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Paper Recycling

Last Modified February 20, 2017

All households in Hertsmere will have a blue sticker placed on their brown bins from February as part of our campaign to encourage correct recycling of paper.

Last year Hertsmere residents recycled over 2000 tonnes of paper in their blue recycling boxes which is great! You can find out how your paper is recycled here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tWrR92iUs0&feature=youtu.be

But there is still plenty more that could be done to get all of Hertsmere’s paper recycled correctly.

In 2015 almost 600 tonnes of paper was put in the general waste bins, costing the council nearly £60,000 in disposal costs and causing harmful environmental effects by sending waste to landfill.

Over half of all the contamination (i.e. wrong items) found in the brown bins each fortnight is due to paper. When brown bins contain paper they are not emptied, which wastes your recycling efforts. If our crews miss the contamination and the paper is found at our recycling facility it may cause a whole load of otherwise recyclable material to be sent to landfill.

In order to achieve our goal of increasing our recycling rate to reach our target of 50% by 2020, and make annual savings of over £120,000 which can be put towards other services, we are launching this campaign to help you recycle your paper correctly.



Why do I have a sticker on my brown bin?

We are putting stickers on all brown bins in Hertsmere as part of our campaign to get all residents using their blue box for paper. We are finding a large amount of paper in the brown bins. When brown bins are found to contain paper they are not emptied, wasting recycling efforts. These stickers are being put on every household brown bin in the next few weeks to remind residents where to put their paper.

Why don't I have a sticker yet?

Stickers will be placed on your brown bin when presented for collection on your usual collection date. If your bin was not presented for collection during the week commencing 23 January 2017 we will be unable to put a sticker on your bin. If there is bad weather (rain or heavy winds) on your collection date we may not be able to put the sticker on your bin. If this is the case we will reattempt to sticker your bin on your next collection date.

What bin should I use for paper?

All white paper should go in your blue paper box. This includes newspapers, magazines and catalogues. Brown paper should go in your black general waste bin. Please do not put ANY paper in your brown mixed recycling bin.

Please see the table below for a list of items acceptable in the blue box

Why can’t I put paper in my brown bin?

The paper collected in the blue box and the recycling collected in the brown bin are both sent to separate facilities. The paper from the blue box is used to produce high quality recycled paper. If paper is found in the mixed recycling it may be rejected from our recycling facility and sent to landfill.

Why can’t I recycle brown paper?

Brown paper is too poor quality to be recycled. As the fibres in brown paper are short it is much more difficult to produce good quality recycled material, so it isn’t accepted at our paper recycling facility.

What will happen if I put paper in the brown bin?

If paper is found in your brown bin the bin won’t be emptied as the paper will be classed as contamination. Your bin then won’t be emptied until your next scheduled collection date.

My brown bin was not collected. Will you come back if I remove the paper?

We won’t return until your next scheduled collection, but you will need to remove the paper before then. If you have any extra recycling you can take this to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

I do not have a blue box. How can I recycle paper?

If you do not have a blue box you can call Customer Services on 020 8207 7480 and order one free of charge.


Recyclable paper
 White paper Newspaper Envelopes 
 Magazines Catalogues  Yellow Pages 
 Junk mail  Brochures  Leaflets

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