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Free meals for school children during half term

The council will be giving out free meals to children during the October half term (26 - 30 October)

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If you live in a house, you can use each of your recycling containers to dispose of plastic, glass, food and much more.

Black refuse bin

  • Crisp packets and chocolate wrappers
  • Sanitary waste and disposable nappies
  • Large polystyrene packaging
  • Vacuum cleaner bags and contents
  • Jar lids
  • Glittery cards
  • Pet faeces

Blue container

  • Paper including shredded paper
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes and junk mail
  • Telephone directories (please remove the outer cover before recycling)
  • Card and cardboard including cereal boxes, toilet rolls and corrugated cardboard (this can be folded flat and left to the side of the blue box if too big to fit)
  • Food and juice cartons (tetrapak)

Black container

  • Plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays
  • Steel and aluminium cans/tins

Red container

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

Brown bin

  • All food waste (raw or cooked)
  • Garden waste (including hedge trimmings, grass cuttings, twigs and leaves - no plant pots, treated wood or tools)
  • Compostable bags (with the seed logo) or newspaper for wrapping food

Soil should not be placed in your brown bin as this makes the bin too heavy to collect.

Green caddy

  • Vegetable and fruit peelings
  • Leftover food and plate scrapings
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Dairy, meat and bones
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

When your green caddy gets full, it can be emptied into your brown bin.

If you have additional recycling which does not fit in your recycling boxes, this can be put out for collection in an appropriate container (not a black sack), with your boxes.

For a detailed list of materials accepted in each container, download our A-Z recycling guide.

Waste is expensive

In the UK we waste seven million tonnes of food and drink every year and around one third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away. The average family could save as much as £60 per month which could total up to £700 per year just by being more aware of the food they are buying and cooking. Love Food Hate Waste provides further information as well as recipes.

How to save money

There are certain things you can do in your home to prevent waste:

  • Plan ahead
    • check your cupboards and freezer before shopping
    • a shopping list can save you time and money
    • use the shortest date items are at the front
  • Store food correctly
    • most meals can be frozen and kept for a later date
    • fruit (except bananas) can last much longer if kept in the fridge
    • potatoes last longer if stored in a cool dark place
  • Cook only what you need
    • one cup of uncooked rice is enough for four people
    • 100g of uncooked pasta is enough for one adult
  • Recycle what you can't eat
    • cooked food can be recycled through your organic waste collection
    • uncooked fruit and vegetables can be home composted

Environmental Services

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