Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling

These are a few of the most frequently asked questions that the council receives from residents about recycling and refuse. We hope that the answers below will help, but if there is still something you are unsure about please contact us on  01978 298989 or email contact-us@wrexham.gov.uk.

Why doesn’t Wrexham collect yoghurt pots and other plastic packaging in the green recycling box?

Currently Wrexham Council operate a kerbside sorting collection service which does only take the plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are currently yielding high quality and consistent recycling/reprocessing outlets. Mixed plastics tend to be of a lesser quality with fewer recycling options as the market for plastics is still evolving.

Together with our Waste Management contractor we do continually review where our recyclates go to, which are the best materials to collect, how to collect them and where the best markets are. We would hope that in the future as the recycled plastics markets evolve we will be able to take on different types of plastics on the kerbside.

If you do wish to recycle plastics other than bottles they can be taken to one of the three Household Recycling Centres at Bryn Lane. Plas Madoc or Brymbo.

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Can we recycle plastic bottle lids?

No, lids are often made from a different type of plastic to the rest of the bottle and will therefore have different chemical properties. If the two are recycled together chemical reactions occur affecting the end product. As the lid is screwed on to the bottle it becomes difficult to remove automatically and so can contaminate the plastic by mixing the two types together.

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How clean do the recycled materials have to be?

It is advised that food tins are rinsed using the water that you have washed your dishes in, but take care with sharp edges. There is no need for these containers to be thoroughly cleaned using fresh running water, as long as any large amounts of food residues are taken out. Labels can be removed but it doesn’t matter if they aren’t, as this is part of the reprocessing stage.

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Can I have more than one green recycling box?

Just ring the contact centre on 01978 298989 to ask for extra boxes.

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Can I have another/new blue recycling bag?

If you require an extra blue bag please ask the Recycling Crew or pick one up from the Contact Wrexham Office, 16 Lord Street,    Wrexham, LL11 1LG.

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What do I do with shredded paper?

It is advised that you wrap your shredded paper in a sheet of newspaper before placing it in the blue bag. This will ensure that when the recycling crew empty your blue bag your shredded paper will enter the paper compartment and not disperse into the street.

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Why can’t we recycle plastic bags?

Most leading supermarkets offer recycling points for plastic bags, however three different types of plastic bags exist: biodegradable, non- biodegradable and compostable. There is no easy way to separate these and the three types cannot be recycled together. The best solution is to use re-useable or ‘bag for life’ shopping bags, which reduces the amount of carrier bags in circulation.

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Can I have another green garden/food waste bin?

If you require an extra green garden/food waste bin there is a charge of £11.50. Just ring the contact centre on 01978 298989 to make a purchase.

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Does the Council sell compostable liners for my kitchen caddy?

Yes, the Contact Wrexham Office, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham, LL11 1LG sells approved compostable liners. Qty:80 - £4.00 or Qty:20 - £1.00.

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What time should I put my refuse or recyclable materials out?

To ensure collection, refuse and recyclable waste must be available for collection by 7.30 am on the scheduled day, at the normal collection point. It should not be put out any earlier than the previous evening.

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What can I do if I have a large amount of cardboard?

There are cardboard recycling skips at all three of Wrexhams Household Recycling Centres for cardboard, remember to remove all contents before placing into the designated skip.

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Do you collect waxed cartons in the green box from the kerbside e.g. Tetra-pak?

No, as Tetra Pak is packaging used to store liquid food and drinks (e.g Juice and milk cartons). They are made from layers of cardboard, plastic and foil. At present in the UK there are few re-processors that are capable of recycling tetra-pak. However they can be taken to carton banks at several Neighbourhood Recycling Centres and all three Household Recycling Centres.

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What happens if I put the wrong items in my recycling box, bin or bag?

