TIPS ON MAKING YOUR GARDEN WILDLIFE FRIENDLY
HOW TO BE A GREAT RECYCLER FOR WILTSHIRE!
Our piece for the April edition of Downton Parish News (see Articles and News pages) features a visit by the Green Group to the Hills’ Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Here are some tips on ways to make the most of Wiltshire’s recycling collections:
Glass bottles & jars should be rinsed. If the lids are metal, replace them - both materials will be recycled. Do not replace plastic lids, e.g. from coffee jars (see separate point on plastic lids below)
Foil food trays can be recycled along with clean used tin foil - but do not put in a plastic bag
It helps the recycling process if you can squash rinsed food & drink cans - and tuck any lids/ring pulls inside
Clothes & textiles (and also belts, shoes & handbags) should be put into a plastic bag - these are kept separately at the MRF to be sent to Devizes Textiles where they are sorted for reuse/recycling.
BLUE LIDDED BINS
Plastic bottles (no other plastic containers please) should be rinsed and squashed and the lids put back on. See notes below on recycling other plastics.
As well as cardboard, lightweight card such as gift cards and wrapping paper can be put in this bin, but not if there’s glitter on them!
At present other plastics (eg yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic food trays and other rigid plastics) should be taken to the Household Recycling Centre at Churchfields, Salisbury. But look out for changes next year, when roadside collections will cover a wider range of plastics.
The ONLY items that should be put in a plastic bag are clothes, textiles etc. If you put other items in plastic bags it contaminates the waste stream and makes recycling more difficult.
Wilts County Council website has a full list of what you can & can’t put in your recycling containers - www.wiltshire.gov.uk >recycling
Other products recycled locally
the Pharmacy and Co-op have boxes for used batteries, and both St Laurence and the Baptist Church collect certain items to raise funds for charity.
Ring Pulls from Aluminium Cans
Take to Baptist Church (labelled drawers in entrance hall in Church generally open Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sunday mornings until 1pm) or the Country Market in the Memorial Hall, every Friday 9.30-11.00 am.
Ties and Leather Belts
As above. These items are collected for the Purple Community Fund (www.p-c-f.org ) who works with both women prisoners in the UK and poor families in the Philippines training them to fashion various accessories.
Clothes Swap at Downton Baptist Church,
3rd Friday each month - Next is Friday 17 March, 2-4pm. Clean, good quality clothes, shoes and jewellery can be left at the Baptist Church (see above). Any not sold are taken to the Trussell Trust.
Contact Jerry Budgen 07891 148542, Sue Avery 07787 574924 for further information.
Plastic Milk Bottle Tops
All colours. Take to St Laurence’s Church or the Baptist Church.
Collected for New Forest Mencap
Jigsaws, Books, DVDs and CDs
Take to the Country Market, where they can be borrowed for 50p, to raise money for the Sarah Kinsley Fund (www.sarahkinsleyfund.org.uk) which helps children with special needs locally.
Books can also be taken to the Coop where they are sold for charity.
Can be taken to most large opticians, eg SpecSavers or Vision Express for the developing world
Collected by ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ to be refurbished before sending overseas. Contact details can be found on www.tfsr.org.
Empty Printer and Toner Cartridges
Take to Naomi House charity shop in the Maltings (under Sainsbury’s)
Take to the Coop or the Pharmacy
Used Postage Stamps
Take to St Laurence’s Church
Furniture (good condition)
Trussell Trust Shop, Churchfields
Many Different Items
Charity shops and Jumble sales
‘Downton Deals’ – closed Facebook page, contact Becky Cornell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The '4 R's' : REDUCE, REUSE, REPAIR, RECYCLE
Following the 4 R's in your daily life will help protect our natural environment, PLUS
many of these tips will ease pressures on your budget, too!