As part of National Recycling Week, Nottingham City Council is asking residents whether they really know how to Recycle It Right?

National Recycling Week runs from Monday 22 until Sunday 28 June and the City Council is calling on residents to help reduce contamination in recycling bins by following some simple guidelines.

Cllr Nicola Heaton, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “Putting the wrong type of waste into your bins could cost the Council more than £250,000 every year. Contamination has gone down but if we work together it can still be improved. Remembering some simple tips can make a big difference; help us save money and improve our recycling rates.”

Residents are being advised to follow the simple tips below to help reduce contamination:

1)      Do not put your recycling in plastic carrier bags – just put it loose in your grey lidded recycling bin

2)      These common household items CAN NOT be recycled:
•         Pizza Boxes (these are contaminated with grease)
•         Large Cooking Oil Can
•         Take away tubs
•         Tetra Paks/Juice Cartons.

Waste Advisors at Nottingham City Council will be targeting hotspot areas for contamination such as Aspley, Sneinton, Arboretum, Lenton and Berridge (Forest Fields, Old Basford and Sherwood Rise) with information about the common materials that contaminate household recycling bins.

Cllr Nicola Heaton said: “If residents are unsure about whether something is recyclable or not, our advice is to visit our website at to find our more or simply don’t take a chance – leave it out of their recycling bin!”

To find out more about how to recycle go to,
call 915 2000 or follow #recycleitright on social media.