Separating waste

Waste – a few thoughts

When it comes to reducing quantities of waste, it is vital that we all pull together. Separating waste can help to reduce quantities of household rubbish. Utility costs can be reduced by general waste avoidance in shared housing as well as by proper waste separation and recycling, since removal dates can be limited. You are also helping to ensure sparing use of environmental resources and reduce the burden on our landfill sites. Every item of waste placed in the wrong bin has to be sorted out later on at a huge cost: this trickles down into operating costs, as fees for disposal vary by waste type.

What goes where?

Yellow sack:
Foam packaging made from polystyrene (e.g. trays for pre-packaged fruit or vegetables), plastic (e.g. yoghurt pots film), hollow items (e.g. fabric softener bottles), composite materials (e.g. Tetra Pak, drinks cartons), aluminium (e.g. screw caps), tin (e.g. cans)

Waste paper container and blue bin:
Packaging made from paper or cardboard, newspapers, magazines, letters, leaflets, catalogues, books and other waste paper

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Organic bin:
Organic waste (e.g. grass cuttings, garden waste), organic kitchen waste (e.g. vegetable leftovers, coffee or tea filters), kitchen towels, paper tissues, sawdust, wood shavings

Residual waste/green bin or container:
Refuse, road leaves, porcelain, stoneware, vacuum cleaner bags, toiletries, dirty paper, disposable nappies, light bulbs, mirrors, sheet window glass, crystal glass, toothbrushes, pens etc.

Hazardous waste:
Batteries, abrasive cleaning agents, paints and varnishes, solvents, adhesives, medicines, fluorescent tubes and energy-saving bulbs, herbicides and pesticides