Bin collection days and opening hours for the Household Waste Recycling Centres will be different over Christmas and New Year, find out what the changes are.

What Can I Recycle?

If you have an item you think you can recycle in your blue bin but are not sure, you can use this handy guide to check.

Scroll down the page or just click on the letter to check your item:

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Aerosols
• Before recycling, make sure the aerosol is completely empty and do not crush
• Place aerosols in the main part of your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• The tops can go in the blue recycling bin or shared mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Air beds
• Air beds are made from plastics that currently can't be recycled
• You can dispose of them in your green rubbish bin or shared household waste bin
• Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Air fresheners (aerosol)
• Before recycling, make sure the aerosol is completely empty and do not crush
• Place the aerosol in the main part of your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin

Air fresheners (electric)
• Place the glass bottle part in the caddy
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the blue glass only recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• The plug-in part should be disposed of in your green rubbish bin

Air fresheners (plastic)
• Plastic air fresheners are not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Alarm clocks (electrical)
• Fully functional alarm clocks can be donated to local charity shops or an online reuse network
• If broken these can be disposed of in the green rubbish bin
• Please remove any batteries and put them in a clear bag. Full bags of batteries can be placed in your caddy
• If beyond repair, please take alarm clocks to any household waste recycling centre/tip and place in the container for small electrical items

Aluminium cans
• Before recycling, rinse and squash cans
• Place cans in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Aluminium food trays and foil (pie and quiche trays, sweet mince pie cases)
• Before recycling, if required rinse to remove food residue
• Place in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin

Animal bedding
• Hay, straw and sawdust
o Aren't currently recycled
o Do not put in your garden waste bin
o However, they can be composted in your home compost bin
• Other bedding
Please check whether pet beds and bedding can be donated to a charity or try an online reuse network, or, for the following items:
o Pet blankets, towels and beds made from fabric
o Fabric pet blankets, towels and beds are not currently recycled
o Dispose of them in your green rubbish bin
o Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Plastic animal beds
o Place animal beds in the rigid plastics container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Animal and pet waste
• Please bag all pet waste before disposing of it in your green rubbish bin
• Animal and pet waste is not currently recycled

Asbestos
• Asbestos removal is extremely hazardous. Newcastle City Council do not collect asbestos. Private companies can make arrangements to take asbestos away at a charge.
• Asbestos can be deposited at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip. It must be double bagged and the resident will be required to show proof of their address (utility bill etc).
• For further advice on the safe disposal of asbestos, contact Envirocall on 0191 278 78 78

Ash from wood burners, coal fires etc (bagged)
• Please bag all ash before disposing of it in your green rubbish bin
• Ash cannot be recycled

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Bath towels
• Can be donated to some charity shops
• Can be recycled at some charity bring banks and the household waste and recycling centre
• Please do not place bath towels in your blue recycling bin

Batteries (domestic)
• Place small domestic batteries in a clear plastic bag and when full place on top of any glass in the caddy
• As well as this, many retailers and supermarkets have battery disposal points
• There are battery disposal points available in some public buildings

Batteries (motor vehicle)
• Motor vehicle batteries can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Bedding
• Bedding can be donated to charity shops
• Alternatively, it can be recycled at some charity banks and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Some animal rescue centres also accept bedding for reuse as animal bedding

Beds
• See furniture

Beer kegs
• Empty metal beer kegs can be recycled in the blue recycling bin or shared recycling bin.

Bicycles
• Bicycles can be donated to local charity shops or an online reuse network, such as Recyke y bike
• Bicycles can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip from where they are collected for reuse or recycling by charities

Bicycle tyres
• Bicycle tyres are not currently recycled
• Therefore, you can dispose of them in your green rubbish bin
• Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Birthday cards
• Place birthday cards in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Birthday cards with glitter decoration cannot be recycled but you could tear them up and add them to your home compost bin
• Please do not place cards in your garden waste bin

Biscuit tins (metal)
• Place biscuit tins in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Biscuit wrappers
• Biscuit wrappers are not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Black plastic food trays, e.g. ready meal trays
• Black plastic food trays are not currently recycled
• Therefore, you can dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Bones
• Bones are not currently recycled
• Do not place them in your home compost bin or garden waste bin
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Books
• Books can be donated to local charity shops
• Alternatively, they can be taken to some charity banks
• Books can be placed in your blue recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Bottles and jars (plastic and glass)
• Remove tops, caps and lids
• Before recycling please rinse
• Place bottles, jars, caps, tops and lids in your blue recycling bin. All glass should be placed in your caddy.
• For shared recycling facilities, glass in the glass recycling bin and other bottles, tops and lids in the mixed recycling bin.
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Bottle tops (metal and plastic)
• Place bottle tops in the main part of your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities place bottle tops in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycle Centre/tip

