Reduce, reuse, recycle!

November 20, 2018

At Wybone, we work to create innovative litter and recycling products to help organisations keep areas clean and tidy. An efficient recycling scheme can prevent rubbish being sent to landfill and incinerated, which produces a harmful amount of greenhouse gases that contribute towards global warming and climate change.

We offer a range of both internal and external recycling bins, manufactured from metal, glass fibre composite and plastic. Whether you’re looking for durability or trying to reduce your company’s carbon footprint, we have a bin to suit your requirements!

How to ensure recycling is done internally

We conducted a test to see how many plastic bottles we could collect in our 60 litre Box Cycle Recycling Bin, take a look at the video! Did you know that you only need to recycle ten plastic bottles to produce enough plastic fibres to make a new t-shirt?

Incorporate the collection of bottles to your recycling scheme and opt for our Box Cycle Double. A lightweight recycling unit that can collect two waste streams, manufactured from galvanised steel or vacuum formed plastic with transparent polythene bodies as standard. We recommend choosing a silver body for the collection of general waste or food waste, this prevents the contents from being seen by users.

If you’re looking for a larger and more robust unit, our Torpedo Triple Internal Recycling Bin is manufactured from 2mm hot dipped galvanised steel, primed and powder coated for maximum corrosion resistance. Our most popular colour is silver, which has a subtle sparkle that adds a light and bright look to internal areas but this bin can be powder coated in any of our standard steel powder coating colours.

Three separate compartments can collect up to 162 litres of waste, with shaped apertures to ensure the right sort of waste goes into the right compartment. A sloped lid prevents any litter being left on top of the unit, with magnetic catch double doors that make this bin easy to open and quick to empty, with WRAP/Recycle Now branding to the aperture fascia plates.

How are these waste streams recycled?

If waste collections are followed correctly then the rubbish should be segregated into individual bags, which can be easily removed from the bin and sent to a recycling plant. In order to fully understand the process, we followed the lifecycle of drinks cans.

Firstly, they are separated from steel to aluminium, either by hand or machine. Each separate batch is then bailed and shredded into tiny pieces to remove any colour coating or excess packaging. These small pieces are melted inside a huge furnace, which is then poured into casts to set and form sheets of steel and aluminium. The aluminium cans are usually recycled into new cans which are back on the shelves within eight weeks. Recycled steel cans can be found in various items including bicycle frames, train tracks and even car parts!

How to ensure recycling is done outside

As well as being a leading external litter bin manufacturer supplying most councils across the UK with robust litter solutions, we offer the option to make your external bins collect recyclables.

The MLB/160 Litter Bin can be designed with two separate apertures to collect two waste streams in one unit. The waste streams are collected in individual liners to avoid cross contamination and increase efficiency rates. The standard apertures can be replaced with shaped apertures to match the waste stream, with optional recycling text or artwork affixed to the front.

The Never Rust Recycling Bin is a popular choice with councils and businesses due to its simplicity and durability. Based on the same design as its metal counterpart, the Barnsley Bin, this unit is manufactured using an exclusive technique established by Wybone almost 50 years ago, using a lightweight wooden carcass which is encapsulated in 20mm high impact strength, glass fibre composite. This unit is not impacted by wind, rain, sleet and snow, and due to the materials used, offers total corrosion resistance which meals it can be placed in roadside or coastal locations. A perspex plate displaying the waste stream artwork can also be fitted to the front to further encourage recycling.

The Food Waste Wheelie Bin Cover has been specifically designed for the hygienic collection of food waste. Food waste is food material that is discarded or unable to be used. Food peelings for example, are now required to be recycled separately alongside plastics, paper and glass.

A lift up flap on the lid helps to contain unwanted odours, with a stainless steel handle that makes opening easy and hygienic. The gas strut allows the lid to close slowly and softly.

These bins can be used for more than just food waste, the size makes them ideal for large recycling collections. We have recently designed bespoke units for Resource London – who will be using the units to collect dry recyclables in communal areas across London.

How is food waste recycled?

Most councils now collect food waste, which is recycled in two different ways. In-vessel composting involves mixing food waste with garden waste and composting it in an enclosed system for up to a month, where it is heated to kill bacteria and then matured for 1-3 months ready to be used as soil.

Another method is anaerobic digestion; this uses microorganisms to break down food waste to give off methane, which is collected and converted into biogas and used to generate electricity, heat or transport fuels.

How can I get in touch?

If you’re not sure what products you require to increase recycling collections; our knowledgeable team can offer a full waste audit service to identify exactly what your requirements are and how we can help. For more information on our range of products, feel free to give us a call on 01226 352333 or send us an email to

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Wybone Internal and External Recycling Products

Box Cycle Single Recycling Bin