Meet Mr Recycle More – Tower Hamlets Council’s ambassador for recycling, Mr Recycle More, took 50 days of work to create and is made from 33 pink wheelie bins.
You can download a “desk top buddy” version for entertainment and fun see here. Also maybe a Mr Recycle More screen saver which I suppose keep themselves busy during slack times on you PC rummaging through the virtual recycle bin trying to make something useful from those Lady GaGa tracks you downloaded.
While he amuses children and raises the profile of recycling (He put in an impressive performance at the St. Barnabas Community Fete last Saturday) Is the full message coming across? Maybe not.
Around Mile End East too often recycle bins are filled with contaminated material either out of ignorance about what can be recycled or laziness. People need to be educated in a language they understand what can and what cannot be recycled. Maybe the Council and RSLs should put effort and time into engaging effectively with residents
What can’t I recycle in the pink sacks and purple recycling bins?
It is very important to only recycle the correct materials using the pink sacks and purple recycling bin.
Other materials (contaminants) can be difficult or impossible to recycle and can damage machinery at the materials recovery facility and spoil other materials meaning that they can’t be recycled. For example, textiles become tangled in the machinery at the materials recovery facility and liquids from food waste can soak into paper.
Common materials that cannot be recycled through the pink sacks and purple bins:
Food waste: Food waste is one of the worst contaminants of the recycling. Any food waste, including that left in any unrinsed cans and cartons, can soak into paper and cardboard so it cannot be recycled. It is also makes the recycling unpleasant to store, collect and sort.
Nappies: Nappies are also a serious contaminant. They make the recycling unpleasant to store, collect and sort.
Textiles and shoes: Textiles become tangled in the machinery at the materials recovery facility and can damage it. Because they are collected with the glass, which breaks, it would be dangerous to try to recycle them.
Aluminium foil: Foil such as pie cases, milk bottle tops or kitchen foil is a lower quality to aluminium cans and can reduce the quality of recycled aluminium if it is processed with the cans.
Plastics (apart from bottles): You can recycle all types of plastic bottle using the pink sack or purple bins but can not recycle other plastics such as yogurt pots, carrier bags, ice cream tubs and polystyrene. There are many different type of plastic and some of them can be very difficult to recycle. Also there are very few recycling plants that can recycle plastics.
Polystyrene: Polystyrene is a very low quality type of plastic. This makes it difficult to recycle and there are very few recycling plants that can accept it for recycling.
What can I recycle in the pink sacks and purple recycling bins
All of the following materials can be recycled in the pink sacks and purple recycling bins:
- Glass bottles and jars (all colours)
- Food and drink cans
- All types of plastic bottles (e.g. drink bottles, bleach bottles and shampoo bottles)
- Cardboard (e.g. brown boxes, greeting cards and cereal boxes)
- Paper (e.g. newspapers and magazines, printer paper, envelopes, and telephone directories)
- Cartons (e.g. fruit juice, dairy and soup cartons)
- Empty aerosol canisters