All change with your bins - New recycling rules across Norfolk start today

PUBLISHED: 09:56 01 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:56 01 October 2014

Blue recycling bins from Norwich City Council. Picture: James Bass.

Blue recycling bins from Norwich City Council. Picture: James Bass.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2009

Householders will no longer need to drive to a bottle-bank or spend time separating rubbish to recycle as more items can soon be deposited at the kerbside.

What can be recycled:

• Paper

• Cardboard

• Shredded paper

• Clean foil and foil containers

• Envelopes

• Plastic bottles – including fizzy drinks, milk and detergent bottles (lids too if left on)

• Clean food pots, tubs and trays – including yoghurt pots, ice cream and margarine tubs, microwave food trays

• Waxed food and drink cartons, such as soup and juice packs

• Glass bottles and jars (if lids are left on)

From Wednesday Norfolk-wide changes will mean that materials including glass bottles, jars, plastic food pots, tubs and trays, juice and soup cartons can be put in one recycling bin at home.

All the district councils in Norfolk have come together under the Norfolk Waste Partnership to bring about their so-called ‘recycling revolution’.

Collection days and dates will not be affected by the introduction of this new service and recycling bin colours will not change.

Across the county, new materials will be recycled along with the existing ones such as card, paper, steel and aluminium cans and plastic bottles.

What cannot be recycled:

• General household waste

• Garden waste

• Kitchen food waste

• Bagged waste

• Plastic bags – these can be reused or most supermarkets now offer carrier bag recycling

• Lids, corks and stoppers from glass jars and bottles

• Light bulbs

• Window panes

• Mirrors

In Norwich people will not need to use their green box for glass anymore because it can go in with everything else in the blue recycling bin.

Now the green box will become redundant.

For people living in a flat or a property with communal bins in the city, they will be able to recycle all the new materials but the changes will work slightly differently.

In the communal compound there will be a large blue recycling bin which can take most of the new materials as well as the old ones – except for glass bottles and jars, which will still need to be separated into the communal green bin there.

And people who do not have a wheelie bin will have a recycling sack or a green box. But again glass jars and bottles must continue to go in the green box.

County-wide people are being reminded to rinse the items they put in their recycling bin to keep the bins clean.

In addition to household recycling collections, people can recycle a very wide range of materials at Norfolk’s network of 20 recycling centres.

The changes in the recycling have been made possible because of the upgrade and extension of the materials and recycling facility at Costessey which is run by NEWS, a publicly-owned joint venture company.

John Fisher, chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, which is made up of all seven district authorities in Norfolk plus Norfolk County Council encouraged people to get recycling.

“We have now got a system that’s equal to anyone else’s in the country. Now it’s a matter of trying to get everybody on board and recycling as much as they can.”

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