The plastics that are now accepted within Birmingham’s recycling boxes are:
• Plastic bottles of all types
• Yoghurt pots
• Margarine tubs
• Ice cream tubs
• Plastic trays (e.g.from chocolate and biscuit boxes) that are NOT black in colour
• Trays from meat and fish
• Fruit and vegetable punnets
• All bottle tops, lids and triggers
• Cream and custard pots
• Soup pots
• Instant Noodle pots
• Tubs for dishwasher and laundry tablets
ALSO now accepted: Aluminium foil
The following items are still NOT accepted:
• Hard plastic items eg toys, washing-up bowls, tupperware lunchboxes etc.
• Black plastic
• Plastic film or wrappers
• Plastic bags or black sacks
• Expanded polystyrene
• Food waste / general rubbish
To help the recycling process, residents are asked to simply wash and squash their plastic bottles, tubs, pots, food trays and foil, then add them to their recycling box with their cans, tins, and glass bottles. All plastic collected at the kerbside is taken by Veolia to a recycling facility near Wolverhampton where it is sorted into different grades of plastic. The machine that sorts the plastic works by using a ‘magic eye’ which sorts by colour. The ‘magic eye’ cannot detect black plastic – which is why this cannot be collected.
Mark Heesom, Manager for Veolia Environmental Services in Birmingham, said: “Across the UK, householders use around 1.5 million tonnes of rigid plastic packaging every year, around half of which is made up of pots, tubs and trays from food packaging. “Most of this material ends up in landfill, which is clearly not good for the environment.
“This improvement to the recycling service we can offer in Birmingham will mean the city’s plastic waste is transformed, often inside six weeks, into other useful products such as detergent bottles.”
[Thanks to Sutton Observer for some of the content of this article]
For more info about Birmingham City Council’s recycling scheme click on the link: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/doorsteprecycling
And the 10,000 fast food leaflets that get pushed through your door each year.