When we take recycling to the sorting facility, anything that is not a material we recycle gets removed from the sorting process. The non-recycling is then taken for incineration or landfill. This costs the council tax payer a lot of money each year – money which could go towards providing extra services.
The worst things to put in your recycling bin are soiled items (such as nappies and food covered packaging) and glass. If these enter the lorry, the whole load can be contaminated and rejected for recycling. This means other people’s recycling efforts are wasted, as well as your own.
The most common incorrect items in green recycling bins are plastic pots, tubs and trays. These cannot successfully be sorted by our Portsmouth facility. If you want to recycle these, take them to one of our orange plastic recycling banks.
If you cannot get to a recycling bank, place them in your rubbish bin.
The only plastics you can put in your green recycling bin are bottles. For example drinks, cleaning products and shampoo bottles.