A-Z of recycling

Welcome to the A-Z of recycling, an on-line directory of recycling information for Warwickshire.

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Aerosols

Recycle your aerosol cans in your kerbside recycling bin or box.

Ensure wherever possible, that your aerosol is completely used up before you put it in your kerbside recycling bin or box.

Do not pierce, crush or flatten the aerosol before recycling.

Detach any loose or easily removable parts, such as the plastic lid, and dispose of them with the rest of your rubbish. Don’t worry about removing the plastic nozzle – this will be removed during the recycling process.

Aerosols can be found all over the house, including the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – so remember to leave no stone unturned!

Aluminium

If it is a household item such as a saucepan and still in good condition, take it to your local charity shop, jumble sale, local Household Waste Recycling Centre or offer items on Freegle or Freecycle

Recycle aluminium cans and foil at all Household Waste Recycling Centres in Warwickshire or place in your kerbside recycling box or bin.

Please wash and squash cans to prevent smells and protect wildlife.

Asbestos

For more information please visit our Hazardous and restricted waste page.
Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

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Ash

Ash from wood fires which doesn’t contain toxic material can be used on your garden as it contains valuable minerals which improve soil quality.


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Bathroom suites

Old bathroom suites can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or you can offer items for free on Freegle or Freecycle

Batteries

Batteries can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or at battery recycling points provided by most major retailers. You may also be able to recycle your batteries as part of your kerbside collection, check with your district or borough council.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Bedding

If the bedding is in good condition it could be used again. Please ensure it is washed and offer it to your local charity shop. Alternatively offer items for free on Freegle or Freecycle

If the bedding is not in good condition take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre and place it in the textile bank. It will be collected and separated into items that can be reused and sent to other countries in need or recycled.

Bicycles

Take your unwanted bicycle to a Reuse Shop at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or offer it on Freegle or Freecycle. If your bicycle is beyond repair take it to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre and place it in the scrap metal skip.

Books

Once you have finished reading a book it doesn’t mean that it has come to the end of its useful life. If they are in good condition, take unwanted books to your local charity shop or to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre and place them in the book bank.

If you are only going to read a book once, why not borrow it for free from your local library?
You can also make use of the Read It Swap It website – where you can swap your old books for new ones.

You can also offer your books for free on Freegle or Freecycle.

Brita water filter cartridges

Find out where you can recycle your Brita water filter cartridges.

Did you know you can also you can also recycle your filters at all Argos and Homebase stores.

Brushes

Trim bristles of soft brushes to give them a second life or save old toothbrushes for DIY and cleaning jobs. Once they have come to the end of their useful life please place in your grey or black bin for disposal.

Building waste

You can dispose of a limited amount of building waste from home DIY at the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Warwickshire. Please ask an advisor on site where to deposit this waste. If you have a large amount of DIY waste you will need to make your own arrangements for disposal such as; use a hippo bag (available from most large DIY stores), hire a skip or use the chargeable waste service at your Household Waste Recycling Centre. You can also find details of skip hire companies in the Yellow Pages.

Offer bricks on Freegle or Freecycle

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Caravans

Have you tried offering your unwanted caravan for reuse on Freegle/Freecycle?
Otherwise, try the Yellow Pages for a local car and commercial vehicle dismantler or scrap merchant.

Car batteries

A car battery may leak and could cause a great deal of damage to the environment if not disposed of responsibly or if disposed of at a landfill site. Car batteries can be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Cardboard (all varieties)

Cardboard can be recycled in your recycling bin at home or at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Cardboard can also be composted in your home compost bin and is a good way of reducing smells and increasing the effectiveness of your compost bin by providing air pockets and aerating the material.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Cards

Plain cards can be put in with your paper recycling at home (although please exclude any that are highly metallic or glittered).

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Carpets and rugs

Carpets and rugs are made of a variety of fibres which are difficult to separate for recycling. Therefore re-use of carpets and rugs is preferred.

  • Freecycle: Donate your carpet online: www.freecycle.org
  • Furniture Reuse Network: Donate to your nearest reuse organisation: more details available here: www.frn.org.uk
  • Local Allotments: Wool rich carpet can help keep weeds at bay on paths and in plots. It is also used for insulating compost heaps or the soil in the winter. Wool carpet also has very high nitrogen content which has been proven to considerably increase growth and improve growth rate.
  • Local Animal Rescue Shelter: Carpet pieces make good mats for kennels especially in the winter to keep animals warm.
  • Anti-frost Windscreen Covers: Cutting a piece to size for your car windscreen will save time (and your hands) defrosting in the winter mornings.
  • Loft Insulation: If it is not in the way in your loft keep it there for added insulation! It will retain heat in your home, which will lower your heating bills.

Carpets can be recycled at some of the Household Waste Recycling Centres. Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Carrier bags

Some supermarkets now offer recycling facilities for plastic bags. However, re-using plastic bags or replacing them with re-usable cotton or jute bags is the best environmental option.

Plastic bags should never be placed in either your green wheeled bin or your recycling bin or box as these are a contaminant.

