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From week commencing Monday, 19th September, 2011
  Kerbside Collection Checklist until 16th September, 2011

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The Vale of Glamorgan Council operate a co-mingling collection service for dry recyclables and all waste for our area is collected on a Thursday. 

Not sure whether something is suitable for recycling?  The following is a guide to which common household items should be included with or excluded from the Vale of Glamorgan kerbside recycling scheme.  If in doubt, call the Visible Services Department who will be happy to help you. 

Quick links to:    Additional Notes     Aerosols     Cans & Tins     Card & Cardboard     Cardboard Holders     Cartons     Foil     Glass Jars & Bottles     Greetings Cards     Kitchen Waste     Paper     Plastic Bags     Plastic Bottles     Plastic Cellophane     Plastic Containers     Plastic Packaging    

MATERIAL

YES, PLEASE INCLUDE

NO, THANK YOU, PLEASE EXCLUDE

AEROSOLS

Ensure aerosols are drained and remove lids
 

Deodorant
Furniture polish
Hair spray

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CANS & TINS

Ensure cans are clean & empty, and not contaminated with food or drink.  Squash or flatten. 

Biscuit tins
Drink (beer, cola, lemonade)
Food (baked beans, cook-in-sauces, cream, fish, fruit, meat, soup, steamed pudding)
Pet food
Sweet tins

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Paint tins
Toothpaste tubes

 

FOIL

Ensure foil is not contaminated with food/drink or chemicals. 

Cooking foil
Take-away meal container
Yoghurt lids

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Metallised [2] plastic film (such as that used for some makes of bread, crisps & Pop Tarts packets)
 

GLASS JARS & BOTTLES

Ensure glass is clean & empty, and not contaminated with food or drink.  Remove tops/lids .
 

Baby food
Beer
Beetroot
Coffee
Jam & marmalade
Mincemeat
Non-refundable pop bottles
Pasta
Paste
Pharmaceutical (eg over the counter cough medicine)
Pickle
Sauce
Wine

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Glass crockery or ornaments
Light bulbs [3]
Milk bottles (return to milkman)
Pyrex and Visionware cooking dishes
Refundable bottles
Returnable medicine bottles
Window panes
 

PAPER

Ensure paper is clean and not contaminated with food or drink. 
 

Books if  unsuitable for donation [1] (remove hard covers and plastic jackets)
Brochures
Brown wrapping paper (plain)
Calendars (remove metal binding etc)
Catalogues
Envelopes (if gum and plastic windows removed)
Flour packaging
Leaflets, circulars, junk mail, advertising literature
Magazines, comics
Newspapers
Office paper
Paper bags (white or coloured but no waxy type or glitter/foil decorated)
Paperback novels
Paperback puzzle books
Telephone directories
Writing paper

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Christmas and birthday wrapping paper (as this tends to be of a waxy type or have glitter/foil decoration)
Envelopes (unless plastic window and all gum removed)
Post-it notes (unless all gum removed)
Table napkins & serviettes
Tissue paper
Yellow pages [1]
 

CARD & CARDBOARD

Remove packaging such as polystyrene or plastic.  Ensure cardboard is clean and not contaminated with food or drink.  Flatten and tie in a bundle or place in recycling bin.  Leave larger items on kerbside. 
 

Appliance boxes (eg printer, TV, DVD)
Cake/fruit pie boxes
Cereal boxes
Christmas card boxes
Dividers/folders/wallets for filing systems (remove any plastic or metal)
Games boxes
Gift boxes (eg photoframe, toys)
Jigsaw boxes
Kitchen roll/foil inserts
Medicine boxes (eg headache tablets, flu/cold remedies)
Outer sleeve for multipack items (eg tinned baked beans, spaghetti, tomatoes)
Stationery boxes (eg office equipment, paper)
Sweet boxes
Tissue boxes
Toilet roll inserts
Washing powder boxes

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Chip cartons
Drink cups
Take away drink containers
 

CARDBOARD HOLDERS

(looks like papier-mch).  Ensure holders are clean and not contaminated with food or drink.  Squash or flatten.
 

Drinks holders from take-away outlets
Egg boxes
Egg trays

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Polystyrene egg trays
 

GREETINGS CARDS

Remove any glue and decorative items such as beads, glitter, metal and  ribbons
 

Anniversary
Birthday
Christmas
Special occasion
Wedding

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Highly-decorated greetings cards
 

CARTONS  (Tetra Pak)

Ensure cartons are empty and clean 

 

Fruit juice
Milk
Pet food pouches
Smoothie cartons
Soup

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PLASTIC BAGS

Ensure bags are clean & empty, and not contaminated with food or drink. 
 

