Warwickshire Recycles E-newsletter - Mar/April

Warwickshire County Council
Recycle for Warwickshire

It's Spring time!


It's that time of year when Spring flowers start to bloom and it's a sign that it might just be getting warmer. Although let's not count those Easter chicks just yet as this time last year we were three feet in snow.

In this edition we will be looking at:

  • Wasteful Easter eggs
  • Home composting
  • Metal recycling
  • Frankie, the Guide Dog puppy
  • In to Win and Slim Your Bin winners for January

Which Easter egg is the least wasteful?

Easter Eggs

According to a survey of Easter eggs carried out by consumer watchdog Which?, up to a third of their weight is cardboard and plastic.  While both of these materials can be recycled and some packaging is needed to ensure it reaches the customer in peak condition, it is a waste of resources to package the chocolate eggs excessively.  Approximately 90 million chocolate eggs are sold each year in the UK generating more than 8,000 tonnes of waste - that is a mountain of unnecessary waste.  

Some chocolate manufacturers are addressing the issue by producing eggs with less packaging.  Find out which Easter eggs to avoid by clicking 'Read More'.

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Composting food waste at home

Home compost bin

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It is natures way of recycling and helps to reduce the amount of organic waste going in the rubbish bin.

By composting kitchen and garden waste you can easily improve the quality of your soil and be well on your way to a more beautiful garden. 

If you would like to start composting at home or are already composting and want to know more, why not attend one of our free workshops?  Anyone attending will receive a voucher to buy a compost bin for only £5.00.  Book your place now by clicking on 'Read More' or call us on 01926 418088.

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Discounted compost bins

Discounted compost bins

To help Warwickshire residents start composting, we are offering a range of compost bins at a discounted price from £5.00 if you attend a workshop.  There are three different bins available to buy - cold compost bin, Green Cone and a Green Johanna - if you aren't sure which bin to choose, try our 'Which bin?' questionnaire to help you decide.  

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Leftover Roast Lamb

Lamb Rogan Josh

According to Sainsbury's, lamb is the most popular choice for the Easter Sunday roast dinner.  But don't worry if you have some leftover, why not try this Rogan Josh, Sunday Roast pasties or a Hearty Lamb Hot Pot from Love Food Hate Waste?

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When it comes to recycling, metal really matters!

Metal recycling

When it comes to recycling, metal is hard to beat. That’s because it’s 100% recyclable – every last bit can be turned into something else. And it’s a cycle that can go on forever.

The food or drink cans you recycle at home could end up being transformed into any one of a wide number of new products, from a designer watch or an iPod, to a washing machine or even a new bus!

Every time metal is recycled it saves energy, cuts greenhouse gas emissions and saves on landfill space – so it’s good news for the planet.

Best of all it doesn’t take a lot of effort on your part to make a big difference. All you need to do is drop your cans, aerosols, tins, foil and metal bottle tops and jar lids in your recycling container – not the rubbish bin. It’s as easy as that!

So by recycling your waste metal packaging at home, you can reduce your carbon footprint and prevent valuable materials ending up in landfill. The more of us that recycle, the more the benefits will add up.

What can I recycle?

All metal is 100% recyclable.

  • Drink cans
  • Food tins
  • Pet food tins
  • Empty aerosols
  • Foil
  • Foil trays
  • Sweet tins
  • Metal bottle tops
  • Jar lids

Please make sure your aerosols are empty and foil trays / food tins have been rinsed before adding these items to your recycling. Don’t worry about removing labels and just pop the lid inside, if there is one.   

Metal items can be recycled at all Household Waste Recycling Centres in Warwickshire.  Please check with your local council for kerbside collection services.  For more information on recycling services in your area click 'Read More' to go to the Recycle Now recycling locator.

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Winner's for January 2019

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher, sign up to Slim Your Bin and In To Win now.

Slim Your Bin logo

It's time to announce January’s three lucky voucher winners! Congratulations to David H, Bushra T and Kim S who earned more points than anyone else and won a £20 voucher each! We'll be giving out more vouchers based on the points earned this month, so get earning and you could be a winner!


In To Win

The five lucky voucher winners who have recycled food waste through their green wheeled bin are 

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