Black Plastic cannot be recycled because it cannot be sorted at automated plastic recycling sorting stations. Ideally do not buy products using black plastic, otherwise do not put it in the recycling because it degrades all the other plastic.
Recycle all metal items such as old cooking utensils by taking them to the recycling centre near Portishead (closed on Tuesdays). The kerbside teams only collect household metal packaging such as foil, tins, cans, lids from jars and tin trays
Plastic Bags, including a lot of food packaging and magazine wrappers, can be recycled at a number of larger supermarkets. Store them in a plastic bag by your recycling bins and take it with you next time you go for a supermarket shop.
Apparently the average family throws away about £700 worth of food waste a year and most of it ends up in landfill. Please put your food waste into your food waste bin rather than into your black wheelie bin. All the food waste collected is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant in Weston-super-Mare, which generates electricity and produces fertiliser.
Use clothes longer: the average life of new clothes is only 3.3 years. Only 10% to 20% of clothes given to charity shops are sold in secondhand stores. The rest is sent overseas.
Clothes recycling - help local charities raise cash: there are two clothing banks in Pill where bagged clothes and shoes can be left:
- Fire Brigade Benevolent Society, by the Fire Station
- Western Air Ambulance, behind the resource centre