Cars (End of life vehicles)

If you have a car that you would like to dispose of, you need to find your nearest Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

You can do this by contacting Autogreen on 0800 542 2002, or Cartakeback on 0845 257 3233.

ATF’s are sites which have been licensed by the Environment Agency to de-pollute end of life vehicles to standards set by Defra. Only ATFs are permitted to issue last owners with a DVLA Certificate of Destruction.

Alternatively look up a local car and commercial vehicle dismantler in the Yellow Pages.

Cartons

As the carton recycling bring banks in situ at the County sites across Warwickshire are funded by ACE UK, please replace the link to the Tetra Pak website with www.ace-uk.co.uk. (There are three member companies of ACE UK: Elopak, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak).

The cartons collected from the banks are recycled at our UK facility in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Since the mill opened in 2013, the cartons are recycled into coreboard which is in turn, used to make industrial tubes and cores.

Please also see the entry for Tetra pack/drink cartons

Catalogues

Place these in with your paper/cardboard recycling or take to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

CDs and DVDs

Your local Library hires out CDs and DVDs saving you money and reducing rubbish.

CDs and DVDs can all be re-used once you have finished with them:

  • Take them to your nearest charity shop or a local jumble sale;
  • Offer the items on Freegle or Freecycle;
  • Hang CD’s in your garden to scare away birds. They don’t like the random glare the CD gives off when it reflects the sun and is moved by the wind;
  • External Christmas trees require big decorations to be seen – CD’s are ideal for this and reflect the light for a sparkly effect;

If you would like to send your CD’s for recycling please send them to:

Polymer Reprocessors Ltd

Penninsula Business Park
Reeds Lane
Moreton
Wirral
CH46 1DW

You will have to pay postage but the CD’s will be recycled free of charge. A certificate of destruction can be issued by arrangement and for a small fee, should your CD contain sensitive information.

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Ceramics and china

If you have ceramic or china items that are in good condition, please take them along to your local charity shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre for re-use.

Alternatively offer the items on Freegle or Freecycle

Broken pieces of china and ceramics can be used as crocks to place in the bottom of plant pots.

Please note: do not put ceramics, china or Pyrex glass in any glass recycling bin, box or bank.

Chemicals

All hazardous and chemical waste that is destined for disposal must be cleanly and safely packaged in a container suitable for the purpose, clearly labelled and submitted for disposal. Please visit the hazardous and chemical household waste webpage for disposal advise.

Christmas trees

Take your real Christmas tree to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre and place in the green waste container/skip.

Clothing and textiles

Good quality items can be donated to jumble sales and charity shops.

If the item is not in good condition take it to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre and place in the textile bank.

Did you know: In Warwickshire 10% of any income generated from the sale of textiles from the recycling centres is donated to Guide Dogs.

Your local District or Borough Council may also offer a free textiles collection service please contact them to find out if textiles are collected.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Coins and stamps

Out of circulation coins and foreign coins are a good way to raise money for charity. Oxfam and the RNIB can find a home for collectors items including coins and stamps.

Composting

Composting is a natural process which produces a rich soil conditioner free of charge. The basic principle is to collect uncooked kitchen and garden waste in a heap or bin which will then start to rot down and eventually create compost. Alternatively all food (cooked and uncooked) and garden waste can be placed in your green wheeled bin for composting.

Visit the composting and food waste pages for more information.

Computer equipment

There are a number of organisations that will reuse old computer equipment, this is not only good for the environment but also gives people from all walks of like access to inexpensive computers through refurbishment programmes.

If you have a computer that is not suitable for reuse, please take it along to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centres and deposit in the small WEEE (waste electronic and electrical equipment) container.

Cookers

Please see electronic goods for both gas and electric cookers.

Cooking oil

Cooking oil can cause problems for the environment if not disposed of properly. It should not be put down surface drains as it can contaminate drinking water and can be very harmful to wildlife.

As an alternative to disposal, leftover cooking oil can be used as a substitute for creosote which is now banned. It is a good preservative, does not discolour wood and is safe to use near animals and plants.

Alternatively you can recycle your old cooking oil at all of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Warwickshire except Wellesbourne.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Corks

Cork can be composted in your compost heap.

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Domestic appliances

When buying domestic appliances try to buy one that has a high energy efficiency grading (A is very efficient and G not efficient) and that will last you a long time. This will save you money and the environment in the long run.

Domestic appliances are covered by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE).

Ask your retailer if they offer a take back service for your old appliance.

Large and small domestic appliances such as microwaves, electric toothbrushes, kettles etc can all be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Small items can also be recycled in the WEEE Recycling banks where available.

If your item is still working you could offer it on Freegle or Freecycle

Your district or borough council also provides a bulky waste collection service for a fee.

DVDs

See CDs

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Egg boxes

Egg boxes that are made from card can be composted.

Egg shells

Egg shells are a good way to add lime to your compost to reduce its acidity which creatures such as worms dislike. Worms are an important part of the composting process.

Egg shells can be a slug deterrent – crush them and sprinkle them around your prized plants.

