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EduCated Sat 30-Jan-16 11:46:03

It's all go in our household this morning. Hold onto your hats folks.

We have received a leaflet from the council as a general reminder of our recycling 'rules'. On it it says 'items for recycling must be loose. Do not use plastic bags or wrappings'.

Does this mean that paper recycling cannot be placed in a paper bag before being put in the recycling bin?


WhoisLucasHood Sat 30-Jan-16 11:49:57

No, paper in paper bags OK. Tins in plastic bags not OK. That's what I read from it. Hth

Floggingmolly Sat 30-Jan-16 11:50:54

No idea confused. I always put bundles of papers in a plastic bag because our bins are tiny little open topped crates; any loose papers that didn't blow away would be dropped all over the road (and left there) by the lazy arse bin men. Just like the tins that are left rolling around. I swear only about 80% of the fecking recycling actually makes it into the actual lorry round here...

iklboo Sat 30-Jan-16 11:51:25

I read it as - don't stuff your recycling in a carrier bag before putting it in the bin. Paper in paper bag is fine.

EduCated Sat 30-Jan-16 11:52:37

One of us has interpreted it as all items must be loose, no wrappings whatsoever, then other as just no plastic.

Floggingmolly Sat 30-Jan-16 11:53:19

Just no plastic, then. Hope your bin has a lid on it!

Akire Sat 30-Jan-16 11:53:40

Paper bag fine
Plastic bag no
makes it easier at recycling not pick out plastic or string. Saying that a lot of places just throw it all in together in lorry anyway

Greaterthanthesumoftheparts Sat 30-Jan-16 11:55:47

Be careful with paper bags, many are wax coated, we're not allowed to use them for paper recycling.

ophiotaurus Sat 30-Jan-16 11:56:10

I would have thought that meant everything must be loose.

ridemesideways Sat 30-Jan-16 11:56:32

Here, it would depend what colour the paper bag was, as only white paper can go in the paper section, and coloured paper has to go in the cardboard section hmm

OurBlanche Sat 30-Jan-16 11:56:33

Email them and point out that they need to re-write their recycling statement in order t do away with any possible misunderstanding.

In their rush to get a lot of info on a small card our council set out utterly impenetrable instructions. They later chided themselves for having had to waste resources apologising and correcting misinformation. It is still not clear what they really mean about bags in the food bin!

EduCated Sat 30-Jan-16 11:56:48

We're in a flat so our multiple shared bins are at the end of the drive and used by pretty much anyone who walks past. Pretty sure someone has vomited in them at least once.

BlueJug Sat 30-Jan-16 11:57:29

Because people don't think and wrap/bag/tie recycling that then cannot be recycled as none has time to sit and unwrap all the stuff before it goes into the processing plant - and if a bit slips through it contaminates the load.

I would leave it loose and cover box with a lid for wet and windy days

EduCated Sat 30-Jan-16 11:58:56

Luckily we only have 3 types of bin - general waste, paper, and glass/plastic. My parents only had two, general and mixed recycling.

The place we went on holiday recently had at least 5 different boxes/bins with incomprehensible instructions on what went where. But the boxes did come with a snazzy sack truck to move them.

EponasWildDaughter Sat 30-Jan-16 12:06:53

Are we still going?

I read it as no plastic wrapping. Paper around other paper would be ok surely?

queenofthemountains Sat 30-Jan-16 12:08:31

Its so its easier to sort by hand and then by sorting machines that blow air to separate items so they need to be separate and not packed together. I watched s recycling video in school last week.

EduCated Sat 30-Jan-16 12:24:26

Queen, now that is an interesting development. I am the pro-paper bagger, DP is the No Wrapping Whatsoever Else Doooooooom one.

herecomesthsun Sat 30-Jan-16 12:42:30

Can you ask them? Is there a phone number?

Paperblank Sat 30-Jan-16 12:44:36

I put papers and magazines for recycling in the brown fruit and veg bags from tesco. Everything else goes in the recycling bin in the kitchen and then in the big bin.

Sounds like a faff but I can't be bothered going out to the bin every five minutes.

Starman16 Sat 30-Jan-16 12:54:01

I'm with queenofthemountains, if it's a mixed recycling bin everything needs to be loose as it will be (at least partially) sorted by machine.

We only have one recycling bin where I live, so I collect everything in a storage bag then tip it out straight into the bin outside. It's a communal bin for several houses and the council refused to collect it once because someone had put tied up rubbish bags in it.

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