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Your guide to waste and recycling

We throw away all sorts of items from our homes every day. There are lots of things that are thrown in the bin that can actually be recycled, such as batteries, clothes and electrical items. So before you bin it, have a look through this handy A-Z guide to help you recycle as much as you can and to dispose of your waste safely.

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Aerosols

You can recycle your aerosol cans in your mixed recycling bin at home or take them to your nearest Recycling Centre. Plastic lids can't be recycled so take them off and put them in your general ...

You can recycle your aerosol cans in your mixed recycling bin at home or take them to your nearest Recycling Centre.

Plastic lids can’t be recycled so take them off and put them in your general waste bin. They will be used to make electricity.

Make sure your aerosol cans are completely empty before recycling and 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 or at your local Recycling Centre. Just give them a quick rinse first. Did you know? Aluminium cans can be recycled over an...

Recycle your empty aluminium cans in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre. Just give them a quick rinse first.

Did you know?
Aluminium cans can be recycled over and over again without any loss in quality.

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Aluminium foil

Clean aluminium foil and foil trays can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre. This does not include foil wrapped crisp packets or pet food pouches. T...

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

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. This type of material is not currently recycled and should be put in your general waste bin.

To find out if an item is foil, do the scrunch test. Simply scrunch the item in your hand – if it remains ‘scrunched’ it is foil and can be recycled. If it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.

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Asbestos

Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste and is not accepted at Recycling Centres. You can take cement-bonded asbestos from your household to one of the following locations via the weighbridge ent...

Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste and is not accepted at Recycling Centres.

You can take cement-bonded asbestos from your household to one of the following locations via the weighbridge entrance where council and high-sided vehicles go:

Raikes Lane, Bolton

Arkwright Street, Oldham

Reliance Street, Newton Heath

Longley Lane, Sharston

Cobden Street, Salford

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury

It must be double wrapped in heavy duty plastic wrapping prior to arriving at site. You can also use household rubble sacks that can be bought from supermarkets and other outlets, as long as the cement bonded asbestos is contained, double wrapped and sealed within the bags. You will need to take your recent council tax bill or utility bill relating to the property where the waste is from.

Asbestos is a toxic material that was once used to make insulation and fireproofing material in construction. Because some forms of asbestos have been linked to certain lung diseases, it is no longer used in new homes. However, some older buildings may still contain asbestos.

For hints and tips on safe removal of asbestos visit the HSE website.

 

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Ashes

Cold ashes (both from wood and coal) go in your general waste bin. They can't be recycled in your food and garden bin as they inhibit the composting process.

Cold ashes (both from wood and coal) go in your general waste bin. They can’t be recycled in your food and garden bin as they inhibit the composting process.

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Baby items

Baby items such as clothes, toys and equipment that are in a reusable condition can be donated to your local charity shop. You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or...

Baby items such as clothes, toys and equipment that are in a reusable condition can be donated to your local charity shop.

You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you want to make some extra cash, you could try selling them online.

You can also take baby clothes and pairs of shoes to the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.

For more information on how to reuse and revamp clothes visit our Love Your Clothes page.

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Barbecues (BBQ)

Cold ashes from your barbecue go in your general waste bin. Make sure they have completely cooled to avoid a fire risk. Ashes can’t be recycled in your food and garden bin as they inhibit the compo...

Cold ashes from your barbecue go in your general waste bin. Make sure they have completely cooled to avoid a fire risk. Ashes can’t be recycled in your food and garden bin as they inhibit the composting process.

If you’re using a disposable BBQ, allow it to cool for several hours and pour cold water over it before putting it in your general waste bin.

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Batteries

Regular household batteries can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre and at most supermarkets. You can't put batteries in any of your bins at home. When next replacing batteries, why no...

Regular household batteries can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre and at most supermarkets.

You can’t put batteries in any of your bins at home.

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

 

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Bikes

Got a new bike or one you don't use anymore? You can donate used bicycles for reuse or recycling at one of the many bike schemes across Greater Manchester. They will make it good as new and sell i...

Got a new bike or one you don’t use anymore? You can donate used bicycles for reuse or recycling at one of the many bike schemes across Greater Manchester.
They will make it good as new and sell it back into the community. You can buy a bicycle from some of these schemes too.

