The Iceland station is launched

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 Iceland Foods store on Spring Gardens. “We are grateful to Iceland Foods for providing space near the store entrance 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 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.


One of our members recently visited the site where our recycling material is processed at UPM at Shotton in North wales.  It was a fascinating and very impressive visit.  The organiser of the trip has sent this update on what is happening at the plant.

  1. UPM have confirmed that none of their plastic output goes overseas.
  2. The first stage of their process crushed glass items in to small pieces, which fell out of the bottom of the machine, together with other small items such as metal lids and bottle tops, and were all conveyed away.
  3. UPM have clarified that this stream goes to Recresco at Ellesmere port, where they extract the metal items for recycling, and (remarkably) are able to optically sort the glass pieces by colour. Then 95% goes into re-melt with a local glass manufacturer, 5% goes into aggregate, for such use as cement blocks (breeze blocks) or aggregate for road construction.
  4. The last stage of plastic sorting was switched off when we visited, because there was no commercial outlet for polypropylene (PP, recycling code5) items, such as yogurt pots, ice cream tubs etc.
  5. After trials in August this year UPM now have UK outlet for these materials.
  6. You can read the visit report here


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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