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 Frequently Asked Questions

 Why can I only put plastic bottles in my mixed recycling bin?

What bags/liners can I use in my kitchen caddy?

Can I recycle food waste at the Recycling Centre?

Why can't I take household asbestos or plasterboard/gypsum products to the Recycling Centre?

What should I do with broken or unwanted electrical goods?

How do I collect cooking oil for recycling and what happens to the cooking oil?

Why can’t I take quality items from my local Recycling Centre home with me?

Can I put diseased plants like ‘potato blight’ or invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam in my food and garden recycling bin?

Cant find an answer to your question? Visit our Recycling A-Z or contact us.

Why can I only put plastic bottles in my mixed recycling bin?

There are different types and grades of plastic. For example, a yoghurt pot is made from a different type of plastic than bottles. As a yoghurt pot and a bottle melt at different temperatures, it means they cannot be recycled together. The range of plastics that can be recycled is driven by the manufacturers that make new products. Currently these manufacturers need high grade bottle-shaped plastics to make their new products. There is much less demand for lower grade plastics.  For more information download our plastics leaflet 

What bags/liners can I use in my kitchen caddy?

You can only use compostable bags/liners for your kitchen caddy.

Do not use plastic or biodegradable bags in your kitchen caddy. Only use compostable liners with the seedling logo with reference code EN13432 to make sure they are compostable.

Some councils provide the liners free of charge.  Alternatively they are available to purchase at most supermarkets.

Newspaper is not a suitable alternative to line your caddy as it inhibits the composting process.

 

Can I recycle food waste at the Recycling Centre?

No, Recycling Centres are not licenced to accept segregated food waste. If you take food waste to any one of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester you will be advised to put it in the general non-recyclable waste container. Most households can now recycle food waste at home. Your cooked and uncooked food waste can be placed in your food and garden waste bin or street caddy. This is collected by your local council and taken to one of the In Vessel Composting facilities in Greater Manchester where it is recycled into compost.

Why can't I take household cement-bonded asbestos or plasterboard/gypsum  to the Recycling Centre?

It is important for us to accurately monitor disposal of this material and target any potential misuse from commercial and trade activity.  Household cement bonded asbestos and plasterboard/gypsum can be disposed of at some of our weighbridge facilities.

What should I do with broken or unwanted electrical goods?

Electrical goods should not be disposed of in your general waste bin.

If you have a faulty electrical item you should, where possible, return the item direct to the seller or manufacturer.

Returning to the seller - If you have had the item for less than 6 months you should return your faulty item to the seller.

Returning to the manufacturer - If you have problems returning your item to the seller and your item is within the manufacturer’s guarantee or warranty (often a year) you should return your item directly to the manufacturer.

You can donate small electrical items to some charity shops if they are still working and in a re-useable condition.
You can bring broken electrical items to any of the Recycling Centres.
 

How do I collect cooking oil for recycling and what happens to the cooking oil?

Pouring oil down drains is illegal, simply collect used oil in an empty plastic or glass bottle when the oil has cooled and take it to a  Recycling Centre that recycles cooking oil.

After the cooking oil is collected it is converted into bio-fuel to produce high quality bio-fuels for the distribution and power generation industries.

Why can’t I take quality items from my local Recycling Centre home with me?

As tempting as it sounds to take items home with you, the main reason why this is not possible is because of legislation. Legislation states that all items taken to a Recycling Centre are classed as waste once they arrive on site. This means that the person or organisation who wants to take the items off site, must have the appropriate waste carriers licenses and exemption certificates from the Environment Agency in order to take items off site. 

However, we strongly believe in re-use and we work with a number of community organisations who collect re-usable items from 11 of our Recycling Centres. So on your next trip, you can be happy in the knowledge that your re-usable items are in safe hands and will go back into the community. 

Can I put diseased plants like ‘potato blight’ or invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam in my food and garden recycling bin?

Our In Vessel Composting process won’t kill off the diseased plants, so to prevent spread these should not be recycled in your food and garden recycling bin. Please put diseased plants in your non-recyclable bin.  Invasive plants are classed as  ‘hazardous waste’ and removal of these should be done under the guidance provided by the Environment Agency, as such they cannot be put in your food and garden recycling bin.


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