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Recycling is making its way back into the public conscience.

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A paper authored by the industrial ecologist from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and colleagues appears in the journal Science Advances. It is described as the first truly global assessment of how much plastic has been manufactured.





Single Stream vs 'Segregation At Source' Recycling

Advantages of Segregation at Source Recycling

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There are two primary ways to collect household recycling: single stream and segregation at source. Both of these methods pose unique benefits and trade-offs.

Recycling is a process in which valuable flow from collection to an end user, who make the materials into new products. This flow of materials is often called the recycling “stream.” In single-stream recycling, mixed recyclable materials travel together (separately from rubbish) in one stream to a sorting facility.

There is documented evidence that a significantly greater amount of recycling can be collected if the segregation is made simple. I.e. The decision is a basic choice between land fill and dry mixed recyclable. This makes single stream recycling most preferred system for local council bin collection services.

To cater for this needs Recycling Bins Direct have introduced the Meridian recycling bin, with a 70/30 split. This is aimed at encouraging the segregation of dry recyclables away from landfill waste but also gives the opportunity to put all recyclables in one bin.

Source separated recycling, on the other hand, is where the user separates materials by type at the point of recycling, so they are already separated before they are collected. For example, there may be separate streams of metal, glass, paper, and plastic; or there may be one stream for paper and one for mixed containers. Source separated recycling may also be called sorted stream recycling or dual stream recycling.

There is also less potential contamination of recyclables (for example, left over liquids do not spill on paper and broken pieces of glass do not mix in with other items). Source separated recycling also does not rely as heavily on expensive sorting technology or manual labour.

For this recycling system Recycling Bins Direct offer the Envirostack stacking bins where three or four individual waste streams are handled in close proximity.

Throughout the UK there is a trend back towards recycling segregation at source especially in commercial, retail and higher education sectors, flying in the face of trends in household recycling where less than 42% of England’s household waste is segregated at source as recyclables.

However, every user prefers their own way of recycling so, why don’t you to explore your recycling options, and let us know what you find!

A wide selection of plastic, recyclable, recycling bins with WRAP compliant labels is available from Recycling Bins Direct. See them all at www.recyclingbins-direct.co.uk.





Wake Up & Smell The Coffee On Coffee Cup Recycling

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A lot of us may practise recycling at home which is great – but what are the big companies actually doing to help save the environment and play their part? We consume convenient take-away food and drink from coffee to burgers but what actually happens to the packaging?

Recycling rates predicted to be on the up in 2014

Recycling rates to soar in 2014

A Waste Not Want Not approach is becoming more common for most of us at home and work and savvy managers are realising the enormous cost savings and income potential from something as straight-forward as installing a more efficient waste management system. Sometimes it is as simple as placing two recycling bins next to one general waste bin to embed the idea that there should be twice as much waste recycled than before. Envirobins that have been installed into private business, councils, schools and universities have driven recycling rates by anything from 20% to 50% in just a few months. 

Recycling predictions for 2014:

Food Waste: Food waste came out top as the main priority for nearly 50% of businesses and this will set the pace for the recycling industry product design program in 2014.

Bins made from 100% recycled plastic: A zero waste to landfill option for eco-minded companies who are seeking a totally sustainable solution. Demand for the ‘New bins for old’ campaign and the stylish 100% recycled Smart E-Bin is predicted to rise even more next year.

Outdoor Recycling: Orders are already on the up in 2013 by 120% for outdoor recycling units for public places and are set to be even more in demand in the New Year.

Novelty Bins: Novelty bins sales have increased six fold since their launch in January 2013 and are already in 400 schools across the UK. These great characters are delivering the recycling message to children destined to be environmentalists of the future.

Sales in Scotland: Changes in Scottish waste and recycling laws, which come into force in January next year, have already impacted 2013 sales of recycling bins and are set to increase even more in 2014.


If you want to find out more about how your office and workspace can maximise it's recycling potential this year, call on 01359 298072 or view the extensive product range on our site here.

Plastic Pollution In Our Seas

How can we help cut down plastic pollution in our seas?

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Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year and at least 8 million tons of it end up in our seas every year. All the plastic that ends up in the sea gets ingested by marine life which causes severe injuries (from being tangled) and deaths.

Recycling Its No Waste Of Time - New Internal Recycling Bin Range Launched

Recycling: It’s no waste of time.

At Recycling Bins Direct we work hard to create and constantly evolve litter and recycling bins to help organisations keep their areas clean, tidy and to reduce waste. By implementing an efficient recycling scheme within your organisation you can prevent tons of rubbish being sent to landfill each year.  When litter is sent to landfill it produces harmful greenhouse gases which contribute heavily towards climate change.

Why Recycle

Why Recycle

Why recycle waste at all?

If you're not already recycling, we explain how easy it is and how you can really make a difference.

For those who already recycle, discover the positive effect your recycling efforts are making and find out what else you could do.

Recycling conserves resources

When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry.

Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.

Recycling saves energy

Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs, like transport.

