Recycling hints and advice

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Did you know

  • food waste is recycled to make energy
  • there is a separate collection for textiles, small electrical items and household batteries
  • Runnymede residents are currently recycling just under 50% of their household waste

Be a better recycler

  • only put acceptable items in your recycling bin
  • use the Recycling Search Tool if you are unsure
  • make sure items are clean, dry and loose in your recycling bin
  • empty containers
  • rinse bottles, tins and jars all helps the recycling process
  • flatten cardboard boxes and squash plastic bottles where possible – this will help you to make the most of the space in your recycling bin

Some items are made from several different materials which can sometimes make it a bit more difficult. The following quick tests should give you a good guide.

  • Paper/thin card
    if you can rip it, you can recycle it. This is a useful test to do on a take-away coffee cup. If there is a plastic layer inside, you should not be able to tear it.
  • Foil/looks like foil
    Do the ‘spring’ test! If you crunch it up and is springs back it contains some plastic. A good example is a crisp packet. Items like this cannot be recycled so please put in your black refuse bin.
  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS)
    EPS will snap like a prawn cracker, so this is an easy test to do! Meat trays can sometimes be made of EPS. This cannot be recycled so please put in your black refuse bin.


Get in touch about recycling and waste

The quickest way to contact us is by using our online forms which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to us give us a call and talk to our Customer Services team who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can email the service direct.