Electronic goods

Small Electronic goods can be recycled at WEEE recycling banks. WEEE recycling banks accept goods such as phones, remote controls, VCRs, digital box, electronic toys, kettles, hairdryers, electric toothbrushes, shavers, small kitchen appliances, irons, small DIY tools, clocks, radios.

Some items are not accepted at WEEE banks and should be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres, such as TV monitors, computers, cookers, washing machines, light bulbs, batteries or anything that wont fit in the chute.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

You can also ask your retailer if they offer a take back service for your old appliance.

Charity groups are willing to take in old electrical goods such as cookers. For more details go to Community Furniture Recycling.

Offer your items on Freegle or Freecycle

Your district or borough council provide a bulky waste collection service for a charge.

Energy saving light bulbs

Warwickshire County Council provides facilities for the recycling of household fluorescent tubes, sodium lamps and low energy bulbs at all of the Household Waste Recycling Centres across the County just take it to the fluorescent bulbs section. Both standard and energy efficient light bulbs can be safely recycled at all of the HWRCs in Warwickshire.

When broken these items can release phosphor dust and mercury toxic vapour , therefore to avoid harm to our health and to the environment it is essential that we discard of our waste responsibly.

Engine oil

Due to additives in engine oil it must be handled with care and disposed of appropriately. You can take used engine oil to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

See the Oil entry for more information

Envelopes

Envelopes can be re-used by using envelope labels. Stop junk mail by registering with the Mail Preference Service. Envelopes should not be placed in paper recycling banks.

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Fax junk mail

If you receive junk mail through your fax that you do not want, register with the Fax Preference Service. Send your details by fax to:

Fax Preference Service

DMA House
70 Margaret Street
London
W1W 8SS
Tel: 020 7291 3330
Fax: 020 7323 4226

E-mail: fps@dma.org.uk
Web: www.fpsonline.org.uk

Feathers

Feathers can be composted in your compost bin.

Fire extinguishers

These must be treated as Hazardous waste and not placed in your rubbish bin. Contact the manufacturer for advice or find a local fire extinguisher company online or in the yellow pages. Some companies will recondition units or take them if you purchase a new unit from them. Otherwise search for a waste collection company who are licensed to take hazardous waste.

Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tubes can be recycled at all our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Foil

Recycle foil at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or within your kerbside recycling collection.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Many foil items can be recycled, such as take-away trays, pie and quiche cases and oven-ready meal trays. Remember to clean foil before you recycle it.

However, not all products that appear to be aluminium foil are recyclable. For example, some crisp packets can look like aluminium, but they are actually made from metallised plastic and cannot be recycled. Try the scrunch test to find out which one it is – if it stays scrunched it can be recycled.

Aluminium is the only packaging material where its value exceeds the costs of collection and processing at recycling centres. Other major factors in its favour are:

  • recycling can be repeated many times without loss of quality;
  • the energy required to produce recycled aluminium is only 5% of that required for primary production from bauxite.

Food waste

Fruit and vegetable scraps can be home composted with garden waste to produce a rich soil conditioner. Do not home compost meat.

Food waste including meat and fish can be placed in a Green Cone or a Green Johanna.

Food waste is accepted in the green bin in some areas of the County. Check with your District or Borough Council for details.

Fridges and freezers

Under the WEEE directive distributors and retailers who supply fridges and freezers to householders must ensure that they can be returned on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis, free of charge, by offering a free in store take back facility or by paying into a fund to provide alternative sites. Distributors and retailers must inform customers how and when they can do this.

If you are disposing of a domestic fridge or freezer, your waste collection authority (district or borough council) is obliged to provide a collection service for bulky items, although they can charge a collection fee.

Alternatively, you can take your appliance in a car to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre for disposal free of charge (fridges and freezers are not accepted at Wellesbourne).

Bulky household electrical and electronic equipment, including fridges and freezers, may also delivered in a van to Household Waste Recycling Centres. This is provided that they are not accompanied by other waste and that the person delivering the items can satisfy the operator of the centre that the items are not commercial (trade) waste.

If local traders offer to collect and dispose of your appliance you can help the environment by checking that they intend to dispose of it in accordance with the law. If you are unsure, contact your local office of the Environment Agency or your local District or Borough Council.

In some areas, local traders or charities may accept appliances if they are in good working order – look under ‘charities’ in the Yellow Pages.

Fly tipping is illegal and dumped refrigerators and freezers pose a real hazard to small children, pets and wildlife who could become harmed if trapped inside.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

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Food and drink cans

Food and drink cans can be recycled at the Burton Farm (Stratford), Hunters Lane (Rugby) or Judkins (Nuneaton) Recycling Centres.

Furniture

There are several community furniture re-use groups across Warwickshire – many of whom are able to collect reusable furniture from your door or accept donations at their warehouse premises. The reuse shop at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre may also be interested in pieces of reusable furniture subject to stock capacity.

You could offer your items on Freegle or Freecycle

Furniture that can not be reused but will fit in a car can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

If your item of furniture is not re-usable and beyond refurbishment please contact your local Council’s bulky waste collection service.

