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Aerosols

Recycle your aerosol cans in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove the plastic lids and put them in your general waste bin. Make sure your aerosol cans are completely empty before r...

Recycle your aerosol cans in your mixed recycling bin at home.

Please remove the plastic lids and put them in your general waste bin.

Make sure your aerosol cans are completely empty before recycling. Do not pierce, crush or flatten them. Aerosols can be stored for a long time, so there’s no need to throw away a half empty can.

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Aluminium cans

Recycle your empty aluminium cans in your mixed recycling bin at home.

Recycle your empty aluminium cans in your mixed recycling bin at home.

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Aluminium foil

Recycle clean aluminium foil and foil trays in your mixed recycling bin at home. Recycling Tip To check whether something is made of foil or not, do the scrunch test. Scrunch the item in your ...

Recycle clean aluminium foil and foil trays in your mixed recycling bin at home.

Recycling Tip

To check whether something is made of foil or not, do the scrunch test.

Scrunch the item in your hand:

  • if it stays scrunched – its foil!  Recycle it in your mixed recycling bin
  • If it springs back – its plastic ! Put it in your general waste bin

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Asbestos

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are closed to the public, therefore you currently cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do not carry ...

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are closed to the public, therefore you currently cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials unless you have safe and secure storage.


Please visit the HSE website before you attempt to handle or remove asbestos.

If you have hired someone to remove the asbestos

If you have hired someone to remove the asbestos for you, it can’t be disposed of at any of our sites because this is classed as business waste. The tradesperson or builder should dispose of the asbestos according to the HSE guidance.

We do not accept asbestos from tradespeople at any of our facilities.

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Ashes

Cold ashes (both from wood and coal) go in your general waste bin. Never put ashes straight into a bin. Hot ashes could melt the plastic and cause a fire. For more fire safety information, vi...

Cold ashes (both from wood and coal) go in your general waste bin.

Never put ashes straight into a bin. Hot ashes could melt the plastic and cause a fire.

For more fire safety information, visit the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue website

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Barbecues (BBQ)

Cold ashes from your barbecue go in your general waste bin. Make sure they have completely cooled. If you're using a disposable BBQ, allow it to cool before putting it in your general waste bin....

Cold ashes from your barbecue go in your general waste bin. Make sure they have completely cooled.

If you’re using a disposable BBQ, allow it to cool before putting it in your general waste bin.

Never put ashes straight into a bin. Hot ashes could melt the plastic and cause a fire.

For more fire safety information, visit the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue website

 

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Batteries

Keep your bin crew safe Please do not throw any batteries in any of your wheelie bins at home. This is because they are a fire risk and contain hazardous materials. How to store batteries safely ...

Keep your bin crew safe

Please do not throw any batteries in any of your wheelie bins at home. This is because they are a fire risk and contain hazardous materials.

How to store batteries safely at home

  • Store batteries in a dry environment at room temperature or slightly cooler.
  • Store single use batteries in their original packaging, so they are not in contact with other batteries.
  • If you don’t have the original packaging, line up the same type of batteries in a container with all the positive ends facing in the same direction.
  • Do not store batteries with the opposing ends touching one another.
  • Avoid storing household batteries with other metal items, like coins, nuts and bolts
  • Keep batteries of the same type and age stored together. Avoid mixing different types of batteries with varying levels of power.
  • Make sure the batteries won’t be punctured or crushed while they are in storage.

Regular household batteries can be recycled at most supermarkets or electrical stores.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting batteries.

Choose to reuse

When next replacing batteries, why not buy rechargeable batteries instead? You can use them again and again, which will save you money and help you waste less.

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Bikes

Got a new bike or one you don't use anymore? You can donate bicycles for reuse at one of the many bike projects and organisations across Greater Manchester. CERA Cycloan Nationwide Cycling ...

Got a new bike or one you don’t use anymore? You can donate bicycles for reuse at one of the many bike projects and organisations across Greater Manchester.

If your bike is beyond repair, please take it to a Recycling Centre.

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Bread, cakes and pastries

Bread, cakes and pastries go in your food and garden bin. Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biodeg...

Bread, cakes and pastries go in your food and garden bin.

Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biodegradable bags.

Compostable food bags are available from some councils and most supermarkets.

Food waste can’t be recycled at any of our Recycling Centres. This is because they are not licensed to accept food waste.

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Bric a brac

If you have unwanted crockery, pictures, ornaments, or other bric-a-brac items that are still in good usable condition, you could save them and take them to charity shops or local reuse organisatio...

If you have unwanted crockery, pictures, ornaments, or other bric-a-brac items that are still in good usable condition, you could save them and take them to charity shops or local reuse organisations when they reopen.

If they are broken you can put them in your general waste bin or take them to a Recycling Centre for disposal.

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Building materials

You can take building materials from DIY projects to a Recycling Centre. Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your h...

You can take building materials from DIY projects to a Recycling Centre.


Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

Asbestos and plasterboard are not accepted at any of our Recycling Centres.

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Bulky household items

If you have bulky household items that you want to get rid of, you can: donate them to some charities or reuse orgainsations if they are in good condition arrange a collection with your loc...

If you have bulky household items that you want to get rid of, you can:

  • donate them to some charities or reuse orgainsations if they are in good condition
  • arrange a collection with your local council. Some councils may charge for this service.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting bulky household items.

 

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Car batteries

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting car batteries. Store them at home safely or ask the garage to take the old one when you buy a new battery.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting car batteries.

Store them at home safely or ask the garage to take the old one when you buy a new battery.

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Card packaging

Empty card packaging such as cereal boxes, egg boxes, and ready meal card sleeves can all be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Please flatten cardboard to save space. You can take car...

Empty card packaging such as cereal boxes, egg boxes, and ready meal card sleeves can all be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Please flatten cardboard to save space.

You can take card packaging to a Recycling Centre, please only visit if you really need to.

Choose to reuse

Shredded cardboard also makes great animal bedding.

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Cardboard

Cardboard boxes and all others types of card can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Flatten them to save space in your bin. Make sure you remove all non-paper items like bubble wrap, p...

Cardboard boxes and all others types of card can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Flatten them to save space in your bin. Make sure you remove all non-paper items like bubble wrap, plastic packaging and polystyrene and put them in your general waste bin.

This includes:

  • Cardboard packaging (such as empty cereal boxes)
  • Kitchen roll and toilet roll tubes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Greeting cards (tear off any glitter)
  • Clothes labels or tags

You can take cardboard boxes to a Recycling Centre, please only visit if you really need to.

Top Tip

Large cardboard sheets are useful in the garden as a weed suppressing mulch when covered with compost. Shredded cardboard also makes great animal bedding.

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Carpet

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting carpets. Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as bu...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting carpets.


Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

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Carrier bags (plastic)

Check your local supermarkets for a plastic bag recycling point. Some accept other sorts of plastic packaging too. If there is not a recycling point near you, plastic carrier bags go in your gen...

Check your local supermarkets for a plastic bag recycling point. Some accept other sorts of plastic packaging too.

If there is not a recycling point near you, plastic carrier bags go in your general waste bin.

You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre.

Find out what happens to your plastic

Choose to reuse

Use a reusable bag

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Cartons (Tetra Pak)

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home.

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Cat litter

Please put cat litter in your general waste bin.

Please put cat litter in your general waste bin.

