Recycle Week: Recycling really matters in Sheffield

Recycle Now’s Annual Recycle Week started on Monday and runs until Sunday 30 September.

With the introduction of a new recycling service in Sheffield, waste is on everyone’s mind and this Recycling Week Sheffield City Council and Recycle Now are reminding residents why it matters and how to get it right so the city can be even cleaner and greener.

Since July this year, brown bins have been arriving at homes across Sheffield as part of an all new recycling service. The new service means that glass bottles and jars, cans and plastic bottles are collected in a new brown bin, and paper and card is collected in the existing blue bin. Collections in the north of the city have already begun, and residents in the south of the city will receive their brown bins in the next few weeks.

To help residents recycle right, a leaflet explaining which items go inside each bin as well as when to put the bins out for collection, is being delivered at the same time as the brown bin.

Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene at Sheffield City Council, said: “Many people in Sheffield are passionate about protecting the environment and are already doing everything they can to recycle as much as possible. With the recent changes we’ve made to the recycling service, I want to make sure everyone knows how to get it right, what can be recycled and how we can do more.

“Throughout the roll out of our new service we have provided lots of information to help residents get used to the changes and collections in the north of the city are going well. Soon households across the rest of the city will receive their brown bin, and many flats and maisonettes will receive plastic recycling for the first time, giving the whole city better opportunities to recycle.

“It is so important that everyone in Sheffield plays their part in helping to reduce, reuse, recycle or recover household waste to minimise our environmental impact and there’s lots of information on our website at for anyone is looking for more information’.”

Getting recycling right

Sheffield is a city of recyclers but there are some simple things people can do to make the city’s recycling more efficient.

  • When your new brown bin arrives, make sure that you read through and keep safe the leaflet that is posted through your letterbox.
  • Most people in Sheffield recycle plastic pop and milk bottles but don’t realise they can also recycle the following, less commonly recycled items in the brown bin:
    • Bleach bottles
    • Kitchen cleaners
    • Bathroom cleaners
    • Shampoo bottles
  • Tops and trigger sprays can be recycled in the brown bin, but pump dispensers (e.g. from hand soaps) should go in the black bin
  • Use the blue bin for paper and card recycling.  This includes envelopes with windows
  • Extra paper and card can be left next to the blue bin for collection. It should be neatly bundled, tied with string and is no bigger than the blue bin.
  • Do not put plastic pots, tubs and trays or plastic bags into the brown bin.  These items can be taken to local bring sites for recycling – visit to find your nearest site.

Craig Stephens, campaign manager for Recycle Now, said: “This year we’ve all taken more notice of our impact on the environment, and realised that recycling is part of reducing that impact. In Sheffield it’s no different – more and more people are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we recycle right, and recycle everything we can. So come on, Sheffield, keep up the great work and let’s make the city’s recycling better than ever before!”

To find out more about waste and recycling services in Sheffield visit or

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