This A to Z allows you to search for common waste items to find out how to recycle them at home. Use the navigation toolbar below to search for an item alphabetically or simply scroll through and browse.

When disposing of your items remember that some may be suitable for reuse. Please always consider donating to a local charity shop or giving away your items on our Freegle page before throwing them away.

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Aerosols

Empty aerosol cans should go in your brown bin.

Aluminium cans

Food tins and drinks cans should go in your brown bin.

Aluminium foil and foil containers

Clean foil and foil containers should go in your brown bin. Please remove all food residue, if it's too dirty put it in your black bin. 

Asbestos

This is hazardous waste and cannot go in your household bins or be taken to the tip. To arrange a collection of small household items containing asbestos please contact WasteAware, email wasteaware@hertfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 123 4051. For larger amounts, or asbestos from trade waste you can find a private contractor at the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

Baby food pouches

These should go in your black residual bin. Alternatively Terracycle have a baby food pouch recycling scheme available with drop-off locations nationwide.

Batteries (domestic)

Batteries must not be placed in any of your kerbside bins. Hertsmere have several battery collection banks where domestic batteries can be taken.

Supermarkets also have battery collection points as do other stores where electrical equipment is sold.

Alternatively domestic batteries and car batteries can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Bedding

Duvet covers, pillowcases and sheets can be recyceld at one of our textiles bring banks or to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Duvets, quilts and pillows should not be put in the textile banks but can be disposed of with household waste at a household waste recycling centre (tip) Alternatively some animal charities accept donations for use as bedding.

Birthday cards

Plain greetings cards can go in your brown bin. If they have foil or glitter on them please put them in your black bin.

Biscuit tins

These can go in your brown bin.

Black sacks

These should go in your black bin.

Blankets

These can be taken to one of our textile bring banks or to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Bones

These can go in your green bin.  

Books

These should be donated to a charity shop where possible. If they are paperback they can be put in your blue box providing the cover is removed first.

Bottle tops

These can go in your brown bin.

Bottles (glass)

These should go in your brown bin. It is not necessary to remove labels.

Bottles (plastic)

These should go in your brown bin. It is not necessary to remove labels. Bottle lids can also go in the brown bin.

Branches

Cut branches up so they fit in your green bin. Branches larger than 6 inches in diameter can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Bras

These can be taken to one of the bra banks in Hertsmere. Money from every tonne of bras collected is donated to a breast cancer charity.

Bricks

DIY waste can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Brochures

These should go in your blue paper box.

Brown paper

Brown paper and brown envelopes can go in your brown recycling bin.

The fibres in brown paper are too poor quality to be recycled with white paper, so please don't put it in the blue paper box!

Bubble wrap

This can't be recycled and should go in your black residual bin.

Building rubble

A limited amount can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Butter tubs

Plastic butter/margarine tubs can go in your brown bin.

Cameras

Cameras in good condition can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle page.

There are several WEEE banks in Hertsmere where you can take small electronic equipment such as cameras. Alternatively electronic equipment can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Cans

Drinks cans and food tins can go in your brown bin. Please make sure cans are clean and empty.

Cardboard

This should go in your brown bin. Please cut up larger cardboard items to fit in your bin or if too big take it them to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip) to recycle instead.

Carpet

Good quality carpet can be reused, so you can give it away on our Freegle page.

Alteratively it can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Cartons

Liquid food and drink cartons e.e. soup cartons, juice cartons, milk cartons should be washed out and put in your brown bin.

Cat food sachets

Flexible sachets/pouches should go in your black residual bin. Alternatively  Terracycle have a pet food packaging recycling scheme available with drop-off locations nationwide.

Cat litter

Cat litter and dog poo should go in your black bin. Cat litter labelled as biodegradable is not suitable for any of the recycling bins and should not be flushed down the toilet.

Catalogues

These should go in your blue paper box.

CDs/DVDs

CDs/DVDs in good, working order can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle page.

They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Cellophane

This should go in your black residual bin.

Chargers

There are several WEEE banks in Hertsmere where you can take small electronic equipment such as chargers. Alternatively electronic equipment can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Chairs

If in good condition you can donate chairs to a charity shop or give them away on our Freegle page.

