What can I recycle?

Only materials that can be recycled can be put into your blue bin. This includes:

  • Paper: newspapers, envelopes, directories, magazines and catalogues, office paper, junk mail
  • Cardboard: greetings cards, cereal boxes, egg boxes, general packages, cardboard tubes
  • Plastic bottles and yoghurt pots: pop and milk bottles, cleaning product bottles, toiletry bottles, margarine tubs
  • Food tins, drink cans and aerosols: clean food tins, empty aerosol cans, drinks cans.

Please do not put the following items in your blue bin:

  • Shredded paper, kitchen roll, tissues, metallic wrapping paper
  • Tetra packs, juice cartons, takeaway pizza boxes
  • Carrier bags, ice cream tubs, food cartons and trays
  • Paint and oil tins, pots or pans
  • Glass bottles including wine bottles and food jars
  • Bottle tops, food pouches, bubble wrap
  • Carrier bags, plastic containers, coat hangers
  • Polystyrene
  • Nappies
  • Wood, glass, toys
  • Garden waste
  • Textiles, clothing and shoes

You can recycle most of these items at your local recycling site. Each site has different recycling facilities so check what can be recycled before you visit. Some items cannot be recycled and these should be put into your green bin. Garden waste cannot be put into the blue bin but can be recycled using the garden waste recycling scheme (brown bin) or you can home compost (opens in a new window).

See exactly what can and can't be recycled in the Bin smart recycling guide (opens in new window)

Why we should recycle

Wherever possible any waste you produce should be reused or recycled. Recycling waste allows it to be made into something else. Currently, 38% of waste in Mansfield is recycled.

There are many reasons to recycle including:

  • Protecting the environment - recycling stops waste going to landfill. Landfill sites produce lots of methane which contributes to global warming.
  • Saving money - if recycling targets aren't met we may be penalised by national government.

We're running out of room - the UK's landfill sites are filling up. In the future reducing, reusing and recycling may be the only way to deal with the waste.