You should have four coloured bins to help you separate and recycle your rubbish:
- green bin for garden waste (we collect garden waste between March and the end of November only).
- blue bin for cardboard and paper.
- brown bin for cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles/jars.
- grey bin for general waste.
By making some simple changes, we can all recycle more to help our environment.
You may also see us knocking on doors in areas where people don’t recycle much. We do this to let everyone know what can be recycled and to make sure they have the right bins.
Make the change
- Compost at home – you can buy a compost bin from most DIY stores.
- Buy concentrated goods such as laundry detergent and re-fillable containers for things like coffee.
- Buy products loose - you pay extra for the packing.
- Buy rechargeable batteries.
- Take a re-usable shopping bag to the shops.
- Don’t throw away unwanted gifts or clothes – take them to your local charity shop. Even if they're not in good condition, they can sell them for industrial rags. You can also take unwanted clothing to a clothing recycling bank.
- Ask friends if they want your old magazines or take them to your nearest doctors/dentist surgery.
- Take your engine oil to your nearest recycling centre.
- Join our real nappy incentive scheme and claim for a grant towards the cost of a ‘birth to potty pack’.
Find out how you can reduce, reuse and recycle your waste below.
We can all play a part in making Barnsley more sustainable. Reducing the amount of waste we produce should be the first thing we try to do in order to help our planet.
Reducing food waste
Every year in the UK, 6.6 million tonnes of household food is thrown away – creating nearly 25 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to 5.4 per cent of the UK’s territorial emissions.
The majority of this is food which could have been eaten and is worth about £60 per month to the average family with two children.
- Read about top tips for reducing food waste. These include portion planning, careful shopping, better storage, understanding ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ labels and loving your leftovers.
- Read about how you can save money by switching up your food habits.
- Learn about best before dates and where to store food.
Thinking about what we buy and how we use, and re-use, is really straightforward and easy to do.
Ways to reuse:
- Donate items that are still in a good, usable condition to charities or charity shops.
- Repurpose glass, plastic and cardboard containers to give them another life.
- Carry a re-usable shopping bag.
- Re-use wrapping paper or gift bags.
- Convert old clothing, towels or sheets into cleaning rags/cloths.
- Reuse left over food waste to make new recipes.
- Find out more about how you can reuse your old clothes or make simple repairs.
- Find out how you can reuse items at home, at work and while your out and about.
Recycling is an easy way you can help the planet without having to leave home. When we recycle, our waste can be transformed into materials used to make new things.
- Visit our A-Z of waste to find out more about what items you can recycle.
- Find out more about our recycling banks.
- Find out more about what items you can take to the recycling centre.
- Items that are still in good condition can be taken to one of our donation schemes at any of our HWRCs, find out more on the FCC environment website.
Composting at home is a great way to transform your food and garden waste into useful plant food for your garden.
Composting saves money and resources and can help to improve your soil. It can also reduce your impact on the environment.
What can I compost?
There's lots of items that can go into your compost bin, including vegetable peelings and autumn leaves. Some items might surprise you. Eggshells, hair and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner can all be emptied into the bin.