Recycling guide

Recycling A-Z

The following list shows typical waste items in alphabetical order and the way you should dispose of them.

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B

  • Baby food jars – Recycling box
  • Baby food pouches - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Baking trays – Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Baths - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Bathroom suites - HWRC
  • Batteries (household) – HWRC/most large supermarkets
  • Batteries (vehicle) - HWRC
  • BBQs – gas or electric – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Bedding (pillows and duvets) - HWRC
  • Bedding (pillow covers and duvet covers) – Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)
  • Bicycles – HWRC/charity shop
  • Biscuit wrappers – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Black plastic - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Books (paper/ card) – Recycling box/HWRC 
  • Books (plastic) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Bottles (glass) – Recycling box
  • Bottles (plastic) – Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Branches (up to three inches in diameter) – Garden waste collection
  • Bricks – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • Bubble wrap – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Buckets - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC (for hard plastics)
  • Building rubble – HWRC (limits on quantity)

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C

  • Candles and Tea Lights - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Cans (steel & aluminium) – Recycling box
  • Car batteries - HWRC
  • Car parts - Please use specialist auto recycler (not accepted at HWRC)
  • Cardboard (large pieces) - HWRC
  • Cardboard (small pieces) – Recycling box (needs to be broken down into as size no wider than the recycling lid)
  • Cards (non-metallic) – Recycling box
  • Cards (metallic) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Carpets/underlay – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Cartons (food and drink) – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Cast iron - HWRC
  • Catalogues – Recycling box
  • Catheters - Clinical waste collection (arranged)
  • CDs/DVDs - HWRC
  • Ceiling plaster - HWRC
  • Ceramic/terracotta plant pots – HWRC
  • Cereal box – Recycling box
  • Cheese wax (natural e.g. beeswax) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Cheese wax (synthetic e.g. plastic) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Chemicals (household) – HWRC
  • Christmas trees – Special seasonal waste collection 
  • Cling film - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Clinical waste – Clinical waste collection (arranged)
  • Clothes - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)
  • Coat hangers – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Coffee capsules– Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Compost – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • Compostable coffee cups – Garden waste collection
  • Computers - Bulky waste collection/HWRC 
  • Concrete – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • Confectionary packaging and wrappers - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Cookers - HWRC
  • Cooking oils and fats – Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Copper baking trays - HWRC
  • Copper pans - HWRC
  • Copper piping – HWRC
  • Corrugated cardboard - Recycling box (needs to be broken down into a size no wider than the recycling lid) – large quantities to HWRC
  • Crisp packets – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Crockery/Cutlery – Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Curtains - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)

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D

  • Directories (Yellow Pages) – Recycling box
  • Dishwashers – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Disposable Razors – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • DIY waste – HWRC (maximum of five 25kg bags)
  • Dog kennels - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Doors – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Down pipes (drain pipes) – HWRC
  • Dressing (wounds) - Clinical waste collection (arranged)
  • Drink bottles (plastic) – Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Drink cans (steel and aluminium) – Recycling box
  • Drinking glasses - HWRC
  • Duvets – Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Duvet covers - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)

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E

  • Earth – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • Egg boxes (cardboard) – Recycling box
  • Egg boxes (plastic) – Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Electrical items – HWRC
  • Engine oil (used) – HWRC 
  • Envelopes (any) – Recycling box (remove film window)
  • Exercise equipment - HWRC

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F

  • Fencing panels - HWRC
  • Fire extinguishers – HWRC
  • Flowers – Garden waste collection
  • Fluorescent tubes – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Foil trays – Recycling box
  • Food cans (steel and aluminium) – Recycling box
  • Food packaging film - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Food trays (black) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Food trays (white/transparent) – Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Food waste – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Footwear - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag and preferably paired)
  • Fridges/freezers – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Furniture – Bulky waste collection/HWRC

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G

  • Garden chemicals - HWRC
  • Garden shed - Bulky waste collection/HWRC (broken down as wood)
  • Garden waste – Garden waste collection/HWRC
  • Gas canisters – HWRC
  • Gas cylinders - HWRC
  • Glass (sheet) - HWRC
  • Glass bottles – Recycling box
  • Glass jars – Recycling box
  • Glasses (drinking) – HWRC 
  • Glass (Pyrex) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Grass cuttings – Garden waste collection

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H

  • Hairspray canisters– Recycling box 
  • Handbags - HWRC
  • Hard-core and rubble (DIY) – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • Hard plastic - HWRC/Black wheelie bin/blue bag (if it will fit)
  • Hazardous waste (household) – HWRC
  • Hedge trimmings – Garden waste collection
  • Helium bottles - HWRC
  • Hob – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Hoover - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Household chemicals - HWRC

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I

  • Ice cream tubs (paper) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Ice cream tubs (plastic) - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Ink cartridges (printer/copier) – HWRC

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J

  • Jam jars – Recycling box
  • Japanese Knot Weed – Destroy and alert the council
  • Junk mail – Recycling box

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K

  • Kitchen paper – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Kitchen pots and pans – HWRC
  • Kitchen work tops/units - HWRC

