General Recycling - Frequently Asked Questions

These are a few of the most frequently asked questions that the council receives from residents about recycling and refuse. We hope that the answers below will help, but if there is still something you are unsure about please contact us on  01978 298989 or email

General Recycling Questions

How clean do the recycled materials have to be?

It is advised that food tins are rinsed using the water that you have washed your dishes in, but take care with sharp edges. There is no need for these containers to be thoroughly cleaned using fresh running water, as long as any large amounts of food residues are taken out. Labels can be removed but it doesn’t matter if they aren’t as this is part of the reprocessing stage.