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Cesspits and septic tanks

There are a number of companies offering services related to cesspits and septic tanks in Greater Manchester. Please search online for details.

There are a number of companies offering services related to cesspits and septic tanks in Greater Manchester. Please search online for details.

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Christmas trees (artificial)

You can take artificial Christmas trees to a Recycling Centre.

You can take artificial Christmas trees to a Recycling Centre.

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Christmas trees (real)

Depending on where you live, you might be able to recycle your real tree at home. Everyone living in Greater Manchester can take their Christmas trees to any of the Recycling Centres for free. B...

Depending on where you live, you might be able to recycle your real tree at home. Everyone living in Greater Manchester can take their Christmas trees to any of the Recycling Centres for free.

Before you recycle your Chrismas tree:

  1. remove all decorations and fairy lights
  2. take off the base or wooden block if your tree has one
  3. make sure the trunk is not thicker than your wrist. Wood thicker than your wrist is too big and can’t be put in the garden and food bin. You can take large trunks and wooden bases to a Recycling Centre.
  4. check your local council’s advice or take the tree to your local Recycling Centre

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Christmas wrapping paper

You can recycle paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can only recycle Christmas wrapping paper if it's entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper is made out of foil...

You can recycle paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can only recycle Christmas wrapping paper if it’s entirely made out of paper.

Some wrapping paper is made out of foil, plastic and glitter. These can’t be recycled, so put them in your general waste bin.

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Cleaning product bottles

Cleaning product bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as trigger spray bottles, shampoo and shower gel bottles, drinks and milk bottles. Remove all lids from pl...

Cleaning product bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as trigger spray bottles, shampoo and shower gel bottles, drinks and milk bottles.

Remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin.

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Clinical waste

The following items are classed as clinical waste: Blood Human or animal tissue  Syringes Please seek advice from your GP or medical practice for how to dispose of clinical waste safe...

The following items are classed as clinical waste:

  • Blood
  • Human or animal tissue
  •  Syringes

Please seek advice from your GP or medical practice for how to dispose of clinical waste safely. Some councils provide a home collection service for clinical waste – check with your local council for more details.

Please DO NOT put clinical waste in any of your bins at home or take them to any Recycling Centres.

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Cloth nappies

Cloth nappies are much more environmentally-friendly and a cost effective alternative to disposable nappies. Compare the cost of using reusable nappies and see how much you could save. Don't ...

Cloth nappies are much more environmentally-friendly and a cost effective alternative to disposable nappies.

Compare the cost of using reusable nappies and see how much you could save.

Don’t forget once your child is potty trained, you can either pass on or sell the nappies.

Live in Oldham?  You can claim a £30 voucher towards the cost of buying your own reusable nappies. For more information, email waste@oldham.gov.uk 

Greater Manchester cloth nappy advisers and providers

Baba+Boo

Birth 2 Potty

Bolton Fluff is the Future NCT Nappy Library Facebook page

Bury and Rossendale NCT Nappy Library Facebook page

Tameside NCT Nappy Library Facebook page

Cloth Nappy Chat and Sales – Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire Facebook group

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Clothes and textiles

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting clothes and textiles. Store and save your clothes for charity shops, jumble sales or swap shops.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting clothes and textiles.

Store and save your clothes for charity shops, jumble sales or swap shops.

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Coat hangers

You can leave unwanted coat hangers at the shop when you make your new purchase. Some charity shops may accept them and reuse them. Depending on whether they are made out of wood, wire or plasti...

You can leave unwanted coat hangers at the shop when you make your new purchase. Some charity shops may accept them and reuse them.

Depending on whether they are made out of wood, wire or plastic, you can also recycle or dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

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Coffee cups

Please put disposable coffee cups from high-street coffee shops in your general waste bin. You can't recycle coffee cups in your paper and card bin at home. This is because they are lined with p...

Please put disposable coffee cups from high-street coffee shops in your general waste bin.

You can’t recycle coffee cups in your paper and card bin at home. This is because they are lined with plastic that is bonded to the cup to help them hold liquid and stop the paper cup going soggy.

Choose to reuse

reduce waste and save some money by bringing your own reusable coffee cup.

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Coffee pods

Some coffee pod brands have their own recycling scheme, where they will collect used pods from your home or you can bring them to back to the shop where you purchased them from. Some brands have...

Some coffee pod brands have their own recycling scheme, where they will collect used pods from your home or you can bring them to back to the shop where you purchased them from.

Some brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle coffee pods and capsules. Check for a recycling drop off point near you.

If there isn’t a recycling scheme near you, please put coffee pods in your general waste bin.

Choose to reuse

Did you know you can buy reusable coffee pods?

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Compostable packaging

Compostable or biodegradable packaging like cups, cutlery, straws go in your general waste bin. The food and garden waste is delivered to an In-Vessel composting facility and made into compost i...

Compostable or biodegradable packaging like cups, cutlery, straws go in your general waste bin.

The food and garden waste is delivered to an In-Vessel composting facility and made into compost in 6 -10 weeks. Compostable packaging takes much longer to break down, sometimes it can take years. This means that they won’t be composted in the same time as your food and garden waste.

 

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Cooked and uncooked food

Cooked and uncooked food can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home. Food waste can't be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is because the Recyc...

Cooked and uncooked food can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home.

Food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

You will most likely have a kitchen caddy to collect your food waste in. Make sure the caddy has a compostable liner inside.

Do not use plastic or biodegradable bags in your kitchen caddy. Only use compostable liners with the seedling logo with reference code EN13432 to make sure they are compostable. Newspaper is not a suitable alternative to line your caddy as it inhibits the composting process.

Compostable liners are either available from your local council or most supermarkets.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • raw or cooked meat and fish, including bones
  • raw or cooked fruit and vegetables
  • leftovers from your plate
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • dairy including egg shells
  • teabags and coffee grounds

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Cooking oil

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting cooking oil. Please store safely at home. Alternatively, you can put your cooled used cooking oil into a bottle. Make sure the lid is on tight and p...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting cooking oil. Please store safely at home.

Alternatively, you can put your cooled used cooking oil into a bottle. Make sure the lid is on tight and put it in your general waste bin.

Never poor oil down the drain.

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Cotton wool and make up pads

Cotton wool and makeup pads go in your general waste bin. Please read the Gov.uk Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on how to dispose of persona...

Cotton wool and makeup pads go in your general waste bin.

Please read the Gov.uk Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on how to dispose of personal waste like tissues.

Choose to reuse

Buy washable wipes.

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Crisp packets

Some food brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle crisp packets. Check for a recycling drop off point near you. If there isn’t a recycling point near you, put them in your gen...

Some food brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle crisp packets. Check for a recycling drop off point near you.

If there isn’t a recycling point near you, put them in your general waste bin.

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Crisp tubes

Crisp tubes go in your general waste bin. Crisp tubes are made from a mixture of paper, plastic and metal which are difficult to separate for recycling.

Crisp tubes go in your general waste bin.

Crisp tubes are made from a mixture of paper, plastic and metal which are difficult to separate for recycling.

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DIY waste

Recycling Centres are accepting some DIY waste, this includes: garden waste hardcore and rubble (bricks, soil and tiles) scrap metal wood and timber Any waste produced by t...

Recycling Centres are accepting some DIY waste, this includes:

  • garden waste
  • hardcore and rubble (bricks, soil and tiles)
  • scrap metal
  • wood and timber

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

Asbestos and plasterboard are not accepted at any of our Recycling Centres.

