What goes in your pink sack?

Pink Sack Recycling


Plastics you can recycle


Plastic Items we collect

Please rinse these before placing all these items in your pink sack together - but why?

Plastic Bottles - including bottle tops, squash bottle and replace Y

  • soft drink bottles
  • squash/cordial
  • mouthwash
  • milk bottles
  • bleach
  • cleaners (including trigger bottles)
  • shampoo/shower gel
  • yoghurt/pro-biotic drink (actimel, Yakult)
  • medicine (take unused medicines to a pharmacy for disposal)

Plastic Trays Y

  • meat (not polystyrene)
  • fruit punnet
  • salad tray
  • sandwich container
  • ready-meal tray
  • take-away trays

Plastic pots and cases

  • yoghurt (all types)
  • margarine/butter tub
  • vitamin pots
  • sweet
  • flower pots
  • CD/DVD/VHS/cassette cases

Plastic we don't collect

  • plastic bags
  • plastic film (e.g. sweet wrappers, cling-film, shrink wrap etc) Alternative: try reusable wraps
  • bubble wrap
  • expanded polystyrene (e.g. fast food trays, packaging)
  • crisp packets Alternative: Recycle with Terracycle
  • biscuit wrappers and similar
  • Cotton buds & cotton wool Alternative: try reusable face cloths?
  • Nappies Alternative: try cloth nappies
  • CDs/DVDs
  • VHS or audio cassette
  • paint pots
  • coat-hangers
  • other plastics (e.g. children’s toys, garden furniture, Tupperware)

What is the problem with plastic?

Turtle & plastic bag

The use of plastic items, especially single-use items (which are items only used once), is accelerating climate change and polluting our world. But there are many ways you can reduce your single-use plastic and make a difference.  Read more...






Cans you can recycle

Food & drinks cans we collect

  Please rinse these items before placing in the pink sack - but why?

  • all drink cans
  • all food cans
  • biscuit tins
  • all aerosol spray cans (empty only)
  • foil and foil containers

Can of beans

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When it comes to recycling, metal is hard to beat. That’s because it’s endlessly recyclable - every last bit can be turned into something else. And it’s a cycle that can go on for ever.  Read more...



Paper & Cardboard you can recycle

Mixed paper & cardboard

If the cardboard does not fit in the pink sack this can be flattened and placed under another pink sack.

Paper we collect

  • newspaper & magazines
  • unwanted mail & leaflets
  • envelopes (all colours)
  • window envelopes (no need to remove window)
  • padded envelopes
  • office paper
  • shredded paper
  • catalogues & telephone directories (all types)
  • wrapping paper (not foil or ribbons) Check if accepted: Try the scrunch test
  • paper bags
  • books (remove cover from hardback books)

Cardboard we Collect

  • all cardboard boxes (e.g. Corrugated, cereal, ready meal)
  • toilet & kitchen roll tubes
  • Christmas & Birthday cards - unless covered in glitter
  • cardboard egg boxes
  • cigarette boxes
  • Beverage cartons & Cartons (e.g. juice, milk cartons etc)

Paper/Cardboard we don't collect

  • wall paper
  • sand paper
  • tissue paper
  • kitchen/toilet paper


It not all recyclable


Need more pink sacks?

pink sack

All pink sacks are FREE and are available from:

Waterside Farm Leisure Centre and Runnymede Leisure Centre.



To download a guide on recycling pink sacks:

Pink Sack - how to....[pdf] 638KB


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