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L

  • Ladders (wood or aluminium) - HWRC
  • Laminate flooring - HWRC
  • Lawnmowers (electric, petrol or manual) – HWRC
  • Leaflets – Recycling box
  • Leaves – Garden waste collection
  • Letters – Recycling box 
  • Light bulbs – HWRC
  • Linen - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)

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M

  • Magazines – Recycling box
  • Mattresses – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Medicines - HWRC
  • Mercury thermometer - HWRC
  • Metal (sheets) – HWRC
  • Microwave - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Milk bottles - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Mirrors - HWRC
  • Mobile phones - HWRC
  • Musical instruments – HWRC

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N

  • Nappies - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Needles & syringes – Clinical waste collection (arranged)
  • Newspapers – Recycling box

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O

  • Oil (engine) - HWRC
  • Oil filters – HWRC
  • Oven - Bulky waste collection/HWRC

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P

  • Paint - HWRC
  • Paper – Recycling box
  • Paper (greaseproof) – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Paper (shredded) – Recycling box (contained in an envelope, paper bag or box to prevent wind-blow)
  • Paper cups (clean) – Recycling box
  • Paper cups (dirty) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Paper plates (clean) – Recycling box
  • Paper plates (dirty) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Paper towels - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Pans - HWRC
  • Paving slabs – HWRC
  • Pet bedding (cloth and paper) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Pet bedding (hay and straw) – Garden waste collection
  • Pet waste - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Photo copiers - HWRC
  • Photographs - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Pianos (and other musical instruments) – HWRC
  • Pillows – Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Pillow covers - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)
  • Plants – Garden waste collection
  • Plant pots or trays - HWRC
  • Plasterboard – HWRC (fees may apply)
  • Plastic (plant pots) – HWRC
  • Plastic bottles (any) - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag - please flatten and include lids)
  • Plastic carrier bags – Black wheelie bin/blue bag/return to large supermarkets
  • Plastic furniture - HWRC
  • Plastic lids - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Plastic postal bags - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Plastic supermarket fruit/veg bags – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Plastic toys – HWRC/Black wheelie bin/blue bag (if it will fit)
  • Plastic tray (black) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Plastic tray (clear/white) - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Plastic tray (green/brown) - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Polystyrene – Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Pond plants – Garden waste collection
  • Pyrex – Black wheelie bin/blue bag /HWRC

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R

  • Rabbit hutches (and similar) - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Radiators - HWRC
  • Roof guttering – HWRC
  • Rubble – HWRC (limits on quantity)

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S

  • Sandwich bags - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Sanitary products - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Scrap metal - HWRC
  • Screws / nuts / bolts – HWRC
  • Shampoo bottles (plastic) - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Sheds – HWRC (disassembled and sorted)
  • Shoes - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)
  • Shredded paper – Recycling box (contained in an envelope, paper bag or box)
  • Shrubs – Garden waste collection
  • Sinks – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Sleeping bags - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Smoke alarms – HWRC
  • Soap bottles (plastic) - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Soil – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • Spectacles – HWRC
  • Spread tubs - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Steel pans - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Steel baking trays - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Stoma bags - Clinical waste collection (arranged)
  • Stones – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • Storage heaters – HWRC
  • Sweet wrappers - Black wheelie bin/blue bag

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T

  • Tablet Packs (Blister Packs) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Takeaway paper coffee cups – Recycling box
  • Takeaway tubs - Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)
  • Telephone directories – Recycling box
  • Television - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Tetra Pak cartons - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Textiles - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)
  • Tiles – HWRC (limits may apply)
  • Timber/logs – HWRC
  • Tissues - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Toilets (lids, pans and cisterns) - HWRC
  • Toner cartridges - HWRC
  • Tools - garden/carpentry – HWRC
  • Towels - Textiles collection (in a carrier bag)
  • Toys – HWRC
  • Treated wood - HWRC
  • Trees / bushes – HWRC (Size limits will apply)
  • Tumble dryer - Bulky waste collection/ HWRC
  • Turf – HWRC (limits on quantity)
  • TVs – Bulky waste collection/ HWRC
  • Twigs (up to three inches in diameter) – Garden waste collection
  • Tyres (car, bicycle and motorbike) – HWRC

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U

  • USB cables – HWRC

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V

  • Vacuum cleaner - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Vases – Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Video cassettes (VHS tapes) - HWRC

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W

  • Washing machines – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Washing up bowls - Black wheelie bin/blue bag/HWRC
  • Water filter cartridge – HWRC
  • Water tank - Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • White goods – Bulky waste collection/HWRC
  • Windows (panes) – HWRC
  • Wipes - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Wires and cables - HWRC
  • Wood – HWRC (Size limits will apply)
  • Wound dressings - Clinical waste collection (arranged)
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic) – Recycling box
  • Wrapping paper (metallic) - Black wheelie bin/blue bag
  • Writing instruments (e.g. pens, felt tips, correction fluid pot) – Black wheelie bin/blue bag

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Y

  • Yellow Pages – Recycling box
  • Yoghurt tubs – Plastics collection (in a white/transparent plastic bag)

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