Nottinghamshire County Council Waste and Recycling

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Nottinghamshire Recycles

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

In this month’s email find information and updates on:

  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Fund opens for applications.
  • Tips to reduce food waste.
  • Compost bin GIVEAWAY.
  • National Children’s Gardening Week.
  • And more!

Applications open for Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund

Apply for the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle funding by visiting

Grants of up to £1000 are available for projects which help Nottinghamshire to Reduce, Reuse or Recycle waste.

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund is open to not-for-profit community groups, schools and charities based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding the city of Nottingham)

Applications close Friday 25 June 2021.

Find out more and apply

Did you know?

Make toast not waste

Did you know 1 million slices of bread are thrown in the bin every hour? That means 24 million slices end up in the bin every day in the UK!

Here’s some handy tips to help reduce your food waste:

  • Pop your sliced loaf in the freezer and then you can pick out a slice at a time and toast straight from frozen.
  • Turn crusts and stale slices into bread and butter pudding.
  • Keep your bread fresher for longer by keeping it in the original packaging and storing in a cool, dark and dry place, like a bread bin or cupboard.
  • Keep the end crust in place on top of the loaf slices to keep the next slice fresh.

Love Food Hate Waste recipes

DON’T bag it up!

plastic bin bag

Reminder – bin liners and carrier bags DO NOT belong in your kerbside recycling bin and WILL NOT be recycled.

When putting your plastic bottles, tins, cans, aerosols, card, paper, yoghurt and margarine tubs in your recycling bin please remember to make sure they are clean, loose and not in any type of plastic bag.

Bin liners or other plastic bags can stop the recyclables inside being ‘seen’ by the sorting machinery at our Materials Recovery Facility as it travels along the conveyor belts. This might sadly mean that your recycling efforts go to waste.

Bin liners can also get wrapped around the sorting machinery making it work less efficiently at sorting the county’s recycling.

Your collection crew may not even pick up your recycling if it’s inside carrier bags or bin liners.

For more information about what you can recycle in your kerbside recycling bin in Notts download our Notts Recycles info sheet, it’s available in over 10 languages!

NottsRecycles info sheet

Children’s Gardening Week

National Children's Gardening Week

29 May – 6 June is National Children’s Gardening Week which celebrates the fun that gardens hold for kids.

Why not join in and teach your young ones about growing fruit and vegetables. Did you know that radishes only take 4 weeks to grow and you don’t even need a garden, they can be grown in pots.

The National Children’s Gardening Week has lots of fun ideas that everyone could try so get involved!

Discover Children’s Gardening Week

Compost bin GIVEAWAY

Home composting

Composting is an environmentally friendly way to recycle kitchen and garden waste, what’s more the compost produced can really help your garden grow!

To help you get started we have 50 compost bins to give away to Nottinghamshire residents.

Enter by 31 May 2021 for your chance to win.

Enter now

Recycling Centre opening hours for bank holiday

man emptying garden waste into container at recycling centre

All 12 recycling centres across Notts are open 8am – 8pm daily until the end of September, including the Bank Holidays!

Please sort your waste into types before visiting and allow plenty of time to unload your waste once onsite.

Social distancing measures remain in place so queues are likely at busy times – try to visit at quieter times if possible.

Find your nearest recycling centre

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