Sunderland blue bins now take plastic, cartons and foil

Coun James Blackburn and Colin Curtis, Sunderland City Council's assistant head of street scene, with some of the items which can now be recycled.
Coun James Blackburn and Colin Curtis, Sunderland City Council's assistant head of street scene, with some of the items which can now be recycled.
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HOUSEHOLDERS can go green by increasing their recycling blues.

Sunderland City Council is expanding its blue bin recycling scheme to allow people to recycle more items.

Every home in the city can now recycle clean wax cartons of the sort that hold things like fruit juice, soup and wine, as well as plastic food packaging and foil.

Information packs explaining the expansion of the scheme will start dropping through letterboxes this week – with a new sticker to apply to the top of blue bins, explaining what can and cannot recycled, a fridge magnet and an information leaflet.

Residents are still being encouraged to separate their recycling with paper going into the top caddy of the bin while everything else goes into the main compartment. Any other types of waste not listed on the new blue bin stickers should be placed in green rubbish bins.

Blue bins were originally rolled out by the council in 2010 and, with brown bins for garden waste, have helped the city increase its recycling and composting rate to 36 per cent per cent in 2011/12, resulting in significantly less rubbish now being sent to landfill.

Councillor James Blackburn, cabinet member for city services, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to recycle, so I’m really pleased that residents will soon be able to recycle even more of their household rubbish in their blue bins.

“It’s fantastic more and more people getting into the habit of recycling, reducing the harmful effects on the environment and helping us create a green, clean city we can all be proud of.”

To make it even easier to recycle, new recycling centre banks were installed in the car parks of some supermarkets and public places across the city a year ago.

Recycling facilities at Sunderland’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre, in Beach Street – for bulky household waste items and extra recycling – have also been improved to make them more user-friendly.

What can I put in my blue bin?

Main body:

•All white, grey and brown cardboard - such as cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes and ready meal boxes

•Food and drink cartons - such as empty juice and milk cartons, food cartons (for example tomatoes, soup, custard)

•Household plastic packaging - all plastic bottles and plastic food packaging such as yogurt pots and trays

•Empty food tins, foil, drink cans and aerosols - including foil pie tins, baby milk formula tins, pet food tins and pop cans

•Glass bottles and jars - for example jam jars, perfume bottles, coffee jars, spice jars, wine bottles

•Food and drink cartons - such as empty juice and milk cartons, food cartons (for example tomatoes, soup, custard)

•Household plastic packaging - all plastic food packaging such as yogurt pots and trays

•Foil - including foil trays

The inner caddy:

•Paper including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, telephone directories, catalogues, envelopes, printed-paper, wrapping paper and greeting cards. Shredded paper can be included in the inner box, but it must be included loose and not be put into a plastic bag or other container.

For more information of what you can recycle at the sites or for any recycling and waste enquiries you may have, visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/recycling or call 520 5503.

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