A Guide To Safe Recycling

It’s no secret that recycling can be confusing and it’s difficult to tell if you’re following all of the correct guidelines. With this recycling guide, we hope to assist you with what you can and cannot recycle. 

A huge proportion of UK households and companies still do not recycle enough, instead throwing anything they believe to be “rubbish” into their regular bins. Much of this waste is recyclable, and it should be disposed of separately from other trash. This means that fewer materials end up in landfills and that the materials can be recycled into something new. Learn basic recycling etiquette standards, find out which sort of collection is preferable and why different locations recycle and collect in different ways all in this blog.

Recycling Guidlines

The recycling standards include a list of products that can and cannot be recycled, as well as how to submit objects for recycling, such as tops on or off. For the first time, a national agreement has been achieved between re-processors, local governments, and waste management companies on what can and cannot be accepted for recycling where collections are in place. The following categories are listed in the guidelines:

Green recycling lorry emptying recycle bin


There are multiple benefits to recycling cardboard, and at Greens Recycling we provide a fully comprehensive service which is both advantageous to you and our environment.

The following guidelines are applied to cardboard recycling:


Cardboard Boxes

Corrugated Cardboard

Online Delivery boxes & cardboard envelopes

Greetings cards (without glitter)

Egg Boxes

Brown paper

NO Thanks

Glitter covered greetings cards

food & drink cartons

stacks of sheets of cardboard

Benefits of Cardboard Recycling

Benefits of cardboard recycling include:

  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions which contributes to climate change.
  • Helps conserve natural resources.
  • Limits waste that is sent to landfill.
  • Dramatically saves energy.
  • Saves 80% of water.
  • Every tonne of recycled paper saves the equivalent of 17 trees.
  • Improves air and water quality.
  • Economically responsible – leads to savings in businesses.


We accept both ferrous and non-ferrous metals at Greens Recycling – All materials are sorted and graded, and we ensure they are sent to the correct processing plants for recycling. We offer scrap metal tipping free of charge at our yard. In addition, we can also supply dedicated metal recycling bins for commercial clients

Recyclable aluminium
  • drinks cans
  • food tins
  • empty aerosol cans
  • aluminium foils
  • aluminium tubes
NO Thanks
  • laminated foil (pet food pouches, coffee pouches etc.)
  • crisp packets & sweet wrappers
  • Metal lids and caps on containers
  • Metal containers for chemicals
  • general kitchen ware e.g cutlery, pots & pans

Recycling Guide Cardiff

Greens Recycling hope this recycling guide answers the question of ‘What can and can’t be recycled.’ For further information, please call us on 02920 862 328 — our team of recycling professionals can assist you and find solutions to your recycling problems.

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