  • Chainlink Community Cycles CIC 

Address: 54-56 Seymour Grove, Old Trafford, M16 0LN

Phone: 07825 958 265

Email: neil@chainlink.org.uk

Address: 21 Higher Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 3ER

Phone: 0161 474 0990 or 07592 304 506

Email: brian@ceracycloan.co.uk

Address: Philips Park, Whitefield, M45 7QJ

Phone: 0161 796 6221 or 07985 340 777

Email: info@ncagb.co.uk

Address: Arch 5, Corporation Street, Manchester, M4 4DG

Phone: 0161 839 0709

Email: popupbikes@gmail.com

Address: 4 Park Road, Bury, BL9 5BQ

Phone: 0161 764 0444

Email: info@rebuildbury.org.uk

  • The Bicycle Recycling Project

Address: The Manchester College, Northenden Campus, Sale Road, Northenden, M23 0DD

Phone: 0161 614 8002 / 07834 161315

Email: steventaylor@themanchestercollege.ac.uk

Address: Unit W2/429, Woodend Mill, Manchester Road, Mossley, Ashton Under Lyne, OL5 9RR

Phone: 07932 050 926

Email: info@arbarus.co.uk

Address: Welly Community Café, Manchester Road Park, Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 9BB

Phone: 0161 253 6588 or 07583 187 139

Email: j.lyth@bury.gov.uk

Address: Wesley Community Furniture, St Wilfrid’s Hall St Wilfrid’s Street, Hulme M15 5BJ

Phone: 07874 245 116 or 0161 226 9051

Email: info@thewesley.org.uk

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Blankets

Used, unwanted blankets and bedding can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre. Some charity shops and homeless shelters accept clean reusable blankets and bedding. A...

Used, unwanted blankets and bedding can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.

Some charity shops and homeless shelters accept clean reusable blankets and bedding.

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

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Books

There are many outlets for second hand books: Most charity shops will accept second hand books if they are in good condition, so will some libraries Donate them for reuse in the media banks...

There are many outlets for second hand books:

  • Most charity shops will accept second hand books if they are in good condition, so will some libraries
  • Donate them for reuse in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre.
  • Other options include schools, doctors’ or dentists’ surgeries, and hospitals

You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash you could try selling them online.

If you have books that are beyond reuse, you can put them in your paper and card bin at home.

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Bras

Old bras can be taken to your local Recycling Centre and placed in the textile banks. Some national charities collect bras for recycling, such as Oxfam. Some lingerie retail outlets also run the...

Old bras can be taken to your local Recycling Centre and placed in the textile banks.

Some national charities collect bras for recycling, such as Oxfam. Some lingerie retail outlets also run their own in-store bra recycling schemes.

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Bread, cakes and pastries

Bread, cakes and pastries can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home. Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is...

Bread, cakes and pastries can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home.

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 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
  • Dairy including egg shells
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

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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: Take them to charity shops or local reuse organisations. You ...

If you have unwanted crockery, pictures, ornaments, or other bric-a-brac items that are still in good usable condition, you could:

  • Take them to charity shops or local reuse organisations. You may not like something or have use for it anymore, but there’s a good chance someone else will.
  • Go online and give them away for free on websites like Freegle or Freecycle
  • Or if you want to make some extra cash, you could try selling them online or at a car boot sale

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Building materials

Building materials from your home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. You can recycle rubble, concrete and soil. Please note plasterboard and asbestos are no longer accepted at any of the...

Building materials from your home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.
You can recycle rubble, concrete and soil. Please note plasterboard and asbestos are no longer accepted at any of the Recycling Centres (see Asbestos and Plasterboard for more information).

Waste from any trade or commercial activity is not accepted at the Recycling Centres. This includes any waste produced by tradesmen or builders you hire to carry out improvement, repairs or alterations at your home.

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Bulky household items

If you have bulky household items that you want to get rid of, you can: Donate them for reuse at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. Visit the Furniture page to find your ...

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

  • Donate them for reuse at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. Visit the Furniture page to find your nearest.
  • Arrange a collection with your local council. Some councils may charge for this service.

 

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Buttons

Keep buttons to update your clothes or donate them to your local charity shop. They will use them to revamp clothes or replace missing buttons from donated items. For more ideas visit our Love Y...

Keep buttons to update your clothes or donate them to your local charity shop. They will use them to revamp clothes or replace missing buttons from donated items.

For more ideas visit our Love Your Clothes page.

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CDs

You can donate CDs for reuse at your local charity shop. You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you want to make some extra cash, you could try ...

You can donate CDs for reuse at your local charity shop.

You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you want to make some extra cash, you could try selling them online.

Alternatively, CDs in good condition can be donated in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre.

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Candle holders

You can either reuse glass holders, donate them to charity or put them in your general waste bin. Glass candle holders can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin with glass bottles and jars. ...

You can either reuse glass holders, donate them to charity or put them in your general waste bin.

Glass candle holders can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin with glass bottles and jars.

If they are still in good condition, you can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you want to make some extra cash, you could try selling them online.

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Car batteries

You can take car batteries to your local Recycling Centre for recycling. Do handle with care, as car batteries contain acid. Or you can also ask the garage to take the old one when you buy a new...

You can take car batteries to your local Recycling Centre for recycling. Do handle with care, as car batteries contain acid.

