Clear sack FAQs

The clear sack is for recycling paper, cardboard, cans, plastic bottles and tubs
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                 Clear recycling sack

Clear sack frequently asked questions

Do I have to clean my recycling?
Are the clear sacks recycled?
What happens to my recycling?
Why doesn't MK Council use wheeled bins?
I have run out of sacks - how do I order more?
I live in flats with communal bins - can I have clear recycling sacks?

Do I have to clean my recycling?

Please give a quick rinse to your recycling before placing in the recycling sack. Food or drink remnants left inside cans, plastic bottles, etc may make the sack attractive to pests. Rinsing out also assists in the recycling process as all items need to be cleansed before they can be recycled. Please also squash down cardboard and plastic bottles so that you can fit more in the recycling sack.

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Are the clear sacks recycled?

Yes, clear recycling sacks are made of 100% recycled plastic and are recyclable.

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What happens to my recycling?

Clear recycling sacks are taken to MK Council’s Recycling Factory in Old Wolverton. Here the recycling is sorted and baled ready for transportation to be made into new recycled products. Find out more about what happens to your recycling.

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Why doesn't MK Council use wheeled bins?

The current Waste and Recycling collection contract was awarded in 2009. Prior to this MK residents were surveyed and favoured a weekly sack collection system, with the green wheeled bin for food and garden waste and separate blue box for glass. 

There is currently a wheeled bin pilot scheme in progress at 3,000 properties around MK, in advance of the decision making for the new Waste and Recycling collection contract in 2023. 

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I have run out of sacks how do I order more?

Clear sacks are free and delivered to MK residents annually in April/May. Extra free recycling sacks can be ordered online or call 01908 252570.

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I live in flats with communal bins. Can I have clear recycling sacks?

MK residents living in flats place their recycling loose into the pink communal Eurobins and do not receive recycling sacks. Where Eurobins are not provided we will still supply clear recycling sacks.

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Last Updated: 15 April 2021