Household recycling leaflet
Your recycling is taken to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where it is sorted and separated by manual and mechanical processes.
The separated items are baled ready to be collected for reprocessing into new products. Hampshire's Material Recovery Facilities recycle 260 tonnes of recycling every day
Recycling is estimated to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by 18 million tonnes.
The UK uses about 12 billion cans each year; placed end to end, they would stretch to the moon and back twice.
Recycled plastic 'nurdles' can be manufactured into lots of new products such as fleecy blankets and artificial timber.
Plastic bottles are the easiest plastics to recycle, yet Hampshire householders only recycle about 51% of all the bottles they use.
Making a new can from recycled aluminium uses 95% less energy than making a new can from raw materials.
The non-recyclable material - or 'contaminated' recycling - is rejected by our recycling contractor costing Hampshire over £1 million every year.
The average UK family uses six trees worth of paper every year.
These 6 items can go in your household recycling sacks:
- Plastic bottles
We do not recycle:
- Plastic bags and film
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays
- Gift wrap and shredded paper
- Cartons and tetrapaks
- Tin foil and trays
- Food waste
Please put these in your black sack.