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Dairy including egg shells

Dairy including egg shells go in your food and garden bin. Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biode...

Dairy including egg shells go in your food and garden bin.

Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biodegradable bags.

Compostable food bags are available from some local councils and most supermarkets.

Food waste can’t be recycled at any of our Recycling Centres. This is because they are not licensed to accept food waste.

 

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Dog waste

Please put dog waste in your general waste bin. Bag it first and then put it the bin. Do not put dog waste in your food and garden bin at home.

Please put dog waste in your general waste bin. Bag it first and then put it the bin.

Do not put dog waste in your food and garden bin at home.

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Drinking glasses

Broken drinking glasses should be wrapped securely and placed into your general waste bin. Donate drinking glasses that are still in good conditions to charity shops. Drinking glasses or wine...

Broken drinking glasses should be wrapped securely and placed into your general waste bin.

Donate drinking glasses that are still in good conditions to charity shops.

Drinking glasses or wine glasses can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. This is because they are made out of toughened glass containing chemicals that can’t be recycled with your glass bottles and jars.

 

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Drinks bottles

Drinks bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. You can also recycle other plastic bottles such as, cleaning product bottles, trigger spray bottles, shampoo and shower gel bottles and milk bottles. ...

Drinks bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. You can also recycle other plastic bottles such as, cleaning product bottles, trigger spray bottles, shampoo and shower gel bottles and milk bottles.

Remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin.

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Duvets

Some charity shops and homeless shelters accept clean duvets and bedding. You can also donate used bedding to some dog homes. Search online to locate your nearest.  

Some charity shops and homeless shelters accept clean duvets and bedding.

You can also donate used bedding to some dog homes. Search online to locate your nearest.

 

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Egg cartons

Choose to buy cardboard egg cartons rather than plastic or polystyrene because you can recycle cardboard egg boxes in your paper and card bin at home. Choose to reuse You can break them up eg...

Choose to buy cardboard egg cartons rather than plastic or polystyrene because you can recycle cardboard egg boxes in your paper and card bin at home.

Choose to reuse

  • You can break them up egg shells and add them to your compost to provide aeration
  • Playgroups and schools can use them for craft projects
  • They can also be used as seed pots and planted straight into the ground as they are biodegradable

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Egg shells

You can recycle egg shells in your food and garden bin at home.

You can recycle egg shells in your food and garden bin at home.

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Electrical items

Please store electrical items safely at home. Recycling Centres are currently not accepting electrical items. Keep your bin crew safe Please do not throw any electrical or battery powere...

Please store electrical items safely at home.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting electrical items.


Keep your bin crew safe

Please do not throw any electrical or battery powered items items or batteries in any of your wheelie bins at home. They can spark and cause fires.

If you are replacing an electrical item, some retailers will collect your old electrical item when they deliver your new one.

Choose to reuse

If your electrical items are still working and in a reusable condition you can donate it to a reuse organisation or some charities. Some offer a free collection service.

 

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Energy saving light bulbs

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting energy-saving light bulbs. Please store them safely at home. Older style 'incandescent' bulbs aren't recyclable and should be thrown away in your ge...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting energy-saving light bulbs. Please store them safely at home.

Older style ‘incandescent’ bulbs aren’t recyclable and should be thrown away in your general waste bin.

 

 

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Envelopes

You can recycle envelopes (including those with a window) in your paper and card bin at home.. Choose to reuse Envelopes in good condition can be reused by putting a label over the old addres...

You can recycle envelopes (including those with a window) in your paper and card bin at home..

Choose to reuse

  • Envelopes in good condition can be reused by putting a label over the old address and writing the new address on.
  • The back of a used envelope makes a good piece of scrap paper for household notes or a shopping list.

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Envelopes and mail

Envelopes and mail (including envelopes with a window) can be recycled in your paper and card bin. This includes: cardboard boxes card packaging paper and shredded paper magazines ...

Envelopes and mail (including envelopes with a window) can be recycled in your paper and card bin.

This includes:

  • cardboard boxes
  • card packaging
  • paper and shredded paper
  • magazines and catalogues
  • newspapers
  • books
  • junk mail
  • greetings cards and wrapping paper
  • food and drink cartons

Please remove all plastic wrapping and put it in your general waste bin.

Sign up to the Mail Preference Service to reduce your junk mail.

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Fire extinguishers

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting fire extinguishers. Please do not put them in any of your bins at home as they may explode if they are crushed. You can contact the company that ...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting fire extinguishers.

Please do not put them in any of your bins at home as they may explode if they are crushed.

You can contact the company that you purchased the fire extinguisher from. They will usually take it back so that they can refill it for reuse.

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Fireworks

If you are hosting a fireworks display, follow these steps to dispose of your used fireworks safely. • Get a bucket of water ready before you start your display • Soak your used fireworks for at ...

If you are hosting a fireworks display, follow these steps to dispose of your used fireworks safely.
• Get a bucket of water ready before you start your display
• Soak your used fireworks for at least 15 minutes, overnight if possible
• Wrap your soaked fireworks in a plastic bag
• Put it in your general waste bin or take it to your local Recycling Centre

For any unused fireworks, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service run a fireworks amnesty where they will collect and dispose of your unused fireworks safely. Call 0800 555 815 for information.

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Flowers and plants

Flowers and plants can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Please remove any packaging, film, plant pots and large amounts of soil. Other garden waste that can be recycled at home i...

Flowers and plants can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Please remove any packaging, film, plant pots and large amounts of soil.

Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:

• leaves
• grass cuttings
• hedge clippings
• twigs and small branches
• weeds (no Japanese Knotwood or Himalayan Balsam)

You can also recycle garden waste at a Recycling Centre. If you are taking food and garden waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be separated. If you take a mixed bag of food and garden waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

You can also compost your garden waste in a home compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Fluorescent tubes

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting fluorescent tubes. Do not put them in your mixed recycling bin. Recycling points are available at some supermarkets.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting fluorescent tubes.

Do not put them in your mixed recycling bin.

Recycling points are available at some supermarkets.

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Foil and foil trays

Clean aluminium foil and foil trays can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. This does not include foil wrapped crisp packets or pet food pouches. These items can look like aluminium...

Clean aluminium foil and foil trays can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home.

This does not include foil wrapped crisp packets or pet food pouches. These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made from metallised plastic film.  Some food brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle crisp packets and food pouches. Check for a recycling drop off point near you. If there isn’t a recycling point near you, put these should in your general waste bin.

To find out if an item is foil or metallised plastic film, do the scrunch test. Simply scrunch the item in your hand – if it stays ‘scrunched’ it is foil and can be recycled. If it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film.

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Food and drink cartons

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home.

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Food and drink pouches

Pouches such as those used for drinks, coffee, pet food and baby food can't be recycled in your bins at home. These are difficult to recycle as they are made of both metal and plastic. Some food...

Pouches such as those used for drinks, coffee, pet food and baby food can’t be recycled in your bins at home. These are difficult to recycle as they are made of both metal and plastic.

Some food brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle food pouches. Check for a recycling drop off point near you.

If there isn’t a recycling point near you, put these should in your general waste bin.

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Food tins and drink cans

Empty food tins and drink cans can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. You don't need to remove the labels, just give them a quick rinse.

