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Many items used around the home can be recycled and made into new products and by recycling, the amount of rubbish sent to landfill is greatly reduced. When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, which not only reduces the amount of natural resources needed, but by saving energy, can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, which help to tackle climate change. For advice on recycling, please check out the ideas below.

Recycling at Home

The easiest way to recycle is to use the silver recycling wheeled bin. Most homes should have a silver recycling bin or if access is difficult for collection, you may be provided with boxes and bags. You can recycle all of your household glass, cans, paper, cardboard, mixed plastics and more. You may need to order a silver bin with our online bin request form, if you don't already have one and please visit silver bin recycling for more information on the scheme. If your item is too large to place in silver bin, you may be interested in our bulky waste collection service.

Recycling Small Electrical and Electronic Items

Most people try to recycle as much as they can from their household waste, but what about their old electrical goods? If they are broken or unwanted, they can be easily recycled. We tend to recycle large electrical items like washing machines, but when it comes to small items i.e smaller than a microwave and have a battery or plug, a third of us just throw them in the bin.

All you need to do is drop them off at your local Recycling Centre - visit the Recycle now website and enter your postcode to find out the location of your nearest one and what you can recycle.

Fascinating Facts

  • Did you know that on average we have 3 old, broken or unwanted small electrical items lying about our homes?
  • That means we have around 22 kilograms of small electrical products per household!
  • A typical iron contains enough steel to make 13 food cans!

What are Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment?

Examples of Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (small WEEE) include the following:

  • Straighteners A selection of WEEE including fans, lamps and toasters
  • Shavers
  • Electric Toothbrushes
  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Coffee machines
  • Drills
  • Power Tools
  • Phones
  • and much more....... 

Small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling Bank

We are piloting a small waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling bank at Pool Bank Car Park in Bollington, with the hope of increasing the amount of these banks in Cheshire East.

Recycle at Work

There are many things you can do to help your work place become more waste aware.

A man in a suite removes a container full of office recyclingRecycle your office waste -

Set up a recycling scheme for your office waste. There are companies who will collect recycling from businesses for a small charge. These companies can be found in the Yellow Pages. Make sure recycling bins are close to people's desks - so it's easier to recycle it than bin it.

Buy smart - When buying printers, photocopiers and fax machines, choose ones with options for two-sided printing.

Buy recycled - There are lots of office supplies that contain recycled material that can be bought online or through office suppliers. For example, printer paper, envelopes, pens and pencils. Look out for items that say they include recycled materials.

Stretching the envelope - Reuse envelopes for internal circulation and, if possible, with a sticker for external mail.

Recycle your ink cartridges and printer toners - Many charities collect ink cartridges and printer toners to raise money. Search on the internet to find a suitable charity to support. They will normally supply a collection box and arrange collections for you.

For more information on recycling and energy efficiency in the work place please check out the Envirowise Website. For more information about business waste view the Business Waste Collection page.

Waste and recycling is now provided by Ansa - a company owned by Cheshire East Council