Recycling - information and advice
also known as: Kerbside recycling, Wheeled bin recycling.
In 2011/12 Northumberland reused / recycled 64% of waste (94,000 tonnes) compared with 34% five years ago. We want to get that figure even higher, and with your help, we can reduce, reuse and recycle even more. Here you will find top tips, advice and guidance on everything from what you can recycle, where to take your rubbish and how to use real nappies!
Our recycling directory
Use our 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
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 composting
- 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 goods
If you have any top tips you would like to share, please email them to us at email@example.com
- Materials from our household recycling bins get sorted in Northumberland
- 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 jacket
- 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 minutes.
- 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 life!
Real nappies are washable nappies, which can be laundered and
used over and over again for your baby and subsequent babies
Northumberland County Council runs a very attractive incentive
scheme to reward and encourage families to give ‘real nappies a
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
- We offer a very attractive incentive scheme to reward and encourage families to 'give real nappies a go’
How to use Real Nappies
Have a look at the short video clips below which show how simple it is to use different types of real nappies:
Part 1 - Terry Nappy
Part 2 - Pre-Fold Nappy
Part 3 - Stuffable Nappy
Part 4 - Fitted Nappy
Part 5 - All in one Nappy
National Real Nappy Week 15th – 21st April 2013
We will be running special events during Real Nappy Week – more details to follow soon! More information on real nappy week here.
In the meantime:
- Why not take a look at the media clips above which demonstrate how to use different types of real nappies.
- Do you know of a group who would like to learn more about Real Nappies? Why not contact us to arrange a presentation or book a set of display boards.
For further information regarding the Northumbria Real Nappy Scheme please call 0845 600 6400 and ask to speak to Sheila Johnson or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Rewards for Recycling - £250 prizes up for
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.
These materials keep ending up in the rubbish bin rather than the recycling bin so we want to raise awareness of their recycling value! One lucky resident per month who recycles these items will be rewarded with a prize worth £250 which they can choose to donate to a local community group or school.
How to enter
Simply register on the recycle-more website and then follow the instructions you receive on your welcome pack.
You will be given stickers to put on the bottles and aerosols and if yours is picked out at the recycling centre, you will be awarded the prize.
Those residents who took part in this scheme previously (from Dec 2011 to May 2012) will automatically be sent another batch of stickers so do not need to re-register.
Register for a welcome pack now.
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 residents?
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 East.
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 etc.
- A container with a lid for fruit and vegetable waste and saved for composting.
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
look at our recycle and reuse page for more information on where
you can take your waste to be reused and recycled
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