Am I recycling or wishcycling?
Four things to remember about mixed recyclingRecycling can be confusing. There is a lack of consistency in collections and confusing labelling. These issues are being addressed by upcoming legislation and will improve in the future. In the meantime, we’re here to support. Here are four things to remember about mixed recycling to help when you’re deciding what goes where in your business.
Rinsed and cleanIf an item has residue on it, we are unable to recycle it. This is because it causes damage to machinery and lowers the quality of recycled material. The most common contaminator is food, so please remember to rinse or wipe off your containers.
Single items only
Many people, meaning well, will put recyclable containers inside other larger containers. Our manual pickers cannot spot or separate these items in time. Together, the mixed materials mean they are all unrecyclable. For mixed recycling collections it is always best to separate as single items.
(Double) Check the labelsRecycling labelling needs to be clearer, this is something everyone agrees on. Just because something has a symbol does not mean it is widely recycled. The government has committed to clearer labelling on packaging and we support this. In the meantime, double check the recycling symbols and use our helpful guide to what recycling symbols mean.
If a container is made up of layered materials, then it is composite. Soup cartons, juice boxes and plant-based milks are often made-up of layered plastic and carboard. Although the packaging states it is recyclable, it needs specialist recycling and is not commonly processed as mixed recycling.