Extra help to spread recycling message

Published: Tuesday 6th January 15

An information campaign targeting more than 12,000 borough homes will give advice on what can, and can’t, go into recycling bags.


Get the gremlins out of your recycling - no shredded paper please

Some borough residents will be getting leaflets about how to correctly dispose of glass and paper between now and the end of February. Areas targeted have been selected because they have a lower recycling rate than others receiving the clear sack service.

Paper and cardboard can be recycled in the clear bags for mixed recycling supplied by the council to low-rise households, and in the orange-lidded bins at high-rise properties, but they must be dry and not shredded.  The leaflets go into detail about how to recycle these materials and how they are made into new products.

The leaflets will be backed up by special panels on the waste and recycling lorries used on the targeted collection rounds.

Funding for this campaign was awarded to the Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWaRB) and is being managed by the charity WRAP.  WRWA received £30,000 to spread the recycling message across the four boroughs it serves, including Wandsworth.

LWaRB aims to transform the management of waste in London by helping to reduce the quantity produced and by increasing the proportion that is re-used or recycled.  WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.

The council collects the borough’s rubbish and recycling and sends it to the WRWA plant at Smugglers Way to be processed. Rubbish is sent by barge to the energy-from-waste plant in Kent and recycled items are sold on to reprocessing companies that use the material to make new products.  Find out more.

The council’s environment spokesman Jonathan Cook said:

“We welcome this assistance from LWaRB. Every time a resident throws away something that can be recycling – or puts something in a recycling bag that shouldn’t be there – it costs council tax payers’ money.

“Glass and paper are two of the main recyclable materials, so this will go a long way to ensuring we are all doing our bit.”

Find out more about recycling at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/recycling.

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Recent comments

I work in the London Borough of Bromley. My experience of their recycling methods are very different to LBW. They collect food waste and from what I believe shredded paper is allowed. I think they have a separate collection for 'business' waste paper. They also supply boxes for the collection of food waste. I'm becoming more disillusioned by recycling in Wandsworth because it seems to be getting 'complicated.' I understand that product development in terms of wrapping and food containers is out of the Council's hands; most people just want recycling to be easy...is an orange bag easy or is it problematic because most people invariably ignore what can't be put in the bag and therefore put everything in it?
M. Kennedy

17 January 2015

What is the best way to recycle shredded paper? I have a pile of old bank statements that I would like to shred before disposal.

10 January 2015

I have long thought it ridiculous to put paper and glass etc in the same bag, needing to be re-sorted and have always put paper and card in one bag while other recycling goes in another bag. Considering the amount of paper we shred these days I am surprised no way has been found to collect and recycle this separately from other waste I find the bags are most easily opened with damp fingers, which grip the plastic.
Edmund Hodges

9 January 2015

I think some education is needed within the town hall so that staff are clear about what they can and cannot put in the orange sacks.
Carol Martinez

9 January 2015

I've heard this complaint from several people. I still have some orange sacks, which I am using up first.
John Rattray

7 January 2015

The present batch of recycling bags take ages to open. First you have to read the faint print to find the top of the potential bag (which resembles a plastic sheet); then must try to get the two halves to come apart, usually by prolonged rubbing. Why make things so dificult, particularly for those with arthricic fingers? If the bags were easier to use, like earlier versions, you'd enourage recycling, See Streetlife for further comments.
G Wightwick

7 January 2015