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Garden tools

If your garden tool is in working condition and has value, try selling it in a local free advertising newspaper. Pass it on to a friend, take it to a car boot sale or your local jumble sale. Instead of buying tools, why not hire them?

Take your tools to the reuse shop at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

You could offer your items on Freegle or Freecycle

Recycle old tools in the scrap metal skip at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Garden waste

Garden waste is biodegradable and can be home composted at home.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will take green garden waste – please ensure that you do not put plastic bags in with the green waste.

The home woodchipping service provided by Warwickshire County Council is a subsidised service to residents of Warwickshire.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Put it in your green wheelie bin for collection. If you do not have a green wheelie bin contact your local District or Borough Council for details.

Gas bottles

Empty gas bottles should be returned to the original supplier or manufacturer (the manufacturer is usually identified on the side of bottle).

Contact telephone numbers for the main gas bottle manufacturers are:

  • BOC – 0800 111 333
  • BP Gas Ltd – 01304 827277
  • Calor Gas – 0207 731 1221
  • Flogas UK – 0845 6015176

You may also find contact details in the Yellow Pages.

Warwickshire

  • Synergy Recycling – Tel 0845 199 0144 Fax 01227 457 104 E-mail enquiries@synergy-recycling.co.uk

North Warwickshire

  • Dobbies Garden Centres plc – Nuneaton Road, Mancetter, Atherstone CV9 1RF Telephone 01827 715 511 – Accepts Calor Gas Bottles only
  • Flogas Direct Ltd – Unit 6 Haywards Industrial Park, Orton Way, Birmingham B35 7BT – Accepts Flogas Group Gas Bottles

Nuneaton and Bedworth

  • The Mower Shop Ltd – 70 Queens Road, Nuneaton CV11 5JZ Telephone 02476 353 252 – Accepts Calor Gas Bottles only
  • Nuneaton Welding – Whitacre Industrial Estate, Whitacre Road, Nuneaton CV11 6BY – Accepts Flogas Group Gas Bottles

Rugby

  • M & J Engineers Ltd – 12 Paynes Lane, Rugby CV21 2UH Telephone 01788 542 200 – Accepts Calor Gas Bottles only
  • Rugby Fuel Supplies Ltd./ Clews Recycling Centre – 17 Hunters Lane, Rugby CV21 1EA Telephone 01788 569 700 – Accepts Flogas Group Gas Bottles

Warwick and Leamington

  • BHE Plant Ltd – 2 Collins Road, Warwick CV34 6TF Telephone 01789 292 928 – Flogas Group Gas Bottles
  • Plant Tool Hire Centre – Millers Road, Warwick CV34 5AN Telephone 01926 402 345 – Flogas Group Gas Bottles
  • Brunswick Stores Ltd – 62 Brunswick Street, Leamington Spa CV31 2EG Telephone 01926 315 727 – Calor Gas Bottles only

Kenilworth

  • Gibbs Brothers – Brees Lane Farm, Fen End, Kenilworth Telephone 01676 533 396 – Flogas Group or Countrywide Gas Bottles

Stratford

  • Plant Tool Hire Centre – Unit 10, Swan Business Park, Stratford Telephone 01789 298 237 – Flogas Group Gas Bottles

Coventry

  • Flogas Direct – Whitley Wharf, London Road, Coventry CV3 4AB Telephone 02476 504 724 – Flogas Group Gas Bottles
  • Domestic Gas Maintenance Ltd – Canterbury Street, Hillfields, Coventry CV1 5NR Telephone 02476 226 132 -Calor Gas Bottles only

Princes Drive and Hunters Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre will accept gas bottles for a fee, if the manufacturer is identified on the bottle. Visit the disposal costs webpage to confirm prices.

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Glass

Glass can be recycled indefinitely without compromising quality. It takes less energy to recycle glass than to melt down the original raw materials. Currently, only around a third of all glass packaging is recycled, the rest goes into landfill sites, wasting natural resources.

Recycling facilities can be found at your local supermarket, mini recycling centres, the Household Waste Recycling Centres and kerbside collections (ask your local District or Borough Council for details).

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Please do not place Pyrex in the glass recycling bank.

Grass

Grass can be home composted but must be mixed with equal quantities of dry materials such as twiggy material, scrunched up paper, particularly junk mail or newspaper to stop it from becoming soggy and smelly.

Greetings cards

See Cards.

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Hair

Hair can be home composted.

Hardcore, rubble and soil

Please see the Rubble and soil entry

Hard Plastics

Can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre which are Burton Farm, Cherry Orchard, Princes Drive, Hunters Lane and Lower House Farm.

Here is a list of what items are accepted.

  • Crates and Boxes
  • Collapsible Crates
  • Pallets
  • Trays
  • Garden Furniture
  • Water Containers
  • Buckets, Bowls and Baskets
  • Bins and Recycling Boxes
  • Yellow Gas Pipes
  • Orange Construction Netting
  • Traffic cones
  • Safety Barriers
  • Blue Water Pipes
  • Black Rigid Pipes
  • Acrylic/Polycarbonate and Correx Sheets
  • Children’s Large Garden Toys

Household waste

Household waste can be taken to all our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Visit the household waste page for more information about how to dispose of bulky waste, furniture reuse, junkmail and more.

