Recycle Week 2017

 

This week is recycle week. To learn more about how recycling can benefit us and how to contribute to a cleaner environment, we’ve put together some fun facts about recycling:

Paper

  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper

Always put paper and cardboard in your green bin to recycle it. This means fewer trees have to be cut down, which means less energy has to be used, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Plastic

  • 75% of plastic waste is sent to landfill – where it takes up to 400 years to break down
  • A million sea creatures are killed every year by plastic bags and other plastic rubbish thrown into the sea.

Plastic bottles, including pop, milk and cleaning bottles can all be put in your green bin. When plastic is recycled it can be turned into so many different new things, plastic lumber (used for building), garden furniture, plastic bags and even clothes!

Glass

  • 1 recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfill never decomposes

Melting recycled glass takes a lot less energy than melting raw materials to make new glass, meaning that recycling glass will reduce the amount of energy we use and the amount of greenhouse gas we release. The recycled glass will also never lose its quality or purity, which means it can be recycled again and again.

Where can I recycle glass?

There are lots of local places to recycle glass, search for your nearest one on our website.

Find out more about household waste recycling centres near you, on our website.

More information

What goes in the green bin?

What can I take to the household recycling centre?

Sign up for bin reminders

28 comments

  • can someone update us on exactly which plastics can go in the ‘green bin’.
    As far as I am aware, PP plastics are not to beput in Kirklees Green BIns, but PET and HDPE are OK to put in…..

    So, is it ALL plastics or do you want us to be selective?

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    • Good Afternoon

      We can currently only recycle plastic bottles.

      The plastics that we cannot take for recycling – tubs and trays for example go to our energy from waste plant in Huddersfield where they are turned into electricity for homes and businesses. These are not landfilled.

      Thanks

      Susie

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  • I found this information very informative, even though according to it I have been doing everything right so far! It is the details that are informative and congratulations to the council from us.

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  • You should be recycling clean aluminium foil – it’s easier to recycle than drinks cans, yet you continue to encourage people to throw foil away – why is that? Aluminium is one of the most energy efficient recyclable materials, so please stop filling landfill with material you should be recycling.

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    • Hi Tony

      Thanks for your comment. It would be ideal to recycle aluminium foil, however, the foil needs to be clean in order to be recycled. Unfortunately foil is often put out for recycling that is all scrunched up and contaminated with food residue and other items. It is not possible for us to sort every bit of foil and ensure only the clean foil is recycled. Therefore we have to say no to all foil at present.

      Thanks

      Susie

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  • How can we arrange for our garden waste to be collected?

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  • Where can we recycle other plastics

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    • Hi Robert

      At the moment there are plastics that we cannot take for recycling – tubs and trays for example. These go to our energy from waste plant in Huddersfield where they are turned into electricity. These are not landfilled

      Thanks

      Susie

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  • We signed up for the garden waste collection scheme some time ago,but have heard nothing since. We go with the car full, probably at least once a week to the recycling centre in Dewsbury, and think this is not environmentally friendly. Is it possible to get a garden rubbish recycling bin?

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment, we sent out a survey earlier this year to find out if residents would be interested in having a garden waste collection. We had a positive response and are now looking at the feasibility of offering this kind of service. This will take time to ensure that all options are carefully considered, as there are many factors involved in providing a service.

      Thank you for being supportive of the idea.

      Kind regards

      Susie

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  • I am still angry that Kirklees no longer collects glass from my house. I waste petrol driving bottles to a bottle bank. I guess far fewer are recycled now because people will just put them into their grey bin rather than traipse out…

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  • I would love to be able to recycle yogurt pots and it hurts me to throw clean foil away. When are we going to catch up with other areas.

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment. We constantly review options for taking a greater amount of items to recycle, and we would love to recycle all plastics in the future.

      Unfortunately at the moment there are plastics that we cannot take for recycling – tubs and trays for example.

      These go to our energy from waste plant in Huddersfield where they are turned into electricity.

      We don’t take aluminium foil, because it needs to be clean in order to be recycled. Unfortunately foil is often put out for recycling that is all scrunched up and contaminated with food residue and other items. It is not possible for us to sort every bit of foil and ensure only the clean foil is recycled. Therefore we have to say no to all foil at the moment.

      Thanks

      Susie
      Kind regards

      Susie

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  • Thanks for this. It might also be worth mentioning clothes banks and sites like freegle.

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  • Went up to Meltham Tip last week with some plastic packaging. Nowhere obvious to recycle, so I asked a member of staff. Reply was put it in general waste, which I did. Left hand and right hand??

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment. We constantly review options for taking a greater amount of items to recycle, and we would love to recycle all plastics in the future.

      Unfortunately at the moment there are plastics that we cannot take for recycling – tubs and trays for example.

      These go to our energy from waste plant in Huddersfield where they are turned into electricity.

      Kind regards

      Susie

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      • This was plastic wrapping from a new mattress and furniture. Plain polythene sheeting. It was the fact that I knew it was recyclable, and had made the effort to go to Metham, only for it to end up as landfill.

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  • It would be helpful if we could use the green bin for recycling plastic food trays that are clearly marked as recyclable, because otherwise they go in landfill, which is a great shame.

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    • Hi Philip

      Thanks for your comment. We constantly review options for taking a greater amount of items to recycle, and we would love to recycle all plastics in the future.

      Unfortunately at the moment there are plastics that we cannot take for recycling – tubs and trays for example.

      These go to our energy from waste plant in Huddersfield where they are turned into electricity. These are not landfilled.

      Kind regards

      Susie

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  • Where do i leave coffee pods? I have hesrd thrre is a place in lindley but i have unable to find it.

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  • I’m confused when it comes to plastic bottle caps as well as metal jar caps. Can these go in the green bin?

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  • Sorry, I meant metal jar lids.

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    • Hi Mrs O Jeena

      Thanks for your comment. Metal jar lids can go in the recycling bin – these are usually aluminium or steel and can be recycled.

      We can’t recycle plastic bottle tops because of the type of plastic they are made from. So we would prefer it if you put these in your grey waste bin.

      Thanks

      Susie

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  • Does the Council have any plans to recycle plastic items other than bottles eg yoghurt pots, other food packing? Many other councils do this and here you can’t even recycle other plastics at the tip.

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    • Hi

      Thanks for your comment. We constantly review options for taking a greater amount of items to recycle, and we would love to recycle all plastics in the future.

      Unfortunately at the moment there are plastics that we cannot take for recycling – tubs and trays for example.

      These go to our energy from waste plant in Huddersfield where they are turned into electricity. These are not landfilled.

      Kind regards

      Susie

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  • Feel there should be slightly more detailed information on the bins or direct to households, for people who cannot read these explanations. I know people who put plastic and metal lids and foil in the wrong places. I am also not happy that so much plastic is burnt, even though some energy is produced, as there must be more air pollution due to this.

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