Empty food tins and drink cans can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home.

You don’t need to remove the labels, just give them a quick rinse.

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Fridges and freezers

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting fridges and freezers. Check with your local council if they offer bulky waste collections. Choose to reuse If your large electrical item, such as ...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting fridges and freezers.

Check with your local council if they offer bulky waste collections.

Choose to reuse

If your large electrical item, such as a washing machine, is still working and in a reusable condition, your local reuse organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home.

Often shops will collect your unwanted electricals when they deliver your new one – especially larger items like TVs, fridges and freezers (some retailers may charge to collect electrical items).

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites.

 

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Furniture

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting furniture. Choose to reuse Donate furniture to reuse organisations or charities.  Some offer a free collection service. Your local council may...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting furniture.

Choose to reuse

Donate furniture to reuse organisations or charities.  Some offer a free collection service.

Your local council may have a collection service for bulky items.

 

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Garden waste

Garden waste can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin or in a home compost bin (reduced price home compost bins are available from Get Composting). This includes: • Flowers and plant...

Garden waste can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin or in a home compost bin (reduced price home compost bins are available from Get Composting).

This includes:
• Flowers and plants
• Leaves
• Grass cuttings
• Hedge clippings
• Twigs and small branches
• Weeds (no Japanese Knotwood or Himalayan Balsam)

You can take garden waste (no soil or food waste) to a Recycling Centre, please only visit if you really need to.


Any garden waste produced by tradespeople or gardeners you hired to carry out improvements or maintenance to your garden is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

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Gas bottles

Gas bottles can be refilled for further use or can be returned to the supplier. Please do not put gas bottles in any of your bins at home as they may explode if they are crushed. Recycling Ce...

Gas bottles can be refilled for further use or can be returned to the supplier.

Please do not put gas bottles in any of your bins at home as they may explode if they are crushed.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting gas bottles.

 

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Gas cylinders/cartridges

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting gas cylinders or cartridges. Please do not put gas bottles in any of your bins at home as they may explode if they are crushed. Gas bottles can b...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting gas cylinders or cartridges.

Please do not put gas bottles in any of your bins at home as they may explode if they are crushed.

Gas bottles can be refilled for further use or can be returned to the supplier.

 

 

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General waste

Please read the Gov.uk Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on how to dispose of personal waste like tissues. All these things can go in your gene...

Please read the Gov.uk Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on how to dispose of personal waste like tissues.

All these things can go in your general waste bin:

  • plastic pots, trays and tubs
  • plastic packaging
  • plastic bags
  • polystyrene
  • food and drink pouches
  • plant pots
  • pet waste
  • cotton wool and make up pads
  • nappies and sanitary products
  • tissues and used paper towels
  • wet wipes
  • wallpaper

Do not put the following items in your general waste bin:

Your general waste does not go to landfill,  it is used to make electricity.

You can take general waste to a Recycling Centre. Please only visit if you really have to.

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Gift wrap

Plain gift wrapping paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin. You can only recycle wrapping paper entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper that is made out of foil, plastic or con...

Plain gift wrapping paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin.

You can only recycle wrapping paper entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper that is made out of foil, plastic or contains glitter can’t be recycled. Put this type of paper in your general waste bin.

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Glass bottles and jars

You can recycle glass bottles and jars (all colours) in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from your bottles and jars and give them a rinse  before recycling. Put the lids ...

You can recycle glass bottles and jars (all colours) in your mixed recycling bin at home.

Please remove all lids from your bottles and jars and give them a rinse  before recycling. Put the lids in your general waste bin.

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Grass cuttings

Grass cuttings can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes: • flowers and plants • leaves • hedge clippings • twigs and sm...

Grass cuttings can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin.

Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:

• flowers and plants
• leaves
• hedge clippings
• twigs and small branches
• weeds (no Japanese Knotwood or Himalayan Balsam)

You can also recycle garden waste at a Recycling Centre. If you are taking food and garden waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be separated. If you take a mixed bag of food and garden waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

You can also compost your garden waste in a home compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Greetings cards and wrapping paper

You can recycle greetings cards and paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can only recycle greetings cards and wrapping paper if they're entirely made out of paper. Some a...

You can recycle greetings cards and paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can only recycle greetings cards and wrapping paper if they’re entirely made out of paper.

Some are made out of foil, plastic and glitter. None of these can be recycled and microplastics such as glitter can’t be separated from the paper fibres during the recycling process. Tear off any glittery parts or non-paper decorations and put them in your general waste bin. Make sure you also remove any bows or ribbons before recycling your wrapping paper.

Not sure if your wrapping paper is made of paper?  Try to scrunch up the paper into a ball. If it stays scrunched, it can be recycled.

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Gypsum

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are currently closed, therefore you cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do not carry out DIY projec...

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are currently closed, therefore you cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials unless you have safe and secure storage.


If you have hired someone to remove the plasterboard or gypsum

The tradesperson or builder should dispose of it for you. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. If you are disposing of the plasterboard or gypsum yourself, you will be charged as this is classed as business waste.

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Hardcore and rubble

 You can take hardcore and rubble to a Recycling Centre. Do not put rubble or soil in any of your bins at home. Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out imp...

 You can take hardcore and rubble to a Recycling Centre.


Do not put rubble or soil in any of your bins at home.

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

 

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Hedge clippings

Hedge clippings can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes: • flowers and plants • leaves • grass cuttings • twigs and sm...

Hedge clippings can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin.

Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:

• flowers and plants
• leaves
• grass cuttings
• twigs and small branches
• weeds (no Japanese Knotwood or Himalayan Balsam)

You can also recycle garden waste at a Recycling Centre. If you are taking food and garden waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be separated. If you take a mixed bag of food and garden waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

You can also compost your garden waste in a home compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Household chemicals

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting household chemicals. Please store at home. Hazardous household chemicals can cause damage to health or the environment. Please follow guidance on th...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting household chemicals. Please store at home.

Hazardous household chemicals can cause damage to health or the environment. Please follow guidance on the packaging on how to dispose of it safely.

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Inhalers

Inhalers can be recycled at some pharmacies. To find your nearest pharmacy visit Complete the Cycle on Pharmacy Finder. If the scheme is not available near you, put inhalers in your general w...

Inhalers can be recycled at some pharmacies.

To find your nearest pharmacy visit Complete the Cycle on Pharmacy Finder.

If the scheme is not available near you, put inhalers in your general waste bin.

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Invasive weeds

Do not put invasive weeds in your food and garden bin and do not take it to your Recycling Centre. The in vessel composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as ...

Do not put invasive weeds in your food and garden bin and do not take it to your Recycling Centre. The in vessel composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam.

Invasive weeds are classed as hazardous waste and removal of these should be done under the guidance provided by the Environment Agency.

 

 

 

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Japanese Knotweed

Do not put Japanese Knotweed in your food and garden bin and do not take it to your Recycling Centre. The in vessel composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such ...

Do not put Japanese Knotweed in your food and garden bin and do not take it to your Recycling Centre. The in vessel composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam.

Japanese Knotwood is classed as hazardous waste and removal of this should be done under the guidance provided by the Environment Agency.

 

 

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Junk mail

Junk mail can be recycled in your paper and card bin. Junk mail items includes newspapers and magazines telephone directories & catalogues envelopes takeaway menus and leaflets...

