Commercial Waste Services

Why Recycle?

Information on why you should recycle.

Why recycle?

  • recycling helps conserve valuable natural resources
  • recycling services are offered at a discounted rate
  • recycling creates a good corporate image to both customers and employees, and shows that a business cares about the environment
  • all recyclable materials can be disposed of in the same sack or container

What can be recycled?

  • all paper (except shredded paper) and cardboard
  • tins and cans
  • food and drink cartons (also Tetra Pak)  
  • empty aerosol cans  
  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (rigid plastics) - no lids
Recycling for businesses guide [PDF] (file size 195.19 KB)

Important note about contamination in recycling.
When non-recyclable items are mixed in with the recycling or when recyclables are presented in the bin incorrectly, this is referred to as ‘contamination’.
Recycling bins containing contaminated material end up being incinerated or landfilled with the general waste.

Poor recycling is leading to cost increases in waste disposal and has an environmental impact.Contamination in recycling costs us all.

Failure to adhere to the above guidance may see your recycling contract terminated.

Why shredded paper cannot be recycled We can no longer accept shredded paper in the orange recycling sacks or the mixed orange recycling containers. It should now be disposed of in a general waste sack (blue) or general waste container (blue). Alternatively if your waste is confidential you may want to use a specialised company to collect the waste.

Shredded paper is too small for the mixed recycling plant to process. It falls through the holes of the machine along with small pieces of broken glass, which means it ends up contaminating the glass.

Also, the fibres on shredded paper are so short that paper mills and paper re-processors do not accept it.

By being disposed of with the general waste, it is ultimately sent to an energy-from-waste incinerator plant where energy can be recovered.

Recycling Services The Council offers both orange sacks and orange containers for businesses to store and dispose of recycling.

The Council has also designed the Office Recycling Box   to help businesses dispose of waste inside the office.

  • an orange sack is placed inside the box and removed when full  this is an easy way to separate recycling from general waste in the office
  • the box acts as a focal point in an office, reminding people to recycle, and eliminates contamination
  • the box is designed to the same dimensions as an orange sack, allowing a sack to fill to its full dimensions, resulting in cost savings
Read our office recycling box information [PDF] (file size 208.78 KB)

Orange recycling theme All sacks and containers are orange. Orange was chosen as it is a bright colour and it is easy to identify which sack or container is for recycling.