Why doesn't the council collect glass for recycling
The most recycled items are paper and cardboard. If glass enters the recycling vehicle, it smashes and gets into the paper and cardboard. This lowers the quality of the paper and card and can get rejected.
To collect glass kerbside, we'd need new vehicles and crews for a separate collection. This would take time and investment, but it's something we hope to provide in the future.
You can recycle glass containers by taking them to a bottle bank. Find your nearest glass bank.
Why only collect plastic bottles, and not other plastics?
This is because the plastics that make food pots, tubs, trays, polystyrene and plastic bags are of lower quality and there's not a sustainable market for them. Plus, our sorting plant can't separate the different types of plastics. There's not enough space to fit the additional equipment needed.
Put these other plastics in your ordinary rubbish, and they won't be wasted. They're incinerated, which produces electricity.
Why can't I recycle tin foil?
Because tin foil is used in cooking, it usually has food and grease on it. This could contaminate other recyclables during the recycling process.
Why can't I recycle cartons and coffee cups?
These are difficult to recycle as they are made of several different materials. Our facility can't sort between cartons or card/paper. This means we could end up with a lower quality card/paper product.
You can recycle cartons and coffee cups at three sites in Portsmouth:
More sites will be appearing in the near future.
Why do we incinerate the rubbish?
The best way to deal with waste is to reduce and reuse what you can. Then, if an item can't be re-used, it would be best to recycle it. We send materials we can't recycle for incineration. This is better for the environment and more cost-effective than landfill.
The incineration process produces heat energy which can be turned into electricity. Also, the bottom ash is used in construction and any metals that come out the end of the process is sent for recycling.
Why is the council collecting food waste?
We analysed the rubbish thrown out in Portsmouth. Food waste made up the biggest part of our waste – about 40%. If we can recycle it instead, then that's a big win. The current food waste trial of more than 8,000 homes is set to be doubled.
Portsmouth could also end up with its own processing plant, meaning we could recycle our food waste locally. Food waste is made into biofuel and soil improver for farmers. For information to help you reduce food waste, visit Love Food Hate Waste.