Brochures
• Place brochures in your blue recycling bin
• For shared facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bins
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Bubblewrap
• Bubblewrap is not currently recycled
• You can dispose of it in your green rubbish bin
• Alternatively, it can be kept and reused to package fragile items or gifts

Butter tubs
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

 

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Cans
• Before recycling, rinse and squash your cans
• Place cans in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Car parts
• Car parts and car batteries cannot be recycled in the blue bin or shared recycling bins.
• These should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cardboard
• Before recycling, fold and squash cardboard
• Place cardboard in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place it in the mixed recycling bin
• It can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Carpets
• Can be donated to a local charity or shared through an online reuse network
• Carpets can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip but cannot be recycled
• Also see our web page for bulky waste collection www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/apply-for-a-bulky-waste-collection  There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirocall on 0191 278 78 78.

Carrier bags
• Carrier bags are not currently recycled
• However, you can keep them to reuse (check local supermarkets for schemes)
• Please don’t use carrier bags to put your recycling into the blue recycling bin

Cartons, e.g. chopped tomatoes, sauces, long life milk cartons (Tetra paks)
• Before recycling, rinse and squash
• Place cartons in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cassette and video tapes
• Please do not put these in the blue recycling bin. Cassette/ video tape can get tangled in the machinery during the recycling process
• You can reuse/ recycle them through charities including at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Otherwise, you can dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Catalogues
• Place catalogues in your blue recycling bin
• For shared facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bins
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

CDs
• CDs are not currently recycled
• However, unwanted CDs can be donated to charity shops or through charity banks including at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

CD cases
• Do not place CD cases in your blue recycling bin
• You can place them in the hard-plastic container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cellophane
• Cellophane is not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of it in your green rubbish bin

Cereal boxes
• Before recycling, remove the inner bag and fold and squash the cardboard box (the inner bag is not recyclable)
• Place cereal boxes in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Chargers
• Place chargers in the main part of your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• If they are beyond repair, please take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip and place in the container for small electrical items

Christmas trees
• Natural Christmas trees can be chopped up and placed in your garden waste bin, recycled at a designated collection point or taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Artificial Christmas trees are not currently recycled

Christmas decorations
• Baubles (glass and plastic) and tinsel are not currently recycled
• Christmas tree lights are not currently recycled. If they are beyond repair, please take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip and place in the container for small electrical items

Cling film
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of it in your green rubbish bin

Clock (battery) and watches (battery)
• See small electrical appliances.

Clothing
• Clothing can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
• Alternatively, it can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Coffee grounds, filters and pods
• Coffee grounds and filters are not currently recycled
• However, they can be composted in your home compost bin
• Plastic coffee pods (brands such as Tassimo and Dolce Gusto) cannot be recycled so should be put in the general waste bin.
• Foil pods (brands such as Nespresso) can be recycled if the plastic film is removed, coffee removed and the foil is rinsed and scrunched.

Computers
• Computers, small peripherals, such as keyboards and printers can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• If you’re getting rid of computer equipment, make sure you protect your personal details and destroy the hard drive before disposal. To do this, take the computer apart, remove the hard drive and smash it with a hammer or drill holes in it to ensure no one can access your data.

Cookers
• Cookers can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Also see our web page for bulky waste collection www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/apply-for-a-bulky-waste-collection There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirocall on 0191 278 78 78.

Cooking oil
• Unused cooking oil/vegetable oil can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycle Centre/tip
• Used cooking oil/vegetable oil cannot be recycled
• Instead, you can carefully pour into a plastic container and dispose of it in your general household waste bin
• Empty oil bottles must be thoroughly rinsed before placing in your blue recycling bin

Cream pots (plastic)
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Crisp packets
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Curtains
• Curtains can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
• Alternatively, they can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cutlery
• Metal cutlery can be donated to charity shops
• Alternatively, it can be disposed of in the metals container at the household waste and recycling centre/tip, and plastic cutlery can be placed in the plastic containers
• See knives.

