Plastic and carton recycling in the borough

Unfortunately due to a drop in the market for recycling mixed plastics we decided earlier this year to close the plastic recycling banks while we look for other markets for recycling this material.

You can still continue to recycle clean plastic bottles including drink bottles, shampoo and bleach bottles in your kerbside green bin and place all other plastics in your grey waste bin.

In addition to reducing the use of plastics in our everyday lives, here are some top tips to use less plastic:

  • Take a look at what plastic you’re throwing away every day and ask yourself if you really need it. For example, to keep leftover food fresh cover it with a plate or a bowl instead of cling film.
  • Avoid excess food packaging – farm shops, greengrocers, markets and larger supermarkets offer loose fruit and vegetables. Choose unpackaged items where possible to reduce plastic use.
  • Swap disposable for reusable. Take a reusable cup when you go to buy your daily coffee or tea. Take your own reusable bag when shopping instead of using plastic bags and bring your own knife and fork to work for any takeaway lunches.
  • Say no to plastic straws – when going out for a drink refuse plastic straws and instead encourage pubs and cafes to use cardboard straws.
  • Take time to dine in – seek out unpackaged food wherever possible, make your own ‘real food’ whenever you can, or take the time to dine in instead of getting takeaway food in plastic containers.

Find out what you can put in your green recycling bin by taking a look at the video below:

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Recycling team

If you have an enquiry about recycling, send a message to the Waste and Recycling Team

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  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    Basingstoke
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    Fridays
    8.30am to 4.30pm
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