Paper and Cardboard Recycling Box

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Paper and Card Bin Contents
Top Tips: 

  • There is no need to remove windows from envelopes or tape and staples from cardboard. These can now be removed in the recycling process.
  • Please flatten your cardboard so that we can fit it in the recycling collection vehicle and leave them under or next to the boxes to prevent it blowing away. 
  • Remember that TetraPaks (cartons containing juices and liquids) are lined with plastic and metal and cannot be recycled in your paper and card box. Find out where you can recycle TetraPak here.

envelopes  stacked cardboard

Where do I put shredded paper?

Shredded paper can go in your paper and card box. But please make sure it is not able to be blown around and cause a littering problem.  Wrapping the shredded paper in newspaper helps prevent this.

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Where do tetrapaks go?

TetraPaks, or cartons, such as orange juice, long-life milk or soup containers, are made from a layer of cardboard, plastic and foil. This means that they require specialist recycling services. TetraPaks should ideally be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or Recycling Bank Site at Waitrose, Morrison's, Marshalswick Quadrant and Amenbury Lane, Harpenden.  If this is not possible, put them in the refuse bin.

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Where do I put polystyrene?

Polystyene is not reycyclable and should be put into your brown refuse bin. If you have too much to fit into your bin you can take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centres. 

Some companies are now using biodegradable corn starch polystyrene. this can be placed in your sink and dissolved with water! 

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Where do I put my Vegware compostable food containers?

Sadly, whilst many companies are thinking about the products they use and choosing more sustainable options. We cannot accept Vegware (compostable food containers) in our food waste or garden waste collections. The facility we use would see that as 'contamination'. The only way it can be recycled is if you compost it at home. 

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Can I recycle take-away food containers?

Any left over food should go into your food waste caddy. Please make sure you have removed things like plastic cutlery, condiments and pizza tripod. 

Please make sure you remove or rinse any food waste so we can ensure the materials can be recycled. 

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Date of last review: 28 June 2018