 

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Dead animals
• If there is a dead animal in a public place you can request for it to be removed. Please contact Envirocall to report the location. https://envirocallservice.newcastle.gov.uk/
• We do not remove dead animals from private land.
• You can check for dead pets from our partner Suez. Call one of the following numbers:
• 0191 275 9144
• 0787 025 3076
• 07970 233 761

Drinks cans
• Before recycling, squash your cans
• Place cans in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Duvets and pillows
• Duvets and pillows are not currently recycled
• Some animal rescue centres accept duvets to reuse as bedding for the animals
• However, duvet covers, pillow cases, sheets and blankets can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

 

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Egg boxes (cardboard)
• Before recycling make sure they are clean, fold and crush
• Place egg boxes in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Egg boxes (plastic)
• Plastic egg boxes are not currently recycled.
• Place the box in your general waste bin.

Egg shells
• Eggs shells are not currently recycled
• However, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Electrical appliances (large) – washing machines, dish washers etc
• Large electrical appliances can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Also see our web page for bulky waste collection www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/apply-for-a-bulky-waste-collection There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirocall on 0191 278 78 78.

Electrical appliances (small)
• Items should ideally be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• However, small electrical appliances (no bigger than a toaster) can be placed in your blue recycle bin. Any batteries must be removed from these items.
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• The removed batteries can be placed in a container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip; or bagged and placed in the black caddy; or taken to a shop that collects batteries for recycling.

Envelopes
• Any colour is acceptable. There is no need to remove the window film.
• Place envelopes in the blue recycling bin
• For shared facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bins
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Please do not put envelopes with plastic or bubble wrap lining in the recycling bin – these should be placed in the green rubbish bin.

 

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Fabric (textiles)
• Fabric can be donated to charity or through an online reuse network
• Alternatively, it can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Flowers and plants
• Flowers and plants can be placed in your garden waste bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Alternatively, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Fluorescent tubes
• Fluorescent tubes can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Food
• Food is not currently recycled
• Please dispose of it in your green rubbish bin

Food tins
• Before recycling, rinse and squash your tins
• Place tins in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Food trays, e.g. microwaveable food and supermarket vegetable packaging
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Fruit punnets and tubs
• Plastic fruit punnets cannot be recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Fruit and veg peelings
• Fruit and vegetable peelings are not currently recycled
• However, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Furniture - arm chairs, beds, sofas, wardrobes etc
• Intact furniture can be donated to charity or through an online reuse network
• Broken furniture can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Also see our web page for bulky waste collection www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/apply-for-a-bulky-waste-collection There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirocall on 0191 278 78 78.

 

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Garden Waste
• You can recycle via your brown garden waste bin. This is a paid for service www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/garden-waste 
• For residents garden waste can also be recycled free of charge at a Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip
• It can also be composted in your home compost bin. Newcastle residents can pay for a discounted home compost bin www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/home-composting

Gas bottles
• Please do not place gas cylinders or bottles in your general waste, recycling bin or in the containers at your household waste recycling centre as they may explode if they are crushed.
• There are special areas set aside at the Household Waste Recycling Centre to leave empty gas bottles and canisters.
• Calor gas bottles, butane cartridges from small camping cookers and helium gas canisters cannot be recycled in the domestic recycling bins and should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.
• Some gas canisters can be exchanged as part of a refill service by the supplier.

Glass bottles and jars
• Tops can be off or on, but the important thing is that the bottles and jars are empty
• Before recycling, rinse out thoroughly
• Place glass bottles and jars in your caddy and tops and lids in the main body of your bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place glass in the glass recycling bin and tops and lids in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Glass panes or window glass
• Do not place glass panes or window glass in your blue recycling bin
• You can dispose of them in the flat glass container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Grass cuttings
• You can recycle via your garden waste bin or by composting in your home compost bin. You can purchase a compost bin here https://getcomposting.com/
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Greetings cards
• Place cards in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip
• Cards with glitter decoration cannot be recycled but you could tear them up and add them to your home compost – please do not place cards in your garden waste bin

 

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Hard plastics, e.g. toys
• Hard plastics cannot be recycled
• Hard plastic toys can be donated to friends, charity shops or through an online reuse network

Hedge trimmings
• You can recycle via your garden waste bin or they can be composted in your home compost bin
• Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Hoover dust (bagged)
• Please bag all hoover dust before placing it in your green rubbish bin
• Hoover dust cannot be recycled

Household cable
• Household cable can be placed in your blue recycling bin
• It can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Household cleaners (plastic bottles), e.g. bleach, washing up liquid
• Please make sure that the bottles are empty
• Place plastic bottles, caps and lids in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

 

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Inhalers
• Some pharmacies collect old inhalers for recycling – please check with your local pharmacy
• You can remove the hard plastic casing and place in your green rubbish bin

Ink cartridges (printer)
• Ink cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

 

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Jar lids
• Place jar lids in the main body of your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities place jar lids in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycle Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Junk mail
• Place junk mail in the blue recycling bin
• For shared facilities, place it in the mixed recycling bins
• It can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

 

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Keys
• Keys cannot be recycled via your blue recycling bin
• Therefore, dispose of them in the metals container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/find-recycling-centre-or-rubbish-tip

Knives
• Sharp knives should not be put in the recycling bin as this would be a health and safety risk for those handling the waste.
• Wrap knives carefully in newspaper, bag them and place them in the general waste bin.

