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Find out how to dispose of specific items using our A to Z of waste materials:

 

Item How to dispose of it Why?
Aerosols Black recycling box 1 Aluminium can be recycled endlessly.
Aluminium cans Black recycling box 1 Aluminium can be recycled endlessly.
Aluminium Foil Black recycling box 1 Please scrunch aluminium foil together.
Animal Waste Black sack refuse  Animal faeces from carnivorous animals such as cats and dogs must be disposed of in your black sack refuse, please wrap all animal waste carefully so as not to cause any unnecessary health risks.
Architectural salvage DCC recycling centre Some companies will collect unwanted bricks, roof tiles, wood, copper, brass, fireplaces, radiators etc. This can also be taken to a recycling centre.
Asbestos Some DCC recycling centre Asbestos waste is accepted by some recycling centres. Please see Devon County Council Asbestos guidance on asbestos disposal for further information.
Ash Home compost or Black sack refuse

Wood ash is a useful addition for home composting if you have a composter. Ash would otherwise have to go in your general waste (Black sack).

Bags for loose fruit and vegetables

Local supermarket

All item should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.
Baking tray (metal) DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse Baking trays are accepted at your local recycling centre, if you are unable visit a recycling centre you can place in your black sack refuse.
Batteries - Car DCC recycling centre or a scrap metal merchant Car batteries can be taken to your local recycling centre. Car batteries are classed as 'hazardous waste' so cannot be disposed of in your general waste. Alternatively scrap metal merchants may pay for your battery.
Batteries - Home Black recycling box 2 General household batteries can be recycled in black recycling 2. Please place in a clear plastic bag (not black in colour).
Beds and mattresses Bulky waste collection, charity shops or online selling sites We provide a bulky waste collection service which is a chargeable service. Bulky waste can be taken to a recycling centre, and if the item is re-useable then some charities such as Refurnish will happily take them. Unwanted beds can also be advertised on a site such as Gumtree or Facebook. 
Belt Black recycling box 2 Please keep textiles dry and clean (Please place in a carrier bag not black in colour).
Bikes DCC recycling centre Bikes are accepted at your local recycling centre and will either be placed in the reuse shop or recycled depending on the condition.
Birthday cards Green recycling box Can be recycled in your green recycling box. Please make sure there are no cards with glitter or embellishments as they are not recyclable and should be put in general waste.
Biscuit tins Black recycling box 1 Please remove any plastic packaging around or inside the tin.
Blankets Black recycling box 2 Clothes and textiles (no duvets or pillows please) should be placed in a carrier bag (not black in colour) and put in or next to black recycling box 2.
Bleach DCC recycling centre Chemical e.g. weed killer, pesticides white spirit, bleaches, old medicines and any other household chemicals must be taken to your local recycling centre. Please clearly label the container and place in the hazardous waste section of your local recycling centre. There is a limit of 5 litres.
Bones (kitchen waste) Blue food caddy Bones (from kitchen waste) can be recycled via your food waste caddy.

Books soft and hard back

Charity shops or Black sack refuse

If the book is in good condition a lot of charity shops would like them. Due to the way books are constructed they cannot be recycled, please place in your black sack refuse.

Bottles (glass)

Black recycling box 2

These can be put in black recycling box 2. Alternatively, glass bottles can be taken to your local recycling centre.

Bottles (plastic)

Black recycling box 1

These can be put in black recycling box 1, please rinse and squash before loosely replacing the lid/s. Alternatively they can be taken to a recycling centre.

Bread bag

Local supermarket

All item should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.

Breakfast cereal liners

Local supermarket

All item should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.

Brochures

Black recycling box 2

These can be put in recycling box 2. Alternatively, you can recycle them at you local recycling centre.

Broken plates

Wrap in newspaper and put in your Black sack refuse

Broken items that have sharp edges should always be wrapped in newspaper for health and safety reasons.

Bowl (plastic or glass)

DCC recycling centre

 These cannot be recycled at the kerbside, please take to your local recycling centre.

