Crawley council adds items to recycling list

More household plastics will be kept out of landfill sites thanks to improvements to the town’s recycling service.

Crawley Borough Council has announced plastic pots, tubs and trays have been added to the list of things which can be placed in the REDtop recycling bins from April 1.

“I’ve been asked many times why more plastic can’t be recycled in the REDtop bins so this is great news for our residents. I’m pleased that this change will increase the items that can be recycled and reduce the waste being sent to landfill.”

Cllr Colin Lloyd

From that date, the following plastics will be recyclable: all plastic bottles such as milk and other drinks bottles, detergent and other household cleaning bottles, personal care and baby care product bottles.

In addition plastic pots for yoghurt, soup and noodles as well as pots for moisturising creams, hair gel, along with ice cream and margarine tubs, ready-meal clean plastic trays and punnet style containers that hold fruit and vegetables will also be accepted.

A council spokesman said: “A sustainable market for this type of plastic has now been established making the recycling system for Crawley residents even easier.

“With this improvement to residents’ recycling collection the council can now take clean plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles from all around the house – not just the kitchen.”

The changes will also reap a financial benefit with the council’s landfill tax payments – which currently stand at £82 per tonne of waste – being reduced.

Cllr Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for environmental services, said: “I’ve been asked many times why more plastic can’t be recycled in the REDtop bins so this is great news for our residents. I’m pleased that this change will increase the items that can be recycled and reduce the waste being sent to landfill.”

There are still a few plastic items which cannot be recycled – plastic carrier bags and plastic film, expanded polystyrene, plant pots and seed trays, plastic toys; and plastic furniture.

Residents were reminded that items containing left over food and drink cannot be recycled and could ruin the quality of other items placed into REDtop bins.