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Homes in Nottingham throw away over 115,000 tonnes of rubbish each year


Why it matters 

Rubbish has a huge impact on the city, especially when it’s not disposed of correctly. Of the waste created in Nottingham, 26% is reused, recycled or composted, 66% is sent for energy recovery, and the remaining 7% is sent to landfill.  

We want everyone to throw less stuff away, but also make sure when you do put things in the bin that you’re disposing of things well and recycling correctly. 

What we’re doing 

We are working on a new waste strategy for the city. This will prioritise reducing waste, recycling correctly, and reducing carbon emission and working in partnership with to manage the city’s Eastcroft Energy-from-Waste facility, which provides steam for the district heating network. 

What can you do? 

  • Recycle properly – right bin, right stuff. Find out what you can and can't recycle in Nottingham here
  • Keep a reusable bag with you when you go out and use it instead of a disposable carrier
  • Find a new home for unwanted items by offering them to others in your community. You can swap things you don't need or are looking for at websites such as Freecycle or Freegle
  • Reuse an item that you would normally throw away such as a takeaway container 
  • Take a refillable water bottle out with you and top up at a refill station 
  • Visit a zero-waste shop  
  • Repair or upcycle something from your home or garden