SORTED! June 2017 e-newsletter
We are all used to donating unwanted possessions to charity and recycling things from the kitchen, but many other items discarded from around your home should not end up in the refuse bin. For the next few editions we will take a tour of the average house.
• Glastonbury collections
• Problem packaging
• Textile recycling
• Paint recycling trial
• Metal matters
• Take care around waste vehicles
Recycling and waste collections during Glastonbury Festival
Traffic for the start and finish of the Glastonbury Festival, which runs from Wednesday 21 June to Sunday 25 June, can disrupt waste collections across Mendip. Collections may start earlier in the day than usual, so please have bins and boxes out the night before where possible. Check updates on SWP’s website.
What can be reused or recycled from the average living room
When you are tidying your living room, ask these questions:
Is there anything you can donate to charity or sell?
• Unwanted pictures or frames, CDs or DVDs, and more can be sold by local charities.
• Your local furniture reuse group wants good quality reusable furniture to sell to Somerset families on low income.
What can you recycle at the kerbside?
• Newspapers, magazines and their inserts, plus flyers and invitations.
• Old drawings and pictures from your children.
• Old receipts and paper bills (shred if containing personal details).
• Unwanted catalogues and telephone directories.
• Finished air-freshener or furniture polish aerosols (empty with tops off).
What should be taken to a recycling site?
• Take broken electrical chargers and mobile devices that cannot be repaired.
• Old computer equipment but do remove all personal data before disposal.
• Large quantities of cardboard from online purchases (the equivalent of two kerbside boxes or less can be recycled on the kerbside).
• Spent unbroken low-energy light bulbs.
Next time – waste from the garden.
Industry body The Recycling Association has produced a list of products that pose the biggest problems for recycling. These include difficult to separate multi material packaging for Pringles and some whisky bottles, black meat trays, cleaning spray trigger tops and others. SWP welcomes this renewed national focus on problem packaging. For more information see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39953209
Clear out your wardrobe and give clothes a new home.
On average, according to the Waste and Recycling Action Programme, 30% of the clothes in our wardrobes have not been worn in the last year. Make some space by using kerbside recycling.
If your unwanted clothes are wearable, they will go for reuse but we also take odd socks and frayed shirts etc. Everything is used; items not suitable for reuse are recycled and made into cleaning cloths and wadding.
Put out clean items, sealed in a plastic bag (but not a black sack or it may be treated as rubbish) and marked textiles. Clothing must be kept completely dry as mouldy or wet materials cannot be reused. If possible put out for collection on a dry day. Shoes are collected as well, but tie these into pairs as odd shoes cannot be reused.
Sorry, we cannot take stuffed items such as duvets, pillows and cushions, but we can take all other textiles, from sheets to curtains and towels.
Paint recycling trial
Since December 2016, Somerset Waste Partnership and its contractor Viridor have been running a recycling trial of water-based paint taken to our network of 16 recycling sites in the county. Thus far, the pilot scheme has recycled, and therefore avoided landfilling, more than 64 tonnes of paint delivered by the residents from their homes.
The water-based paint is kept back and collected regularly for delivery to processing company Paint 360 in the West Midlands, which re-engineers the waste paint into a range of quality emulsion paints developed for facility management and housing. If a review of the paint pilot proves positive, it is hoped that scheme will continue.
Kerbside collections take food and drink cans for recycling. Before putting these items in your boxes, rinse them using left-over washing up water. This helps keep down contaminants in the recycling process, avoids attracting wildlife and pets to your recycling, and makes it much more pleasant for crews hand sorting your boxes. After rinsing, if safe, trap steel lids from food cans and jam jars inside steel cans, which stops them falling out and causing litter or damage during the recycling process. There is no need to remove the paper labels.
We also accept the large metal biscuit or chocolate tins, but please do not add the plastic ones as they are not currently collected. We do not take laminated (plastic) foil, so do not add cat food/coffee pouches, as these cannot be recycled.
Aluminium foil is taken at the kerbside. To check whether an item is plastic or metal, try scrunching it. If the item springs back, it is plastic and we cannot take it; if it remains in a ball it is foil and we can. Rinse aluminium foil containers, such as those used for take-away meals or foil used to cover food, to ensure that food remains are removed.
Other metal items, such as pots, pans, baking trays, old keys, tools, kitchenware and electrical equipment, cannot be put out at the kerbside but should be taken to any recycling site. Please do not include sharp items such as knives and screwdrivers in kerbside boxes, as these are a threat to the staff hand sorting your boxes; hand them over to recycling site staff for safe disposal.
Take care around waste vehicles
Just as it is important to stay safe and follow staff advice at recycling sites, it is essential that residents, whether on foot or in their own vehicles, take care around Somerset’s large waste vehicles and their busy crews.
Avoid risks by staying away from stop-start recycling or rubbish trucks, giving them plenty of space and time to do their job when they are being driven through tightly-packed residential areas and narrow country lanes.
Never try to add items to the material containers on recycling lorries – leave that to the crews – and keep well back from the loading area of rubbish trucks.
More on Somerset Waste Partnership, our services and preventing waste
See our website for lots more information on waste and recycling services and what more you can to do to reduce, reuse and recycle. Contact your local council customer services helpline if you need assistance with our services.
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