Broken glass

Wrap in newspaper and put in your Black sack refuse

Broken items that have sharp edges should always be wrapped in newspaper for health and safety reasons.

Brown paper

Green recycling box

 

Brown paper bags

Green recycling box

 

Bubble wrap

Local supermarket or

Black sack refuse

 All item should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.

Bucket (plastic)

DCC recycling centre

 

 

Item How to dispose of it Why?
Cake tins Black recycling box 1  Please remove any plastic packaging around or inside the tin.
Camping gas canister DCC recycling centre  
Candles Black sack refuse  
Cans (food and drink) Black recycling box 1  
Car batteries DCC recycling centre or a scrap metal merchant Car batteries can be taken to your local recycling centre. Car batteries are classed as 'hazardous waste' so cannot be disposed of in your general waste. Alternatively scrap metal merchants may pay for your battery.
Car tyres DCC recycling centre

Car Tyres can be taken to a recycling centre. However, car tyres are classed as chargeable waste and you will be charged per tyre. Commercial and agricultural vehicle tyres will not be accepted. No charge for bicycle tyres.

Cardboard Green recycling box

All cardboard can be recycled through your green recycling box, please fold or tear cardboard so that it fits within your box. Large quantities are best taken to a recycling centre.

Cards Green recycling box  Can be recycled in your green recycling box. Please make sure there are no cards with glitter or embellishments as they are not recyclable and should be put in general waste.
Carpet DCC recycling centre

Carpets can be taken to your local recycling centre. Carpets cannot be taken as part of your kerbside textile collection or black sack refuse.

Carrier bags (plastic) Black recycling box 1

Carrier bags and white pedal bin liners can be recycled via your black recycling box 1. Some large supermarkets also offer in store recycling banks for carrier bags. If you’re shopping is delivered to your home you can request that it is delivered without bags.

Cartons (food and drink) Green recycling box  
Cat faeces Black sack refuse Animal faeces from carnivorous animals such as cats and dogs must be disposed of in your black sack refuse, please wrap all animal waste carefully so as not to cause any unnecessary health risks.
Catalogues Black recycling box 2     
CDs & cases Black sack refuse  
Cellophane Black sack refuse  
Cereal bag (inner bag) Black sack refuse  
Cereal boxes Green recycling box  
Chemicals DCC recycling centre

Chemicals eg. weed killers, pesticides, white spirits, bleaches, old medicines and any other household chemicals must be taken to your nearest recycling centre and they must be in a securely labelled container to be placed in the hazardous waste store. There is a limit of 5 litres.

Children’s toys DCC recycling centre  
Chipboard DCC recycling centre  
China Black sack refuse or Charity shop

If china is broken please wrap it carefully and place in your general waste. If the china is still useable, you could try charity shops.

Chocolate bar wrappers Black sack refuse  
Christmas cards Green recycling box  Please make sure there are no cards with glitter or embellishments as they are not recyclable and should be put in general waste.
Cling film Black sack refuse  
Clothing Black recycling box 2 Clean and dry. It doesn’t have to be wearable and it doesn’t matter if there are holes in the material as the textiles that can’t be reused go for industrial cloth. Please place inside a bag (not black in colour) and place inside or next to your black recycling box 2
Coat hangers Black sack refuse  
Coffee cup (disposable) Black sack refuse  
Coffee granules Blue food caddy  

Coffee pods

Black sack refuse

 We cannot accept these in your food caddy or garden waste.

Collapsible crates DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
Computers and equipment DCC recycling centre or charity shops if in good working order  
Cooking fat Black sack refuse Allow to cool before placing in black sack.
Cooking oil DCC recycling centre  
Cork Black sack refuse  
Cotton buds Black sack refuse  
Cotton wool Black sack refuse  
Crisp packets Black sack refuse or Terracycle  
Crisp tubes Black sack refuse or Terracycle We are unable to recycle crisp tubes as they are an amalgamation of cardboard and metal however Terracycle do accept Pringle tubes at some collection points.
Crockery and ceramics DCC recycling centre  
Cushions DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
Cutlery DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
Dental floss Black sack refuse  
Disposable razor Black sack refuse  
Directories Black recycling box 2

You can place any white or coloured paper, newspapers, paper directories, magazines, junk mail, and holiday brochures all into your black recycling box 2. Yellow pages can also be placed in this box. Alternatively, paper can be taken to your local recycling centre.

