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ALUMINIUM CANS can be recycled at most
recycling centres and is accepted in the green wheelie bins which
most households have.
ALUMINIUM FOIL (CLEAN) (such as takeaway carton
bases) can also be recycled in any can bank at recycling centres.
Please do not put this into your green wheeled bin as the facility
it goes to cannot accept foil.
ASH from wood burning fires is an excellent
form of waste to add to your compost, or as a soil fertiliser due
to it containing valuable minerals essential to healthy plant
growth such as nitrogen and potassium and potash.
AEROSOLS can be recycled in the green bins with
your cans and tins, or in the yellow can banks at recycling centres
but please do not squash or pierce the container (they can
BATTERIES All household batteries can be
recycled at the Household recycling centre on Crossgate Road, they
can also now be recycled at Sainsbury's Supermarket. (next to
the recycling banks based in the car park)
Wherever possible use rechargeable batteries, solar powered
devices, or mains electricity.
BOOKS which are in good condition will be
gladly accepted by your local charity shop. There are
currently no Book Banks at the local recycling centres. If the
books are not reusable, they may be recycled with your
normal paper waste in your green recycling bin.
BLUE GLASS can be placed in the green recycling
bank or put into your green wheeled bins at home.
BICYCLES if broken beyond repair, bikes can be
recycled in the scrap metal skip at the household recycling centre
or even passed onto a local charity for re - use put an ad in the
local paper or supermarket.
BULBS Energy saving light bulbs can now be
recycled at your local Sainsburys supermarket, next to the other
recycling banks based in the car park.
CARDBOARD can now be recycled in your
green recycling bin as well as light, white card (for
example cereal boxes). Anything corrugated or thick will also
be accepted, you can also add it to your compost bin to aerate
the material, but in small amounts.
CARRIER BAGS can be recycled in store at most
large supermarkets in town. However, the best way to reduce plastic
bag waste is to reuse the bags, buy re-usable cotton bags or a ‘bag
for life’ - Some Supermarkets offer 'points' for money off
your shopping every time you re-use a bag.
CLOTHING AND TEXTILES can be recycled in your
local recycling centre. Items in reasonable condition are
sent to the third world for reuse, and other items are turned into
rags. For good quality items your local charity shop would also be
a good option. Please do not put these into your recycling
bin at home as this contaminates the recycling.
COAT HANGERS your local dry cleaners/ironing
service may be glad to receive them? Participating Supermarkets
like Tesco have recycling facilities, please ask in stores.
Even better, politely refuse hangers in shops.
COMPUTER DISCS will be willingly accepted for
reuse via schools and community art programmes at 'Worcestershire
Resource Exchange' Unit K, Gregory's Bank Industrial Estate,
Worcester, WR3 8AB (Tel: 01905 726796) . If they are saleable please donate to your
local charity shop or place in a book bank. If you grow vegetables
at home then they can be hung on string to act as a bird 'scarer'.
A further option is to send them to this company - see this link
for more information http://www.plasticwaste.co.uk/ourservices.htm
COMPUTERS can be donated to Worcestershire
Lifestyles. telephone 01905 756067 or visit http://www.lifetechrecycling.co.uk/
CORKS are very good for your compost heap, and
don’t forget to recycle the bottle they came in!
CLEANING PRODUCT PLASTIC CONTAINERS i.e. old
bleach bottles/Mr Muscle etc...-these can be put into your green
recycling bin (please rinse them out first)
CHRISTMAS TREES can be recycled at the
Household Recycling Centre, where it is shredded and made into
DISPOSABLE RAZORS - These must be carefully
wrapped and disposed of in your grey bin, our recycling facilities
often use people to hand sort materials and they could get injured
if this was to go into your green recycling bin.
DRINKS CARTONS - can now be recycled in you
green wheeled bin.
DOG FOOD cans can be recycled - please rinse
out and push the lids.- but please note we cannot recycle the
plastic pouch versions.
DOG POOP can be recycled in a 'green cone'
please visit the Worcestershire County Council website for more
DUSTERS can be made from your old fabric rags
or stained t-shirts. When they are past good use, if the material
is natural, such as cotton, you can compost this material.
DVD's please see CD's
EGG BOXES made from cardboard are fully
compostable or can be recycled at the Household recycling centre or
placed in your Green Wheeled bin. Egg Shells can be added to your
compost heap, or crushed can also deter slugs from eating your
plants, just sprinkle around the base/stems.
FABRIC CONDITIONER CONTAINERS - these can be
put into your green recycling bin
FOOD WASTE can be disposed of with a Food Waste
Disposer or Green Cone, please click on the following link to visit
the website. http://www.letswasteless.com Grants are also available from this site.
FOIL can be recycled if it is clean,in any can
bank. However, crisp packets cannot be recycled as they are really
plastic coated foil which you cannot separate. With any type of
foil, such as foil lids on cream cheese, scrunch the material in
your hand, and if it holds its shape, you can recycle it.
Film see Polythene Film
GARDEN WASTE is best used for composting at
home. Alternatively you can take this kind of material to the
household waste site for recycling, for free. Unfortunately
this is not a collection service that we offer.
GLASS is the best material to be recycled as it
can be recycled indefinitely, and bottles and jars can be recycled
at all recycling sites across the borough and through the household
collection service. Please note sheet glass and Pyrex is not
GRASS can be composted very effectively
providing that it is mixed with equal quantities of other material,
for example scrunched up newspaper.
GREASEPROOF PAPER (used and scraps) can be
composted if ripped up first or in small amounts.