Chairs can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Or we can collect chairs from your property as part of our charged bulky waste collection service.

Christmas cards

Plain greetings cards can go in your brown bin. If they have any foil or glitter on them please put them in your black bin.

Christmas decorations

Good condition decorations can be donated or given away on our Freegle page.

Tinsel and baubles should be put in your black residual bin.  Fairy lights can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Cling film

This should go in your black bin

Clothing

Good quality clothing can be donated to a charity shop or there are several textiles banks in Hertsmere. Even damaged, torn, stained textiles can be recycled in one of these banks as they will be recycled into things like insulation and stuffing for sofas.

Coat hangers

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip). Metal hangers should be recycled in the metal container, plastic hangers in the rigid plastic container.

Wooden hangers will need to go in the non-recyclable container or your black bin as they are a mixture of metal and wood.

Hangers should not go in the brown bin.

Coffee grounds

These can go in your green bin.

Coffee jars

Glass coffee jars can be recycled in your brown bin.

Commercial waste

Hertsmere offer a chargeable commercial waste collection service for local businesses.

Computers

If in good condition computers can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle page. They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Contact lenses

These should go in your black residual bin. Alternatively Terracycle have a contact lens and packaging recycling scheme available with drop-off locations nationwide.

Cookers

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Alternatively, we offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item.

Cooking oil

This can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) in sealed containers for recycling into biofuel or it can be put in your black bin.

Please do not pour cooking oil down your sink or in your green bin.

Corks

These should go in your black bin.

Cotton wool

This should go in your black bin.

Crockery

Good quality crockery can be donated to a charity shop. It can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Crisp packets

These should go in your black residual bin. Alternatively  Terracycle have a crisp packet recycling scheme available with drop-off locations nationwide.

Curtains

If in good condition these can be donated or given away on our Freegle page.

Or they can be recycled in one of our textile banks or taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip), even if they're in poor condition as they will be recycled into things like insulation and stuffing for sofas.

Cutlery

Good quality cutlery can be donated to a charity shop. It can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Dental floss

This should go in your black bin. 

Deodorant container (aerosol spray)

Aerosol containers can go in your brown bin.

Deodorant (roll-on)

Roll-on deodorant containers should go in your black bin.

DIY waste

DIY waste can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Dog poo

Cat litter and dog poo should go in your black bin.

Drinking glasses

The glass used to make drinking glasses is different to food grade bottles and jars. Drinking glasses should go in your black bin or donate to charity.

Duvets

Duvets, quilts and pillows should not be put in the textile banks but can be disposed of with household waste at a household waste recycling centre (tip) Alternatively some animal charities accept donations for use as bedding.

DVD players

Good quality DVD players can be taken to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle page.

Hertsmere have several WEEE banks where you can take small electrical equipment such as DVD players. These can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip).

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

DVDs/CDs

Good quality DVDs/CDs can be donated to a charity shop. They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Egg boxes

Plastic or cardboard egg boxes can go in your brown bin.

Egg shells

These can go in your green bin. 

Electrical appliances (large)

If in good condition these can be donated or given away on our Freegle page. They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Alternatively, we offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service.

Electrical appliances (small)

If in good condition these can be donated or given away on our Freegle page.

There are several electrical item banks in Hertsmere where you can take small electrical appliances and also batteries.

They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Envelopes

White envelopes (inc. plastic windows) can be put in your blue paper box.

Brown envelopes and brown paper should go in your brown recycling bin.

Fabric

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, sheets/covers and handbags.

Fencing

If in good condition fence panels can be given away on our Freegle page. Fences and other treated wood can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Flowers

Flowers can be put in the green bin.

Foil

Clean foil and foil containers should go in your brown bin. Please remove all food residue, if it's too dirty put it in your black bin. 

Food

All food can be put in the green bin - this includes raw or cooked food, bones, shells, peelings, leftovers, etc. Waste from the green bin is used to make compost.

Fridges and freezers

If in good condition these can be donated or given away on our Freegle page.