Junk mail can be recycled in your paper and card bin.

Junk mail items includes

  • newspapers and magazines
  • telephone directories & catalogues
  • envelopes
  • takeaway menus and leaflets

Please remove all plastic wrapping and put it in your general waste bin.

Sign up to the Mail Preference Service to reduce your junk mail.

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Keg (beer)

Small beer kegs go in your general waste bin.

Small beer kegs go in your general waste bin.

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Key kegs

Key kegs can be returned to the manufacturer or put them in your general waste bin.

Key kegs can be returned to the manufacturer or put them in your general waste bin.

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Keys (metal)

Keys can be recycled at a Recycling Centre.

Keys can be recycled at a Recycling Centre.

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Kitchen foil

Clean aluminium foil and foil trays can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. This does not include crisp packets or pet food pouches. These items can look like aluminium foil but are actuall...

Clean aluminium foil and foil trays can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.

This does not include crisp packets or pet food pouches. These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made from metallised plastic film.  You can take them to a Terracycle recycling drop off point or put them in your general waste bin.

 

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Kitchen roll

Used kitchen roll go in your general waste bin. The cardboard tube from kitchen and toilet rolls go in your paper and card bin.

Used kitchen roll go in your general waste bin.

The cardboard tube from kitchen and toilet rolls go in your paper and card bin.

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Kitchen utensils

If the utensils are reusable save them and donate them to a charity shop or community centre when they reopen. Metal kitchen utensils can be recycled in the scrap metal container at your local R...

If the utensils are reusable save them and donate them to a charity shop or community centre when they reopen.

Metal kitchen utensils can be recycled in the scrap metal container at your local Recycling Centre.

Put plastic utensils in your general waste bin.

 

 

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Large electrical items

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting large electrical items. Please store them safely or contact your council to see if they offer a bulky waste collection service. Do not put any el...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting large electrical items.

Please store them safely or contact your council to see if they offer a bulky waste collection service.

Do not put any electrical items in your bins at home.

Choose to reuse

 If your large electrical items are still working and in a reusable condition, your local reuse organisation may be able to refurbish/fix it and give it a new lease of life and a new home.

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites.

Often shops will collect your unwanted electricals when they deliver your new one – especially larger items like TV’s, fridges and freezers (please note that some retailers may charge to collect electrical items).

 

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Leaves

Leaves can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes: flowers and plants  grass cuttings hedge clippings twigs and s...

Leaves can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin.

Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • flowers and plants
  •  grass cuttings
  • hedge clippings
  • twigs and small branches
  • weeds (no Japanese Knotwood or Himalayan Balsam)

You can also recycle garden waste at your local Recycling Centre. If you are taking food and garden waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be separated. If you take a mixed bag of food and garden waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

You can also compost your garden waste in a home compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Leftovers from your plate

Leftovers from your plate go in your food and garden bin. Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biodeg...

Leftovers from your plate go in your food and garden bin.

Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biodegradable bags.

Compostable food bags are available from some councils and most supermarkets.

Food waste can’t be recycled at any of our Recycling Centres. This is because they are not licensed to accept food waste.

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Lids (glass bottles and jars)

Please put lids in your general waste bin. Please remove all lids from glass bottles and jars before putting them in your mixed recycling bin. The lids from glass bottles and jars can't be re...

Please put lids in your general waste bin.

Please remove all lids from glass bottles and jars before putting them in your mixed recycling bin.

The lids from glass bottles and jars can’t be recycled with the rest of your recycling, as some are made of a combination of metal and plastic.

 

 

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Lids (plastic bottles)

Plastic lids go in your general waste bin. Remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin. Find out what happens to your plastic Choose to reuse So...

Plastic lids go in your general waste bin.

Remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin.

Find out what happens to your plastic

Choose to reuse

Some schools, community centres collect lids for arts and crafts projects.

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Magazines

Magazines can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin (remove all plastic wrapping) this includes: magazines and catalogues newspapers books envelopes junk mail such as ta...

Magazines can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin (remove all plastic wrapping) this includes:

  • magazines and catalogues
  • newspapers
  • books
  • envelopes
  • junk mail such as takeaway menus

Choose to reuse

Share your magazines with your friends and family so they get used more than once.

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Magazines and catalogues

Magazines and catalogues, including telephone directories, can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Please remove any plastic packaging first. Share your magazines with your friends a...

Magazines and catalogues, including telephone directories, can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Please remove any plastic packaging first.

Share your magazines with your friends and family so they get used more than once and you save money too.

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Mattresses

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting mattresses. Please store them safely at home. Choose to reuse You can donate your  mattress to some charities if its in a reusable condition.

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting mattresses. Please store them safely at home.

Choose to reuse

You can donate your  mattress to some charities if its in a reusable condition.

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Medicines and tablets

Medicines and tablets are classed as hazardous waste so can't go in your bins at home. If you have any left over medicines you should check with your local pharmacy as they will normally take them ...

Medicines and tablets are classed as hazardous waste so can’t go in your bins at home. If you have any left over medicines you should check with your local pharmacy as they will normally take them back for disposal.

The empty plastic packaging goes in your general waste bin.

The empty glass or plastic bottles go in your mixed recycling bin.

The cardboard boxes go in your paper and card recycling bin.

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Metal tins and boxes

Large metal tins like sweet and biscuit tins can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. This is because they are too large to be properly sorted in the Materials Recovery Facility. Reu...

Large metal tins like sweet and biscuit tins can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. This is because they are too large to be properly sorted in the Materials Recovery Facility.
Reuse them for storage or take them to a Recycling Centre and put them in the scrap metal container.

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Metal tubes

Metal tubes go in your general waste bin. This includes: tomato and garlic puree tubes sauce tubes personal care and beauty tubes Some personal care and beauty brands have partnere...

Metal tubes go in your general waste bin.

This includes:

  • tomato and garlic puree tubes
  • sauce tubes
  • personal care and beauty tubes

Some personal care and beauty brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle some types of packaging. Check for a recycling drop off point near you.

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Milk bottles

You can recycle plastic and glass milk bottles in your mixed recycling bin. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin. Plastic lids can't be rec...

You can recycle plastic and glass milk bottles in your mixed recycling bin.

Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin. Plastic lids can’t be recycled with the rest of the recycling as they are made of a different type of plastic.

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Mirrors

You can take broken mirrors to a Recycling Centre for disposal. Please do not put mirrors in any of your recycling bins. Choose to reuse If you have a mirror that is still in good condition, you ...

You can take broken mirrors to a Recycling Centre for disposal. Please do not put mirrors in any of your recycling bins.

Choose to reuse

If you have a mirror that is still in good condition, you could save it and donate it to a local charity shop.

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Musical instruments

Musical instruments come in such a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that they can be hard to recycle. If they  can't be repaired, take them to a Recycling Centre for disposal. If you have ...

Musical instruments come in such a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that they can be hard to recycle. If they  can’t be repaired, take them to a Recycling Centre for disposal.

If you have a musical instrument that is still in good working condition, you could:

  • donate it to a charity shop, local community or youth music programme
  • pass it on for free on websites
  • sell it online to make some extra cash

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Nappies and sanitary products

Disposable nappies and sanitary products can't be recycled, please put them in your general waste bin where they are used to make electricity. There are a number of reusable options available fo...