DIY Waste DCC recycling centre

DIY waste generated from the repair or improvement of houses such as plasterboard, tiles, timber and rubble is classified as construction waste, and as such we do not have the duty to collect it, even if it is generated at home. DIY waste should not be put in your general waste (black sack), but can be taken to your local recycling centre. Some DIY waste materials are chargeable. Refer to Devon County Council Chargeable Waste.

Dog faeces Black sack refuse

Animal faeces from carnivorous animals such as cats and dogs must be disposed of in your black sack refuse, please wrap all animal waste carefully so as not to cause any unnecessary health risks.

Drinks bottle (plastic) Black recycling box 1  Squash bottles and put lids back on to save space in your recycling box.
Drinks cans Black recycling box 1  
Drink cartons Green recycling box  
Drinking glasses DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse Please wrap before placing in your black sack.
Dry cleaning bags Local supermarket All items should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.
Duvets and pillows DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
Egg boxes (cardboard) Green recycling box  
Egg boxes (plastic) Black recycling box 1  
Electrical equipment Charity shop or DCC recycling centre

If the item is still usable, it could either be sold on or donated to a charity shop. Most electrical items have a symbol of a crossed-out wheelie bin on them - these items should not be put in your black sack refuse. If the item is beyond repair, we can collect it as part of the bulky waste collection which is a chargeable service or you can take it to your local recycling centre.

Energy saving light bulbs DCC recycling centre  
Engine oil DCC recycling centre

It is illegal to pour engine oil down the drain or burn it. Engine oil from your own vehicle can be taken to a local recycling centre where it is recycled, or you can contact your local garage who may be able to take it off you.

Envelopes white Black recycling box 2 Windows included
Envelopes Brown Green recycling box Windows included
Envelopes (padded) Black sack refuse  
Elastic bands Black sack refuse  

 

Item How to dispose of it Why?
Film lids from food trays Black sack refuse  
Fire Ash Home compost or Black sack refuse

Wood ash is a useful addition to any compost heap, so if you have one it would be best to be composted at home. We cannot accept ash in the garden waste bins due to the potential toxins in the different types and difficulties identifying the type of ash in terms of compliance monitoring.

Ash can be disposed of in your general waste, once cold if you don't have a home composter. 

Flat Glass DCC recycling centre

Flat glass can be taken to your local recycling centre. We cannot accept this in your black recycling box due to the type of glass and for health and safety reasons.

Flower pots and bedding trays (plastic) Black recycling box 1  Rinse of soil before placing in your recycling box. Flower pots larger than 5 litres should be taken to your local recycling centre.
Flowers Garden waste collection

Cut flowers can be put in your garden waste collection bin or composted at home. Alternatively cut flowers can be taken to your local recycling centre.

 Fluorescent tubes DCC recycling centre

Fluorescent tubes are the strip lights normally found in kitchens. They are classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly as they contain mercury.

Foam Black sack refuse or DCC recycling centre  
Foil Black recycling box 1

Clean takeaway trays, pie trays, foil milk bottle top, etc.

Food Blue food caddy

All your food waste including cooked and uncooked scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit & veg peelings, bread, pasta, cereal, egg shells, dairy products, bones, plate scrapings, meat and fish should be placed into your kerbside food caddy. This is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted into electricity. Food waste cannot be taken to the recycling centre.

Food cans Black recycling box 1

Please clean before placing in your recycling box 

Food pots or trays (plastic) Black recycling box 1 Please clean before placing in your recycling box 
Food pots or trays (cardboard) Green recycling box Please clean before placing in your recycling box 
Food wrappers Black sack refuse  
Fridge or Freezers Refurnish, Popular resell sites, Bulky waste collection or DCC recycling centre

If your old appliance still works, someone else may want it. Contact Refurnish who may be able to collect it and reuse or recycle it. We can arrange for a special collection as part of our chargeable bulky waste collection for fridges or freezers. Alternatively you can take your old appliance to your local recycling centre.

