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Recycling – 06/05/22

Our Hard to Recycle bins

We now have our ‘Hard to Recycle’ bins in two additional sites in Buxton.

We are very pleased to have a set in the Residents of Fairfield Association (ROFA) office in Fairfield. We would like to thank the people that helped make this happen, to help cover and area of Buxton where we had no bins.

We also have a set of bins in Buxton Methodist Church on The Market Place.

Due to the popularity of the crisp packet bins we have increased the size of these in Iceland, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. Thank you all for making this project so successful.

Recycling -06/02/22

Hard to Recycle Project goes from Strength to Strength

We have continued to collect items from the various categories listed in the table and send them off to Terracycle for recycling. While there are moves by some supermarkets towards collecting waste plastic packaging themselves for recycling, these are, as yet, limited in Buxton, so we will continue with our collection points around the town for now. A further recycling bin has recently been placed in the Parish Centre on Bath Road.
We were pleased to redeem our third batch of points awarded as a result of sending off waste shipments and use these to make a donation of £97 to The Breadline. This charity was selected by members of the Plastic Clever Buxton Steering Group. To get involved in the Plastic group contact plastic@transitionbuxton.co.uk

As of January 2022 we have collected the following total quantities and sent off to Terracycle for processing.

  • Crisp packets 270kg
  • Writing Instruments 56kg
  • Dental products 49kg
  • Kids Food Pouches 33kg (note this scheme has now closed).
  • Biscuit wrappers 16kg
  • Pringles cans 12kg
  • Cheese Wrappers 7kg
  • Hygene Home packaging 0.6kg

We have also joined the bread bag recycling scheme so will be accepting bakery wrappers from now on. Details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Recycling – 15/01/21

Hard to Recycle Project Celebrates Success

Over the 18 months it has been operating our project to increase the amount of waste recycled in Buxton has gone from strength to strength. We have increased both the number of collection points and the range of items recycled.

In early 2019 it came to our attention that some nearby groups had set up collection points for a number of items that are difficult to recycle. These are sent to TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company that recycles items that cannot be put in local recycling bins. We decided that this was something Transition Buxton would like to replicate here and this began a search for local businesses/organisations to host a set of recycling bins. By the end of July 2019 we had a set of bins installed in the Sainsbury’s branch in Higher Buxton and more recently we have added sets in Iceland and Morrisons. There are also sets of bins in the Dome and at the college’s Leek campus and a number of local primary schools have also set up their own collection bins.

The full range of items we currently accept in our bins is listed on our Recycling page. Items for recycling are sent off to Terracycle at regular intervals and the amounts sent are tallied. Towards the end of last year we realised that we had reached the following significant milestones:

  • 100 kg crisp packets,
  • 20 kg dental products,
  • 20 kg Ella food pouches,
  • 20 kg writing instruments,
  • 8 kg biscuit wrappers,
  • 5 kg confectionary wrappers,
  • 1 kg cheese wrappers. (a recent addition to the range)

In the Autumn we also redeemed our first points awarded as a result of sending off waste shipments. We were pleased to be able to use these points to support the Serpentine Community Garden Society with a donation of £139.


Recycling – 09/11/20

Recycling in the High Peak

While refusing and reusing are better, we all need to get stuck into recycling.  Until we get a national scheme, recycling schemes vary across the country. 

We are lucky in the High Peak that we have the ability to do a lot of recycling.

From the door step, we can recycle, thanks to High Peak Borough Council, working with Alliance Environmental Services:

Green Bin Waste

  • Cooked and uncooked food waste
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Garden plant material
  • Dead flowers
  • Grass and hedge cuttings
  • Real Christmas trees (make sure you remove all decorations and the base)

The below cannot be accepted:

  • plastic bags, flower pots, seed trays or other plastic items, cat or dog faeces, large branches or tree stumps, soil, stones or rubble, painted or treated wood or
  • non food products including nappies, packaging of any kind, liquids such as milk – these may leak causing spillages

Remember if you are using a bag for your food waste it must be compostable and  carry the code EN13432 and/or the “seed” logo.    “Biodegradable” bags must not be used.

Brown Bin Waste

The below isn’t accepted as brown bin waste:

  • Black plastic bottles, pots, tubs or trays
  • Plastic bags or film
  • Food waste or liquid – containers must be empty and rinsed clean
  • Polystyrene trays or packaging
  • Plastic toys or coat hangers
  • Electrical items
  • baby food, cat food or coffee pouches
  • used paper towels, tissues, baby wipes, sticky papers (e.g. Post-it notes)
  • non paper gift wrap (e.g. foil based gift wrap) or bags
  • crisp packets or sweet wrappers
  • wallpaper

At Waitrose and Morrisons we can recycle:

  • Plastic Carrier Bags
  • Plastic bread bags
  • Plastic cereal bags and inner cereal bags
  • Plastic wrappers and ring joiners from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles
  • Plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towel packs
  • Plastic freezer bags
  • Plastic magazine and newspaper wrap (type used for home delivery only)
  • Thin bags used for fruit and veg at supermarkets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) – resin ID code 4
  • It’s a lot more than just plastic bags!
  • and, of course batteries (really important, nationally very few get recycled and they are valuable)

At Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Iceland, Green Man Gallery, ROFA Office, Buxton Methodist Church and Bath Road Community Centre Transition Buxton’s own “Hard to Recycle” collections means we can recycle even more:

If you have done all of that, then this should be pretty empty!

Last updated 06/05/2022