Waste and Recycling: Councillor Information - November 2018

Yes, it’s important that paper is recycled in the caddy, as it keeps it clean and dry. If you haven’t got a caddy in your blue bin, you can order one for free here: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/request-bin

All of our recycling vehicles now have split backs, so the paper is kept separate from the rest of the recycling. The only time rubbish is not separated during collection, is when a wagon has broken down and the substitute wagon does not have the facility to separate paper from other waste.

Recyclable paper includes newspapers, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, printed paper and catalogues.

  • All white, grey and brown cardboard – such as cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes and ready meal boxes
  • Food and drink cartons – such as empty juice and milk cartons and food cartons
  • Household plastic packaging – all plastic bottles and plastic food packaging such as yoghurt pots
  • Empty food tins, foil, drink cans and aerosols – such as foil pie tins, baby milk formula tins, pet food tins and pop cans
  • Glass bottles and jars – such as jam jars, perfume bottles and coffee jars

A full list is here: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/bluebin or, watch this video

It’s really important that nothing other than the items on the list are recycled, as they can contaminate the whole load. This includes food waste, carrier bags, polystyrene and pet waste.

  • If there are 6 or more people living in a house, they can request an additional blue bin. They can arrange an assessment by contacting 0191 520 5550
  • Lots of people are using their green bin for garden waste, which takes up valuable space. The garden waste collection scheme costs less than £2 per collection, for 17 collections a year.
  • Book a bulky waste collection. The council will collect up to 8 items for £20, and will dispose of it legally and responsibly. Book online at https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/bulky-waste
  • Take it to the tip. Sunderland residents can use the household waste and recycling centres at Campground in Springwell or beach Street in Deptford. They’re free to use with a car for household waste, and they’re open 363 days a year. For opening times see: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/household-waste-centres

There has been a wide range of door knocking and engagement activity with residents across the city, particularly in hotspot areas of poor recycling habits. Officers talk to householders, providing them with information about what goes in what bin, and leave reference information with them for future use.

The council is grateful to the many residents and volunteer community groups who give up their time to litter pick and tidy their communities.

We offer a range of support to individuals and volunteer groups, including information on health and safety and risk assessments, supply appropriate equipment and collect the rubbish at the end of the session.

Any resident who would like to get involved can find out more here:


Specific areas have also targeted SIB money into environmental projects, such as Washington Clean and Green and Reclaim the Lanes in Millfied, all supported by the council.

The council has just finished a year-long initiative with partners Groundwork, which involved engaging with all areas of the community, including schools. Recycling assemblies took place in 40 primary schools, where over 5800 pupils took part. After school on the same days as the assembly there was another roadshow in the playground of each school, where information was given to parents too. Two schools, Broadway Juniors and East Rainton Primary, both won £500 each as they got the most pupils involved.

In another initiative, we asked primary schools to name our new recycling vehicles. 12 schools got involved, the winning names have been chosen and the branding for the vehicles is in the process of being developed. Once complete, each van will visit each school for another recycling roadshow with the pupils.

Through the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership, we also have a share of a custom-built education and community centre at Campground Recycling Centre. The centre has a dedicated classroom space with whiteboard and can accommodate about 40 children, plus an interactive zone so that children can learn through hands-on activities. Through our work with Groundwork a number of Sunderland schools have visited the centre.

Waste and recycling messages, hints and tips are frequently shared on the council’s social media pages. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please feel free to share any relevant posts on these pages with your residents.

All the information about what to do with any household waste and recycling is online at: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/householdwaste

If a resident contacts you about a specific issue, for example a missed bin collection, please refer them to the online reporting system: https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-missed-bin

Or ask them to call the contact centre on 0191 520 5550. The contact centre staff will know if the vehicles have been delayed due to an accident on the route, a breakdown, bad weather etc, and they will be able to advise the customer on when their bin can be collected.