Materials that can be recycled

Most items are recyclable at Household Waste and Recycling Centres, but Recycling Points have more limited facilities. You can check which materials are accepted at each location on  the Recycling Points and Centres page.

The following Items can be taken to your nearest Recycling Point or Household Waste and Recycling Centre. For more information on each item, simply click the relevant item within the list below:



  • Remove any metal (such as staples), polystyrene packaging, plastic or any other part of the packaging that is not cardboard
  • Flatten any boxes so that more cardboard fits in the Recycling Points
  • Cardboard can be recycled as part of the mixed recycling collected from households in the blue lidded bins; should you have excess packaging card we can still recycle this separately at the Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • What happens to Brown Cardboard?


Cooking Oil


  • Cooking Oil only - no other oils e.g. engine oil, to be placed in the cooking oil container.
  • DO NOT put solid fats into the cooking oil container.
  •  What happens to Cooking Oil?

Cooking oil should not be disposed of down sinks or drains as this can cause blockages and damage drainage systems.

Earth and Rubble


  • Earth and Rubble from household gardening and DIY only.
  • Remove all other likely materials such as Wood, Metal, Wires or Glass.
  • No Earth and Rubble generated by builders and professional gardening companies. This should be disposed of at Trade Waste rates.
  •  What happens to Earth and Rubble? top of page

Electrical Appliances

  • Cooling Appliances such as fridges, freezers, and air conditioning units.
  • Other large Household Appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, microwaves, electric cookers, and fans.
  • TVs and other products such as computer monitors containing cathode ray tubes.
  • Straight and compact fluorescent lamps, high intensity
  • Discharge lamps.

Small Electrical Appliances and Electronic Products

  • Tools and appliances used in households, such as computers, hair dryers and vacuum cleaners. This category of electrical and electronic equipment includes a lot of things you may not immediately think of as 'electrical equipment', including torches, calculators, digital watches, telephones, computer mice and keyboards, toy racing car sets, digital cameras and sports equipment with electrical components, such as pedometers.

If it's got a plug, batteries, a circuit board or electrical contacts, you can recycle it instead of sending this harmful waste to landfill.

Garden Waste


  • Only household gardening waste such as grass cuttings, hedge trimmings and leaves.
  • Do Not place any plastic sacks, stones, plants pots, fencing material or other contaminants in the garden waste recycling point.
  • No Trade Waste. This should be disposed of at Trade Waste rates.
  •  What happens to Garden Waste?top of page

Glass Bottles & Jars


  • Do Not put glass into the recycling bins. 
  • Recycle any glass, broken bottles or jars only at a Recycling Point or Centre. 
  • Be sure to put the correct colour of glass in the correct container. The reprocessing company needs the glass to be colour-separated and may reject it if it is not.
  • What happens to Glass Bottles & Jars?top of page

Household Batteries

  • For kerbside recycling collections, please place your batteries in the pink Battery Collection Bag. When full, put the bag on top of your recycling or waste bin.
  • For more battery bags please stick your last pink bag, empty, onto the top of your bin and our crews will leave you some more, or can be collected from our collection points (pdf 129KB) or call wasteline.
  • At Recycling Centres, you will see containers set aside for Household Batteries. You do not need to use a collection bag. Please just put the batteries in loose.
  • What happens to Household Batteries?top of page

Lead Acid (Vehicle) Batteries


If you buy a new vehicle battery ask the garage to take your old one

Mixed Recycling

The following materials can all be placed in the mixed recycling containers:

  • Aluminium foil & trays
  • Cardboard
  • Food & drinks cans
  • Food & beverage cartons (tetrapak type containers)
  • Paper
  • Plastic  bottles, tubs and trays

Glass is not accepted in the mixed recycling containers, please use glass recycling facilities to recycle your glass bottles & jars.
This material is sent to a MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) who use mechanical separation to sort these materials and send on to reprocessors for recycling.

Mobile Phones



Never pour Oil down your drain or put in your Refuse Bin - It is a dangerous pollutant if not properly handled and recycled

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Pressurised Containers

'Pressurised Containers' are gas bottles (such as LPG and camping gas), fire extinguishers and similar potentially dangerous containers (not normal household aerosols, which may be recycled with food and drinks cans after emptying).


Scrap Metal




  • Clothes, Blankets, Sheets, Curtains and any other fabrics.
  • No Pillows or Duvets (they are too bulky).
  • Ensure textiles are clean - wrap in plastic bags to protect from moisture and dirt.
  • Tie shoes together in pairs.
  • What happens to Textiles?top of page



Companies who change tyres during vehicle servicing should arrange disposal or recycling of old tyres in a responsible manner


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