 

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Leaves
• These can be recycled in your garden waste bin or composted in your home compost bin
• Alternatively, they can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Lightbulbs
• Standard light bulbs should be disposed of in the household waste bin.
• Halogen light bulbs should be disposed of in the household waste bin.
• Individual LED lamps can be disposed of in the household waste bin.
• Fluorescent lamps/tubes and energy saving light bulbs should, where possible, not be disposed of in the household waste bin. These can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip.

 

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Magazines and catalogues
• Place magazines and catalogues in the blue recycling bin
• For shared facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bins
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Margarine tubs
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Mattresses
• Mattresses can be donated to charity or through an online reuse network
• Mattresses can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• See also our web page for bulky waste collection www.newcastle.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/apply-for-a-bulky-waste-collection . There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirocall on 0191 278 78 78.

Meat trays
• Aluminium meat trays
o Before recycling, rinse off any food residue
o Aluminium meat trays can be placed in the main part of your blue bin
o For shared recycling facilities, use the mixed recycling bins

• Black or plastic food trays
o Black or any plastic food trays cannot be recycled
o Therefore, dispose of these in your green rubbish bin

Medicines
• Unused medicines can be returned to a chemist (pharmacist) to be safely disposed of
• Empty glass medicine bottles can be placed in the caddy
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the glass recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal cans
• Before recycling, rinse and squash
• Place metal cans in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal cutlery/trays
• Place metal cutlery / trays in your blue recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal keys
• Place metal keys in your blue recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal pots and pans
• Metal pots and pans can be placed in your blue recycling bin
• Can be disposed of in the metals container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal tubes, e.g. tomato puree
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Milk containers - plastic
• Tops can be off or on, but the important thing is that the bottles are empty
• Before recycling, rinse out and squash. If you replace the top after squashing the bottle it can help it stay flatter
• Place plastic milk containers and lids in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Mirrors
• Mirrors can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
• Alternatively, dispose of them in the flat glass container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Mobile phones
• Mobile phones can be donated to a charity or through an online reuse network
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

 

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Nails and hinges
• Place in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Nappies
• Nappies are not currently recycled
• Please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin
• Alternatively, why not try Real Nappies? To find out how visit www.parentingnortheast.org.uk/our-services/cloth-nappies/

Newspapers
• Place newspapers in the blue recycling bin
• For shared facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bins
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

 

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Paint
• Part-empty paint tins can be donated and reused by local charities
• Empty metal paint tins can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip in the scrap metal container
• Do not dispose of paint in your green rubbish bin, and it must not be poured down the drain where it can cause damage and blockages
• There is useful advice available on how to safely dispose of excess paint, for example www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/paint-1

Paper - Newspapers
• Place paper in blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Perfume and aftershave bottles
• Glass aftershave and perfume bottles can be recycled in your black caddy for glass or shared glass only recycling bin.
• You can leave the tops or caps on the bottles.

Pet waste
• See animal and pet waste

Photocopier cartridges
• Photocopier cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money 
• Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Photographs
• Photographs are not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Pizza boxes
• Pizza boxes are not currently recycled as they often contain unwanted food residue that may contaminate other materials
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Plants
• Can be recycled via your garden waste bin or composted in your home compost bin
• Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Plastic bags
• Plastic bags are not currently recycled
• However, you can reuse them (check local supermarkets for schemes)

Plastic bottles
• Tops and caps can be off or on, but the important thing is that the bottles are empty
• Before recycling, rinse and squash. If you replace the top after squashing the bottle it can help it stay flatter
• Place plastic bottles, caps and lids in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Plastic films - films from food trays

• Some types of plastic films can be recycled at carrier bag collection points at larger stores of most major supermarkets
• Not currently recycled therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Plastic-lined card, e.g. sandwich wrappers
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Plastic nets from fruit packaging
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Plastic plant pots
• Plastic plant pots are not currently recycled
• However, you can reuse them for replanting or growing seeds
• Alternatively, dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Plastic trays, e.g. microwaveable food trays, supermarket vegetable packaging
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Polystyrene packaging
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of it in your green rubbish bin