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Inhalers

You can now recycle them for the first time in a new scheme, instead of sending them to landfill. Find out where to recycle your old inhalers.

Ink Cartridges

For information please see printer cartridges

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Junk mail

It may not be as simple as you would like, but it is possible to stop junk mail completely. Follow the guide to stopping junk mail

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Kitchen or toilet roll

Kitchen and toilet roll centres are made from cardboard and are compostable.

All Household Waste Recycling Centres offer facilities for recycling cardboard.

Try to use a re-usable j-cloth (often made out of recycled material) instead of disposable kitchen roll. It will save you money in the long run and reduce your rubbish.

Buy recycled loo roll made from recycled paper.

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Kitchen knives

All metal knives can be taken to your recycling centre where there will be a skip for scrap metal.

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Light bulbs

If a light bulb needs replacing try using an energy efficient bulb instead. See energy efficient light bulbs.

Both standard and energy efficient light bulbs can be safely recycled at any Household Waste Recycling Centre or for visit Recolight websiteto find your nearest collection point.

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Magazines

Magazines can be recycled with newspapers at paper recycling banks. Your local District or Borough Council provides a kerbside collection service for paper

Once you have read your magazine why not offer it to friends and family to read or local dentists and doctors surgeries for use in the waiting areas

Material

Before taking any spare material to the textile bank, why not offer it to friends and relatives or take it to your nearest charity shop or jumble sale or local school.

Offer your material on Freegle or Freecycle

If the material can’t be re-used, take it to your nearest textile recycling bank. All of the Household Waste Recycling Centres offer textile recycling facilities. Check with your local District or Borough Council if they offer a collection service at kerbside.

Mattresses

Mattresses can be recycled at Burton Farm, Hunters Lane, Princes Drive and Lower House Farm or accepted as residual waste at Judkins, Stockton and Wellesbourne. Check with Recycling Centre staff before deposit.

Alternatively your waste collection authority (district of borough council) can collect them from your home (although they may charge a collection fee).

Alternatively, if the mattresses are reasonably clean, you could offer them to Freegle or Freecycle users.

Medicines

Take them to your local pharmacy where the pharmacist will dispose of them free of charge.

Don’t throw old medicines in the dustbin.

Don’t flush medicines down the toilet – they can pollute the water supply.

Metal

Metal household items can be taken to your Household Waste Recycling Centre and put in the Scrap Metal area.

Offer your items on Freegle or Freecycle

Mobile phones

There are many charities that raise money by collecting old mobile phones. Alternatively, they can be placed in the ‘small WEEE’ containers available at all Household Waste Recycling Centres where all proceeds go to Warwickshire Air Ambulance. Please make sure you remove any sim cards or memory cards from your phone.

Alternatively you can make money from your recycling your old mobile phone. To find out how much it could be worth check out the below websites. (inclusion in this list does not mean that Warwickshire County Council endorses the company in anyway):

Monitors

Recycle your monitors and TV’s at your local Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

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Nappies

Disposable nappies makes up 6%of the County’s household waste – that’s over 5000 tonnes per year! They can take up to 500 years to decompose, more if disposed of in a plastic bag.

Each household with a baby in disposable nappies generates an extra bag of rubbish each week.

Cotton nappies are a good way of reducing this rubbish. Warwickshire County Council fund a free 2 week washable nappy trial for parents to ‘try before buy’.

For more information visit our cotton nappies webpages

Newspapers

Newspaper can be recycled at your kerbside. Check with your District or Borough Council for details. Alternatively, take them to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or supermarket recycling facility.

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Oil

Engine oil

Engine oil is classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of correctly in order to prevent harm to the environment. Pouring engine oil down the drain can harm wildlife by removing vital oxygen from watercourses and clogging feathers and gills.

You can recycle engine oil at all of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Warwickshire, please ask an advisor on site where to place your oil. You should also contact your district or borough council to find out if they collect engine oil at the kerbside.

Cooking oil

Pouring cooking oil down sink plugholes or the sewer should be avoided as it can cause a build up of grease and create blockages. Inappropriate disposal to surface water drains pollutes watercourses and can damage vegetation and wildlife.

You can recycle your used cooking oil at Hunters Lane, Princes Drive, Cherry Orchard and Burton Farm and Stockton Household Waste Recycling Centres.

As an alternative to disposal, leftover cooking oil can be used as a substitute for creosote. It is a good preservative, does not discolour wood and is safe to use near animals and plants.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

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Paint

Buy what you need

Before buying paint use an on-line paint calculator to work out how many litres you need.

Protect ‘leftover’ paint to make reusable

After painting store the paint away from frost and extreme temperatures as these can damage the paint.

Ensure the lid is on securely and tightly to stop it drying out; tip the container upside down for a few seconds (this will help stop a skin forming on the paint); store the paint containers in an upright position.

