VWe use the innovative company Quantum for our waste collection and recycling. They collect our bagged waste and recycling from our two wheelie bins in the bike area out front. Larger items can be collected, but only by prior arrangement
Waste and clean recycling needs to be in clear plastic bags: we have thinner gauge bags for general waste and recycling and heavier gauge bags for wood and sawdust – We pay a fixed price per bag collected, and bags can take up to 10KG per bag – so please avoid putting under-filled bags out. Let’s get our money’s worth!
The bags themselves cost 30 to 40p each, but you can double-bag if necessary
Clear, lighter gauge bin bags are kept under the sink in the kitchen. Heavier gauge bags for wood and sawdust waste are stored in the Woodshop, currently under the workbench nearest the fire escape
Whenever a bin or bag is full of rubbish/recycling tie it up and take it out. Waste goes in either the red or green wheelie bins outside the space in the garden area directly opposite our front door: please prioritise putting general waste in the wheelie bins as these will often contain food waste – we love wildlife and don’t want to ruin a rat’s chances of a long life with our high-cholesterol scraps. Recycling can be placed beside the bins. Collections should be often enough that the bins don’t get full
The codes for the padlocks are 0000
Currently we contact Jose at quantum when our bins are full he sorts out a collection. @Dermot and (for Woodshop related collections) @CriticalTolerance are the current contacts with Jose, so send them a message if the bins are getting full
Please contact @Dermot if you have any issues or questions regarding recycling and waste collection
Wood and sawdust Recycling and Disposal
Quantum will take all our wood waste
They are able to compost uncontaminated wood, wood shavings and sawdust for use on their farm (If you produce a bag of this please label it clearly Quantum currently assume all our wood waste to be contaminated)
They will also take contaminated wood arisings, which will be disposed of via conventional routes, most likely incineration
Contaminated wood arisings are any that contain:
- paint or other finish
- glue. So MDF, Ply and other manufactured boards
- preservatives. Tanalised or ‘treated’ timber
Note: the large grey wheelie bin in the Woodshop is for useful offcuts – this is not a waste bin.
We now have a battery recycling box provided by ERP
Any electrical items can be put in the 3 week recycling bin for members to harvest. After this we’ll move them to an electrical recycling bin and we’ll arrange with123 Recycle for Free to collect items periodically as the bin becomes full, or there is substantial electrical waste to take away. We’ll also make a call out just before for anyone who has stuff at home to add to the collection
We currently don’t have a system in place – please come up with suggestions, as metals are supremely recyclable
Useful off-cuts should go in the corner by the metal lathe
What can be put in mixed recycling?
Clean dry recyclables
- Paper (Paper, leaflets, brochures, magazines, catalogues, envelopes [inc w/window] & newspapers)
- Cardboard (Cardboard & tetra pak)
- Plastic (Plastic bottles, carrier bags, plastic films)
Type 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE), 3, (PVC), 4 (LDPE), 5 (PP), 6 (PS)
- Metal (Drinks cans and food tins)
- Glass (bottles and jars)
What can’t be put in mixed recycling?
- Scrap metal
- Scrap plastic (eg. laser cutter offcuts)
- Food-stained card/paper (eg. pizza boxes and paper plates)
What can be put in general waste?
- Tea bags & coffee grounds
- Expanded polystyrene (can’t be recycled)
Kitchen: separate Recycling and Waste bins, both take thinner gauge clear bags
To come food waste recycling bin
Washroom: small bin, currently we use carrier bags as liners in this bin
If you are emptying the bins and putting the rubbish out on a Wednesday evening, please empty the small bin in the toilet into one of the general waste bags. Spare carrier bags to line the small bin are under the sink
One waste bin, one recycling bin. Use thinner clear bin bags from kitchen cupboard, under sink
Laser materials off-cuts should go in the waste
Clear, lighter gauge bin bags are kept under the sink in the kitchen. Heavier gauge bags for wood and sawdust waste are stored in the Woodshop, currently under the workbench nearest the fire escape.
If you are emptying the bins and putting the rubbish out, please empty the small bin in the toilet into one of the general waste bags. Spare carrier bags to line the small bin are under the sink.