Don't make it worthless


Don't make it worthless.

We all want to recycle right, but most of us are getting some big things wrong.

This means almost a fifth of what we put in our recycling bins can’t be recycled and can even spoil the rest of the otherwise recyclable load.

But you can easily change this. Prove your commitment to cut out contamination in your recycling by sharing a pledge below, and let’s make every item count.

Recycling. Don't make it worthless.

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Could you be the problem?

Contamination means putting something in the recycling that shouldn’t be there, and 76% of households in England do it!

Don’t be one of them.

Remove the food and it's all good

Every year in Hampshire, 2550 tonnes of grease and food contaminate our recycling bins. That’s the equivalent of four million stuffed crust pizzas! Keep your recycling clean.

Keep recyclables bagless

Putting recycling in bags (unless your local council provides you with one) is as good as rubbish - it can’t be processed! Don’t let your efforts go to waste. Keep your recycling loose.

When paper ISN’T recyclable

Think tissues, kitchen roll or wrapping paper are recyclable? Think again. Every year Hampshire households try to recycle over 3,000 tonnes of these materials that should be in the rubbish. That’s almost the weight of 18 houses!

The smell of success

Spruce up your recycling with deodorants and air fresheners...because they can be recycled! If everyone in the UK recycled one empty aerosol, we could power a TV in all Hampshire homes for four months!

16,000 ways you and your neighbours are ruining recycling

Every week in Hampshire, an average household throws 440g of contaminants in their recycling bins. That’s over 16,000 tonnes of rubbish that shouldn’t be there over a year!




I pledge to keep recyclables loose – bag and box free

I pledge to make sure paper and card is free of grease and food


I pledge to recycle my empty aerosols

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Keep contamination out of your bin

Not sure what counts as contamination? Check the dos and don’ts of recycling in your area by visiting Recycle Now or checking with your local council.

Recycling dos and don'ts in your area >