Frozen food bags Local supermarket

All items should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.

Fruit and veg Blue food caddy  
Furniture  Charity shops, Bulky waste collection or DCC recycling centre

A bulky waste collection service is available for the special collection of large domestic items such as wardrobes, beds, tables, fridge/freezers, cookers, microwaves and dishwashers (please be aware that the items must be located outside the house as we cannot allow our staff to collect items from inside your property for insurance purposes). There is a charge for this service. Alternatively, you can take your bulky waste items to your local recycling centre and some charities may be able to take your items if they are re-usable and may be able to collect your goods from you free of charge.

Garden waste Garden waste collection or DCC recycling centre

We collect garden waste fortnightly from those that have subscribed to our garden waste collection service.

Your local recycling centre will also take garden waste, but the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your garden waste is to compost it at home.

Gas bottles  Returned to seller or DCC recycling centre

These should be returned to the retailer or supplier so that they can be reused. Do not place gas cylinders in your general waste because they may explode if they are crushed. Your local recycling centre is able to take them, but please ring 0345 155 1010 to confirm.

Glass (Flat) DCC recycling centre

Flat glass can be taken to your nearest recycling centre. We cannot accept this as part of your kerbside recycling due to the type of glass and for health and safety reasons.

Glass (other) DCC recycling centreor Black sack refuse (please wrap)

Other glass can be taken to your local recycling centre. If you have a small amount of glass e.g. from a broken bottle or drinking glass you can place this in your general waste, but please wrap the glass so it does not pose a health and safety risk to the crews.

Glass cups Charity shops, DCC recycling centre or wrap and place in Black sack refuse  
Glass bottles and jars Black recycling box 2 Please rinse and put lids on.
Gloves Black sack refuse  
Grease proof paper Black sack refuse  
Greetings cards Green recycling box  Please make sure there are no cards with glitter or embellishments as they are not recyclable and should be put in general waste.
Guns Police station

Please contact your local police station. Household waste recycling centres cannot accept waste of this type under any circumstances. It poses a risk to site staff and members of the public. Weapons should never be destroyed or disposed of by their owners. Every weapon needs to be accounted for and the police authority that issued the certificate must be informed as to what has happened to the weapon. Unwanted section 1 ammunition can be disposed of through another authorised firearm certificate holder, Registered Firearms Dealer, your target shooting club or surrendered at any police station.

Hair Black sack refuse  
Handbags Black recycling box 2 Clean and dry please then place in a non black bag inside or next to black recycling box 2 as part of your textile collection
Handkerchief Black recycling box 2 Clean and dry please then place in a non black bag inside or next to black recycling box 2 as part of your textile collection
 Hardcore DCC recycling centre  

Hardcore and rubble can be taken to your nearest recycling centre. These items are chargeable so please contact Devon County Council who manage these sites.

Hats Black recycling box 2 Clean and dry please then place in a non black bag inside or next to black recycling box 2 as part of your textile collection
 Hay including animal waste Black sack refuse  

You cannot take animal waste to recycling centres in Mid Devon. We can collect this kind of waste with your normal domestic refuse providing this is of domestic quantities.

 Hazardous waste DCC recycling centre  

Examples of hazardous waste likely to come from a household are car batteries, engine oil, garden chemicals, bleach or other strong cleaners/disinfectants, asbestos, gas bottles and solvents (including paint strippers/thinners). This list is not definitive, and if you have particular concerns about a type of waste you can contact the Environment Agency. All recycling centres will accept these items provided they are from households, except for asbestos (see A for Asbestos info).

Hoover dust Home compost or Black sack refuse

Please place hoover dust in your black sack waste for disposal, or compost if you have home composter.