Or you can also ask the garage to take the old one when you buy a new battery.

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Carcasses

You can safely dispose of animal carcasses at your local weighbridge.

You can safely dispose of animal carcasses at your local weighbridge.

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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 also tak...

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 also take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Top Tip
Shredded cardboard also makes great animal bedding.

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Cardboard boxes

Cardboard boxes and all others types of card can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Please flatten first to save space. This includes: Cardboard packaging (such as empty cereal...

Cardboard boxes and all others types of card can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home. Please flatten first to save space.

This includes:

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

Cardboard can also be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

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

You can take carpet and vinyl flooring from your home to your local Recycling Centre for disposal. If they are still in good condition, you can donate them to some charity shops or reuse organis...

You can take carpet and vinyl flooring from your home to your local Recycling Centre for disposal.

If they are still in good condition, you can donate them to some charity shops or reuse organisation.

You can give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you want to make some extra cash, you could try selling it online.

If it has seen better days…
  • Local gardeners or gardening groups may be interested in using your old carpet. It is useful for insulating compost heaps or 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, you can use old carpet to line it before you put the pond liner in – it protects the liner from sharp stones.
  • You can cut it to size and use it to protect your car windscreen from frost.

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Carrier bags (plastic)

Plastic carrier bags can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. You can put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. Single-use carrier bags can al...

Plastic carrier bags can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. You can put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Single-use carrier bags can also be recycled at some supermarkets.

Top Tip

Buy a bag for life, they are readily available now at most supermarkets and large chain stores for a low cost. They come in a variety of styles and designs and can be used over and over again.

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Cartons (Tetra Pak)

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your general waste bin at home. You can also dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your general waste bin at home. You can also dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

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Cat litter

Please put cat litter in your general waste bin. It can't be recycled in your bins at home and is not suitable for home composting.

Please put cat litter in your general waste bin. It can’t be recycled in your bins at home and is not suitable for home composting.

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Cesspits & septic tanks

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

There are a number of companies offering services related to cesspits and septic tanks in Greater Manchester.

Please search online or look in a telephone directory for details.

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Chemicals

Unwanted chemicals can be taken to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal. Upon arrival, please ask a member of staff for advice on where to put your chemicals. Please ensure that contain...

Unwanted chemicals can be taken to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal. Upon arrival, please ask a member of staff for advice on where to put your chemicals.

Please ensure that container lids are secured and have a label where possible.

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Christmas trees (artificial)

You can take artificial Christmas trees to your local Recycling Centre.

You can take artificial Christmas trees to your local Recycling Centre.

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Christmas trees (real)

You can take your real Christmas tree to your local Recycling Centre. Please 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 conta...

You can take your real Christmas tree to your local Recycling Centre. Please 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, just don’t forget to remove any decorations. Some also have designated Christmas tree recycling points, check your local council’s website.

If you live in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, chop up the branches so they are no thicker than your wrist and put inside your bin with the lid fully closed.

If you live in Manchester or Trafford, leave your tree next to your food and garden bin on your collection day.

Bolton residents can pay Bolton Community Transport Furniture Services to collect their tree.

Some local supermarkets and retailers run Christmas tree take-back recycling schemes.

If you have an artificial tree, you can take it 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 also recycle wrapping paper at your local Recycling Centre. You can only recycle Christmas wrapping paper if it's...

You can recycle paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can also recycle wrapping paper at your local Recycling Centre.

You can only recycle Christmas wrapping paper if it’s entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper is made out of foil, has a plastic coating, is dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter or plastics. These can’t be recycled, so go in your general waste bin.

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Cleaning product bottles

You can recycle cleaning product bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and put them in your genera...

You can recycle cleaning product bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and put them in your general waste bin.

You can also take plastic bottles to your local Recycling Centre.

Plastics can cause confusion when it comes to recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped then you can recycle it.

Why only plastic bottles?
A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic, therefore the grades of plastic will behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) cannot sort between the different grade of plastics, and so they can’t be recycled together.

There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.
1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yogurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. During the recycling process the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch cannot be used to make new products.
4. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays but currently very little are being recycled with most of it being turned into electricity.

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Clinical waste

Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, doctors' surgeries and veterinary practices, but also arises from residential homes, nursing homes and private households. Examples of clinical wa...

Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and veterinary practices, but also arises from residential homes, nursing homes and private households.

Examples of clinical waste include:
• Human or animal tissue
• Blood
• Syringes

There are companies offering a service for commercial premises, use a search engine to find waste disposal services in your area.
If you are a resident that needs to dispose of clinical waste, seek advice from your GP or medical practice.

