Recycling helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions. It also reduces the need for new products to be made from raw materials.
It’s important to put the right items into your recycling bin. Putting the wrong items into your recycling bin means that good items will become ‘spoiled’ and won’t get recycled.
Why is this a problem?
- Quality is key – Companies that use your recyclables to make new products will not accept spoiled items.
- It’s wasteful – Currently around 10,000 tonnes (about 20%) of the items we collect from Suffolk households are too spoiled to be recycled.
- It’s expensive – Cleaning up spoiled items costs Suffolk’s taxpayers over £1,000,000 a year.
- It could be dangerous – Spoiled items are unpleasant and dangerous for staff at Suffolk’s Recycling Facility to remove. This often has to be done by hand.
Remember that all items need to be empty, clean and dry when you put them in your recycling bin. Please do not include any bagged items.
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Thank you for helping, it really makes a big difference!