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Box/Bag - Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we asking you to separate the different recyclable materials?

The recycling collection vehicles have separate compartments and the recycling is emptied into the relevant material sections. The vehicles then deposit the recycling in the appropriate bay at the recycling facility for sorting. Simply put the recycling in the correct box each week.

Why do we use boxes/bags to collect materials rather than bins?

We believe this is the best type of recycling service; because we sort the materials by hand we can filter out incorrect items at the point of collection. This means the materials we collect are high quality and can be recycled locally, which is better for the environment.

What goes in my green box?

Plastic bottles, tins, cans and aerosols, as before. However you can now place other types of plastic in your green box, including plastic pots, tubs and trays.

What goes in my black box?

Glass bottles and glass jars. Please do not place light bulbs, Pyrex, or broken crockery into the black box.

What goes in my blue bag?

Corrugated cardboard, cardboard packaging, paper, envelopes, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, yellow pages, catalogues, toilet tubes, cardboard egg boxes and shredded paper. Please do not place any food and drink cartons in your blue bag.

I already have more than one green box can I still use them?

Yes, however please ensure you do not mix the recycling materials together. Please use a box for paper/card a box for glass bottles and jars and a box for plastic’s tins/cans.  

What if my cardboard doesn’t fit in my blue bag?

Flatten and stack it under or next to your recycling containers. Please do not place out loose cardboard on windy days. You can also take it to your closest Household Waste Recycling Centre.  These are located at Bryn Lane on Wrexham Industrial Estate, The Lodge Brymbo or Wynnstay Lane, Plas Madoc.

Which plastics can I put in the green box?

Any type of plastic bottle, all plastic food trays, plastic tubs and plastic pots (any colour).  No plastic bags, cling film, bubble wrapping or crisp packets.

Do I need to do anything to the materials?

All contents should be reasonably clean and should not contain any food or drink residue. Flatten your cans, plastic bottles and cardboard to save space in your box/bag. All items should be placed into the boxes loose.

I don’t understand what’s collected when?

Green box, black box, blue bag and food caddy - collected weekly

Black/blue general waste bin and Green garden waste bin – collected every fortnight on alternate weeks.    

What do I do with shredded paper?

It is advised that you wrap your shredded paper in a sheet of newspaper before placing it in your blue bag. This will ensure that when the recycling crew empty your blue bag your shredded paper will enter the paper compartment and not disperse into the street.