Household chemicals DCC recycling centre

Chemicals e.g. weed killers, pesticides, white spirits, bleaches, old medicines and other household chemicals can be disposed of at your local recycling centre. They must be in a securely labelled container and be placed in the hazardous waste store. Limit 5 litres.

Ice cream tub Black recycling box 1  
Incontinence pads Black sack refuse  
Inflatable plastic items DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
Inhaler (aerosol) Black recycling box 1  
Inhaler (plastic) Black sack refuse  
Jars Black recycling box 2

Re-use jars where possible, e.g. for preserving food or as containers for small items such as pins or screws. Jars can be recycled along with other glass in black recycling box 2 (rinsed with lids, please).

J Cloth Black sack refuse  
Jiffy bags Black sack refuse  
Junk mail Black recycling box 2

Please place junk mail in black recycling box 2 (please remove any plastic wrapping, but plastic windows can be left in). 

Alternatively, find out how you can stop receiving junk mail at Recycle Devon Junk Mail Getting You Down.

 

Item How to dispose of it  Why?
 Kitchen waste Blue food caddy   

All your food waste including cooked and uncooked scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings, bread, pasta, cereals, egg shells, dairy products, bones, plate scrapings, meat and fish should be placed into your food waste caddy. This is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted into electricity. Food waste cannot be taken to recycling centre.

Kitchen roll tubes Green recycling box  
Laminated paper Black sack refuse  
Laundry pegs Black sack refuse  
Leather clothing Black recycling box 2 Clean and dry please then place in a non black bag inside or next to black recycling box 2 as part of your textile collection
 Light bulbs DCC recycling centre  

There are three main kinds of household light bulb; old-style filament bulbs, energy-saving bulbs (CFLs), and LEDs. None of these can be recycled alongside glass, but can be brought to either a recycling centre. Some energy-saving light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, so these should be recycled wherever possible. LED bulbs last longest, have the smallest environmental impact, and don't contain dangerous chemicals.

Magazines Black recycling box 2  
Magazines and newspaper wrappers Local Supermarket All items should be clean before taking to your local supermarket.
Margarine tubs Black recycling box 1  
Meat trays (plastic) Black recycling box 1 Rinse before placing in black recycling box 1

 Medicine bottles

(plastic)

Black recycling box 1  

Any unused medicines should be returned to your local chemist or pharmacy. Do not pass them on to other people.

 Medicine bottles (glass) Black recycling box 2  

Any unused medicines should be returned to your local chemist or pharmacy. Do not pass them on to other people.

 Medicines out of date or partially used  Local chemist of pharmacy or DCC recycling centre  

Return to local chemist or pharmacy, if you are unable to your local recycling centre except Chemicals, e.g. old medicines and other household chemicals which can be disposed of at your local recycling centre. They must be in a securely labelled container to be placed in the hazardous waste store. There is a limit of 5 litres. Alternatively, you can return them to your local chemist or pharmacy.

 Metal Black recycling box 1, Scrap metal merchant or DCC recycling centre  

Empty aerosol cans, drinks cans, and food tins should be put in black recycling box 1. Many metals can be re-used by the scrap metal industry. Either contact a local scrap merchant or take to your local recycling centre.

 Milk bottle (plastic) Black recycling box 1  If you buy your milk in plastic bottles from supermarkets, you can recycle them by placing in black recycling box 1 (please rinse and squash). Otherwise, try and buy your milk in returnable glass bottles.
 Milk bottle (glass)  Return to supplier if unable Black recycling box 2  Please return milk bottles to the supplier. On average the glass milk bottles used by the milkmen/dairies are reused 24 times. This saves energy and resources each time they are returned. Please ensure they are returned where possible. 
 Mobile phones Green recycling box  

We can collect mobile phones in your green recycling box (please place them out on a dry day in a plastic bag not black in colour). Alternatively, mobile phones can be recycled at one of many take back schemes.

Motorbike battery DCC recycling centre  

 

Item How to dispose of it Why? 
 Nappies Black sack refuse   

Disposable nappies should be placed in your general waste. If you have to use disposable nappies, choose ones that are dioxin free and/or unbleached (this should be marked on the packaging). A better alternative is to use ‘Real Nappies’ which can be reused over and over again.

