Waste Free Feb – Day 3 – What Can You Recycle at your Local Recycling Centre

To take your recycling to the next level it is a good idea to have a cardboard box put aside in the house or the boot of your car for items that need to go to the local household recycling centre.

When there is a designated place for these things you are much more likely to recycle rather than just putting it in the bin.

It is easy to think that you can just ‘throw away’ items when in reality there is no such thing as away – you are choosing to send it to be buried in the land, incinerated or shipped abroad.

Items that we can take to our local household recycling centre are:

  • Aerosols
  • Audio cassettes
  • Appliances (large and small)
  • Batteries
  • Bicycles
  • Books
  • Cans (food, drink)
  • Car batteries
  • Car parts (drained of any fluids)
  • Cardboard
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Chemicals (household and garden)
  • Clothes and textiles
  • Computers and monitors
  • Cooking oil (used, domestic)
  • Engine oil (used)
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Foil
  • Food and drink cartons (including Tetrapaks)
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Glass (clear, mixed, coloured)
  • Glasses (spectacles)
  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Household waste (excess)
  • Low energy light bulbs
  • Mobile phones
  • Paint – oil based
  • Paint – water based
  • Paper (including newspapers and magazines)
  • Plasterboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastics including packaging and rigid plastics (but no films, wrappers or plastic bags)
  • Printer cartridges
  • Scrap metal
  • Shoes
  • Soil
  • Tyres (car)
  • Telecoms
  • TVs
  • Video tapes
  • Wood and timber

Lots of these items can be recycled in your kerbside recycling so save yourself a trip and recycle these at home! Once your recycling centre box is full just take a trip to your local recycling centre to recycle your items.

Check your local authority website for your nearest recycling centre, opening times and items they take.

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