Polythene packaging, e.g. cups, takeaway boxes
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of it in your green rubbish bin

Pond algae and plants
• You can recycle them via your garden waste bin or place them in your home compost bin
• Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Pots and pans
• See metal pots and pans

Pop bottles (plastic)
• Bottle tops can be off or on, but the important thing is that the bottles are empty
• Before recycling, rinse and squash
• Place pop bottles and lids in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Pots and pans
• See metal pots and pans

Pringles type of crisp tube
• Crips tubes are made up of card, foil and plastic film and cannot be recycled.
• Place the tube and lid in the general waste bin.

Printer cartridges
• Printer cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Pyrex dishes
• Pyrex dishes are not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

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Quilts
• Quilts are not currently recycled
• Some animal rescue centres accept quilts to reuse as bedding for the animals
• However; quilts can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

 

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Records and tapes
• Unwanted records and tapes can be donated to charity shops
• Records and tapes are not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

 

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Sauce bottles (plastic)
• Remove any lids
• Before recycling, rinse and squash
• Place sauce bottles and lids in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Sawdust
• Sawdust is not currently recycled
• However, it can be composted in your home compost bin

Shoes
• Shoes can be recycled at some charity banks or through online reuse networks
• Alternatively, they can be donated to charity shops

Shredded paper
• Allow one bag of shredded paper in the main part of your blue recycling bin (must be in a bag, no black bags please)
• Otherwise, please dispose of in your green rubbish bin
• You can also dispose of it in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Shrubs
• Shrubs can be recycled via your garden waste bin or composted in your home compost bin
• Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Spectacles
• Many opticians collect unwanted spectacles (glasses) and donate them to charities – contact your local optician for further information
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Spray nozzle
• Spray nozzles from plastic bottles are not recyclable.
• Separate them from the bottle an put them in the green rubbish bin

Straw and hay
• Straw and hay is not currently recycled
• Therefore, do not put it in your garden waste bin
• However, it can be composted in your home compost bin

Sweet tubs
• Place plastic sweet tubs in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

 

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Tablet packets
• Blister tablet packets are made up of plastic and foil so cannot be recycled.
• Place empty packet in the general waste bin.
• Please remember to recycle the cardboard box and leaflet in your blue bin or shared recycling bin.

Tea bags and leaves
• Tea bags and leaves are not currently recycled.
• However, they can be composted in your home compost bin.
• Some tea bags contain plastic (polypropylene) so won’t fully break down. Try and chose eco-friendly fully compostable tea bags.

Telephone directories
• Place your telephone directories in the blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Tetrapak - cartons, e.g. chopped tomatoes, sauces, long life milk cartons
• Before recycling, rinse and squash
• Place cartons in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Textiles
• Textiles can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
• Alternatively, they can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Tins
• Before recycling, rinse and squash your tins
• Place tins in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Tin foil
• Clean tin foil can be placed in your recycling bin. It is best to collect up all of the foil together in a ball so that it doesn’t get lost in the recycling process.

Toner Cartridges
• Toner cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Toothpaste tubes
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin.
• Please recycle the flattened cardboard box in your blue bin or shared recycling bin.

Toys
• Toys can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network

 

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Vegetable oil
• See cooking oil

Vegetable peel
• Vegetable peel is not currently recycled
• However, it can be composted in your home compost bin

Video cassette tapes
• Cassette tape can get tangled in the machinery during the recycling process
• If you want to recycle them remove the tape first
• Then place in the plastic container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
• Otherwise, you can dispose of them in your household waste

 

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Wallpaper
• Wallpaper is not currently recycled because of the vinyl coatings or textured effects often applied to make it water resistant and durable
• Please dispose of it in your green rubbish bin

Window envelopes
• Envelopes with a clear film window can be recycled in the blue recycling bin.
• Any colour of envelope can be recycled in the blue recycling bin

Wire coat hangers
• Place in your blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Wooden fruit punnets
• Wooden fruit punnets cannot be recycled
• Please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

Wool
• Wool can be donated to local charity shops
• Wool is not currently recycled
• However, it can be composted in your home compost bin
• Please do not place in your garden waste bin

 

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Yellow Pages
• Place your Yellow Pages in the blue recycling bin
• For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
• They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Yoghurt pots
• Not currently recycled
• Therefore, please dispose of them in your green rubbish bin

 

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Page last updated: 
23 October 2018
 
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