Don’t get in a pickle, leave the top on when recycling your bottles and jars

Posted on: 14 March 2018

Residents across Mid Devon are being reminded to ‘wash, squash and pop the cap on’ when they recycle glass and plastic bottles and jars.

Many people are unsure if they should leave lids on recyclable containers when they recycle from home or make use of bottle banks and Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Recycle Devon has been working with Devon authorities to make recycling as easy as possible for  residents.

Following on from industry advice, you can now leave your caps, tops and lids on both your plastic and glass bottles and jars. Simply give the bottle or jar a rinse, squash plastic bottles, put the top back on and recycle as you normally would – even if it’s a metal lid on a glass jar.

Replacing lids, caps and tops will not only ensure they are recycled and Devon maintains its 55.7% recycling rate, but will reduce volume in recycling bins and recycling lorries.

The preference is that lids are attached to bottles and jars but if this is not possible lids can be recycled according to their material, so metal lids in with cans and plastic lids in with plastics.

All local councils in Devon will collect your plastic bottles – including ones from your bathroom – in your usual household recycling service.

Most authorities will collect your glass bottles and jars, however for the few that don’t, you can take them to your local Recycling Bank or Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Residents should check recycledevon.org/TopsOn for specific recycling information in their area.

Recycle Devon is a countywide waste communications campaign which represents a partnership of 10 authorities across Devon including Devon County Council, 8 District Authorities and Torbay Council. For more information:

Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for the Environment Councillor Clive Eginton said: “The “Tops On” campaign is a great initiative to help make recycling easier. Recycling for the vast majority of residents is now simpler than ever. Please help us to reduce residual waste by recycling all you can, it really is the common sense thing to do.”

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