What goes in your pink sack?

Pink Sack Recycling

Put all these items in your pink sack together.

Plastic packaging

Plastics you can recycle

Put all these items in your pink sack together.

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

Plastic Bottles - including bottle tops, squash bottle and replace

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

Plastic Trays

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

Plastic pots and cases

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

Plastic we don't collect

N plastic bags

plastic film (e.g. sweet wrappers, cling-film, shrink wrap etc)
Alternative: try reusable wraps

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


Turtle & plastic bag

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Food & drinks cans

  Cans you can recycle

Put all these items in your pink sack together.

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

Y all drink cans
Y all food cans
Y biscuit tins
Y all aerosol spray cans (empty only)
Y foil and foil containers
Can of beans

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Mixed paper & cardboard

Paper & Cardboard you can recycle

Put all these items in your pink sack together.

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


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


Y all cardboard boxes (e.g. Corrugated, cereal, ready meal)
Y toilet & kitchen roll tubes
Y Christmas & Birthday cards - unless covered in glitter
Y cardboard egg boxes
Y cigarette boxes
Y Beverage cartons & Cartons (e.g. juice, milk cartons etc)
Paper/Cardboard we don't collect
N wall paper
N sand paper
N tissue paper
N 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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