Thanks for supporting the five steps to pre-sorted recycling

Release date: 8 August 2018

Cotswold District Council is thanking local residents who have ordered a second black recycling box to help expedite kerbside collections. Over the last few weeks we have distributed almost 1800 new boxes to households.

The Council recently launched a ‘five simple steps’ initiative, encouraging residents to pre-sort their recyclables before they present them for collection at the kerbside.  With this in mind, they have been asked to order a second black box if possible so that the original box can be used solely for paper and magazines while the other can be reserved for glass, jars and bottles.  Those who cannot accommodate a second box are encouraged to place the papers at one end and the glass, jars and bottles at the other.

Commenting on the take-up of second boxes, CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Sue Coakley, says:

“We are very grateful to everyone who has responded to our initiative. The rise in the number of orders for black boxes shows that a lot of people are keen to help improve our recycling efforts. Using a second black box separates out the items more and ensures that they are all recyclable. Additionally, doing more pre-sorting of recyclables before the items are collected means that residents have helped us speed up kerbside collections.  This has reduced disruption to traffic flows, especially when Ubico vehicles are operating on narrow roads."

The ‘five simple steps’ are as follows:

Step 1 – Use one black recycling box for paper and magazines. (If you only have room for one box - put the papers at one end of the box and the glass, jars and bottles at the other).

Step 2 – If you can accommodate a second black recycling box use this for all glass bottles and jars - no broken glass please. (You can order a second box for free if you need one).

Step 3* – You can now use the white recycling sack for tins/cans, aerosols, as well as for plastic bottles, food trays, yoghurt pots and other types of mixed rigid plastics.  Please ‘wash and squash’ before recycling.

Step 4 – Use the blue recycling sack for corrugated cardboard or light card.

Step 5 – Use the green caddy for food waste (or you can also pop your food waste into your garden waste if you subscribe to this service).

* Please note that Ubico will still pick up tins/cans, aerosols etc. if residents continue to place them in black boxes - but it would make life much easier for the crews if they are now placed in the white sacks instead.

Cllr Coakley continues:

“The Council will always be happy to supply a free extra black box on request.  I also hope that being able to recycle tins and plastics together in white sacks will make life easier for residents, but I would ask that they 'wash and squash' the items first to make the most of the sack’s capacity and also to keep it clean.”

To request an extra black box please or contact the CDC Waste Team email us at or phone 01285 623123.




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