Alternatively they can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) or Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service .

Fruit and vegetable peelings

These can be put in the green bin.

Fruit punnets

Plastic fruit containers can be put in the brown bin.

Frying pans

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) and put in the scrap metal container.

Furniture

Good quality furniture can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle page.

Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service for furniture

Garden tools

Both electrical and non-electrical tools can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip).

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Garden waste

Leaves/twigs, grass cuttings, prunings, dead flowers and other similar garden waste can go in the green bin.

Glass

Glass bottles and jars should go in your brown bin.

Other glass such as cookware (e.g. Pyrex), drinking glasses, mirrors, window panes and spectacles should be put in the black bin as it is a different type of glass to that of food grade bottles and jars.

Grass cuttings

These should go in your green bin.

Greaseproof paper

This should go in the black bin.

Greetings cards

Plain greetings cards can go in your brown bin. If they have any foil or glitter on please put them in your black bin.

Handbags

Good quality handbags can be donated to a charity shop or there are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, sheets/covers and handbags.

Hairdryers

Hertsmere have several WEEE banks where you can take small electrical equipment such as hairdryers.They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip). 

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Hard plastic

Plastic items such as furniture, toys, tupperware and plastic containers other than household/food packaging can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) and put in the rigid plastic container.

Hats

Good quality hats can be donated to a charity shop or there are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, hats, sheets/covers and handbags.

Hay

This can be put in the green bin.

Hedge Trimmings

This can be put in the green bin.

Hoover/Vacuum

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip).

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Hoover bags

These should go in your black residual bin.

Ironing boards

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Irons

Hertsmere have several WEEE banks where you can take small electrical equipment such as irons

These can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Ink cartridges

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Jars

Glass jars can be put in your brown bin.

Kettles

Hertsmere have several WEEE banks where you can take small electrical equipment such as kettles. They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Kitchen roll

This should go in your black residual bin

Kitchen/toilet roll tubes

Cardboard tubes can go in your brown bin.

Lamp

Good quality lamps can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle Page.

Alternatively lamps can be recycled at a WEEE bank or at a household waste recycling centre.

Lampshade

Good quality lamps can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle Page.

Lampshades often contain a mix of materials and therefore cannot be recycled. Lampshades should be put in your black refuse bin.

Lawnmower

Good quality lawnmowers can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle Page.

Lawnmowers can be taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Leaves

These should go in your green bin.

Light bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs can be recycled at a household waste recycling centre (tip). Some supermarkets also have recycling containers for these.

Old style incandescent or Tungsten light bulbs cannot be recycled. Please put them in your black bin.

Magazines

These should go in your blue paper box.

Mattresses

Good quality mattresses can be given away on one of our Freegle Pages or they can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Alternatively Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service for furniture.

Meat

Meat should go in your green bin.

Microwaves

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Metal pots and pans

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) and put in the scrap metal container.

Mirrors

These can be donated to a charity shop or given away on our Freegle Page.

Alternatively they can go in your black bin. Do not put them in your brown bin - mirrors are a different type of glass to bottles and jars.

Mobile phones

Hertsmere have several WEEE banks where you can take small electrical equipment such as mobile phones. These can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip).

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Napkins

These should go in your black bin.

Nappies

These should go in your black bin.

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Newspaper

This should go in your blue paper box.

Oven Gloves

Oven gloves, even if in poor condition, can be recycled at a textiles bank.

Oven

Ovens can be recycled at a household waste recycling centre.

Hertsmere offers a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item.

Paint

This can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip). It should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Paint containers

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip). Do not put them in your brown or black bin.

Paper

White paper, newspaper, envelopes and magazines should be put in the blue paper box.

Brown paper and brown envelopes can be put in the brown recycling bin.

Pet food sachets

These should go in your black residual bin. Alternatively  Terracycle have a pet food packaging recycling scheme available with drop-off locations nationwide.

Pet waste

Cat litter and dog poo should go in your black bin. Cat litter labelled as biodegradable is not suitable for any of the recycling bins and should not be flushed down the toilet.

