Plastic pots, tubs and trays can now be recycled in your brown bin

From Tuesday 7 December 2021 you’ll be able to recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays in your brown bin. Pop these in along with your glass bottles and jars, food tins, drinks cans, foil trays and plastic bottles.

This is part of our ongoing work to improve the service that residents receive and make sure we’re recycling as much as we can. With an increased use of plastic packaging and our ongoing commitment to reducing general waste, driving down climate emissions and improving recycling rates, this will allow us to take a positive step towards a more sustainable Barnsley.

These new changes will mean less waste in the grey general waste bin, and more in your brown recycling bin. Don’t forget to remove plastic films from your plastic pots, tubs and trays - such as yoghurt pot lids, plastic wrap on fruit trays, and plastic lids on meat trays - and pop these in your grey bin. Rinsing your recycling can help to lessen odours in your bin, and squashing your rubbish is a great way to save space. Don’t forget about your blue bin too, where we’ll recycle any dry cardboard and paper.

Around 47% of Barnsley's waste is recycled we want to work together to increase this by carefully sorting our recycling into the correct bins. If you’re ever unsure about which bin something goes in, don’t worry, our handy online guide tells you which items we’ll accept in each of your wheelie bins.

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re a borough full of fantastic recyclers, and I’m really pleased that accepting plastic pots, trays and tubs in the brown bin will allow us to recycle even more. We’ve got a real ambition to become a more sustainable Barnsley and to protect our planet, it’s great to see these positive changes taking place. We’ll continue to look at new ways to improve and support recycling across the borough.

“I’d like to thank everyone in Barnsley who’s done their bit to recycle right – it might not seem like much, but putting your rubbish in the right bin really makes a difference. As part of our #EverybodyThink campaign we encourage everyone to make the most of their recycling, helping to make sure we do the best for our environment.”

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