Recycling Centres Remain Open During the Lockdown

Recycling centres remain open during the lockdown | Make a pledge to recycle more this New Year and help raise money for local charity

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Welcome to the January edition of our waste and recycling e-newsletter. 

In this bulletin you’ll find:

  • the launch of our Notts Recycles Pledge campaign
  • update on recycling centres during the national lockdown
  • advice on how to recycle seasonal items
  • and more!

Make a Notts Recycles Pledge and help make a difference to the lives of others

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Why not start off the new year with a recycling pledge. Pledges can come in all sizes, from big changes to small everyday switches, maybe you could pledge to:

  • Check the recycling information online and put the right things in the right bin.
  • Buy fruit and vegetables with less packaging.
  • Ensure any wrapping paper bought this year can be recycled.
  • Make more use of leftover food.
  • Learn how to compost at home.
  • Get a separate recycling bin in the bathroom for all those plastic bottles and cardboard tubes.
  • Tell 5 people that aerosol cans can go into the recycling bin at home.

For each pledge made by local residents Veolia will donate £1 to the County Council Chairman’s charity, My Sight Nottinghamshire. Everyone making a pledge will enter our prize draw to win an eco friendly hamper full of goodies.

What’s more the first 200 pledgers will also get a FREE Nottinghamshire Recycles reusable water bottle. So, what are you waiting for?! Make a pledge to reduce, reuse or recycle more and help raise valuable funds for charity at the same time.

Make a NottsRecycles pledge

We’d love it if you could help spread the word about the NottsPledge with others!

Recycling Centres to remain open during national lockdown

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All 12 of our recycling centres for household waste remain open (8am – 4pm daily). However, during the national lockdown we encourage residents to follow the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ advice and only visit if it is really essential.

By this we mean only visit a centre if you are unable to store the waste/ recycling safely at home.

Please note strict social distancing restrictions remain in place onsite.

Don’t forget to check your local district/ borough council for bin collection updates.

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If in doubt, leave it out!

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When your recycling bin at home is collected the contents are taken to the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield to be sorted.

Whilst some of waste is sorted by machines, there is also a team of hardworking men and women who sort the waste by hand to ensure that only the recyclable items in Nottinghamshire are sent on for reprocessing. You wouldn’t believe the things they come across, (dirty nappies being a regular occurrence!)

This is why we ask that the right thing is put in the right bin, and if you’re not sure please put it in the general waste (which is sent on for energy recovery).

Check what you can recycle in Notts

A lighter way to reduce food waste

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Eaten too many heavy meals over Christmas? Why not try an Italian roasted vegetable salad. It’s a great way to use some of those leftover vegetables and have a healthy start to the new year.

Find the recipe together with other great ideas for using up leftovers over on our website.

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Recycle those old electrics

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Many of us will have updated our gadgets over the Christmas period and are now wondering how to recycle the old ones.

Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are discarded by householders and companies in the UK. If your item uses a plug, charger or batteries it can be recycled at any of the 12 Recycling Centres in Nottinghamshire.

Please do not place in your kerbside bins.

In line with the national lockdown you should only visit a recycling centre if essential, why not pop the electricals that need to be recycled in a box to take to a centre at a later date/until the lockdown is eased.

Find your nearest recycling centre

Not on the Christmas list!

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Did you receive some Christmas gifts that didn’t quite match your list this year? Maybe it was a jumper or gloves that you know you won’t wear or just lots of extra socks! They may be just what someone else is looking for, so why not donate them to a Charity shop or homeless shelter?

Please make sure to check that they are open and accepting donations first.

Christmas Tree recycling

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Now that the decorations have come down, don’t forget that your real Christmas tree can still be recycled – check with your local district or borough council to see if they collect them.

You can take them to your local recycling centre but if this can wait until the national lockdown is lifted please do as only essential trips are advised by Government at the moment.

Centres are open daily from 8am – 4pm.

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