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In It to Win It, rewarding estates for recycling

You can find out about how to win prizes for your community by recycling more.

Frequently asked questions

Who is paying for the rewards?

The rewards are funded from a grant given to us by central government with the aim to increase recycling in flatted properties.

I am already recycling everything I can, what more can I do?

Double check you are recycling the right thing. For example, cartons and plastic pots, tubs and trays can all be recycled. Plastic bags and film can’t be.

Find a full list of what you can recycle.

Help us spread the word and encourage others to do their bit by spreading the word in your neighbourhood. You can also follow our Facebook page and share or comment on posts to increase engagement and awareness of recycling in the City.

What happens to my recycling?

The contents from your communal recycling bin will be collected and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Southwark where the recycling is sorted. The materials are then sent to different re-processors.

More information about where your recycling goes.

Why should I recycle?

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 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. There are also 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 saves more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.

Recycling saves money - the more we recycle, the more money we can spend on projects to increase recycling and reduce waste further.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to order a free reusable bag for your recycling please send an email with your name and address to [email protected]

Published: 4 October 2022

Last updated: 4 October 2022