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Are you recycling correctly?

Image of a red recycling box

14 February 2022

Image of a red recycling box
We are always impressed that our residents are keen to recycle as much of their rubbish as possible, but it is important to remember to only place the correct items into the kerbside recycling boxes for their weekly collections.

Adding incorrect items to the boxes makes life very difficult for our crews. If collected, these products must be removed by hand back at the depots before being sent to the recycling processors, who will reject material if contaminated with these items.

"Previously crews would leave the incorrect items in the boxes with a note to explain why they hadn't been taken with the rest of the recycling." Explains Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling.

"However, during the pandemic we have been more lenient in collecting the full contents ensuring we minimise the risk of spreading the virus and keep our crews safe. But now we must once again concentrate our efforts into ensuring we only collect the correct material from the kerbside.

"This means that residents may find that any incorrect items in their recycling boxes will be left behind. In some instances, where there is a lot of contamination, the full box may be left, with a note explaining that it will be emptied next time, once the offending items have been removed.

"We understand that remembering what can and cannot be collected can be difficult, which is why we will leave a note explaining what we can and cannot accept. Powys residents have proved time and time again that they are committed to recycling much of their waste, and we thank them for their continued efforts with helping us collect, good quality recyclable material."

Most of the recycling mistakes occur in the red recycling box, with residents confused with what types of plastics can be collected in the weekly kerbside collections. As a reminder, in the red boxes we only want:

  • Clean and empty plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Clean and empty tins, cans, kitchen and bathroom aerosols, foil and metal lids

Soft plastic film and wrapping can be bundled up and recycled at most supermarkets or taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

For a full list of what can and can't be collected in each of the boxes, please see our online recycling guide: https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/726/What-do-I-do-with-my-recycling-and-rubbish-household