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A - Z of Recycling

Last Modified June 07, 2018
 

This A to Z of recycling allows you to browse and navigate through common waste items to find out how to recycle them at home. You can 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 of it 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.

Can't find the item you're looking for? Call Customer Services on 020 8207 2277 or email street.scene@hertsmere.gov.uk

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

Aerosols

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Aluminium cans

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Aluminium foil

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Please ensure foil is clean as food or grease residue interrupts the recycling process.

Aluminium food tray

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Please ensure the food trays are clean as food or grease residue interrupts the recycling process.

Animal bedding

This can go in your green bin.

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Animal waste

This should go in your black residual bin

Asbestos

This is hazardous waste and should not be put in your household bins or taken to a Househould Waste Recycling Centre. Please visit the WasteAware website to arrange a collection of small household items containing asbestos.

Baby wipes

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

Batteries (domestic)

Hertsmere have several battery collection banks where these can be taken.

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

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

Batteries (vehicle)

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre

Bedding

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

Duvets and pillows can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Birthday cards

These should go in your black residual bin

We are unable to recycle birthday cards as the decoration on most of them is not recyclable

Biscuits

Biscuits can go in the green bin.

Biscuit tins

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Biscuit wrappers

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Black sacks

These should go in your black residual bin

Blankets

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

Bones

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

Books

These can go in your blue paper box.

Paper is recycled at a separate facility to the mixed recycling so paper will not be accepted in the brown bin.

Bottle tops

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Bottles (glass)

These can go in your brown bin (or black box).

Please remove the lids and rinse them out. Any labels will be removed during the recycling process.

Bottles (plastic)

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Please remove the lids and rinse them out. Any labels will be removed during the recycling process.

Branches

If under 6 inches in diameter, these can go in your green bin. Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

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 can go in the blue paper box.

Paper is recycled at a separate facility to the mixed recycling so please keep this separate.

Brown paper

This should 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

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

Butter tubs

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Cameras

Cameras in good quality can be donated to a charity shop or give 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)

Cans

These can go in your brown bin (or black box).

Please ensure cans are rinsed out as food or grease residue interrupts the recycling process.

Cardboard

This can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Carpet

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

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

Carrier bags

Only empty carrier bags are accepted in the brown bin as it is not obvious whether full plastic bags contain recyclable or non-recyclable items. Empty plastic bags are also easier to separate at the recycling facility.

Cartons

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Catalogues

These can go in your blue paper box. Please remove any hard covers and place these in the brown bin separately.

Paper is recycled at a separate facility to the mixed recycling so please keep this separate.

CD Cases

Please separate the case and the paper insert. Both of these can then go in the brown bin (or black box)

CDs

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

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

Cellophane

This should go in your black residual bin.

Cereal packaging

Please separate the cardboard box and plastic bag. Both of these can then go in the brown bin (or black box)

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)

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)

We are able to collect chairs from your property as part of our charged bulky waste collection service.

Chocolate wrappers

These should go in your black residual bin

Christmas cards

These should go in your black residual bin.

We are unable to recycle greetings cards as the decoration on most of them is not recyclable

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 residual bin

Clothing (reusable)

Good quality clothing can be donated to a charity shop.

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, bedding and handbags. Good quality textiles collected in the banks will be reused.

Clothing (damaged, torn, stained, etc.)

Even damaged textiles can be recycled in one of our textiles banks. Damaged textiles collected in the banks will be recycled into things like insulation and stuffing for sofas.

Coat hangers

These can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip). They cannot be recycled in the brown bin as they often contain a mixture of materials, most of which are not acceptable at the recycling facility.

Metal hangers will need to be recycled in the metal container and plastic hangers in the rigid plastic container.

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

Coffee grounds

This can go in your green bin. The green bin contents are used to make compost for local farmers.

Coffee jars

Glass coffee jars can be recycled in your brown bin.

Commercial waste

Hertsmere offer a chargeable commercial waste collection service.

Computers

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

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

Cookers

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

Hertsmere 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.

Please do not pour cooking oil down the sink at home.

Corks

These should go in your black residual bin

Cotton wool

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

Curtains

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

These can be recycled in one of our textiles banks or taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip), even if they're in poor condition.

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 residual bin

Deodorant containers (spray)

Aerosol deodorant containers can be recycled in your brown bin.

Deodorant containers (roll-on)

Roll-on deodorant containers can be recycled in your brown bin.

DIY waste

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

Drinking glasses

The glass used to make drinking glasses is treated and cannot be recycled. These should go in your black residual bin.

Duvets

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

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.

DVDs

Good quality DVDs can be donated to a charity shop

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

Egg boxes

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Egg shells

These can go in your green bin. The contents of your green bin are used to make compost for local farmers.

Electrical appliances (large)

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

This can be taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item

Electrical appliances (small)

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

There are several WEEE banks in Hertsmere where you can take small electrical appliances.

They can also be taken to a household waste recycling centre

Envelopes

White envelopes can be put in your blue paper box. Please remove any plastic windows as these interrupt with the recycling process.

Brown envelopes should go in your brown recycling bin.

