Your recyclable materials are a valuable resource, from the newspapers / magazines that you read to the packaging material used to protect your food. All of these materials require energy to extract them and even more energy to turn them into new products. The process of extracting resources is damaging to the environment destroying natural habitats and causing pollution. As the earth’s population increases there will be an increasingly shorter supply of resources.


Therefore, we can no longer afford to throw our valuable resources away and bury them in landfill sites. Instead resources should be re-cycled into useful products.

The Council arranges for your recyclable material to be collected and sorted into different materials. The sorted materials are separately transported to factories and recycled into new products.


The recycling process reduces rubbish sent to landfill sites and environmental pollution too. Using recycled materials to make new products requires much less energy compared to extracting new raw materials from the earth.

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If residents put rubbish inside the grey recycling bin it causes serious problems with the recycling process. The rubbish will unfortunately get mixed up with the paper, plastic, cans and card inside the recycling vehicle and destroy the quality of these materials.


At the sorting facility any recyclable material mixed with rubbish will be rejected and sent to landfill. Please do not put rubbish inside your recycling bin.


Items such as Tetrapaks, plastic bags or electrical items should not be put into the grey bin. These items cannot be recycled through the grey bin system instead they can be recycled at supermarkets or Loscoe Household Waste Recycling Centre at Taylor Lane.

For further information please contact the Refuse and Recycling team on 01773 841326 or email refuse@ambervalley.gov.uk

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