Plus there are extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry compared with providing industry-ready materials.

Recycling helps protect the environment

Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution.

As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.

Recycling reduces landfill

When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces. There are over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK, and in 2001, these sites produced a quarter of the UK's emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

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Making Recycling Larger Cups Easier

It’s estimated that 2.5 billion “paper” coffee cups are being thrown away in the UK every year. That’s almost 5,000 a minute, or 7 million per day.


On Monday 14th March, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall took to the streets of London, as part of Hugh's War On Waste which saw the chef and campaigner accuse the high street shops of misleading the public over claims of using “recyclable” cups.

A lot of the blame for not recycling coffee cups properly could be down to the fact that there aren’t accessible recycling facilities available; we here at Recycling Bins Direct are helping to address this.

We have recently launched a new EnvirocupXL recycling unit to collect larger coffee cups (up to 103mmm - this accomodates the larger disposable cups associated with the familiar coffee shop chains), providing a solution to prevent huge amounts going to landfill. This product is aslo perfect for facility managers and is suitable for food serving areas and offices.

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The cups can be dropped through the circular apertures and easily stacked inside the collection tubes, making it extremely easy to empty and clean. It also features a new improved liquid hub, to hold up to 7.5 litres of liquid reservoir to avoid access spillages. Dimensions: H: 803mm, W: 444mm, D: 444mm.

The unit is available in black and ivory with a boat blue liquid hub and comes with a recycling label as standard. Black unit is made from 95% recycled plastic. An A4 signage kit is available as an optional extra, as well as bespoke personalisation labels and unit colours.

To find out more about this product please click here. You could also call our team on 01359 298072.


Understanding WRAP Labelling

Explaining WRAP Labelling and Colours

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What does WRAP stand for?

WRAP stands for waste and resources action program.

What is WRAP?

In its simplest terms, WRAP helps people recycle more and waste less, both at home and at work while offering economic as well as environmental benefits. The WRAP organisation works with a wide range of partners, from major UK businesses, manufacturers, trade bodies and local authorities through to individuals looking for practical advice.

What is WRAP compliant labelling?

Wrap are an industry body that allows universal consistent colouring for waste streams. This method of identification uses different colours to separate waste and recycling streams. Each universal colour represents a different waste stream and has been designed to make clear at a glance and help recycling users recycle their waste easily.

White Labelling and Lid = General Waste


Light Blue Labelling and Lid = Paper


 Red Labelling and Lid =  Plastic Bottles

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Dark Green Labelling and Lid =  Food Waste

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Lime Green Labelling and Lid = Mixed Recycling


With all of our recycling bins featured on our www.recyclingbins-direct.co.uk website, the standard supplied lid/aperature and labelling options will always be WRAP compliant.

For further details feel free to call our recycling bin helpline on 01359 298072.

Putting a smile on school recycling

School Recycling with a Smile!


Eco Members of the Eco Club at Sheffield High School chose new “Smiley Face” Envirobins in a bid to increase the school’s recycling performance, having already gained the Eco-Schools Green Flag award.

Although recycling is taken seriously at Sheffield High School, the students thought that recycling could be made a little bit more fun.

The school installed a 41 litre “smiley face” Envirobin for paper recycling, in each classroom, as well as in the art room, library and administration office. In addition, three, sixty-two litre bins, for collecting plastic bottles, have been placed around the school. This brighter and more fun way of recycling has even caused pupils to name the bins… Barry, Billy, RoBIN, etc.

Having selected the “Smiley Face” Envirobins, Eco Club members have also taken responsibility for emptying them into the large recycling containers. This recycling programme has overall given a new focus to pupils and recycling rates have increased noticeably.

If you would like to find out more about increasing recycling rates in your school contact www.recyclingbins-direct.co.uk for further info.

The full range of smiley face recycling bins can be viewed here

Smiles all round for school recycling teams

Smiles all round for school recycling teams


Smiley Face novelty recycling bins were especially designed to give schools a fun head start when teaching children to recycle. They form part of the EnviroBuddy collection, which includes planet-friendly SpaceBuddies and the new litter-loving AquaBuddies threesome, Dolphin, Frog and PenguinBuddy.

On average primary schools generate 45kg* of waste per pupil per academic year (40 weeks), mostly made up of food waste, paper and card. Much of this could be recycled and even generate a small income for schools. Special assemblies and art projects using recycled materials also raised awareness among pupils and recycling lessons have improved through introducing play.

St Albert’s School business manager Lisa Jewel said: “We introduced the smiley faced bins to engage and educate the children to recycle. Their appealing faces certainly helped to drive up recycling rates at the school.’’

As a result of this, almost 400 primary and nursery schools have already adopted EnviroBuddies to add an important element of fun and personality to their recycling lessons.  

To find out more about this range of innovative recycling bins visit www.recyclingbins-direct.co.uk or call 01359 298072.

*Source Wrap.org

**(St Albert’s Eco Team of budding environmentalists make friends with their Smiley Bins)

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