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Recycle Week – did you know this about recycling?

As part of Recycle Week, the council’s Waste and Environment teams share some facts about recycling to make sure that you are getting the most out of your grey bin.

Over the last year, Biffa, the council’s waste contractor, have collected over 30,700 tonnes of recycling from Wirral’s recycling bins. Thank you to residents for the steps they have been taking to recycle their rubbish.

During Recycle Week, we have summarised some of our top tips for recycling to make sure that we can all continue to do our best to recycle and look after our planet by keeping it clean.

Keep recycling clean

You can recycle plastic bottles (such as for cleaning products), glass (jam jars, wine bottles) and cans (from food and drinks) but before placing it in your recycling bin, make sure that they are rinsed out so that there is no residue. This keeps the rest of the recycling in your grey bin clean too. Recycling that isn’t clean means it is contaminated and can’t be recycled.

Top Tip: After washing the dishes, use the remaining dishwater to do this before letting it out of the sink to reduce water usage.

Keep it loose

Recycling should not be bagged up before putting it in your bin. There is no facility for bags to be split or opened at the sorting centre so if your recycling is in bags, it will be disposed of as general waste from the green bin.

Try home composting

There are some items that aren’t accepted in recycling bins such as vegetable peelings, but these are perfect for home composting. If you have enough space, try creating a compost heap to dispose of this – you’ll be supporting the environment by creating the perfect habitat for worms to enjoy and saving room in your green bin.

You can find out more about composting and purchase a bin on the council’s website.

Look out for bespoke recycling schemes

Some companies have started creating recycling points for items that can’t usually be recycled to avoid waste and create new things. One of those companies is TerraCycle. They accept items such as bread bags, pens, crisp packets and even foil balloons and seperate them by plastic type, give them a clean and shred them to turn into plastic pellets. The pellets are then used to create park benches, plant pots, watering cans and cool bags – transforming waste into new items.

There are some locations set up around Wirral to collect these items. Find out more by visiting their website and finding what you can recycle near you.

Top Tip: Some supermarkets have even introduced collection points for “soft plastics” such as the clear film used to wrap meat and fish, crisp packets, fruit and veg bags and sweet wrappers. Ask your local supermarket if they are one of them.

Don’t forget about tips and recycling centres

Recycling centres are great places for getting rid of waste that you can’t dispose of in your recycling bin. Just some of the items include batteries, broken electrical equipment (such as hairdryers) and now cardboard tubes with metal ends (such as the packaging for Pringles, gravy granules, hot chocolate and nuts).

To find out more about recycling centres, visit Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority website.


If you are not too sure if an item can be recycled or not, you can find out whether it is accepted in Wirral’s grey (recycling) bins on the Wirral Council website.

If you are still unsure, you can visit Recycle Right and search for the item that you are looking to dispose of to find your answer quickly