Paper and cardboard are great things to recycle
We also have sites around the district where you can recycle your paper and cardboard. You can recycle beverage cartons (Tetra Paks) at various bring to sites in the district as we cannot accept these at the kerbside.
Most newspapers and magazines are made from recycled paper. Think of the millions of newspapers sold every week - they all rely on residents recycling as much as possible.
What if I have extra paper that won't fit in the blue bag?
If you have more paper than will fit in the bag we can provide additional blue bags.
What can I do with shredded paper?
We will accept shredded paper - but it can make a mess of your neighbourhood if it blows out of the bag, therefore please put it in a carrier bag and place it inside your blue bag for collection.
So the best advice is to only shred what is necessary. For example, try only tearing out the sensitive information - such as address and account details on any paperwork you wish to recycle.
What can I do with my Yellow Pages?
You recycle your Yellow Pages with your paper in the blue bag.
Can I recycle my envelopes?
Yes these can go into the blue bag. There's no need to remove the plastic windows or the gummed edge.
Where does it go?
We sell our paper to a company called UPM who transport it to their paper mill based in Shotton, Deeside, Wales. Here the paper goes through a pulping process and any contaminants are removed such as staples and plastic covers on magazines – these are sent to landfill. After the pulping process, all pulp is used to manufacture newsprint in the UK.
We sell cardboard to Smurfit Kappa who take the baled cardboard to their depot in Tamworth, ready to be sent to their Kent or Birmingham mills. 100% of the cardboard sent to these mills is turned into recycled paper reels that go onto corrugators and box makers to be manufactured into new packaging.
If recycling your junk mail please remember to remove all plastic wrapping. Want to stop junk mail? Find out how.
More on paper recycling
For more on paper recycling please see the Waste Watch Information Sheet.
Last updated: Tue 9 June, 2020 @ 12:22