How to recycle your C&TH magazines

What to do with Country & Town House, Great British Brands, Country & Town Interiors and Great British & Irish Hotels when you’ve finished reading them:

 

Ideally, you would pass it on to a friend or a community place which might enjoy it (doctor or dentist surgery, community centre etc), but you can also rest assured that your issue can be recycled including the cover. There is a caveat: on the rare occasion magazine features a gatefold advertisement (where the cover or an inside page opens to reveal an additional page that folds out), it uses laminate which renders the cover paper on those issues unrecyclable, so we suggest removing the cover and recycling the rest.

 

What to do with School House when you’ve finished reading it: 

 

Ideally, you would pass it on to a friend or a community place which might enjoy it (doctor or dentist surgery, community centre etc), but you can also rest assured that your issue can be recycled once the cover paper has been removed. This is because it uses laminate which renders the cover paper unrecyclable, so we suggest removing the cover and recycling the rest.

 

What to do with the Low Density P4 Polyethylene wrapping that wraps two or more editions of C&TH magazines:

 

It can go in the recycling because when recycled properly by councils it is burnt and used for building materials, like damp proof plastic sheeting. But it does vary from council to council doing their part properly.

 

We have chosen not to use compostable polywrap for the following reasons:

 

  • Cannot be recycled in the normal way with other household plastics
  • Relies on the reader to take it to their local depot or some supermarkets that have special bins for it
  • Most councils don’t collect it because it doesn’t tear apart and blocks their machines
  • If someone places it mistakenly in their normal plastic waste, it contaminates the rest of the load which all has to be burnt
  • It doesn’t compost at home
  • It doesn’t compost in water if it ends up in the sea
  • When it degrades it turns into micro plastics which is also harmful
  • It is made in Germany, therefore it already comes with a high carbon footprint with shipping to the UK
  • When it is recycled properly, it lets off Carbon Dioxide – defeating the purpose of going Carbon Zero

 

Packaging Waste at our UK Printer, William Gibbons

 

All packaging waste, inc. paper, plastic, metal and pallet waste is recycled at Gibbons. Anything they cannot recycle themselves is sent to Veolia, a waste management scheme who will recycle what they can and then burn the rest turning it into energy.