Disposable nappies and sanitary products can’t be recycled, please put them in your general waste bin where they are used to make electricity.

There are a number of reusable options available for both sanitary products and cloth nappies.

On average, a baby from newborn to 18 months old will use 5,000 disposable nappies.

Compare the cost of using real nappies and see how much you could save.

Greater Manchester Cloth Nappy providers

Baba+Boo

Phone 01942 375 760

Email eve@babaandboo.com

Birth 2 Potty

Phone 01942 665 853

Email sales@birth2potty.co.uk

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Needles and syringes

Dispose of needle-sticks and syringes as per supplier's instructions, usually by sealing in a container. Please check with your local council for safe disposal schemes. Please do not put them...

Dispose of needle-sticks and syringes as per supplier’s instructions, usually by sealing in a container.

Please check with your local council for safe disposal schemes.

Please do not put them in any of your bins at home or take them to any of our Recycling Centres.

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Newspapers

All newspapers can be recycled in your paper and card bin. This includes: magazines and catalogues books envelopes and mail junk mail Please remove any plastic wrapping first.

All newspapers can be recycled in your paper and card bin. This includes:

  • magazines and catalogues
  • books
  • envelopes and mail
  • junk mail

Please remove any plastic wrapping first.

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Paper and shredded paper

Most types of paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin. This includes: paper and shredded paper magazines and catalogues newspapers books envelopes and mail junk mail ...

Most types of paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin. This includes:

  • paper and shredded paper
  • magazines and catalogues
  • newspapers
  • books
  • envelopes and mail
  • junk mail
  • greetings cards and wrapping paper

Paper with foil, glitter or plastic coating can’t be recycled. Please remove any plastic wrapping.

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Paper coffee cups

Paper coffee cups can't be recycled in your paper and card bin. This is because they are lined with plastic that is bonded to the cup to help them to hold liquid without making the cup go soggy. P...

Paper coffee cups can’t be recycled in your paper and card bin. This is because they are lined with plastic that is bonded to the cup to help them to hold liquid without making the cup go soggy.
Please put disposable coffee cups in your general waste bin.

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Pet bedding

You can put pet bedding from domestic pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters for example in your food and garden recycling bin at home. The following types are allowed: hay sawdust...

You can put pet bedding from domestic pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters for example in your food and garden recycling bin at home. The following types are allowed:

  • hay
  • sawdust
  • straw
  • wood shavings
  • chipped wood

You can also put your pet bedding in your home composter.

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Pet food

You can recycle pet food at home in your food and garden bin. Please note that food waste can't be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is because the Recy...

You can recycle pet food at home in your food and garden bin.

Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

You will most likely have a kitchen caddy to collect your food waste in. Make sure the caddy has a compostable liner inside. Do not use newspaper, plastic or biodegradable bags in your kitchen caddy, as they inhibit the composting process.

Only use compostable liners with the seedling logo with reference code EN13432 to make sure they are compostable. Compostable liners are either available from your local council or most supermarkets.

Other food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • raw or cooked meat and fish, including bones
  • raw or cooked fruit and vegetables
  • leftovers from your plate
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • dairy including egg shells
  • teabags and coffee grounds

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Pet food pouches

Terracycle offer free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers  to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle plastic. This includes things like, crisp packets, fo...

Terracycle offer free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers  to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle plastic. This includes things like, crisp packets, food pouches and plastic tubes. Find a recycling point near you.

If there is not a recycling point near you, please put them in your general waste bin.

Please do not put pet food pouches in your mixed recycling bin.

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Pet waste

Pet waste such as cat litter and dog poo should be bagged and put in your general waste bin. Do not put pet waste in your food and garden bin at home.

Pet waste such as cat litter and dog poo should be bagged and put in your general waste bin.

Do not put pet waste in your food and garden bin at home.

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Photographs

Photographs and negatives go in your general waste bin at home. Most photo paper is coated with a very thin layer of plastic to control water absorption and speed drying. Therefore, it can't be ...

Photographs and negatives go in your general waste bin at home.

Most photo paper is coated with a very thin layer of plastic to control water absorption and speed drying. Therefore, it can’t be recycled in your paper and card bin.

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Pizza boxes

Empty pizza boxes can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home, even when stained or greasy. Just make sure there is no leftover pizza still in the box.

Empty pizza boxes can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home, even when stained or greasy. Just make sure there is no leftover pizza still in the box.

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Plasterboard

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are currently closed to the public, therefore you currently cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do ...

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are currently closed to the public, therefore you currently cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials unless you have safe and secure storage.


If you have hired someone to remove the plasterboard or gypsum

The tradesperson or builder should dispose of it for you. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. If you are disposing of the plasterboard or gypsum yourself, you will be charged as this is classed as business waste.

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Plastic bags

Check your local supermarkets for a plastic bag recycling point. Some accept other sorts of plastic packaging too. If you can't reuse or recycle them, you can put in your general waste bin. Y...

Check your local supermarkets for a plastic bag recycling point. Some accept other sorts of plastic packaging too.

If you can’t reuse or recycle them, you can put in your general waste bin.

You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre.

Find out what happens to your plastic

Choose to reuse

Say no to a bag, use a reusable bag.

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Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as, cleaning product bottles, trigger spray bottles, shampoo and shower gel bottles, drinks and milk bottles. Find ...

Plastic bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as, cleaning product bottles, trigger spray bottles, shampoo and shower gel bottles, drinks and milk bottles.

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Plastic film

Plastic film goes in your general waste bin. This includes things like, cling film, film on top of ready meals and plastic wrapping. You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container a...

Plastic film goes in your general waste bin. This includes things like, cling film, film on top of ready meals and plastic wrapping.

You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre.

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastic nets

Plastic nets from fruit and vegetables go in your general waste bin. You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre Find out what happens to your plastic

Plastic nets from fruit and vegetables go in your general waste bin.

You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastic packaging

Terracycle offer free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers  to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle plastic. This includes things like, crisp packets, fo...

Terracycle offer free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers  to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle plastic. This includes things like, crisp packets, food pouches and plastic tubes.

Some supermarkets also have plastic carrier bag recycling points which also accept things like, bread bags, bubble wrap and frozen food bags.

You can also put plastic packaging in your general waste bin or put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre.

Find out what happens to your plastic.

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Plastic pots, tubs and trays

Plastic pots, tubs and trays go in your general waste bin. This includes things like, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays and fruit punnets. Find out what happens to your plastic

Plastic pots, tubs and trays go in your general waste bin. This includes things like, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays and fruit punnets.

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastic toothpaste tubes

Plastic toothpaste tubes go in your general waste bin. This includes other tubes such as creams and lotions. Some personal care and beauty brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle some t...

Plastic toothpaste tubes go in your general waste bin. This includes other tubes such as creams and lotions.

Some personal care and beauty brands have partnered with Terracycle to recycle some types of packaging. Check for a recycling drop off point near you.

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastics

Plastic bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as: cleaning product bottles trigger spray bottles shampoo and shower gel bottles drinks and milk bottle...

Plastic bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as:

  • cleaning product bottles
  • trigger spray bottles
  • shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • drinks and milk bottles

Some brands have partnered with Terracycle to collect hard to recycle plastics. Check for a recycling drop off point near you.

Some local supermarkets have a plastic bag recycling point that also accept other sorts of plastic packaging too.