HAIRSPRAY and other canned aerosols can be
recycled in the can bank at the recycling centres, or put into
your green wheeled bin if you are in a household recycling
Hay-or pet bedding can be added to your compost heap so long as
your pet is vegetarian.
INKJET CARTRIDGES can be recycled and many
charities (e.g. Scope) and schools will gladly recycle them on your
JUNK MAIL You can contact the Mail
Preference Service on 02072913310 or email@example.com to remove yourself from
mailing lists which are used by many companies. The website (for
more information) is http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/
JARS made from Glass can be recycled - and
their lids can be recycled in the green bin with the cans and
KITCHEN WASTE may be composted, just avoid
cooked food or meat products.
KITCHEN ROLL TUBES-can be composted or recycled
KITCHEN UTENSILS - Metal utensils and saucepans
can be recycled at the Household Waste Site
LIGHT BULBS cannot be recycled at present,
although florescent tubes must be taken to the household recycling
centre for proper disposal, as these tubes are hazardous. Please
use energy efficient light bulbs which last ten times longer than
an ordinary bulb, and can be recycled at the
Household Recycling Centre on Crossgates Road and now at
MAGAZINES can be recycled as paper either in
your green bin or local paper recycling bank.
METAL can be recycled at the Household Waste
Site as Scrap Metal.
MOBILE PHONES can be recycled for charity: for
example Oxfam's "Bring Bring" Scheme where each donated phone can
raise around £5 for Oxfam. You can either take them to your
local shop, or send to Oxfam Bring Bring Scheme, FREEPOST,
LON16281, London W5 5BR.
Alternatively unwanted handsets and accessories can be returned
directly to 02, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodaphone outlets. They will
be either sold to developing countries, recycled or broken down and
disposed of safely. There are also companies who will pay
money for your old handset so its always worth finding out by
searching the web.
MEDICINES - glass medicine bottles can be
recycled with your other bottles, however for all other medicines
can be taken to any Boots store where the medicines are disposed of
safely and the bottles are recycled into new ones.
NAPPIES can take up to 500 years to decompose,
but now there are real alternatives to disposable nappies.
here to go to the Nappies section of the County Council
OIL should not be poured down
drains as it can contaminate drinking water and cause problems for
wildlife. Please seal in an appropriate, watertight container and
dispose of in your grey wheeled bin. If you have a compost
bin you can dispose of small quantities of cooking oil in
it.Check out the
compost page click here
PAINT must not be placed in your wheelie bin,
as when crushed it can cause unsightly spillages as well as leaking
into the mechanical section of the refuse truck before drying. For
small quantities of paint, please either allow to dry on newspaper
or cat litter and then placed in your wheelie bin, or take large
amounts to the Household Waste Site.
PAINT will also be willingly accepted for reuse
via schools and community art programmes at 'Worcestershire
Resource Exchange' Unit K, Gregory's Bank Industrial Estate,
Worcester, WR3 8AB (Tel: 01905 726796)
PAINT BRUSHES can be transformed by trimming
the bristles with scissors, saving you money.
PILLOWS can be taken to a charity shop,
or the inner feathers/down can be composted, and the fabric
recycled as textiles.
PLASTIC You can now put more types of
plastic into your green wheeled bin, and some of the larger
supermarkets have facilities for you to take your plastic
POLYTHENE FILM can be recycled if you post your
clean film (e.g. magazine packaging) to:
Polyprint Mailing Films
RACKHEATH IND. EST.
READING GLASSES can be sent for free to the
World in Sight appeal which sends spectacles to people in the less
developed world. Please send your unwanted spectacles to World in
Sight Appeal, FREEPOST, LON131109.
Please use the following link to find out where you can recycle
your old reading glasses.
In addition, most opticians will accept your old glasses for
re-use, please ask at your opticians.
SHAMPOO and conditioner bottles can be recycled
in your green recycling bin
SHOES -can be recycled in the textile banks at
most of the recycling centres. Most of the time unwanted
shoes are sent to countries where they are put to good
use. However, why not consider getting shoes mended,
which is much cheaper than buying new ones.
STEEL tins can be recycled in your green bins
or at the recycling banks.
STAMPS you can send your used stamps
(please tear off the envelope) to the League of Friends at the
Alexandra Hospital who raise money for vital equipment. Please send
directly to League of Friends, Alexandra Hospital, Woodrow,
Redditch. Alternatively you can send stamps to: RSPB Stamps, PO BOX
1, Chesham HP5 2YJ.
TAPE CASSETTES If you post your
tapes, DVDs or CD's to the address below they will be
Keymood UK Limited
Wolf Business Park
TETRAPAK - SEE DRINKS CARTONS
TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES can be put into your
green bins or the paper banks at your local recycling centre.
TISSUE PAPER will be gladly accepted for reuse
in any charity shop for wrapping delicate items and china
TOWELS (as well as old pillow cases, sheets and
blankets) are needed in a clean condition by the WYCHBOLD SWAN
RESCUE charity - please contact Jan on 07813916509 also check out local dogs or
Umbrellas If you are able to detach the fabric
canopy you could recycle the metal element in the scrap metal skip
at the Household Waste Site.
VACUMN DUST can be added to your compost
WATER BUTTS are a great way of conserving water
for watering your plants. Call your local water supplier for more
information on subsidised butts. i.e. (Severn Trent)
WATER FILTERS can be sent back for
recycling free of charge (in batches of 6 at a time please) -
Sunbury on Thames
YELLOW PAGES can be placed in your green bin or
be recycled in most recycling centres.
YARN unused yarn will be gratefully
accepted at your local charity shop.
Zero tolerance to unnecessary waste in
Redditch, looking towards a brighter future for us all.