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What can you put in general waste in the UK?

22nd May 2023

Curious about what items are suitable for your general waste bin? Let’s explore the guidelines to ensure effective waste management.

By diligently utilising your recycling bins, you’ll notice a considerable reduction in the residual waste destined for the general waste bin.

What can you put in general waste in the UK?

The general waste bin is specifically designed for materials that cannot be recycled.

To promote environmental responsibility and avoid the burden of exorbitant landfill tax charges, we strongly encourage maximising the use of your recycling bins. Embrace the opportunity to minimise waste impact and foster sustainable practices.

Now, let’s delve into the types of materials that are suitable for your general waste bin:

  • Polystyrene and polythene: Dispose of these items responsibly in the designated bin.
  • Carrier bags: When no longer reusable, kindly place them in the general waste bin.
  • Tissues, napkins, and kitchen towels: These single-use items should find their way into the general waste bin.
  • Nappies, cat litter, animal faeces, and bedding: These materials are non-recyclable and should be discarded in the general waste bin.
  • Soiled fast food containers and pizza boxes: Proper disposal in the general waste bin is essential for these items.
  • Cigarette ends: Dispose of these responsibly in the general waste bin.
  • Broken crockery or glasses: These non-recyclable items should be placed in the general waste bin.
  • Cotton wool and buds: They belong in the general waste bin for appropriate disposal.
  • Contents of your vacuum cleaner: Dispose of the collected waste in the general waste bin.
  • Crisp and sweet wrappers*: Most of these wrappers consist of metallised plastic, which cannot be recycled. Perform a simple test: scrunch the wrapper in your hand. If it remains scrunched, it’s foil and can be recycled in the designated green-lidded blue bin. If it springs back, it contains metallised plastic and should be disposed of in the general waste bin.

Affordable Waste Management is a leading waste management company dedicated to providing cost-effective and efficient solutions. With our expertise in waste collection and disposal, we help businesses effectively manage their waste while minimising their environmental footprint. Trust us to handle your waste needs, ensuring a cleaner and greener future for all.

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