Bread bags (but not Stay Fresh foil type)
Carrier bags (not biodegradable type)
Cereal bags (remove from outer cardboard box)
Components bags (eg for electrical items such as clock radio, TV/Playstation remote control)
Dry cleaning "sleeves" (remove hard plastic handles)
Dry Pasta packs
Fruit bags
Newspaper magazine bags
Sandwich bags
Vegetable bags

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Fruit and vegetable bags with plastic zip (unless zip removed)
Metallised [2] plastic bags (such as that used for some makes of bread, crisps and Pop Tarts) 
 

PLASTIC BOTTLES

Ensure bottles are clean & empty, and not contaminated with food or drink.  Squash or flatten.  Remove plastic lids. 
 

Detergent
Fabric softener
Hand wash (discard top and pump with refuse)
Medicine tablet containers
Milk
Mineral water
Pop
Sauce
Shampoo
Squash
Washing up liquid

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Bleach bottles (unless thoroughly cleaned)
Cooking oil bottles if contaminated
Engine oil containers
Toothpaste tubes 
 

PLASTIC - CELLOPHANE

Ensure cellophane is clean and not contaminated with, for example, flower waste.
 

Chocolate box wrap
Flower wrap
Greetings cards sleeves

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Polythene pockets (used with A4 ring binders)
 

PLASTIC CONTAINERS

Ensure containers are clean & empty, and not contaminated with food or drink.  Squash or flatten.
 

Biscuit boxes
Butter & margarine tubs and lids
Cake boxes
Cheese spread tubs and lids
Cream pots
Egg boxes
Fruit punnets
Ice cream cartons and lids
Meat containers (remove thin plastic "lid")
Mousse & dessert pots
Ready meal containers
Salt tubs and lids
Take-away meal containers
Yoghurt & fromage frais pots

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Blister packs of tablets
Childrens toys [1]
Flower pots [1]
Garden furniture [1]
Metallised [2] plastic film (such as that used for mousse & yoghurt pots)
Patio furniture [1]
Polystyrene trays
Washing up bowls [1]
 

PLASTIC PACKAGING

Ensure packaging is clean & empty, and not contaminated with food or drink.
 

Bubble wrap
CD case
Cheese packaging
Clingfilm
Outer wrapping for multipack items (eg baked beans, sanitary products, toilet rolls)
Sandwich bags
Shrink wrap

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Metallised [2] plastic film (such as that used for some makes of bread, crisps & Pop Tarts packets)
 

KITCHEN WASTE

Use the biodegradable corn starch bags provided to line your kitchen caddy; when this is full tie it up and place in your kerbside caddy.

Bread, cakes, pastries
Chicken carcase
Coconut (and shell)
Coffee grounds
Cat and dog food
Dairy produce (cheese)
Egg (and shell)
Fish (and bones, shells & skin)
Fruit
Guinea pig, hamster, rabbit food
Lamb, pork & beef (and bones)
Noodles
Nuts (and shells)
Pasta
Peelings
Pet food (including biscuits, canned meat, bird seeds, small mammal mixes)
Pulses, beans,
Raw & cooked meat
Rice
Seafood (and shells)
Table scraps & leftovers
Tea bags
Vegetables

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Animal waste
Fats
Human waste
Liquids, e.g. milk, gravy
Oils [1]
Pet waste

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[1]  Items can be donated and recycled via other schemes or by taking them to a Household Recycling Centre. 

[2]  To check whether packaging such as for bread and crisps is metallised plastic film or foil: Scrunch the packet into a ball; if it retains its shape as a ball it is foil but if it returns to its original shape then it is metallised plastic film and cannot be recycled. 

[3]  Energy-saving light bulbs should be placed in special bins at a Household Recycling Centre. 

Paper labels do not need to be removed from tins, glass bottles & jars, boxes, etc.  Ask for extra recycling boxes (maximum three) if you have many items for collection each week. 

Any item that is made up of more than one type of plastic is unsuitable for recycling, for example plastic toys and polythene pockets used in ring binders.  Polystyrene packaging such as that used for egg boxes and trays or fruit trays cannot be recycled. 

The above list is not exhaustive or definitive so if you are unsure whether an item is suitable for recycling or have any queries regarding the services being provided by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, contact the Vale Visible Services Department for help and advice. 

If you are outside the Vale of Glamorgan area, check with your local council for details of recycling schemes as these tend to vary; for example some areas cannot accept plastics (or will only take a specific type) whilst others may include textiles or wrapping paper/tissue within the service they provide but may be unable to take cartons.  Collection of all types of waste may be on the same day or particular items collected on different days/weeks and may need to be separated at the kerbside as recycling facilities also differ.  Councils may not need to collect metal (eg steel/aluminium) because it is extracted mechanically from refuse, and the most modern plants (the first of which was at Padworth, Berkshire, opened on 1st October 2011) separate items, including plastics, via automated systems using infra-red beams. 

A number of councils use a card system whereby if something is put into the wrong container a yellow card is given together with advice.  If the incorrect items are put into the collection again, a red card is given and the items are not collected.  This has dramatically reduced the number of times a 30 ton load of recycling has had to be turned away and put into a landfill site because of contamination.  With the advent of the latest waste plants, this problem will be greatly reduced. 

 

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