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Kerbside Collection Checklist from 19th September, 2011

Household Kerbside Refuse Disposal & Recycling Collection until 16th September, 2011
Household Kerbside Refuse Disposal & Recycling Collection from 19th September, 2011

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From week commencing Monday, 19th September 2011 the Vale of Glamorgan will begin a co-mingling collection service for dry recyclables and all waste will be collected on a Thursday. 

Not sure if 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. 

MATERIAL

YES, PLEASE INCLUDE

NO, THANK YOU, PLEASE EXCLUDE

CANS & TINS

Ensure cans are clean and 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)
Metal jar & bottle lids (jam, pasta, paste, whiskey, wine screw tops)
Pet food
Sweet tins
 

Aerosols
Foil [1]
Paint tins
Toothpaste tubes
 

GLASS JARS & BOTTLES

Ensure glass is clean and empty, and not contaminated with food or drink.  Remove tops/lids and place with plastic or metal collection as appropriate.
 

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

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
Leaflets, circulars, junk mail, advertising literature
Magazines, comics
Newspapers
Office paper
Paper bags (white or coloured but no glitter, waxy type or foil)
Paperback novels
Paperback puzzle books
Telephone directories
Writing paper
 

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)
Greetings cards, eg birthday and Christmas [1]
Post-it notes (unless all gum removed)
Table napkins and serviettes
Tissue paper
Yellow pages [1]
 

CARD & CARDBOARD

Remove packaging such as polystyrene or plastic and ensure cardboard is clean and not contaminated with food or drink.  Flatten and tie in a bundle or place in carrier bag.  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
 

Chip cartons
Drink cups
Fruit juice, milk and soup cartons eg Tetra Paks [1]
Greetings cards, eg birthday and Christmas [1]
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
 

Polystyrene egg trays
 

PLASTIC BAGS

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

Bread bags (but not Stay Fresh foil type)
Carrier bags
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
Vegetable bags
 

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 and empty, and not contaminated with food or drink.  Squash or flatten.  Plastic lids can be recycled but need to be removed. 
 

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

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
 

Polythene pockets (used with A4 ring binders)
 

PLASTIC CONTAINERS

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

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

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

PLASTIC PACKAGING

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

Bubble wrap
Clingfilm
Outer wrapping for multipack items (eg baked beans, sanitary products, toilet rolls)
Shrink wrap
 

Metallised [2] plastic film (such as that used for some makes of bread, crisps and 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 and shells)
Fruit
Guinea pig, hamster, rabbit food
Lamb, pork and beef bones
Noodles
Pasta
Peelings
Pet food (including biscuits, canned meat, bird seeds, small mammal mixes)
Pulses, beans,
Raw and cooked Meat
Rice
Table scraps and leftovers
Tea bags
Vegetables

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

Notes:

[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. 

Sort recycling so that each type of material is separated, ie all paper in one container, all glass in another.  Paper labels do not need to be removed from tins, glass bottles & jars, boxes, etc.  Ask for extra recycling boxes 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. 

The above list is not exhaustive or definitive so if you are unsure whether an item is suitable for recycling, 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 any recycling schemes as these tend to vary; for example some areas may take textiles whilst others cannot accept plastics (or will only take a particular type) and some collect all waste on the same day separated into wheelie bins/boxes because recycling facilities also differ, with some plants separating items via automated systems.  Other councils may not need to collect steel/aluminium as it is extracted mechanically from refuse, or include collection of foil or wrapping paper/tissue within the service they provide. 

Some 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. 

  Kerbside Collection Checklist until 16th September, 2011     
Kerbside Collection Checklist from 19th September, 2011

Household Kerbside Refuse Disposal & Recycling Collection until 16th September, 2011
Household Kerbside Refuse Disposal & Recycling Collection from 19th September, 2011

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