Contaminated recycling receptacles may be rejected. Our crews are instructed to ensure recycling receptacles have not been contaminated with waste and not to collect those that have been. This is because it will contaminate recyclables when they are sorted and could be dangerous to those who sort the recyclables by hand. Putting items which can't be recycled into your recycling box, bin or bag could lead to the rejection of an entire wagon load of recycling, which is approximately 2 tonnes worth of material. The black/blue bin is for all household waste and should not contain recyclables.

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Does the Council offer a service to clean my wheelie bin?

No, we do not offer this service. You can either clean the bin yourself using a long handled brush and some soapy water or find a private company by looking in your local telephone directory.

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I am unable to put my bin/box/bag out for collection. Will the council provide assistance?

The Council provides an assisted collection service for residents who are unable to put their bin/box/bag out for collection due to disability or infirmity. Please ring 01978 298989 to request a form for this service.

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Where does our recycling go?

Material/Deunydd Contractwr Casglu Cyfeiriad
Gypsum - Plasterboard /
Gypswm - Bwrdd plastr
Tudor Griffiths Limited Woodlane
Ellesmere
Shropshire
SY12 0HY
Plastics - Hard /
Plastigion - Caled
European Metal Recycling Ltd Liverpool Depot
Alexandra Dock 1
Bootle
L20 1BX
Ferrous, Steel Cans /
Fferrus, Caniau dur
AMG Resources Ltd Suite 6
The Alcora Building
Micklow Hill
Halesowen
B62 8DG
Plastic Bottles /
Poteli Plastig
Jayplas, EA/EPR/DP3391LC/A001: Part of the J & A Group of Companies Berristow Lane
South Normanton
Derbyshire
DE55 2DT
Oils – Mineral /
Olew – Mwynau
Oakwood Fuels Ltd Brailswood Road
Bilsthorpe Industrial Estate
Bilsthorpe
Newark, Notts
NG22 8UA
Timber /
Pren
Bodens & Davis Ltd Minshulls Farm
Lower Green
Astley
Manchester
M29 7JZ
Carpets /
Carpedi
Equestrian Services ECO2 ECO2 Enterprises LLP
Phoenix Works
Phoenix Way
Smallshaw Industrial Estate
Burnley
BB11 5SX
Media Banks (video’s, dvd’s, c/d’s etc) /
Blychau Cyfryngau (fideos, DVD, CD ac ati)
I & G Cohen Ltd Castle Works
Bazzar Street
Pendleton
Salford
M6 6GS
Paints, Filters & Associated Materials /
Paent, Ffilteri & Deunyddiau Cysylltiedig
Oakwood Fuels Ltd Brailswood Road
Bilsthorpe Industrial Estate
Bilsthorpe
Newark, Notts
NG22 8UA
Landfill Soils /
Pridd tirlenwir
FCC Pen-y-Bont Information Area
Newbridge
Near Chirk
Wrexham
LL14 5AR
Batteries - Household /
Batris - Cartref
G & P Batteries Crescent Works Industrial Park
Willenhall Road
Darlaston
Wednesbury
West Midlands
WS10 8JR
WEEE - Fridges & Freezers /
Rhewgelloedd ac Oergelloedd
Environcom England Limited,
Display Recycling Limited,
Sims Depot
Environcom England Limited
Spittlegate Level
Grantham
NG31 7HU

Welsh Depot;
Display Recycling Limited
Antelope Industrial Estate
Rhydymwym
Flintshire
CH75JH
OR
Sims Depot
Ellesmere Port
Unit 7
Hoyer Industrial Estate
Hoyer
Cheshire
CH65 4LB
WEEE - Fluorescent Tubes /
WEEE - Tiwbiau Fflworolau
Wiser Waste Information Ltd Huddersfield Depot
Colne Side Business Park
George Street
Kingsbridge
Huddersfield
HD3 4JD
WEEE - Large Domestic Appliances/
WEEE - Taclau Cartref Mawr
European Metal Recycling Ltd Alexandra Building
Alexandra Doc 1
Bootle
L20 1BX
WEEE - Small Electrical Appliances /
WEEE - Taclau Trydanol Bach
Environcom England Limited,
Sims Depot
Environcom England Limited
Spittlegate Level
Grantham
NG31 7HU
OR
Sims Depot
Ellesmere Port
Unit 7
Hoyer Industrial Estate
Hoyer
Cheshire
CH65 4LB
WEEE - TV’s & Monitors /
WEEE - Setiau Teledu a Monitorau
Environcom England Limited,
Display Recycling Limited,
Sims Depot
Environcom England Limited
Spittlegate Level
Grantham
NG31 7HU

