We have set up difficult to recycle collection boxes in Buxton. The first one is in operation at Sainsbury’s in the Market Place.

So what can you recycle in these bins?

Click on each link to see a page giving appropriate details of what can and cannot be accepted.


Did you know in High Peak it is actually cheaper to recycle than to throw everything away?

For example, one pub in Hayfield is now recycling 70% of waste (previously 0%) and also saving £1,000 per year!

Click here to download a leaflet that explains how this works and click here to read about the scheme on the High Peak Borough Council website.


Here is a list, prepared by the Consumer’s Association for identifying those plastic symbols.

The most common – and the most valuable – of these are:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – used in water bottles and plastic trays
  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – used for milk cartons and shampoo bottles
  • Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – plastic carrier bags and bin liners.
  • Polypropylene (PP) – margarine tubs and ready-meal trays

These plastics have the greatest recycling demand and are easier for recycling facilities to handle than other polymers. As it’s airtight and rigid, yet flexible, PET is the most commonly used, and particularly useful for packaging food and drinks.

While polystyrene (used for takeaway boxes, cups and food packaging) and PVC (used for food packaging and drainpipes and guttering), are technically recyclable, it’s much more difficult to recycle these than the four listed above which is why we now have these new collection points.

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