Pass it on

If you have unwanted paint, which is still usable you can find a good home for it by either passing it onto family or friends who may have a painting project in mind or by donating it through online reuse networks such as Freegle and Freecycle.

If you need to dispose – try drying it out

Small amounts of non-reusable water based paint can be disposed of by fully drying out your part used tins and disposing in your normal rubbish bin.

To dry add some sand, sawdust, paint hardener or soil, stir and leave (away from children and animals and in a well-ventilated area) until fully hardened (this may take several weeks), place the lid back on and dispose of it in your normal rubbish bin.

This should not be done with solvent/oil based paint (those that you need to clean brushes with white spirit/turpentine/solvent based brush cleaner), lead based paint, or any other liquid chemicals.

Large amounts of non-reusable paint will need to be disposed of in a specific way through the ‘chemical waste’ route at Household Waste and Recycling Centres. Residents will need to fill out a form and book a pre-arranged time slot. Visit our Hazardous and restricted page to download the form.

Empty paint cans (including spray cans) can be taken to any of Warwickshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Empty metal paint cans can be disposed of in the ‘scrap metal’ container. Empty plastic cans can be disposed of in the ‘waste to landfill’ container or put in your general waste kerbside bin.

Pallets

Pallets are considered to be commercial waste and may sometimes be returned to the originator for re-use. Blue pallets are legally owned the CHEP company and should be returned directly to them either through the company they were obtained from or to CHEP directly. For a free collection, telephone or e-mail them on 0800 515 320 or collect@chep.com or visit their website for further details at www.chep.com.

Paper

Recycling is the accepted best practical environmental option for waste paper, even accounting for the resources used and pollutants produced in collection and reprocessing. The main environmental benefits are summarised below:

  • The manufacture of virgin paper is highly energy demanding, and produces large amounts of air and water pollutants. In comparison, producing recycled paper requires around 28% lower energy consumption, and involves greatly less chemical treatment.
  • Recovering paper for recycling reduces the quantity going to landfill.
  • Although the majority of timber and pulp is imported from managed forests in Scandinavia and North America, a significant quantity also derives from a wide range of countries and forest types. It is well established that some forest clearance for pulp is environmentally damaging. This has major ecological consequences, including reduction in species and structural diversity and acidification of soil.

Paper recycling facilities are available at:

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

For more information contact your local District or Borough Council.

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Pillows

If the pillow is in good condition take it to your nearest charity shop or offer them on Freegle or Freecycle. Don’t forget that feathers can be composted!

Plasterboard and gypsum

For more information please visit our Hazardous and restricted waste page.
Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Plastic bottles, tubs and trays (soft and mixed plastic)

Plastic recycling facilities are available at all of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Warwickshire. Before visiting the site please remove any lids from bottles, and wash and squash the plastic to reduce odours and increase the loads collected. Your district or borough council is responsible for the kerbside collection of plastic.

The Household Waste Recycling Centres in Warwickshire collect PET (No1 e.g. soft drinks) and HDPE (No2 e.g. milk) plastic bottles only. The majority of plastic bottles produced are made from one of the above plastics, however there are certain exceptions.

Did you know that over 1.7 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced by households each year in the UK of which only 25% of this is currently recycled or recovered.

There are a number of reasons why we should recycle our plastic:

  • Plastic is believed to take around 500 years to decompose;
  • A more serious problem with plastic is the additives contained in them. Additives such as colorants, stabilisers and plasticisers which may contain toxic components such as cadmium and lead;
  • Conservation of non-renewable fuels and energy;
  • The energy savings are sufficient to power a 60W lightbulb for six hours, for each bottle recycled! (Recoup);
  • Reduced emissions of CO2 and nitrogen oxide.

To find out lots more information about plastic waste visit the pledge for plastics web site
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Polystyrene

Polystyrene can exist in many forms some of which can currently be recycled as plastic within your kerbside bin or box and some which currently can’t.

Any polystyrene used as a plastic pot, tub or tray for example a yoghurt pot, a margarine pot or food tray, can be recycled alongside your plastic bottles. Just remember to rinse them first.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is often used as packaging, including that used for take-away food, cannot be recycled and should be placed in your grey/black bin or general waste bin at your Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Polystyrene used for products such as CD cases, disposable cutlery or even for disposable razors cannot be recycled and should also be placed in your grey/black bin or in with the general waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centre.
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Plastic bags

Did you know: Many single use carrier bags are made of oil based plastic, which is a non-renewable resource. Each plastic bag can take up to 500 to 1000 years to decompose, and may never break-down in landfill.

Take your own reusable shopping bags next time you visit the supermarket. Here are some tips to help you remember your bags:

  • keep them in the boot of your car;
  • keep a fold up type fabric bag in your handbag or coat pocket – then you always have it with you;
  • get your children involved, they are great at remembering things and reminding you;
  • at work, set up a carrier bag dispenser where people regularly pass in the staff room or by the entrance so they can pick them up.

Some supermarkets offer a plastic carrier bag recycling point.