All other plastic go in your general waste bin. This includes things like, plastic pots tubs and trays, nappies, polystyrene and wet wipes.

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Polystyrene

Please put polystyrene in your general waste bin. This includes: Polystyrene takeaway trays Polystyrene cups Polystyrene plates Polystyrene packaging foam chips Polystyrene moul...

Please put polystyrene in your general waste bin.

This includes:

  • Polystyrene takeaway trays
  • Polystyrene cups
  • Polystyrene plates
  • Polystyrene packaging foam chips
  • Polystyrene moulded packing
  • Styrofoam

You could also reuse polystyrene for packaging, beanbags or drainage in plant pots.

Or you can search for ‘polystyrene recycling’ online, as some businesses will recycle it.

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Pots, pans and saucepans

If you have pots, pans and saucepans that are still in good, usable condition, you could: take them to a charity shop or local reuse organisations give them away for free on websites Sel...

If you have pots, pans and saucepans that are still in good, usable condition, you could:

  • take them to a charity shop or local reuse organisations
  • give them away for free on websites
  • Sell them online

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting pots, pans and saucepans .

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Pottery

You can't recycle pottery in your mixed recycling bin, please dispose of it safely in your general waste bin.  You can also take them to your local Recycling Centre. Choose to reuse If you have p...

You can’t recycle pottery in your mixed recycling bin, please dispose of it safely in your general waste bin.  You can also take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Choose to reuse

If you have pottery and crockery items that are still in good, usable condition, you could:

  • save them to donate to a charity shop or local reuse organisations when they reopen
  • give them away for free on websites
  • sell them online

You can also reuse broken pottery in the bottom of plant pots for drainage.

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Pyrex glass

You can't recycle broken or chipped Pyrex ovenware in your mixed recycling bin. Please carefully put it in your general waste bin. Pyrex ovenware is a type of glass but it has been specially tre...

You can’t recycle broken or chipped Pyrex ovenware in your mixed recycling bin. Please carefully put it in your general waste bin.

Pyrex ovenware is a type of glass but it has been specially treated in the manufacturing process to withstand high temperatures. Therefore, it melts at a different temperature during the recycling process, making it non-recyclable.

 

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Raw or cooked fruit and vegetables

Both raw and cooked fruit and vegetables can be recycled in your food and garden bin . Food waste can’t be recycled at any of the Recycling Centres. This is because the Recycling Centres are not...

Both raw and cooked fruit and vegetables can be recycled in your food and garden bin .

Food waste can’t be recycled at any of the Recycling Centres. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

if you use a kitchen food caddy, only use compostable liners with the seedling logo with reference code EN13432 to make sure they are compostable.

Compostable liners are available from some councils and most supermarkets.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • raw or cooked meat and fish, including bones
  • leftovers from your plate
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • dairy including egg shells
  • teabags and coffee grounds

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Raw or cooked meat and fish, including bones

Raw or cooked meat and fish, including bones, can be recycled in your food and garden bin. Food waste can’t be recycled at any Recycling Centres. This is because the Recycling Centres are not li...

Raw or cooked meat and fish, including bones, can be recycled in your food and garden bin.

Food waste can’t be recycled at any Recycling Centres. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

If you use a kitchen food caddy, only use compostable liners with the seedling logo with reference code EN13432 to make sure they are compostable.

Compostable liners are available from some councils and most supermarkets.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • raw or cooked fruit and vegetables
  • leftovers from your plate
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • dairy including egg shells
  • teabags and coffee grounds

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Records

You can't recycle vinyl records in your mixed recycling bin. You can put them in your general waste bin or take them to a Recycling Centre. However, if the are still in good condition, you could...

You can’t recycle vinyl records in your mixed recycling bin. You can put them in your general waste bin or take them to a Recycling Centre.

However, if the are still in good condition, you could save the and donate them to a charity shop when they reopen.

 

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Rice, pasta and beans

Rice, pasta and beans go in your food and garden bin. Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biodegrada...

Rice, pasta and beans go in your food and garden bin.

Using a kitchen food caddy? Only use compostable food bags with the seedling logo with code EN13432. Do not use paper, plastic or biodegradable bags.

Compostable food bags are available from some councils and most supermarkets.

Food waste can’t be recycled at any of our Recycling Centres. This is because they are not licensed to accept food waste.

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Rugs

If you have a rug that is in good condition, you could donate it to a charity shop or reuse organisation. You can also give them away for free online or you could try selling it online. Choose ...

If you have a rug that is in good condition, you could donate it to a charity shop or reuse organisation.

You can also give them away for free online or you could try selling it online.

Choose to reuse
  • Local gardeners or gardening groups may be interested in using your old carpet. It is useful for insulating compost heaps and keeping weeds at bay on vegetable plots and on paths. Wool rich carpets also make a very good mulch!
  • If you are building a garden pond, use old carpet to line it before you put the pond liner in – it protects the liner from sharp stones
  • You can cut it and use it to protect your car windscreen from frost

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting rugs.

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Safety razor blades

Steel safety razor blades can be recycled in the scrap metal container at a Recycling Centre or you can put them in your general waste bin. Cartridge and disposable razors go in your general was...

Steel safety razor blades can be recycled in the scrap metal container at a Recycling Centre or you can put them in your general waste bin.

Cartridge and disposable razors go in your general waste bin.

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Scrap metal

From Saturday 3oth May, you can take scrap metal to a Recycling Centre. Do not put scrap metal in any of your bins at home. Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to car...

From Saturday 3oth May, you can take scrap metal to a Recycling Centre.

Do not put scrap metal in any of your bins at home.


Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

 

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Shampoo and shower gel bottles

Shampoo and shower gel bottles in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as: cleaning product bottles trigger spray bottles drinks and milk bottles Remove all lids f...

Shampoo and shower gel bottles in your mixed recycling bin. This includes all bottles such as:

  • cleaning product bottles
  • trigger spray bottles
  • drinks and milk bottles

Remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin.

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Sharps

You need to dispose of sharps by following the supplier’s instructions. Please check with your local council for safe disposal schemes. Please do not put sharps in any of your bins at home.

You need to dispose of sharps by following the supplier’s instructions. Please check with your local council for safe disposal schemes.

Please do not put sharps in any of your bins at home.

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Shredded paper

Shredded paper goes in your paper and card bin.

Shredded paper goes in your paper and card bin.

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Small electrical items

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting electrical items. Do not put electrical or battery powered items in any of your bins at home. If you are replacing an electrical item, some retai...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting electrical items.

Do not put electrical or battery powered items in any of your bins at home.

If you are replacing an electrical item, some retailers will collect your old electrical item when they deliver your new one.

Choose to reuse

If your electrical items are still working and in a reusable condition you can donate it to a reuse organisation or some charities. Some offer a free collection service.

 

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Soil

You can take garden soil to a Recycling Centre. Please transport it in robust sacks. Soil can't go in your food and garden bin at home as it will affect the quality of the compost produced. ...

You can take garden soil to a Recycling Centre. Please transport it in robust sacks.


Soil can’t go in your food and garden bin at home as it will affect the quality of the compost produced. This is because soil is a mineral and may also contain other potentially toxic elements like heavy metals.

Any garden waste produced by tradespeople or gardeners you hired to carry out improvements or maintenance to your garden is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

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Staples

You do not have to remove staples from magazines or newspapers before you put them in your paper and card bin. During the recycling process, paper is screened to remove items like staples, paper cl...