 Needles  Clinical waste  

We offer a weekly clinical waste collection service for sharps. Needles are hazardous to those that come into contact with them so cannot be collected with your general waste. To arrange a clinical waste collection please go to middevon.gov.uk/clinical-waste

 Newspaper Black recycling box 2  

You can recycle any white coloured paper, newspapers, white paper directories, magazines, junk mail, and holiday brochures in black recycling box 2.

 Night storage heaters DCC recycling centre  

Night storage heaters will only be accepted at recycling centres which accept asbestos and these sites will only accept full appliances. Night storage heaters must be double wrapped in tough plastic and sealed. Night storage heaters are classified as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and are accepted free of charge.

 Oil DCC recycling centre

Pouring oil down the drain is not only illegal but also harmful to humans and the environment. A lot of surface water drains lead to the nearest stream and oil may cause pollution, affect aquatic life and contaminate water supplies. It is also harmful to put oil in the soil or in sewers. Your local recycling centre can take oil and harmful chemicals as long as they are bottled and clearly marked. It is best to ring  Devon County Council on 0345 155 1010 (who manage the sites) first to check the item is accepted at your nearest recycling centre, as some do vary.

 Paint DCC recycling centre

Paints, varnishes and wood stains can contain hazardous chemicals or solvents including heavy metals. Paint must not be poured down the drain. Local community groups, playgroups or charities will often welcome donations of useable paints. Many DIY superstores will take back unwanted paint, call them to check. Unwanted paint can be taken to any recycling centre. Please firmly attach the lid to prevent leakage. Please make the site staff aware that you are leaving paint.

 Paper Black recycling box 2

By using recycled paper and recycling waste paper you will help to protect our environment. You can recycle any white coloured paper, shredded paper, newspapers, white paper directories (including Yellow Pages), magazines, junk mail, and holiday brochures in black recycling box 2.

Paper towel Black sack refuse  
Papier mache Black sack refuse  
Peanut packaging Black sack refuse  
Pens Black sack refuse  
 Pesticides DCC recycling centre  

Chemicals including weed killers, pesticides, white spirits, bleaches, old medicines and other household chemicals can be disposed of at your local recycling centre. These must be in a securely labelled container to be placed in the hazardous waste store. Limit 5 litres.

Pet food pouches Black sack refuse  
Pet food tins and trays Black recycling box 1 Please rinse before placing in black recycling box 1
 Photo's Black sack refuse  

Photos cannot be recycled and need to be disposed of in your black sack refuse.

 Pillows and duvets Black sack refuse  

Unfortunately, these items cannot be recycled and need to be disposed of in your black sack refuse or the general waste area of your local recycling centre

Pillow cases Black recycling box 2  Clean and dry please then place in a non black bag inside or next to black recycling box 2 as part of your textile collection
 Plastic plant pots Black recycling box 1  

We accept all different colours of plastic plant pots but no larger than 5 litres please, if you have larger plastic plant pots you can take these to your local recycling centre.

 Plasterboard DCC recycling centre  

Plasterboard can be taken to a recycling centre, but please call Devon County Council on 0345 155 1010 (who manage the sites) or visit Devon.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling, to check whether the recycling centre you would like to use accepts plasterboard.

Plasters Black sack refuse  
 Plastic carrier bags Black recycling box 1  

White pedal bin liners and non black carrier bags can be recycled via your black recycling box 1. Some large supermarkets also offer in store recycling banks for carrier bags. If you’re shopping is delivered to your home you can request that it is delivered without bags. Alternatively, you could reuse plastic carrier bags as bin liners for your general waste or separating your recycling within your recycling boxes.

 Plastic film Black sack refuse  

Plastic film and wrapping is not recyclable and must be disposed of in your general waste.

 Plastic's mixed Black recycling box 1  

Plastic household packaging - tubs, pots, bottles and trays - can be recycled at the kerbside by putting them in black recycling box 1.

