Recycling – what you can and cannot recycle in your bin!

Recycling plays a crucial role in reducing environmental impact, and understanding what papers and products can be recycled is essential. Generally, paper products like newspapers, magazines, cardboard, and office paper are recyclable. Cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, and paper packaging are also commonly accepted in recycling programs and are also great for your composting bin, make sure to layer these “brown” products with “green” such as lawn clippings, prunings, leaves and kitchen waste.

However, it’s important to note that not all paper products can be recycled. Items contaminated with food or grease, such as pizza boxes, may not be suitable for recycling. Additionally, tissues, paper towels, and napkins, often used for personal hygiene or cleaning, are typically not recyclable due to contamination.

Certain types of paper, like glossy or wax-coated paper, may present challenges for recycling facilities and might not be accepted. Similarly, shredded paper, while technically recyclable, may not be suitable for all recycling programs due to the difficulty in sorting and processing – offer this on your local “buy nothing” Facebook page or contact your local pet shop as they will often love to take that off your hands.

When it comes to products, recyclability varies. Many plastics, metals, and glass containers are recyclable, but it’s important to check local recycling guidelines as acceptance may depend on the specific material and its composition. Styrofoam and certain types of plastic packaging may not be easily recyclable in all areas.

In summary, common paper products like newspapers, magazines, and cardboard are usually recyclable, while items contaminated with food, certain types of paper, and personal hygiene products may not be suitable for recycling. Checking local recycling guidelines and being mindful of contamination can contribute to more effective recycling practices.

Check with your council, you will only need to do it once, and just shoving everything into your recycling bin may negate the good you are doing, as they will need to do more work to clean up your disposable items!