What Happens To Your Recycling & FAQs?

You can recycle your mixed recyclable material through the kerbside collection scheme by using either your grey bin or green recycling bags.


Please remember to give your containers a quick rinse this will help to remove any food or drink and keep your bins / bags smelling fresh.

Extra recycling will be collected throughout the year. Please put out your extra recycling in containers or open/clear bags next to your recycling bin by 6.30am.

Please keep your glass separate and do not use black bin liners, as these will not be collected.


In August 2014 our waste contractor Veolia managed to secure an agreement to sort our recyclable materials much closer to Amber Valley at the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Mansfield. This is extremely good news because the materials are processed closer to home and this reduces the amount of miles we have to transport recyclable materials and consequently reduces our carbon foot print for recycling.

The MRF in Mansfield has a stricter specification for the materials that can be accepted for recycling.

Please ensure that you put the right items inside the grey bin and recycling bags because the wrong items cannot be recycled and they cause problems trying to remove them at the facility where the recycling is sorted.

What happens to my recycling?

View this link to see where your recycling goes.

Paper / Card Recycling

Paper _card _recycling

Yes Please:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogues
  • White directories
  • Shredded paper
  • Paperback books
  • Envelopes (please remove plastic windows)
  • Yellow pages
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Card packaging e.g. cereal boxes, toilet rolls, greeting cards
  • Hardback books

No Thanks


Food / Drink Cans

Food & Drink

Please remember to give your tins a quick rinse, this will help remove any food or drink and keep your bin/bags smelling fresh. 

Yes Please

  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Empty aerosol cans (except from DIY or gardening)
  • Cake, biscuit and sweet tins
  • Aluminium foil and clean take-away containers
  • Metal bottle tops and lids

No Thanks:  

  • Household tins e.g. oil or paint
  • Metal pipes
  • Chemical containers
  • Batteries

Tins of oil, paint, DIY or gardening aerosol cans can be disposed of at the Recycling Centre at Taylor Lane, Loscoe.  


Recycling Your Plastic

Recycling Plastic

We can only collect plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and margarine tubs inside

the grey recycling bins.Even though plastic food trays and plastic fruit punnets have the recycling symbol on them and can in theory be recycled, they are often made from a much lower grade of recycled plastic. Consequently this means that it is not economically viable for the Mansfield MRF to sort these items out and send them off separately for recycling.

If there are a lot of the wrong items inside the grey bin / recycling bags it can be too difficult to remove them from the rest of the recyclable materials. This can result in lorry loads of good recyclable material having to be disposed of as waste to landfill.

Please help us to avoid this serious problem by ensuring that you only recycle items that can be recycled. Thank you

Yes Please:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic food containers i.e yoghurt pots, margarine and ice cream tubs

No Thanks

  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Cling film
  • Bubble wrap


Recycling Your Glass

Glass Recycling

Glass must be kept separate inside the black caddy provided with your bin, or in one of the green recycling bags if your property is on bag collection.

Glass mixed in with other recycled materials cannot be sorted for recycling at this facility. Therefore if residents do not keep their glass separate inside the black caddy or green recycling bags, the recycling bin/bags unfortunately will not be emptied.

If glass was to be collected mixed in with the other recyclable materials it would reduce the quality of the other recyclable materials. These materials would no longer be suitable for recycling and would have to be sent to landfill.

If your caddy or green recycling bag is lost or damaged please contact the Council for a replacement on the Refuse Helpline: 01773 841326.

Until you receive your caddy / green recycling bag please put out your glass in a plastic box of a similar size.


Yes Please

  • All bottles and jars of any colour

No Thanks

  • Drinks glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Windowpanes
  • Light bulbs
  • Glass spectacles
  • Pyrex dishes


Which companies recycle the materials from my grey bin?

Recyclable Material                    
End Destination                                 
Televisions Sims Metals Group
Fridges Sims Metals Group
Washing Machines / Tumble Dryers etc.         Sims Metals Group
Flytipped tyres Monckton Rubber
Co-mingled mixed paper, newspaper, pamphlets, cardboard, plastics, steel & aluminium cans


Tonnage accepted is 85,000 tonnes per annum
Veolia Environmental Services Mansfield Materials Recycling Facility

Warren Way, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 0FL
Mixed glass bottles & jars INGS Environmental Limited



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