Getting to know what you can and can’t recycle in Leeds

Note – This blog post has been updated for accuracy of items allowed in the green recycling bin.

If you’re not sure what you can and can’t recycle in Leeds, you’re not alone. Council-run recycling services can be confusing and as there’s no consistent rules on what goes in which colour bin nationwide, you can’t rely on what other people tell you.

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Recycled plastic could supply over 70% of UK demand

The UK’s plastic recycling market is not well developed – just 9% of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled within the UK itself, while two thirds is exported for processing overseas.

But the Green Alliance says this could change if secondary markets were developed to support the quantities of plastic waste generated within the UK.

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Why can’t you put plasterboard in a skip?

Domestic skip hire is an essential way to get rid of waste materials when carrying out home refurbishments, and of course on a larger scale, commercial skip hire has the same purpose when renovating large residential blocks, office spaces and other premises.

But there’s an important point to remember, and that is that plasterboard should never be put in a hired skip as part of mixed building waste – and in many cases, skip hire companies will not collect it at all.

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How to know what size skip you need

Knowing how to choose the right size of skip is a useful first step when arranging your skip hire – we’re happy to help if you’re not sure, but ultimately it’s your decision which skip to hire, and it doesn’t have to be an overly difficult decision.

But it’s worth remembering that the right size of skip to hire is not based solely on how much waste you will generate during the work you carry out, but can also depend on the types of waste you need to dispose of, how bulky and heavy it is, and if it is restricted from disposal via skip.

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What to think about when planning a conservatory

The UK can thank the North Atlantic Drift, an extension of the Gulf Stream, for its temperate climate, with winters significantly warmer than you’d expect in a country this far north.

Unfortunately for sun-lovers, the summers are temperate too, and if you want to enjoy the warmth of the British summertime sun at its best, you’ll need a summer house, garden room or conservatory.

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