The Best Recycling Segregation starts in the home.

Top Tips

  1. Flatten cardboard boxes so that you can fit more recyclables into your bin
  2. Glass can be recycled endlessly; it does not wear out after several recyclings, so be sure to always recycle your glass bottles and containers
  3. Recycling is easy and requires minimal effort if you create a simple recycling system in your home. A system starts with having a place to store recycling inside your home, whether this is a bag, a box or a bin. Keep this container next to your rubbish bin – this will act as a reminder for everyone in your household to recycle and make it as easy to recycle as it is to throw away. Talk to everyone in your household about where your recycling storage point is and what can be recycled.
  4. Keep foods and liquids out of your recycling.

Keep plastic bags and other soft plastics out of your recycling

Do not put in your recycling bin:

  1. Paper and cardboard contaminated or encrusted with food:
    • Why? Paper and cardboard goes into a ‘bath’ at recycling facilities, and if food is on the item to be recycled, the entire bath will be sullied.
    • Put this into your brown bin instead.
  1. Plastic bags
  • Why? Plastic bags tend to get caught in the recycling machines and can disrupt the entire process at the Material Recycling Facility (MRF).
  1. Wet paper and cardboard
  • Why? Moisture harms paper fibres, leaving them brittle and generally unsuitable for making into new paper.
  • Put this into your brown bin instead.
  1. Plastic film like clingfilm and other soft plastics
  • Why? Again, this could get caught in the recycling machinery.
So what can be recycled? Everything else that is plastic, aluminium, paper or cardboard – provided it is clean! This includes:

  1. PET – plastic drinks bottles and much of our food packaging
  2. HDPE – High density polyethylene (e.g. shampoo bottle)
  3. Clean and dry paper and cardboard
  4. Aluminium cans

In a nutshell?  Only put clean, dry and loose material into your recycling bin.  Don’t put plastic bags in the recycling bin, but better yet, avoid using them altogether!

Where does my Recycling end up?

Once your Bin has been collected by McGrath Waste Management it is delivered into McGrath’s Transfer station. There it is bulk loaded into ejectors trailers and then transferred to Re-Gen Waste another Family run business. Here all your recycling is sorted and segregated:

Click on this link to see what happens then: