Recycling - information and advice
also known as: Kerbside recycling, Wheeled bin recycling.
Here you will find top tips, advice and guidance on everything from what you can recycle, where to take your rubbish and how to reduce your food waste.
In 2011/12 Northumberland reused/recycled 41% (67,000 tonnes of
waste) and sent an additional 23% (38,000 tonnes waste) to an
Energy from Waste (EfW) plant to make electricity for the National
Grid. A big improvement from five years ago when we reused/recycled
34% (64,000 tonnes) and less than 1% was used for energy
With your help we would like to reduce, reuse and recycle even
Our recycling directory
recycling directory - it will show you where and how you can
recycle a wide range of different materials
Where can I recycle in Northumberland?
Use your kerbside recycling bin to recycle as much as you
As well as using your kerbside bins for general rubbish and
recycling, you can also use our:
How can I reduce waste and reuse more things?
Recycling is good but it is not always the best
option! Reducing the amount of waste is much
better, and is easy.
- Choose fruit and vegetables that have not been pre packed, and
take reusable shopping bags with you.
- Donate furniture and clothes to charity shops – have a look at
our community recycling page
- reuse plastic bottles as cloches in the garden
- Try to avoid wasting water when rinsing items e.g. rinse out
plastic milk bottles at the end of doing the dishes and rinse
bubble bath bottles whilst filling the bath and using up the last
of the liquid
- Stop putting vegetable and fruit peelings in your bin and start
- Use real nappies! Find out how we can get you started
- Break the bag habit – 8billion plastic bags were issued in the
UK in 2011, reuse your bags or buy a bag for life
- Reduce the junk mail coming to your home –
find out how here
- Stop wasting food – we throw away £10billion worth of food
every year in the UK – have a look at the Love Food Hate Waste page
website for tips and recipes
- Buy vouchers e.g theatre tickets for gifts instead of bulky
If you have any top tips you would like to share, please email
them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Materials from our household recycling bins get sorted in
- The general waste from Northumberland householders mostly goes
to an Energy-from-Waste Plant at Teesside and not to landfill
- 25 plastic bottles can be recycled to make one new fleece
- Recycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough energy to run a
Nintendo Wii for 5 hours!
- Recycling a single glass bottle saves enough energy to power a
100 watt light bulb for almost an hour, or a colour TV for 20
- Over the past two years, the number of carrier bags used in
England has increased despite repeated Government calls for
retailers to reduce the numbers they give out – use a bag for
Real nappies are washable nappies, which can be laundered and
used over and over again for your baby and subsequent babies
Why should I use them?
- It can save you money - £600+ for your first baby
- You can cover your babies' bottom with a lovely soft and fluffy
alternative to a disposable nappy
- Using real nappies can reduce your impact on the environment by
up to 40% compared with disposables
Unfortunately, we no longer run a real nappy incentive scheme.
However, we do support the real nappy campaign as an
environmentally friendly, economical alternative to disposable
- For further information and advice about real nappies, please
call 0845 600 6400 and ask to speak to Sheila Johnson or e-mail
Rewards for Recycling - £250 prizes up for grabs
Northumberland residents can be rewarded for recycling empty
aerosol cans and hard plastic bottles (e.g. shampoo, bleach and
bubble bath) in a monthly prize draw to win a £250 prize.
The winners so far have chosen a variety of prizes including
laptops, cameras, blu ray players and DVD players. Prize winners
from January – April 2013 were Mr Foster from Bedlington, Mr
Hawkins and S Young from Blyth, and Mrs Hume from Shilbottle.
Previous winners include Mrs Cooper from Seaton Delaval, Mrs
Fraser from Morpeth, Mrs Hodgson from Berwick, Ms Taylor from
Cramlington and Mrs Holman from Wooler area, Mr Barczak, Ms Hall
and Ms Scarisbrick all from Cramlington areas.
Who is funding this competition and why are we rewarding
The competition is being funded by Waste Aware North East (WANE)
who have won a pot of money from DEFRA to encourage residents to
recycle more in their bins. It is supported by Northumberland
County Council and four other local authorities in the North
Recycling at an event
If you are organising an event or perhaps arranging a street
party, it is worth thinking in advance about how you will manage
the waste created and how you can recycle as much as possible.
If it is likely to create large amounts of additional waste,
please contact us to discuss what arrangements could be made to
help. If you are planning to take a large amount of sorted
recyclable items and general waste to your Household Waste Recovery
Centre, it is also helpful to let your local depot know. Please be
aware that some household vehicles require a permit to access the
Household Waste Recovery Centres. Please
click here for further information.
How to recycle more at an event:
Consider dividing your waste collection point into the following
clearly marked containers/strong boxes at your event /party:
- A strong collection container for glass bottles and jars to
take to a bottle bank.
- A box for empty and where possible rinsed plastic bottles and
cans- Food cans must be clean. These can go into the kerbside
recycling bins. Sweet and biscuit tins can also be recycled in your
kerbside recycling bin.
- A container with a lid for general waste, including food waste,
crisp packets, plastic wrappers, food trays, yoghurt pots and foil
- A container with a lid for fruit and vegetable waste and saved
Depending on the size of your event you might like to consider
doing a community litter pick after your event.
Recycle and reuse community organisations
Donating your waste to a community recycling organisation or
charity is a great way to recycle and help others at the same
Have a look at our recycle and reuse page
for more information on where you can take your waste to be reused
Funding and grants for community projects
Please click on the links below for information on:
Leaflets, posters and resources
The information in the leaflets below apply to all
Northumberland residents and are available in other formats on
request. Please click on the picture icons for the most up-to-date
Also, have a look at the following websites for further advice