Separated plastic could go on to make park benches or insulation!
Did you know that a drinks can could go through the recycling process and be back on the shelves in as little as 8 weeks? Metal from cans is endlessly recyclable, so by recycling we can use fewer raw materials which require lots of energy and produce lots of pollution when extracted from the ground.
When your recycling is taken to the sorting facility in Costessey, it is first sorted by hand to remove incorrect items before going through machinery to be sorted. Keeping your recycling clean, dry and loose will help those who are sorting!