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  Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection 2014/2015

 REMINDER - The day on which your waste & recycling is collected will change during the Christmas/New Year holiday period

Please be aware that during the holiday period refuse, recycling and garden waste collection days for all householders will change due to the bank holidays.   In particular you should note that some collections actually take place EARLIER than usual.  This is already clearly marked on your calendar and we are distributing a reminder leaflet (attached).  You can also double-check your dates on-line via


Plastic Bottle Banks will be installed on Monday 9 July 2012 for the use of the public
located in the recycling area of the Co-op Car Park, Wem



Shropshire Council is working in partnership with Batteryback, the national battery producer compliance scheme, to offer a number of new battery cell recycling points at council and community sites across Shropshire. 

The aim is to help to reduce the amount of batteries that end up in landfill sites and also provide a convenient drop-off point for people to recycle batteries free  of charge. The service is being provided at no cost to the council.

Specially marked recycle bins have now been sited at

Shropshire Council Customer Service Point
Edinburgh House
New Street

It is estimated that the average British household gets through 21 batteries each year. This means that within the Shropshire Council area alone around 2,700,000 individual batteries (or over 90 tonnes) of batteries are discarded every single year.

The top five items people use single use batteries for are alarm clocks, remote controls, smoke alarms, torches and calculators. All of these batteries can be recycled

For further information go to



No Cardboard to go in garden waste bins or sacks

Recent changes to national composting regulations mean that any compost produced across the UK must now be of a much higher quality. The new rules mean that compost can no longer contain cardboard because the inks, dyes and coatings on cardboard may contaminate the compost. Compost producers will no longer accept garden waste and cardboard that is mixed together. This means, regrettably, that Shropshire Council will no longer be able to collect cardboard for composting.

To inform householders of this change, a leaflet will be put under the lids of all rubbish bins from the 31 October 2011. A permanent sticker will then be put on garden waste bin lids to act as a reminder to residents not to put cardboard in.

Residents will no longer be able to put cardboard in their garden waste bin (or sack)
from Monday 28 November 2011.

Shropshire ask householders to continue to recycle their cardboard by taking it, if they are able, to their nearest Household Recycling Centre. Otherwise Shropshire Council advise householders to put their cardboard waste in their rubbish bin.

Veolia are also looking for suitable sites around the county to place approximately 20 bring banks for cardboard.

If cardboard is in green waste bins (or sacks) after 28 November Veolia will not be able to empty it. After this date, if cardboard is mixed in, entire loads of garden waste would be rejected at the composting facility and it would then have to be sent to landfill.

Shropshire Council are working with Veolia to find new practical and cost effective ways of collecting cardboard in the future to make sure that they contine to recycle as much of our waste as possible.



Kitchen Caddies and Liners

In a bid to encourage the recycling of food waste, Shropshire Council has recently made available to the public, kitchen caddies and liners to make recycling food waste cleaner and easier.

All types of food waste have been accepted in the garden waste collection service in the former North Shropshire District Council area since the start of the alternate week collection system.  However, evidence suggests that few households put food waste in with their garden waste.

The kitchen caddies and liners are specifically designed to enable households to recycle their food waste cleanly, easily and hygienically.  The liners have handles that can be tied and are made from corn starch that is fully compostable and biodegradable.

Households in the former North Shropshire District Council area can put their food waste in with their garden waste collection, regardless of whether they have a wheelie bin or sack based service.  The food waste can be put in loose, wrapped in a few sheets of newspaper or within the compostable liners. 

All types of food waste can be recycled including; cooked and uncooked food, meat and fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes and pastries, rice, pasta and beans, loose tea, tea bags and coffee grounds. 

The mixed garden and food waste is collected for enclosed composting where it is treated at high temperature to ensure it is sterile and safe to use in agriculture and horticulture.

A kitchen caddy costs just £3.50 and a roll of compostable liners costs £3.99 for a roll of 52.  The caddies and liners are available now from the council’s Customer First Points at;

Ellesmere Library

49 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton

Edinburgh House, Wem

The Heritage Centre, Whitchurch

Councillor Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for waste management and recycling, said  Households in the UK throw away around 7 million Tonnes of food waste every year and Shropshire Council has been at the forefront of the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign to reduce this.  However there is always some unavoidable food waste and the new kitchen caddies and liners will make it easier and cleaner for households to recycle the unavoidable food waste with their garden waste, helping to make good quality compost.

















































































































































































































































































































































































































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