Hmm. It’s part paper or cardboard, but part something else too.
So which bin or box is the right one for the waste? Your junk mail has a message for you...
Paper and cardboard go in the blue bin. I’m used to simple, punchy messages and that’s a pretty clear one isn’t it? But of course, life is never quite that simple, because every day you’ll come across things that:
So what are you supposed to do with those? Well, here’s another punchy message that helps keep things really simple:
If in doubt, leave it out!
What can I put in my blue bin?
Any and all of this:
What can’t I put in the blue bin?
Any of this:
Rip it up
So what should you do if you can easily separate the recyclable from the non-recyclable? The plain back of the card from the glittery front? The bubble wrap insert from the plain carboard box? That’s fine. Get ripping.
Does it really matter?
Yes. When your blue bin is ‘contaminated’ by things that shouldn’t be in there – like grease and nappies and glitter - it can affect everything else. So whilst I start out as being fully recyclable, I won’t be once I’ve been squashed up against the greasy remains of your stuffed crust pepperoni for a week. – and it costs more then to handle this contamination – ouch!
So if you want to make sure everything in your blue bin really is recyclable, put nothing in that will mess it up. Remember…