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Online shopping has become a lifeline to many, in particular to those self-isolating at home. With an increase in packaging, Folkestone & Hythe District Council is encouraging residents to dispose of cardboard, plastic and other waste properly.

The majority recyclable waste can be easily recycled from home: 

Plastic bottles - Squeeze the air out of plastic bottles before putting the lid back on and placing into the recycling bin. 

Paper/cardboard - Break up large paper/cardboard boxes into smaller pieces that sit within the black box. Paper and card actually needs to be recycled separately which is why it’s so important that they aren’t put inside the purple-lidded recycling bin but instead go in the black box.

Batteries - Batteries can be recycled by placing them in a clear bag and leaving it on top of your purple recycling bin.

Food Waste - Keep your food waste in the small 5 litre caddy somewhere inside your home, e.g. in your kitchen. When your caddy's full, move your waste out to the bigger 23 litre food waste bin for collection. If you live in a flat you'll have a small caddy and a large communal bin. Please remember, the council doesn't collect from small caddies.

We would also like to remind residents that used Tetra Pak cartons should now be placed in your household waste green-lidded bin. Doing this will allow it to be used for generating electricity and help to avoid contaminating recyclable waste. Tetra Pak is comprised of wood, aluminium and plastic, these different components are not easily separated by the recycling process.