Photographs

These should go in the black bin.

Pillowcases

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, bedding and handbags.

Pillows

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) or donated to an animal shelter for bedding.

Pizza boxes

Clean cardboard pizza boxes can go in your brown bin. If they are very greasy or have food residue stuck to them please put them in the black bin.

Plasters

These should go in your black bin.

Plastic bags/wrapping

Only empty carrier bags are accepted in the brown bin. Black bags and plastic wrapping should go in the black bin.

Plastic bottles

These should go in your brown bin.

Plates

Ceramic plates in good condition can be donated to a charity shop or given away on one of our Freegle pages. Alternatively these can be taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Polystyrene

This should go in your black bin.

Pringles tubes

These should go in your black bin.

Printers

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip). If in good condition, printers can be donated to a charity shop or given away on one of our Freegle pages

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Pyrex

If in good condition Pyrex containers or cookware can be donated to a charity shop or given away on one of our Freegle pages.

Pyrex is made from treated glass which cannot be recycled so should not be put in the brown bin with other glass bottles and jars.

Sawdust

This can be put in your green bin.

Shoes

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, sheets/covers and handbags. Please only put paired shoes in the textiles banks - keep them together with a rubber band or tie the laces.

Soil

This can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip). Please do not put soil or turf in your green bin.

Sponges

These should go in your black bin.

Straw

This should go in your green bin.

Straws

Plastic drinking straws should go in your black bin. Consider using alternatives such as reusable metal straws that you can take with you on the go.

Tablecloths

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, sheets/covers and tablecloths. Even damaged, torn, stained textiles can be recycled in one of these banks as they will be recycled into things like insulation and stuffing for sofas.

Tables

Good quality tables can be donated to to a charity shop or given away on one of our Freegle pages

These can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) or Hertsmere offers a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item.

Take-away containers

Plastic and foil takeaway containers should be washed out and put in your brown bin. Please make sure they are clean and don't contain any food residue.

Tea bags

These can go in the green bin.

Teddy bears

Teddy bears in good condition can be donated to a charity shop or given away on one of our Freegle pages.

Telephones

Hertsmere have several WEEE banks where you can take small electrical equipment such as telephones. These can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip).

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Televisions

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Alternatively, Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item.

Tetrapak

Food and drink cartons such as milk cartons, juice cartons and soup cartons should be washed out and put in your brown bin.

Textiles

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, sheets/covers and handbags. Even damaged, torn, stained textiles can be recycled in one of these banks as they will be recycled into things like insulation and stuffing for sofas.

Tins

Food tins and drink cans should go in your brown bin. Please make sure they are empty and clean.

Tissues

Tissues and tissue paper should go in the black bin.

Toilet/kitchen roll tubes

Cardboard tubes should go in the brown bin.

Toothbrushes

Plastic toothbrushes should go in the black bin. If you use a bamboo toothbrush this must also go in the black bin or you can use a home composter (not your green bin).

Toothpaste tubes and pumps

These should go in the black bin.

Towels

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, sheets/covers and towels. Even damaged, torn, stained textiles can be recycled in one of these banks as they will be recycled into things like insulation and stuffing for sofas. Alternatively you could donate them to a local animal shelter for bedding.

Trade waste

Hertsmere offer a chargeable commercial waste collection service.

Tree cuttings

These should go in the green bin.

Tyres

These should be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Vegetable peelings

These should go in the green bin.

Wallpaper

This should go in the black bin.

Washing machines

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Alternatively, Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection for this item

WEEE - (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

Large electrical equipment can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip) or Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection for these items.

Small electrical items can be taken to WEEE bank or a household waste recycling centre (tip).

Electrical items should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins.

Wipes

These cannot be recycled and should go in your black bin. Please do not flush any type of wipe down the toilet, even if they say they are flushable - they are not!

Wood

Natural wood can go in the green bin. Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Treated wood such as fence panels, baskets, furniture, etc. should be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Wrapping paper

This should go in the black bin.

Yellow pages

These should go in your blue paper box.

Yoghurt pots

These can go in your brown bin. Please ensure they are empty and clean.