Plastic netting Black sack refuse  
 Plastic bottles Black recycling box 1  

Plastic bottles can be recycled in black recycling box 1.

 Plastic windows and doors DCC recycling centre  

You can take plastic windows/ doors, with or without glass, to your nearest recycling centre. However, there is a charge.

 Plastic pipe, guttering and facia DCC recycling centre  

You can take up to 5 lengths/pieces (approximately 2 metres per length or part thereof) to your nearest recycling centre. However, there is a charge.

Plastic toys DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
 Polystyrene Black sack refuse  

Polystyrene should be placed in your general waste. If expanded polystyrene is part of the packaging of electrical appliances, you can ask at the time the appliance is delivered if the company can take back the packaging to be reused or recycled.

 Postcards Green recycling box  

Playgroups and schools may want postcards for play materials, and many charity shops sell them on.

Postcards can be recycled along with other cardboard in the green recycling box. Please make sure there are no cards with glitter or embellishments as they are not recyclable and should be put in your black sack refuse.

Pots and pans (metal) DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
 Printer cartridges and toners Green recycling box  

Printer cartridges and toners can be recycled in your green recycling box, please place inside a carrier bag to stop ink leaking into the environment.

Pyrex DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse Please wrap if placing in black sack refuse.
Radiators DCC recycling centre

Radiators can be taken to your local recycling centre, or reclamation yard if of classic style and re-usable.

Radio's DCC recycling centre

If the item is still usable, it could either be sold on or donated to a charity shop. Most electrical items have a symbol of a crossed-out wheelie bin on them - these items should not be put in your general waste. If the item is beyond repair, we can offer a bulky waste collection service or you can take it to a recycling centre.

Razor blades Black sack refuse

Please wrap if blades are not concealed before placing in black sack refuse.

 Records, tapes and cd's Black sack refuse  

You can donate these to hospital radio stations; playgroups, schools and charity shops may also be interested. Unwanted CDs can be reused as drinks coasters, or make excellent scarecrows if hung shiny side up, as the reflected light from the CDs scares the birds. Unfortunately there is no way to recycle tapes, records or CDs, so unless they can be reused, they are to go in your black sack refuse.

Remote control DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
 Roofing felt DCC recycling centre  

Can be taken to your nearest recycling centre but you will be charged.

Rubber gloves Black sack refuse  
Rubble DCC recycling centre

Rubble and hardcore can be taken to your nearest recycling centre, however you will be charged.

 

Item How to dispose of it  Why?
Salad bags (pre-prepared) Local supermarket All items should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.
Sanitary wear Black sack refuse  
 Scrap metals DCC recycling centre  

Many metals can be re-used by the scrap metal industry. Either contact a local scrap merchant or take to your local recycling centre.

Scarves Black recycling box 2 Clean and dry please then place in a non black bag inside or next to black recycling box 2 as part of your textile collection.
 Sharps Clinical waste  

We operate a clinical waste collection service for sharps.

Sheets Black recycling box 2  Clean and dry please then place in a non black bag inside or next to black recycling box 2 as part of your textile collection.
 Shoes Black recycling box 2  

Clothes and textiles can be taken to your local recycling centre or charity shop if reusable. Alternatively, pairs of shoes can be placed in a carrier bag, tied up and put next to or in black recycling box 2 on your collection day.

 Shredded paper Black recycling box 2  

Shredded paper should be placed in black recycling box 2 along with all other paper waste, but please put this in a clear bag to stop it blowing everywhere.

Shrink wrap & ring joiners from multipacks Local supermarket All items should be clean and free of food before taking to your local supermarket.
 Smoke alarms DCC recycling centre  

Household electrical items can be taken to your local recycling centre. Many electrical retailers also offer a take back service when purchasing a new item - please ask in store. If you unable to get to a recycling centre or the retailer doesn't offer a take back service you can place in your black sack refuse.

Soft toys (stuffed) DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
 Soil DCC recycling centre  

Soil can be taken to your nearest recycling centre. However, this is chargeable.

