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Stevenage Borough Council is encouraging residents to recycle more and waste less.

Recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year – the same as taking 12 million cars off the road – but there is more that can be done.

The best way to help our environment is to first reduce the amount of waste we produce. In Stevenage, we currently recycle around 40% of the waste we produce, and the council is on a mission to increase this. You can help by making sure to recycle right. The council is reminding residents what can be recycled at the kerbside and in which bag / box:

Black recycling bag / box:

  • Tins and cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Plastic egg cartons
  • Foil (scrunched up into a ball)
  • Microwave meal trays
  • Milk bottles (Plastic)
  • Plastic tubs and trays

Blue box / bag:

  • Cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal, washing power)
  • Cardboard delivery boxes, sleeves and envelopes
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Newspapers / magazines
  • Envelopes, paper and junk mail
  • Empty food and drinks cartons (Tetra Pak)
  • Toilet/kitchen roll tubes

Red box / bag

  • Empty glass jars and bottles.

Don’t forget to wash them first. 

Brown bin

  • Bones
  • Branches (up to six inches in diameter)
  • Bread
  • Coffee grounds / teabags
  • Eggshells
  • Food scrapings / leftovers
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hay
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves

Where possible please squash your recycling first to save space.

Councillor Simon Speller, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, said:

“We know that there are still some households who are putting recyclable items into the general waste bins, non-recycling into recycling boxes, or simply not recycling at all. By improving our recycling habits, we can have a bigger positive impact on our environment and help to protect our planet.

For more information on what can be recycled, visit the Your A-Z Recycling Guide webpage.