For an easy guide to recycling in Buxton click here.

Transition Buxton is expanding its scheme to make it easier to recycle items that are currently hard to recycle, things that do not get recycled through your council bins and end up in landfill.

Transition Buxton has installed a recycling station of three bins in Morrisons, Bakewell Road, Buxton. “We are grateful to Morrisons for providing space for the recycling station.” said Robin Edwards of Transition Buxton.
One recycle bin-accepts all crisp, pretzel, nut and popcorn packets. The second bin accepts biscuit packets and used writing implements. The third bin accepts used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and baby food pouches.

This new location compliments the duplicate stack of bins in Sainsbury’s in Higher Buxton, Iceland in the Springs and in the University Dome. The recycling stations are associated with Transition Buxton’s drive to gain Buxton ‘Plastic-free Community’ status working alongside local businesses and partner organisations such as HPBC and Buxton Town Team.

“Plastic is a great material with an impressive list of uses, however single use plastic is wasteful and damaging to our environment. We hope people will avoid single use plastic wherever possible. Where that is not possible in the short term, we are providing a solution to stop at least some going to waste and landfill
” said Derek Bodey of Transition Buxton.  Derek Bodey added “Clearly the good folk of Buxton are really keen to reduce waste and recycle as we have had a fantastic response in the first six months of collecting. With just one collection point in town we have already saved over 30kg of crisp packets and 8kg of used toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes going to waste. Our hope is with the installation of our recycling station in Iceland these figures will keep growing.”

If you would like further information about Transition Buxton or would like to join the group of volunteers to help please email

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.

High Peak Borough Council have produced an excellent leaflet called Leave it Loose! which details what to recycle, how to do it and why it should be done in a particular way. It is well worth reading and you can download a copy by clicking here.



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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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Last updated 30/04/23