There has been some confusion recently about whether or not you can recycle pizza boxes, due to the potential food contamination.
Many people will know that food contamination will make materials unrecyclable and many local authorities still choose not to accept pizza boxes regardless of the level of contamination.
But, we would like to re-iterate our stance and say that you can recycle pizza boxes through our burgundy bin scheme.
Before placing your pizza boxes in your burgundy bin please:
- Remove any un-eaten pizza\crusts etc. (these can be placed in your green bin)
- Remove polystyrene or grease-proof paper trays which the pizza sit on.
- Tear off heavily contaminated parts of the box (i.e. bottom\base) which have heavy deposits of food (cheese\sauces\grease) and place just the unstained parts (i.e. lid) in the burgundy bin.
- Box parts (i.e. bottom\base) with light staining and no food depositions (i.e. cheese\sauces\grease) may be placed in the burgundy bin.
Our burgundy bin scheme is very popular and we are always looking at ways to increase what materials can be recycled as well as improving the service. An example of this is that in June 2022, we introduced the recycling of flexible plastics through our burgundy bin scheme, five years ahead of the government making the recycling of such plastics mandatory (government requirement is 2027).