Becoming recycling champions

TheLondon Recycles scheme runs competitions, which enable individuals to compete for a monthly recycling reward of £25 in vouchers for the top five scoring residents.

The estate, that earns the most Green Points will win the biggest share of a £1.500 to donate to a local charity. Create an account here.

Please recycle into the purple bins the following items, ensuring they are clean. Paper and card, cannot be soiled by oils or food left-over and tins need to be rinsed. Boxes need to be flat. Ensure no broken bottles or glass. Look at packaging to see which parts are fit for recycling and discard those items not suitable into the waste bin.

  • cans and tins
  • paper and card
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots and trays
  • Aerosols

Generally with Christmas paper and decorations, if it is stiff and doesn’t stay flat when scrunched or folded, it is unsuitable for recycling. However, that can vary for every region and it is not quite clear to me what Tower Hamlets accepts.

As it will use water to rinse jars and bottles for recycling, it is probably a good idea to use left-over washing up or bathing water for that purpose.

I am not certain whether Christmas trees will again be collected this year in early January, as the post on the Tower Hamlets website was from January 2019.

Batteries can be recycled in larger supermarkets, which have battery recycling bins, please enquire and do not put them in the normal bins.

Clothing, shoes there are reccycling containers in the locality, e.g. near opposite the Nisa store in Bishops Way. Please do not put them into the purple recycling bins.

Compost recycling is carried out by the Parkview Gardening scheme, they accept coffee grounds, tea bags* and some food waste, please get in touch with the Parkview Gardening scheme to arrange.

*Most tea bags contain plastics, so are not suitable for the compost.