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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Wheeled bin and the recycling & refuse service

What goes in my bins?

What goes in each bin?

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 Yes Please
No Thank you
Blue Bin
Glass jars and bottles, food and drinks cans, aerosols, plastic bottles (milk, mineral water, fizzy drinks, shampoo, household cleaners etc.), aluminium foil.
Paper, cardboard, textiles, crockery, food trays or bags, plastic pots, carrier bags, waxed drinks cartons, or any other forms of plastic.
Rinsing jars reduces contamination and odour. Washing and squashing cans and plastic bottles saves space.
Green Bin

Grass and hedge cuttings, leaves and prunings, weeds and flowers, Christmas trees, straw and sawdust.

Vegetable/fruit peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags.

Anything that will not rot, cooked food, bones, large branches, soil or stones.
Make sure your bin lid is closed to ensure collection. Do not overload your bin as it will not be collected if too heavy.
Burgundy Bin
Any material that cannot be recycled, general waste, food and kitchen waste.
Any material that can be recycled, hot ashes, builders' waste, corrosive materials, clinical waste.
Wrapping rubbish before placing in the bin reduces contamination and odour.
White Sack
Paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, telephone directories.
Jiffy bags, plastic covering on junk mail, juice cartons, and other tetra-pack containers.
Remove plastic windows from envelopes and remove plastic coverings from junk mail.

Please note:

1. Only waste properly secured within the wheeled bins and presented correctly will be collected and householders will be required to make alternate arrangements for the disposal of any excess or side waste they generate.

2. Wheeled bins will not be emptied if they contain the wrong material. In the event that the wrong material is placed in the bins a sticker will be attached to the bin to advise that you will be responsible for removing the items from the bin.

3. If the wheeled bins are excessively heavy a sticker will be attached to the bin advising you what to do.

Why can't we recycle other plastic in the blue wheeled bin?

Unfortunately, there are limited markets available to Ribble Valley that are able to deal with mixed recyclable materials and therefore are restricted to glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cans, aerosols, clean foil and plastic bottles. Whilst most plastic containers now carry a recycling symbol and many are of the same polymer type as some plastic bottles there are no local markets or sorting facillities available to the council.

Inclusion of food waste within the green wheeled bin

Green waste from Ribble Valley is composted through an `in vessel` processing facility that can also deal with most food waste generated within the kitchen.

Residents are encouraged to put items in their green bin such as vegetable/fruit peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags etc. For further details contact 01200 425111.

What happens to the waste once it has been collected?

Once the refuse vehicle is full the collected waste streams are taken to the Council's Waste Transfer Station based at Salthill, Clitheroe. The waste streams are deposited in different buildings from where it is loaded into bulk haulage trailers and transported to one of Lancashire County Council`s Waste Technology Parks.

At the Waste Technology Parksour waste streams are treated through the following processes:

General / residual waste is treated through a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) process.  The material is first pre-sorted to remove any recyclable material before being put through the process to produce a  material that will be used to plant trees. 

The co-mingled dry recyclable material is sorted through a Material Recycling Facility(MRF) into the separate waste streams and sold direct to material markets.

Green and food waste is treated through an `in vessel` composting facility to produce a saleable compost.