Never place plastic bags in your recycling bin (recycling should go in loose) or in your green wheeled bin (they contaminate the organic compost).
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Man bags

A British Heart Foundation survey found almost half of men said they do not consider recycling to be an important part of their daily routine. Mention the use of reusable bags rather than carrier bags and the vast majority will chose the disposable option.

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Hard Plastics

Can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre which are Burton Farm, Cherry Orchard, Princes Drive, Hunters Lane and Lower House Farm.

Here is a list of what items are accepted.

  • Crates and Boxes
  • Collapsible Crates
  • Pallets
  • Trays
  • Garden Furniture
  • Water Containers
  • Buckets, Bowls and Baskets
  • Bins and Recycling Boxes
  • Yellow Gas Pipes
  • Orange Construction Netting
  • Traffic cones
  • Safety Barriers
  • Blue Water Pipes
  • Black Rigid Pipes
  • Acrylic/Polycarbonate and Correx Sheets
  • Children’s Large Garden Toys

Plastic bottles

Your District or Borough Council may collect plastic bottles at the kerbside.

You can recycle your plastic bottles at all of the County’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Please remember to wash and squash your plastic bottles before recycling them.

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Plastic film

Leading supermarket groups are taking back clean plastic film at their larger stores. This is normally at the in-store carrier bag recycling points. Participating stores include Asda, Sainsbury, Co-op, Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose.

Accepted types of plastic film

Any low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film which is sometimes marked with a number 4:

  • plastic wrappers from bakery goods
  • plastic breakfast cereal liners
  • plastic toilet roll wrappers
  • plastic bags from fruit and veg
  • plastic carrier bags
  • plastic bread bags
  • plastic freezer bags
  • plastic magazine wrap
  • plastic shrink wrap

Not accepted types of plastic film

  • bubble wrap
  • cling film

If you are unsure look out for the label on the packet which should say “recycle with your carrier bags at larger stores – not at the kerbside”.

What happens to the plastic film?

The supermarkets collect it at the front of the store and then they use “reverse haulage” so when new stock is delivered the empty truck takes away all their plastic wrapping. The plastic is recycled at a variety of UK reprocessors who use it to make recycled plastic carrier bags and rubbish bags.

Why recycle plastic film?

The average household gets through about 25 kg of plastic film each year – that’s nearly 5,700 tonnes a year in Warwickshire alone.

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Printer cartridges

Printer cartridges can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Epson have a recycling programme. Order envelopes for returning Epson inkjet cartridges.

Every year tens of million of inkjet and toner cartridges are thrown away. Recycling cartridges not only reduces waste, but also reduces the need for raw materials; each laser cartridge that is recycled conserves the equivalent of approximately one litre of oil.

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Radios

Wind up radios don’t require batteries nor mains electricity and therefore have less impact on the environment.

If you have a radio that you would like to dispose of but still works, please offer it to your local charity shop, the Reuse Shop at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or offer it on Freegle or Freecycle

Radios are covered by the WEEE Directive (see electrical items). Recycle at your household Waste Recycling Centre.

Rubble and soil

For more information please visit our Hazardous and restricted waste page.
Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Residents should be using bulk bag services offered from local DIY stores or skip hire for more substantial works. Information may be found in the Yellow Pages or in the Netregs waste directory.

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Sewing machines

If the sewing machine is still in working order take it to your nearest charity shop or offer it on Freegle or Freecycle

If it is not in working order, take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Shoes

If you don’t want to keep a pair of shoes you can take them to your nearest charity shop, or recycle your shoes at your nearest Shoe Bank, available at some supermarkets and Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please ensure that shoes are secured together in their pair.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Soil

Please see the Rubble and soil entry

Spectacles

Vision Aid Overseas help people in developing countries by providing them with spectacles. This enables them to take an active part in everyday life in their community. Send you unwanted spectacles to:

Vision Aid Overseas

12 The Bell Centre
Newton Road
Manor Royale
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 9FZ

Telephone

01293 535 016

Stamps

Oxfam and the RNIB can find a home for collectors items including stamps. Once you have collected a bag full pop them into your local Oxfam shop or alternatively, for the RNIB send them to:

RNIB

Stamp Recycling
PO Box 185
Benfleet
SS7 9BH

telephone

0845 3450054.

Steel

Please wash out your steel cans and crush to prevent smells and protect wildlife.

Recycle steel cans at the kerbside, most supermarkets and your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Offer your steel household items on Freegle or Freecycle

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Telephone (landline)

Disposal of landline telephones will depend on whether or not it is rented or owned by you.

Rental telephone

If you have a rental telephone that you would like to dispose of call 100 when the rental has ceased. You will receive a padded envelope in the post for you to send it back in. The telephone will be sent to the contractor who rented out the telephone and will be assessed for re-use and recycling.

Privately owned telephone

If you own the telephone and it no longer works, please take it along to your local Household Waste Recycling Centres and place it with the ‘Electrical Equipment’ items. If your telephone still works take it along to your local charity shop.