Fabric

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

Fencing

If in goof 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)

Flower pots (plastic)

Plastic flower pots can be put in the brown bin (or black box)

Flower pots (clay)

Clay flower pots can be taken to a household waste recycling centre (tip)

Flowers

Flowers can be put in the green bin.

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Foil

Foil can be put in the brown bin (or black box)

Please ensure all foil is clean.

Food

All food can be put in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers

Fridges and freezers

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

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

Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item

Fruit and vegetable peelings

These can be put in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers

Fruit punnets

These can be put in the brown bin (or black box)

Frying pans

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

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 waste

This can be put in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Glass (bottles and jars)

Glass bottles and jars can be put in the brown bin (or black box)

Glass cookware (e.g. Pyrex)

Glass cookware (e.g. Pyrex) should be put in the black residual bin

Glasses (drinking glasses)

Drinking glasses should be put in the black residual bin

Glass (mirrors, window panes)

Glass mirrors and window panes should be put in the black residual bin

Grass cuttings

This can be put in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Greaseproof paper

This should go in the black residual bin

Greetings cards

These should go in your black residual bin.

We are unable to recycle greetings cards as the decoration on most of them is not recyclable

Handbags

Good quality handbags can be donated to a charity shop

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

Hairdryers

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

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

Hard plastic

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

Hats

Good quality hats can be donated to a charity shop

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

Hay

This can be put in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Hedge Trimmer (electric)

Electric hedge trimmers can be taken to a WEEE bank or to a household waste recycling centre.

Hedge Trimmer (shears)

Shears can be taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Hedge Trimmings

This can be put in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Hoover

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

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)

Ink cartridges

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

Jars

These can be put in your brown bin (or black box)

Jumpers

Jumpers and other textiles can be recycled at a textiles bank, even if they're in poor condition.

Kettles

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

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

Kitchen roll

This should go in your black residual bin

Kitchen roll tubes

These should go in your brown bin (or black box)

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

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

This can be put in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Light bulbs

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

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

Paper is recycled at a separate facility to the mixed recycling so please keep this separate.

Mattresses

Good quality mattresses can be given away on one of our Freegle Pages.

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

Meat

This can go in your green bin.

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Microwaves

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

Metal pots and pans

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

Mirrors

These should go in your black residual bin

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)

Napkins

These should go in your black residual bin

Nappies

These should go in your black residual bin

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Newspaper

This should go in your blue paper box

Paper is recycled at a different facility to the mixed recycling so please keep it separate

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 Borough Council offers a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item.

Paint

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

Paint containers

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

Paper

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

Brown paper should be put in the brown recycling bin

Pet food sachets

These should go in the black residual bin

Pet waste

This should go in the black residual bin

Photographs

These should go in the black residual 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)

Pizza boxes

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Please make sure they are clean

Plants

These can go in your green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers

Plasters

These should go in your black residual bin

Plastic bags

Only empty carrier bags are accepted in the brown bin as it is not obvious whether full plastic bags contain recyclable or non-recyclable items. Empty plastic bags are also easier to separate at the recycling facility

Plastic bottles

These can be put in your brown bin (or black box)

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 residual bin

Pringles tubes

These can go in the brown bin (or black box)

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

Pyrex

Pyrex is made from treated glass which cannot be recycled so should be put in your black residual bin.

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

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, bedding and handbags. Please only put paired shoes in the textiles banks.

Shrubs

These can be put in your green bin

Soil

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

Sponges

These should go in your black residual bin

Straw

This should go in your green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Straws

Plastic drinking straws can be put in the brown bin.

Tablecloths

There are several textiles banks in Hertsmere where you can take textiles including clothing, shoes, bedding and tablecloths, even if in poor condition.

Tables

Good quality tables can be donated to a charity shop

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

Take-away cups

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Tea bags

These can go in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Tea Cosy

Tea cosies, even if in poor condition, can be recycled in a textiles bank.

Tea Towels

Tea towels, even if in poor condition, can be recycled in a textiles bank.

Teddy bears

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

Alternatively they can be recycling at a household waste recycling centre.

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)

Televisions

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

Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection service for this item

Tetrapak

This can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Textiles

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

Tins

These can go in your brown bin (or black box)

Tissue

This should go in the black residual bin

Tissue boxes

This should go in the brown bin (or black box)

Toilet roll tubes

This should go in the brown bin (or black box)

Toothbrushes

These should go in the black residual bin

Toothpaste tubes

These should go in the black residual bin

Toothpaste dispensers (plastic)

Plastic toothpaste pump dispensers can be recycled in the brown bin.

Towels

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

Trade waste

Hertsmere offer a chargeable commercial waste collection service.

Treated wood        

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

Tree cuttings

This should go in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Tyres

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

Vegetable peelings

These should go in the green bin

Waste from the green bin is used to make compost for local farmers.

Wallpaper

This should go in the black residual bin

Washing machines

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

Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection for this item

Weeds

These can go in the green bin

WEEE (large)

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

Hertsmere offer a chargeable bulky waste collection for these items

WEEE (small)

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

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

Wood

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

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

Wrapping paper

This should go in the black residual bin

Yellow pages

These should be put in the blue paper bin

Yoghurt pots

These should be put in the brown bin (or black box)

Please ensure they are clean

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