You do not have to remove staples from magazines or newspapers before you put them in your paper and card bin. During the recycling process, paper is screened to remove items like staples, paper clips and other debris.

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Stoma bags

Stoma bags go in your general waste bin or clinical waste bin. You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre. When emptying a stoma bag, pour the faeces an...

Stoma bags go in your general waste bin or clinical waste bin.

You can also put them in the non-recyclable waste container at a Recycling Centre.

When emptying a stoma bag, pour the faeces and urine down the toilet. The best way to dispose of a stoma bag is to rinse it after emptying and wrap it in a plastic bag.

Some councils provide a home collection service for clinical waste – check with your local council.

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Straws

Plastic straws go in your general waste bin. Find out what happens to your plastic Choose to reuse Buy a straw you can wash and reuse again

Plastic straws go in your general waste bin.

Find out what happens to your plastic

Choose to reuse

Buy a straw you can wash and reuse again

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Teabags and coffee grounds

Teabags and coffee grounds, including loose tea leaves go in your food and garden bin. Coffee filters go in your general waste bin. Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the Re...

Teabags and coffee grounds, including loose tea leaves go in your food and garden bin. Coffee filters go in your general waste bin.

Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

If you use a kitchen food caddy, only use compostable liners with the seedling logo with reference code EN13432 to make sure they are compostable.

Compostable liners are available from some councils and most supermarkets.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • raw or cooked meat and fish, including bones
  • raw or cooked fruit and vegetables
  • leftovers from your plate
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • dairy including egg shells

 

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Telephone directories

You can recycle telephone directories in your paper and card bin at home

You can recycle telephone directories in your paper and card bin at home

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Tetra Pak

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home.

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Tiles (Floor and wall)

You can take tiles from DIY projects from home to a Recycling Centre as long as you carried out the work yourself. Tiles go in the hardcore and rubble container. Any waste produced by trades...

You can take tiles from DIY projects from home to a Recycling Centre as long as you carried out the work yourself. Tiles go in the hardcore and rubble container.


Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

You can also:

  • sell or give them away for free online
  • ask family and friends if they would like them for a project
  • check if a local community project may have a use for them

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Timber and wood

You can take timber and wood to a Recycling Centre, please only visit if you really need to. Please minimise your waste as much as possible by avoiding doing any large DIY projects or clear outs. ...

You can take timber and wood to a Recycling Centre, please only visit if you really need to.

Please minimise your waste as much as possible by avoiding doing any large DIY projects or clear outs.


Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

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Tissues

Tissues go in your  your general waste bin. Please read the Gov.uk Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on how to dispose of personal waste like t...

Tissues go in your  your general waste bin.

Please read the Gov.uk Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on how to dispose of personal waste like tissues.

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Towels

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting towels. Some pet charities or animal shelters welcome donations of towels, phone them first to check. Visit Dogs Trust and Manchester and Cheshire D...

Recycling Centres are currently not accepting towels.

Some pet charities or animal shelters welcome donations of towels, phone them first to check. Visit Dogs Trust and Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home or contact your local RSPCA or PDSA.

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Trigger spray bottles

Trigger spray bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. You can also recycle other plastic bottles such as, cleaning product bottles shampoo and shower gel bottles, drinks and milk bottles. Remove...

Trigger spray bottles go in your mixed recycling bin. You can also recycle other plastic bottles such as, cleaning product bottles shampoo and shower gel bottles, drinks and milk bottles.

Remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin.

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Twigs and small branches

Twigs and small branches can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin as long as they aren't thicker than your wrist. Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes: • flower...

Twigs and small branches can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin as long as they aren’t thicker than your wrist.

Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:

• flowers and plants
• leaves
• grass cuttings
• hedge clippings
• weeds (no Japanese Knotwood or Himalayan Balsam)

You can also recycle garden waste at your local Recycling Centre. If you are taking food and garden waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be separated. If you take a mixed bag of food and garden waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable container. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste.

You can also compost your garden waste in a home compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Video cassettes

Some charity shops may accept video cassettes that are in good condition. You can  put them in your general waste bin or take them to a Recycling Centre for disposal.

Some charity shops may accept video cassettes that are in good condition.

You can  put them in your general waste bin or take them to a Recycling Centre for disposal.

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Wallpaper

Wallpaper can't be recycled in your paper and card bin. Please put any new or used wallpaper in your general waste bin. You can donate leftover rolls of wallpaper to some charity shops. A...

Wallpaper can’t be recycled in your paper and card bin. Please put any new or used wallpaper in your general waste bin.

You can donate leftover rolls of wallpaper to some charity shops.


Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling Centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote.

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Water filters

Some brands offer a recycling scheme. If they don't have a recycling scheme, please put water filters in your general waste bin.  

Some brands offer a recycling scheme.

If they don’t have a recycling scheme, please put water filters in your general waste bin.

 

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Weeds (no Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam)

Weeds such as dandelions, nettles, sheep's sorrel and other non-invasive weeds can go in your food and garden bin at home. You can also take them to a Recycling Centre with your garden waste. Yo...

Weeds such as dandelions, nettles, sheep’s sorrel and other non-invasive weeds can go in your food and garden bin at home. You can also take them to a Recycling Centre with your garden waste.

You can’t put invasive weeds in your food and garden bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. The In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam.

Invasive weeds are classed as ‘hazardous waste’ and removal of these should be done under the guidance provided by the Environment Agency. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk.

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Wet wipes

Please put wipes in your general waste bin. Wet wipes such as: baby wipes cosmetic wipes bathroom cleaning wipes toilet wipes Please do not flush them down the toilet. Please...

Please put wipes in your general waste bin.

Wet wipes such as:

  • baby wipes
  • cosmetic wipes
  • bathroom cleaning wipes
  • toilet wipes

Please do not flush them down the toilet.

Please read the Gov.uk Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on how to dispose of personal waste like tissues.

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Wine bottles

Glass wine bottles can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Rinse out the bottles and remove lids which go in your general waste bin.

Glass wine bottles can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home.
Rinse out the bottles and remove lids which go in your general waste bin.

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Wool

Donate wool to charity shops, schools or community groups.  

Donate wool to charity shops, schools or community groups.

 

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X-mas trees

You can take your real Christmas tree to a Recycling Centre.  Remove all decorations and remove the wooden block from the base of the tree as this is too big to be composted. It can be placed in th...

You can take your real Christmas tree to a Recycling Centre.  Remove all decorations and remove the wooden block from the base of the tree as this is too big to be composted. It can be placed in the wood container.

Some councils will collect your Christmas tree with your food and garden bin and some also have designated Christmas tree recycling points.

If you have an artificial tree, you can take it to your local Recycling Centre. Put it in the non-recyclable container.

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Yoghurt pots

Please put plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and trays in your general waste bin at home. Your general waste is used to make electricity.  Find out how. In Greater Manchester, you can only recycle p...

Please put plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and trays in your general waste bin at home.

Your general waste is used to make electricity.  Find out how.

In Greater Manchester, you can only recycle plastic bottles. Find out why

 

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Ziplock bags

Please put plastic ziplock bags in your general waste bin. Choose to reuse Use lunchboxes or beeswax wraps instead.

Please put plastic ziplock bags in your general waste bin.

Choose to reuse

Use lunchboxes or beeswax wraps instead.

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