our recycle bin is for paper and plastic but the dustbinmen left it without empting because there was a sainsbury carrier bag in it. on phoning the council sainsbury plastic carrier bags are not plastic apparently, perhaps the wrong sort of plastic.
There are so many types of plastic. We can put in drinks bottles(clear plastic- cola type) but not yoghurt pots, margarine containers and the like. No Glass. Not shredded paper as it apparently can't be handled by the sorting machinery, but we can put it in the waste food container as this goes for composting.
Its all very complicated. They gave us a big fridge magnet with what we can and can't put in the recycle bin.
Its just as complicated with the garden waste bin. No tree prunings over 5cms diameter.
First of all we had a box provided by the council for recycling, then they transferred to 'plastic' type see-through orange bin liner style large bags. The thickness is very minimal, with the end results that any cardboard corners or heavy catalogues soon breakthrough the side of the bags.
Consulting with one of the collector's, and suggesting that we could put the items in heavy duty 'paper' animal feed bags, we were told this would be acceptable, so we did that. The following week, the supervisor/foreman was refusing to take the bags, because he "couldn't see what we were putting in the bags". This as now resulted in using more of the council supplied bags, because we were advised to put far less in the bags, in the hope that the council supplied 'see-through' bags would take the weight or items without destroying the bag.
You just cannot win, because my neighbours are having similar problems with the council supplied bags, and if the collector's cannot see the items inside the bags, then the bags are then left behind. With the end result that some people a putting the left behind bags in the main wheelie bin ready for landfill!.