Q. How can I find out more about how waste and recycling are processed in Milton Keynes?
You can book a public tour at our Milton Keynes Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Tours of the Recycling Factory are available to members of the public, school classes and community groups. Visits include an interesting presentation, a video of how the machinery works, plus a tour into the factory along a raised viewing gallery to see the machines and staff at work sorting the recycling. The session clarifies what items go into the different recycling containers, where the recycling goes, what it is turned into, as well as covering waste issues and environmental impacts. You can book tours at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling
Q. Can I put light bulbs in the blue box?
No. Please put these in the black sack or take them to one of the three tips in MK. Please wrap light bulbs in newspaper or similar first to so they do not break and pose a hazard to yourself or our collection crews. Low energy light bulbs can be put in the relevant container at the tip.
Q. Can nappies be recycled in MK? It says so on the packaging
Disposable nappies cannot be recycled in MK so please put them into your black sack. Have you considered using real (cloth) nappies instead? It could save you a lot of money and it’s better for the environment. We run real nappy info events – for the next one visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling. There’s also information videos on our YouTube channel ‘Milton Keynes Council’
Q. Why don’t we have wheelie bins for our rubbish in Milton Keynes?
Whether we have wheelie bins in MK or not will be reevaluated in our next MKC waste strategy.
Q. Why are the pink sacks changing to clear?
In 2018 you will receive a roll of clear recycling bags during the usual annual deliveries starting in summer. The bags will be clear so that waste crews can see whether items are in the bag which are not recycled in MK. Contamination of recycling bags from items like food waste or dirty nappies causes problems when the bags arrive at the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) as they have to be picked out by hand and can also make recyclable materials unsuitable for recycling.
Q. What goes in the yellow bag?
The yellow bag is just for batteries and can be used to recycle the varieties listed below:
• Size A
• Size AA
• Size AAA
• Size C
• Size D
• 6 Volt
• 9 Volt
• Laptop batteries
• Button batteries
• Mobile phone batteries
Q. Why can’t I put pet bedding and poo in the green bin? It is compostable.
Pet bedding and poo cannot be composted where we take the food and garden waste, so please put this in your black sack or your home compost bin
Q. Where do I put broken drinking glasses?
Unfortunately, these cannot be recycled – please wrap in newspaper and place in your black sack. All broken glass, Pyrex or china should be put in the black sack or taken to one of our three tips. Please wrap broken glass, Pyrex or china in newspaper or similar first to so it does not pose a hazard to yourself or our collection crews. Broken drinking glasses, Pyrex and china cannot be recycled with the glass bottles and jars as they have different melting points. When melted in a furnace a single drinking glass creates a bubble in the mixture and may ultimately corrupt a whole tonne of molten glass bottles and jars, which may render the entire batch useless and has to be discarded.
Q. Can I put cooking oil in the green bin?
No – cooking oil should be taken to one of the tips. There are special containers at the tips for oil including engine oil.
Q. Can I recycle crisp packets, sweet wrappers, disposable nappies or dirty tissues in the recycling sack?
No. Please put these in your black sack. Disposable nappies and food waste placed in the clear recycling sack can result in the recyclable material being thrown away. The recycling is sorted by hand, so nappies and food in the clear recycling sack makes it very unpleasant for the staff at the recycling factory.
Q. Why do I have to wash out the empty plastic bottles and metal cans?
Any contents left inside the bottles and cans may start to smell and attract animals and vermin to your clear recycling sack who can rip the sacks open and leave a mess in your road.
Q. Can I put dirty foil and foil trays in the recycling sack?
No. Please put these in your black sack.
Q. Can I put my pizza takeaway box in the recycling sack?
If they are not too dirty with food or grease. If they are dirty, please put them in your black sack.
Q. Do I have to remove the plastic windows from my envelopes?
Q. Can I put shredded paper in the recycling sack?
Yes, but please wrap the shredded paper in newspaper or put it inside a cereal box (or similar) Paper can only be recycled so many times and every time it is cut its fibres are reduced, so shredding the paper reduced its recyclable life. Please shred just the sensitive/personal information on documents, not the whole document.
Q. Why can’t I put textiles in the recycling sack?
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to recycle textiles this way. Textiles can get dirty when processed in our factory so please take unwanted clothes to your local charity shop or bring bank.
Q. Can I recycle polystyrene in the recycling sack?
No. Please put all polystyrene in your black sack.
Q. Supermarkets have plastic bag recycling points, can I put plastic carrier bags and polythene in the recycling sack?
No. Carrier bags placed in the recycling sack often get tangled up in the machinery at the recycling factory and causes lots of maintenance issues. However, we do want you to recycle your plastic carrier bags, but please do so at your local supermarket and do not put them in the clear recycling sack.
Q. Can I put my takeaway coffee cup in the recycling sack?
No. Please put these in your black sack. Some coffee shops/takeaway outlets now offer a discount for taking your own cup or have coffee cup collection points in store so you can return them to the store for them to recycle.
Q. Can I put my paint tins in the recycling sack?
No. They can be put in the black sack ONLY if they are completely empty. If you have part filled paint tins these can be safely disposed of at our Community Recycling Centres (Tips)
Still haven’t found an answer to your question? Visit the Milton Keynes Council website for more information