Recycling window envelopes

  VNAM75 20:06 01 Dec 2008

When sorting out my junk mail I usually tear out the plastic window from the envelope and throw it in the bin, and the remainder of the envelope and letters/leaflets goes in the recycle bin. I also tear the corner were my name & address is printed and rip that up and dispose.

Is it necesaary to remove the plastic window from envelopes?

  VCR97 20:12 01 Dec 2008

Yes, according to my local council. The plastic contaminates the processed waste, as does the gum on the flap.

  Quickbeam 20:14 01 Dec 2008

I really can't believe anyone could be so conscientious as to think of that! I jus' throw the lot in the recycle bin.

  Coffee Adict 20:18 01 Dec 2008

Have just received my new recycling leaflet and it says they will now accept non-window envelopes, Yellow Pages and telephone directories, all previously banned from the recycling boxes, so the answer is yes if your council will accept envelopes.

  VNAM75 20:35 01 Dec 2008

Thats good to know, I'd thought I was being over the top.

  spuds 22:28 01 Dec 2008

Waste paper is now down to £1.00 a tonne, because no one wants it.Even metals and other recycle products have decreased in scrap value.

  laurie53 08:23 02 Dec 2008

My council even accepts drink cartons with plastic closures in the paper recycling bin.

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