Telephone directories

Telephone directories are collected at the kerbside and can be put in paper recycling banks. Please do not put Yellow Pages in the paper recycling banks unless otherwise stated on the side of the bank.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Tetra pack/drink cartons

Warwickshire County Council working with the carton industry have introduced carton collection facilities at all nine of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in the County for residents to take their empty cartons to be recycled.

Please wash and squash your cartons before placing into the container.

Once collected the cartons are taken away to be baled and transported to a recycling mill. Cartons can be recycled into a number of different products, ranging from plasterboard liner to high-strength paper bags and envelopes. For further information see ace uk

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

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Thermometers

All potentially hazardous or chemical waste must be disposed of correctly in order to prevent harm to the environment.

Please visit the Hazardous and chemical household waste webpage for advise on disposal.

Tights

Please see Clothing and textiles

Toner cartridges

There are many charities that can raise money from your old toner cartridge – just search the web

to find a charity of your choice.

For more information on how to recycle your cartridges, please visit the everycartridge website

Toys

If your old toys are in good condition take them to your nearest charity shop, the Reuse Shop at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or offer your items on Freegle or Freecycle

Please do not put plastic toys in with the plastic recycling at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Tyres

In 2003 the EU Landfill Directive banned whole used tyres being sent to landfill, this ban extended to shredded used tyres in 2006. If you need new tyres on your car, the garage where you have them fitted will normally dispose of your old tyres for you.

If you change your tyres at home, a recognised tyre company (ATS, National Tyre Service, Kwik Fit etc) should be able to dispose of your tyres for a small charge. You can usually find their contact details in the Yellow Pages

Tyres are not classified as household waste and are not accepted free of charge at your local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) for prices visit our Commercial waste page. Please visit our Interactive map to find out which sites accept tyres.

TVs and monitors

If your appliance is still working, take them to the Reuse Shop at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or offer your it on Freegle or on Freecycle

TV’s and monitors can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Find your local recycling centre using our interactive map.

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Umbrellas

Umbrellas are always useful particularly with the British weather. If you have an old umbrella that you don’t want, take it to your nearest charity shop and give someone else the opportunity to keep dry.

Offer your umbrella on Freegle or Freecycle

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Vacuum cleaners

Ask your retailer if they offer a take back service for your old appliance.

Alternatively vacuum cleaners should be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centres and placed with other electrical goods.

If your Vacuum is in working order take it along to the Reuse Shop at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or offer your items on or Freegle or Freecycle

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) came into force in this country on the 1st July 2007. The Directive aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment by increasing re-use and recycling, and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill.

Video tapes

Offer your videos Freegle or Freecycle

At present there aren’t any video tape recycling points in and around Warwickshire. However, Bristol-based Environmental Media Solutions Limited (EMS) will accept Domestic Household DVDs, CDs, VHS Tapes, Cassette Tapes & Cases by post or courier

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Water butts

Water butts are available from Severn Trent Water. Call Severn Trent Waters 24 hour credit card hotline 0845 1308686 and quote SEV15E.

Water filter cartridges(Brita)

Find out where you can recycle your Brita water filter cartridges.

Did you know you can also you can also recycle your filters at all Argos and Homebase stores.

Wood

Take untreated wood to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre and place in the section for wood.

Find which recycling centre you can take this item to using our interactive map.

Offer your wood on Freegle or Freecycle

Woodchipping service

The home woodchipping service provided by Warwickshire County Council is a subsidised service to residents of Warwickshire.

Wool

Take your unwanted wool to your local charity shop or offer it to friends and family. The Cats Protection League have volunteers who use the wood to knit blankets to keep fostered cats warm and the blankets then get re-homed with the cat. Please call their helpline on 01926 334849 or e-mail enquiries@midwarkscats.org.uk

Offer your wool on Freegle or Freecycle

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Xylophone

If you have a musical instrument which still works you can donate it to local theatrical groups and music groups or advertise it on Freegle or Freecycle

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Yellow pages

Yellow Pages can be placed in your kerbside recycling scheme or taken to recycling facilities in your area or recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

North Warwickshire

If you live in North Warwickshire you can place your old Yellow Pages in your red wheelie bin for kerbside collection. For more information on your kerbside collection scheme contact North Warwickshire Borough Council on 01827 719404.

Nuneaton and Bedworth

Residents in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough can recycle their Yellow Pages in the brown wheelie bin for kerbside collection and at paper recycling banks around the borough. For more information on this service please contact Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council on 024 7637 6170.

Rugby

If you live in Rugby Borough, you can place your old Yellow Pages in any of the paper banks around the borough or in your blue lid recycling bin. For more information please contact Rugby Borough Council on 01788 533328.

Stratford-upon-Avon

If you live in Stratford on Avon District you can place your old Yellow Pages in any of the paper banks around the district and can be put in your blue lidded bin. For more information on your kerbside collection scheme contact Stratford District Council on 01789 267 575.

Warwick

If you live in Warwick District you can place your old Yellow Pages in the red box to be collected all year round. For more information on your kerbside collection scheme contact Warwick District Council on 01926 412464.

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Zucchini

Zucchinis can be composted with other vegetable waste in your compost bin.

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