Recycling rules are a lot like algebra – you understand what you’re supposed to do, but it still doesn’t quite add up. And now you’ve got a headache. But we’re here to change that! We’ve laid out what you can and can’t recycle, as well as some general bin rules that may have been lost in translation. So, if you’re a Calderdale local in need of some recycling help, keep reading. With this handy guide, you’ll be a Calderdale recycling genius in no time!
According to Calderdale Council:
Here’s what you CAN put into your recycling containers:
- Drinks bottles, sauce and food jars and any clear, green, brown or blue glass bottles and containers
- Brown/corrugated cardboard – please remove any pesky plastic packaging before flattening it so it fits into, or under, your box
- Small electrical items like kettles and irons – please put them in a carrier bag in, or next to, your box.
- Empty aerosols (e.g., deodorant, hairspray)
- Foil and foil trays
- Any food tins and drinks cans.
- Any plastic bottle which held a liquid – this includes milk bottles, drinks, detergent, cleaning liquid, shampoo, etc)
- Pots, tubs and trays, such as yogurt pots, margarine tubs, fruit punnets, plastic food trays
- Newspapers, magazines, brochures, office paper, junk mail (remove plastic wrapping), phone directories, catalogues, thin card (cereal packets, food packaging sleeves and toilet roll holders) and similar.
- Food and drink cartons, known as Tetra Pak
- Any unwanted textiles, such as: clothes, blankets, bedding, shoes (pairs only and tie laces together) and curtains.
Here’s what CANNOT go into your recycling containers:
- Broken glass – this can be wrapped carefully and placed in your refuse bin.
- Crockery and Pyrex
- Cans – these need to go in your white sack
- Pet food and animal waste
- Any other types of plastic packaging, such as polystyrene trays, plastic film and rigid plastics (like plant pots and children’s toys)
- Hardback books, brown/corrugated/thick cardboard
- Duvets, cushions/pillows or any dirty items
As well, your council has a few extra notes to keep in mind when sorting out your waste.
Stay safe! If you’re washing containers that had raw meat, please first carefully rinse them in warm, soapy water before you pop them in the recycling.
Calling all plastic bottle lids, your council needs you! Please take them off the bottle and place them loosely in your recycling.
When using your brown caddy, please only use the provided caddy liners. Plastic bags or packaging are a no-go. If you need more liners, you can order them online, or leave a note for the crew.
Keep your crew safe. Place any lateral flow test kits in a bag and in your household waste bin. These do not belong in recycling.
For more of Calderdale’s recycling details, check out their website.
We hope this helps uncomplicate your local recycling rules and makes it easier to sort through your paper and tins. We know recycling isn’t the answer to the waste crisis, but it’s a step in the right direction. Happy recycling!
Did you know that The Big Plastic Count found the average household throws away 66 pieces of plastic per week, amounting to 3,432 pieces per year? Across the UK, this equates to 1.85 billion pieces of plastic waste a week.
If you’re looking for a sustainable way to shop and reduce household waste, you’ve come to the right place. All of our drinks on our milkround come in returnable glass bottles that we can collect, wash and reuse or recycle (so, there’s one less thing to find the right bin for!). From bread delivery to cereal refill, milkshake delivery to a coffee subscription, the best part is that any packaging that isn’t returnable is plastic free and either recyclable or home-compostable!
Join our milkround to get started now, it’s so simple your dog could do it (if they had internet access).
This information is up to date as of 07 July 2023.