Recycling facilities in Aylsham.


Our aim is to create and enable a culture in which Aylsham can increase capacity for reducing, reusing, repairing and recycling waste.



We want to change our throwaway culture by making it easier for local people to reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. We work with residents, associations and businesses in Aylsham to cut waste and raise awareness of existing initiatives.

Our aim is to develop sustainable, integrated waste management systems for the town, and extend the useful life of products by repairing, donating and sharing.

The waste hierarchy or triangle, below, filters down from most to least favourable actions and encourages us to think about how we can extend the working life of the things. The more we do that, as a community we can use fewer resources, save carbon and save money.

We want Aylsham to be green, clean and economical.

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Every time, you go for shopping to buy new clothes, or gadgets, think do you really need them?

Consider purchasing a second-hand product, or sell your own, stopping things entering the waste pile.

Fixing or finding another use for an item may save it from landfill.

Even if you dispose off your waste correctly, you never know where it will end up, so recycle where you can.

Energy recovery, or waste-to-energy, produces electricity, heat, or fuel from waste materials.

The natural decomposition process should take care of the rest – but landfill should be the last resort.

Did You Know?

Polyethylene Terephthalate PET
  • Bathroom bottles (lids on, including trigger and pump spray bottles)
  • Clear & fizzy drinks bottles
  • Mouthwash bottles
  • Food packaging – eg. fruit punnets, trays (incl black plastic trays)
  • Yoghurt pots   ! some can be made from polystyrene

Clean & Recycle in your Grey Bin

High Density Polyethylene HDPE
  • Milk bottles and plastic bottle caps
  • Bleach and detergent bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Margarine tubs
  • Ice cream tubs

Clean & Recycle in your Grey Bin

Polyvinyl Chloride PVC
  • Cling film
  • Blister packaging
  • Table Protectors
  • Plastic pipes
  • Plastic outdoor furniture

Non-recyclable Plastic – Green Bin

Low-Density Polyethylene LDPE
  • Bread bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Squeezable tubes i.e hand cream or toothpaste

Non-recyclable Plastic – Recycle Locally

Polypropylene PP
  • Packing tape
  • Plastic straws
  • Take-away tubs
  • Ketchup bottles
  • Plastic picnic ware

Clean & Recycle in your Grey Bin

Polystyrene PS
  • HARD Polystyrene
    • CD Cases, Plastic forks, some Yoghurt pots
  • EXPANDED Polystyrene
    • Foamy takeaway packaging, Meat trays, Styrofoam, Insulation

Non-recyclable Plastic – Green Bin

  • This categorises all other plastics including bioplastics, composite plastics, plastic coated wrapping paper and polycarbonate (which contains BPA). Many of these plastic products are not currently recyclable, but not all!

Non-recyclable Plastic – Green Bin

  • This category also includes bioplastics (like those used to make toothbrushes) and composite plastics (crisp wrappers) which can be recycled locally.

Non-recyclable Plastic – Recycle Locally

Where can I recycle plastics that can’t go in my grey bin?

  • Plastic bags and Junk Mail bags – Aylsham Tesco Store and Aylsham Coop
  • Crisp and Sweet packets – Aylsham Tesco Store and Aylsham Coop
  • Pouches (baby and pet food)Terracycle drop off points
  • Toothpaste tubes, Toothbrushes and Electric Toothbrush heads – Aylsham Parish Church
  • Flower and Plant pots – can be taken to Woodgate Garden Centre for reuse

Please see our Map of Recycling Points in Aylsham for additional information and locations.

News from ACE – Waste

Veolia back recycling scheme with £1,000 grant

A £1,000 cheque was presented to Michael Dolling of the ACE Waste group to enable them to increase recycling opportunities in Aylsham. The grant, from waste management company Veolia, will also help fund the medicine tablet blister pack recycling scheme. Left to right: Sue Catchpole, Broadland DC, Jan Davis, Michael Dolling, Ilana Shaw, Veolia [...]

By |March 12, 2024|Waste|
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