Wishful recycling is the term for putting non-recyclable or potentially reusable items in the recycling bins which often results in polluting a clean batch of recyclables.
The machines that sort and process the materials also become damaged, which creates an inefficiency.
We know you, as Preston residents, are eager to recycle as much as you can so let's get clear on what's accepted and what's not accepted as part of our recycling program.
'Wishful' recyclables you should not place in the recycling bins/boxes include:
For a full list of items you can recycle in red and yellow lidded recycling bins please visit what can I put in my recycling boxes and bins?
Most supermarkets accept plastic bags and batteries.
The Household Waste and Recycling Centres, run by Lancashire County Council, recycle many items including:
Remember - before you put your recycling bins at the kerb, make sure the items inside are 'acceptable' items rather than 'wishful' recycling items.