Welsh Depot;
Display Recycling Limited
Antelope Industrial Estate
Rhydymwym
Flintshire
CH75JH
OR
Sims Depot
Ellesmere Port
Unit 7
Hoyer Industrial Estate
Hoyer
Cheshire
CH65 4LB
Ferrous Metals – General Scrap /
Metelau Fferrus - Sgrap Cyffredin
European Metal Recycling Ltd (Liverpool) Alexandra Building
Alexandra Doc 1
Bootle
L20 1BX
Batteries – Auto /
Batris - Ceir
EMR West Egerton Street
Salford
M5 4LQ
Textiles /
Tecstilau
I & G Cohen Ltd Castle Works
Bazzar Street
Pendleton
Salford
M6 6GS
Non- Ferrous; Aluminium Cans /
Di- Fferrus; Caniau Alwminiwm
Novelis Ltd Latchford Lock Works
Latchford
Warrington
WA5 7NS
Newspapers, Magazines & Card /
Papurau Newydd, Cylchgronau a Cherdyn
Aylesford Newsprint Limited Newsprint House
Bellingham Way
Aylesford
Kent
ME2 07D
Glass /
Gwydr
Glass
Recressco Ltd
Lane End
Urban Road
Kirkby in Ashfield
Nottingham
NG17 8AP
EAWML 43729

Manmisty Wharf
North Road
Ellesmere Port
Merseyside
EPR/BP3790SQ
Chemicals - Domestic /
Cemigion - Cartref
Reids 67 Whitchurch Road
Great Boughton
Chester
West Cheshire & Chester
CH3 5QB
Cardboard /
Cardbord
Parry & Evans Ltd Unit 103
Zone 1
Deeside Industrial Estate
Deeside
Flintshire
Tyres /
Teiars
Wrecsam Wrecycling Ltd Bersham Transfer Station
Plas Grono Road
Rhostyllen
Wrexham
LL14 4EG
Rubble Clean /
Rwbel Glân
Enterprise (AOL) Ltd Llay Recycling Centre
Miners park
Miners Road
Llay Wrexham
LL12 30PJ
Green Waste Household Recycling Centres /
Canolfannau Ailgylchu Gwastraff Gwyrdd Cyffredin Tai
Whittakers Green Farm Pewitt Lane
Hunsterson
Nantwich
Cheshire
CW5 7PP
EAWML100263
Mattress /
Matresi
Entrec Limited Redwither Road
Wrexham Industrial Estate
Wrexham
LL13 9RD
Non Ferrous; Mixed Quality Metals /
Di-Fferrus ; Metalau o Safon Cymysg
Entrec Limited Redwither Road
Wrexham Industrial Estate
Wrexham
LL13 9RD
Non-Ferrous; Cable & Wire /
Di-Fferrus; Ceblau & Weiars
Entrec Limited Redwither Road
Wrexham Industrial Estate
Wrexham
LL13 9RD
Transfer Station Waste, including Building Services /
Gwastraff Gorsaf Drosglwyddo, gan gynnwys Gwasanaethau Adeiladu
Tudor Griffiths Limited Woodlane
Ellesmere
Shropshire
SY12 0HY
Mixed Green & Food /
Gwyrdd Cymysg a Bwyd
Wrexham Recycling Park Bryn Lane
Wrexham Ind Estate
Wrexham

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