WIN a picnic hamper | MYTH BUSTING think your general waste just goes to landfill? |FREE portion planner | REMINDER to pop bathroom plastic bottles in the recycling bin and more!

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Welcome to the July edition of our waste and recycling e-newsletter.

In this month's email find information on:

  • Myth busting - what really happens to your general waste?!
  • WIN a picnic hamper competition
  • Food waste reduction
  • Bathroom recycling tips
  • Face mask disposal
  • And more!

Are you squeaky clean?

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If everyone in the UK recycled one bathroom cleaner bottle, enough energy could be saved to vacuum around 82,460 homes.

Top 10 things everyone can recycle from their bathroom:

  1. Shampoo bottles
  2. Conditioner bottles
  3. Shower gel and bubble bath bottles
  4. Cardboard boxes e.g. toothpaste or soap boxes
  5. Toilet roll tubes
  6. Bathroom cleaner and bleach bottles
  7. Deodorant cans
  8. Shaving foam cans
  9. Hand soap bottles
  10. Moisturiser bottles

Just remember to make sure everything is clean, empty and with lids off before you pop in them in your recycling bin.

Cut down on food waste by planning your meals

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Do you find it hard to work out how much food to prepare?

This everyday portion planner from Love Food Hate Waste could be the answer. It will provide you with guidance on how much food you need for each person, for each meal. It’s simple to use as they’ve calculated the typical serving sizes* for you!

View portion planner

*A note of caution – everybody is different! So please use a common-sense approach when using the planner, taking into account nutritional advice and any special diets you may have been prescribed by registered health professionals.

Disposing of face masks

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Over 100 million disposable masks are thrown away each week in the UK, with many ending up as litter contaminating our environment and causing a hazard for wildlife.

Disposable face coverings should not be reused so please throw them away in your household general waste bin as they can not be recycled and will end up contaminating other recyclable items. 

What's more where possible opt for a reusable face covering that you can wash at home and reuse rather than disposable masks! 

How to dispose of face coverings and PPE

Competition time - WIN a picnic hamper

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It's #NationalPicnicMonth so to celebrate we're running a reusable picnic hamper giveaway!

What better way to wind down after a busy time at work than to slip on your sandals, pack up your picnic basket and head to the outdoors for your dinner. Fingers crossed we get some sunshine...

For a chance to win a reusable picnic hamper enter online. What's more we have lots of great tips and ideas for how you can use up leftovers for those picnic treats to ensure nothing goes to waste.

Closing date to enter is 31 July. 

Enter prize draw


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Back in May we ran a compost bin giveaway to celebrate International Compost Week. We received over 1000 competition entries so we just want to give a little thank you shout out to all that entered.

The 50 residents that have won compost bins have now been contacted so congrats to our winners! If you won one don't forget to share a pic on social media of your compost bin in its new home #NottsRecycles.

Find out about home composting

Did you know?

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Over 95% of general waste collected in Nottinghamshire is sent to energy recovery meaning less that 5%* is sent to landfill! 

In our most recent survey** nearly 60% of residents thought their general waste just goes to landfill when this really isn't the case. Now you know help spread the word.

For more recycling insight check out our FAQs

Recycling FAQs

*The 5% still being landfilled is generally waste that can’t be recycled or is not suitable for energy recovery.

**Part of the composting giveaway where over 1100 residents took part in a recycling survey.

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