Carrier bags – the no 1 enemy of AVDC recycling bins

Whilst some plastic carrier bags are recyclable at supermarkets, AVDC DO NOT RECYCLE CARRIER BAGS in the blue lidded recycling bins, whether they are labelled recyclable or not. So please do not put any carrier bags in your recycling bin; reuse them or return to the supermarket you got them from.

Dealing with this recycling contamination affects our recycling contract and is costing AVDC on rejected recycling loads. As a consequence, household recycling bins with contaminated items such as carrier bags will not have their recycling bin emptied, and will have a note explaining why attached. If this happens to you, please do not ring us, but remove the offending items ready for your next collection. Alternatively you can take your recycling to the tip instead.

For a full list of what can and can’t be recycled in AVDC bins, please read the poster in your recycling bin lid, or visit our website,

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