What can be rescued?

Rescue plastics numbered 1 and 2 from the Maxs

bluepeterThink before you biff!

  • Rescue plastic containers like Blu and PETE
  • See the 1 and 2 symbols on their bottoms
  • Wash ‘n Squash

No plastic shopping bags please.
Plastic bag recycling options.

Rescue soft drink bottles, mineral water bottles, fruit juice bottles and cooking oil containers.

Rescue milk containers, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, laundry detergent, shampoo bottles, washing and shower soap bottles.


  • Manufacturing plastics from recycled materials saves 70% of the energy required to make virgin plastic product from fossil fuels
  • Recycling one tonne of plastic saves enough energy to run a fridge for a month
  • The energy saved recycling one plastic bottle can power a computer for 25 minutes

Rescue aluminium and steel cans like Buzz and Tina

  • buzztina2Squash ‘n fold in lid
  • No aerosols, tin foil, tin foil plates or oven liners please. Why not?


  • Producing 20 new aluminium cans from recycled material uses the same power as making just one can from raw materials.
  • If you biff an aluminium can into the rubbish and it goes to landfill, it can take between 200 and 500 years to decompose.
  • Using scrap steel saves up to 75% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin materials, reduces air emissions by 85% and reduces water pollution by 76%.
  • Every tonne of steel recycled saves 1,131kg of iron ore, 633kg of coal and 54kg of limestone.

Rescue glass like Sebastian Stubbs, Jarenzo and Olive

sjoGreen, clear and brown bottles and jars.

  • No bottles stacked into beer containers please
  • No broken glass please
  • No window glass, frosted glass, blue glass, crockery or Pyrex please. Why not?


  • Every tonne of cullet (crushed used glass) recycled can save more than a tonne of raw materials.
  • When compared to other materials that generally end up in landfill, glass takes the longest time to break down, requiring around 1000 years to decompose. This makes recycling and and re-use of glass materials critical.

Rescue paper & card like little Iggy and Carrie

ciggyThese two are the ‘bit on the side’.

  • Tie paper and card together and place beside the recycling crate
  • Maximum cardboard size flattened is 750mm x 750mm
  • No pizza boxes please. Why not?


  • By recycling paper and card you save trees, water and energy and reduce greenhouse emissions.
  • Paper is one of the fastest of all the materials to decompose; it takes approximately three weeks to three months to break down.