Spectacles Opticians or Black sack refuse Some opticians will accept unwanted spectacles, if your opticians doesn't please place in your black sack refuse.
 Steel DCC recycling centre  

Many metals can be re-used by the scrap metal industry. Either contact a local scrap metal merchant or take to your local recycling centre.

 Stereos DCC recycling centre or Bulky waste collection  

If the item is still usable, it could either be sold on or donated to a charity shop. Most electrical items have a symbol of a crossed-out wheelie bin on them - these items should not be put in your general waste. If the item is beyond repair, we offer a chargeable bulky collection service or you can take it to a recycling centre.

 Storage heaters DCC recycling centre  

Night storage heaters will only be accepted at recycling centres which accept asbestos and these sites will only accept full appliances. Night storage heaters must be double wrapped in tough plastic and sealed. Night storage heaters are classified as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and are accepted free of charge.

Styrofoam Black sack refuse  
Sweet/ chocolate/ biscuit containers (tin) Black recycling box 1 Please remove internal packaging before placing in black recycling box 1
Sweet wrappers Black sack refuse  
Takeaway container (plastic) Black recycling box 1 Rinse before putting in black recycling box 1
Takeaway container (foil) Black recycling box 1  
Tea bags/leaves Blue food caddy  
Teddy bears DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  
 Televisions DCC recycling centre or Bulky waste collection  

If the item is still usable, it could either be sold on or donated to a charity shop. Most electrical items have a symbol of a crossed-out wheelie bin on them - these items should not be put in your general waste. If the item is beyond repair you can arrange a bulky waste collection this is a chargeable service or you can take it to your local recycling centre.

 Textiles Black recycling box 2  

Clothes and textiles can be put in a carrier bag, tied up and left next to or in your black recycling box 2 on your usual recycling collection day.

Thermometer (mercury) DCC recycling centre Place in unwanted plastic container. Label the container 'Mercury' and hand a member of staff.
Thermos flask Black sack refuse  
Tiles (ceramic or roof) DCC recycling centre  
 Timber DCC recycling centre  

Timber cannot be recycled as part of the kerbside collection scheme, it should ideally be reused or taken to your local recycling centre.

 Tin Black recycling box 1  

Food and drinks tins can be recycled in black recycling box 1. We do not accept paint tins as part of the kerbside collection service please dispose of these at your local recycling centre.

 Tissues Black sack refuse  

Tissues are to go in with your black sack refuse.

Tissue boxes (cardboard) Green recycling box  
Toilet roll tubes Green recycling box  
 Toner cartridges Green recycling box  

Toner cartridges for laser printers, plain paper fax machines and photocopiers can be returned to companies for cleaning, refilling and reuse. We collect print cartridges and toners in your green recycling box (please make sure they are placed in a carrier bag not black in colour.)

Toothbrush Black sack refuse  
Toothpaste tubes Black sack refuse  
 Toys and games  Charity shops or Black sack refuse  

Check to see if toys in good condition are wanted by charity shops, children's homes, play schools, hospitals and jumble sales. If they are broken, they should be put in your black sack refuse. Plastic toys cannot be recycled at the kerbside.

Tupperware containers DCC recycling centre or Black sack refuse  

 

Item How to dispose of it Why? 
Vegware cups and utensils Home compost or Black sack refuse  
Wallpaper (used or unused) Black sack refuse  
Washing powder box (card) Green recycling box Please remove as much of the washing powder as possible.
Washing powder/capsule box (plastic) Black recycling box 1 Please remove as much of the washing powder as possible.
Washing up liquid bottles Black recycling box 1  
Washing up sponges Black sack refuse  
Water filters Black sack refuse  
Wet wipes Black sack refuse  
Wood/timber DCC recycling centre  Timber cannot be recycled as part of the kerbside collection scheme, it should ideally be reused or taken to your local recycling centre
 Wrapping paper Green recycling box    

White and brown wrapping paper can be placed in your green recycling box as long as it not glittery or metallic paper.

 

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