Recycling advice

Household bins

Many of the waste that you put in your household bins is recycled, find out what to put in which bin here.

Recycling education

We feel that it is important to educate the younger generations with recycling and environmental issues, as they are the future. Our Community Engagement team offer a wide range of activities for young people across the city to get involved with.

Reduce your waste

We are recycling and composting more of our waste across the city. However, the amount of waste we produce increases every year and so we need to try and reduce our waste. Below is some information on easy steps we can all take to help reduce and reuse the waste we produce:

  • Waste aware shopping - being waste aware when we are shopping is something which we can all do to try and reduce the amount of waste we produce, it can also save us money.
  • Avoid packaging - over 40% of the waste in our bins is packaging. Although manufacturers have guidelines to reduce the amount of packaging they produce, we can make choices whilst shopping to reduce the packaging we purchase and then throw away.
  • Buying bulk products - family sized products such as toilet and kitchen rolls, washing powder, teabags and pet food for example, can save money and creates less packaging in the long run.
  • Buy recycled - buying recycled products such as toilet / kitchen roll, bin bags, stationery or products packaged in material which has been recycled, will encourage manufacturers to demand more products made from recycled materials.
  • Avoid disposable products - avoid disposable products such as batteries, cameras, barbecues, razors and nappies. Think about buying products which are more durable and will last much longer such as rechargeable batteries, reusable razors and reusable nappies. For help and information on reusable nappies, visit the The Real Nappy Campaign or Peterborough Nappy Library.
  • Write a shopping list and plan meals - this will save you money and prevent you from throwing food away, by planning meals which will help you reduce the amount of food and packaging you throw away. Visit Love Food Hate Waste for more tips and ideas.
  • Buying refill goods - items such as washing, cleaning and beauty products are cheaper when sold as a refill and also enable you to reuse the original container.
  • Donate to charity shops - items that you no longer have a use for can be donated to your local charity shop.

Useful links

  • - your guide to reducing, reusing, recycling and composting, including celebrity interviews
  • - opportunities to recycle aren’t just limited to the home. Find out here how to reduce waste and recycle more often
  • - top tips for reducing food waste, plus mouth-watering recipe ideas
  • - promotes the sustainable use of biodegradable materials, including composting, anaerobic digestion (AD), in-vessel composting (IVC) and mechanical biological treatment (MBT)
  • - the official website for the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, the leading professional body for waste and resource management
  • - a guide to ‘green’ labels and what they mean, across a wide range of products
  • - the official website of the Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • - the official website of the Local Government Association (LGA), set up to promote the interests of English and Welsh local authorities
  • - the Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change which acknowledges the contribution that energy-from-waste can make to reducing carbon emissions
  • - UK Government’s international and domestic energy strategy to respond to the issues of climate change and security of energy supply
  • - the Confederation of European Waste to Energy Plants (CEWEP), which represents about 340 plants across Europe, argues that recovering Energy from Waste is compatible with achieving high levels of materials recycling
  • - position statement and briefing notes from the Environment Agency, addressing questions about the regulation, monitoring and environmental aspects of Energy from Waste facilities
  • - a report by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers titled 'Energy-from-Waste - A wasted opportunity?', which calls on the Government to review its energy strategy and make Energy from Waste a key component in energy production, with the added benefit of avoiding waste to landfill.