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Cloth nappies

Real nappies are much more environmentally friendly and a cost effective alternative to disposable nappies. Cloth nappies come in a wide range of colours, designs and fabrics. Cloth nappies are ...

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

Cloth nappies come in a wide range of colours, designs and fabrics. Cloth nappies are trendy and excellent value for money. You can save around £500 compared to the cost of using disposable nappies.

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

Don’t forget once your child is potty trained, you can sell your real nappies. They have a fantastic resale value!

Greater Manchester Cloth Nappy providers

Phone: 01942 375 760

Email: eve@babaandboo.com

Phone: 01942 665 853

Email: sales@birth2potty.co.uk

Phone: 0161 312 8355

Email: sara@greenabubs.co.uk

 

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Clothes and textiles

You can take unwanted, torn or worn clothes, sheets and pairs of shoes to your local Recycling Centre. Around 65% is reused and 35% is recycled. Clothing in good condition can be taken to a char...

You can take unwanted, torn or worn clothes, sheets and pairs of shoes to your local Recycling Centre. Around 65% is reused and 35% is recycled.

Clothing in good condition can be taken to a charity shop, local jumble sale or swap shop.

For more information, visit our Love Your Clothes page.

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Coat hangers

You can leave unwanted coat hangers at the shop when you make your new purchase. Some supermarkets collect coat hangers and dry cleaners may accept them and reuse them. Depending on whether they...

You can leave unwanted coat hangers at the shop when you make your new purchase. Some supermarkets collect coat hangers and dry cleaners 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.

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Coffee pods/capsules

Single-use coffee pods and capsules that used in coffee machines go in your general waste bin. Some types and brands of coffee pods can be collected by a company called TerraCycle. They recycle ...

Single-use coffee pods and capsules that used in coffee machines go in your general waste bin.

Some types and brands of coffee pods can be collected by a company called TerraCycle. They recycle them to create new products such as plastic baby bibs, notebook covers and park benches.

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Coins

Foreign coins and out of date British currency can be taken to your local charity shop. Many banks will collect them too - ask your local branch for details.

Foreign coins and out of date British currency can be taken to your local charity shop. Many banks will collect them too – ask your local branch for details.

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Compostable packaging

Compostable or biodegradable packaging, cups, cutlery, straws and other items can't be recycled in your food and garden bin. Please put all compostable or biodegradable items in your general waste ...

Compostable or biodegradable packaging, cups, cutlery, straws and other items can’t be recycled in your food and garden bin. Please put all compostable or biodegradable items in your general waste bin.

Our in-vessel composters are designed to only accept food and garden waste and compostable food bags with the EN1342 seedling logo. All of Greater Manchester’s food and garden waste is made into compost in just 6 weeks. Compostable packaging takes much longer to break down, in some cases 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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Computers

Computers can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (W.E.E.E). Any electrical items large or small can...

Computers can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (W.E.E.E).

Any electrical items large or small can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.
On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? 

Before you throw away your computer, it’s worth searching online for repair shops to see if your computer can be fixed.

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

If your computer is in good condition, you can donate it. Try Donate a PC or Computers for Charities – just make sure to clear your hard drive before donating. For advice on how to remove your data from your computer, laptop or tablet, read this useful article from Which?

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

 

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Cooked and uncooked food

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

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

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 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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Cookers

Cookers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Any electrical items large or small can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. On average every Greater Mancheste...

Cookers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items large or small can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your large electrical items are still working and in a reusable condition, your local re-use 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 TV’s, fridges and freezers (please note that some retailers may charge to collect electrical items).

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites like Freecycle and Freegle.

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

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Cooking oil

Simply collect cooled waste cooking oil in an empty disposable sealed container, and take it to your local Recycling Centre. Upon arrival please ask a member of staff to direct you to the designate...

Simply collect cooled waste cooking oil in an empty disposable sealed container, and take it to your local Recycling Centre. Upon arrival please ask a member of staff to direct you to the designated container.

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

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Cotton wool and make up pads

Cotton wool and make up pads go in your general waste bin as they can't be recycled.

Cotton wool and make up pads go in your general waste bin as they can’t be recycled.

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Crisp packets

Please put crisp packets in your general waste bin. Do not throw them in your mixed recycling bin. These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made from metallised plastic film. Th...

Please put crisp packets in your general waste bin. Do not throw them in your mixed recycling bin.

These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made from metallised plastic film. This type of material is not currently recycled so goes 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 remains ‘scrunched’ it is foil and can be recycled. If it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.

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Crisp tubes

You can put crisp tubes in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. Crisp tubes can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. This is because they are made fr...

You can put crisp tubes in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Crisp tubes can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. This is because they are made from a mixture of paper, plastic and metal which are difficult to separate for recycling.

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DIY waste

DIY waste from your house can be taken to your local Recycling Centre as long as you have carried out the work yourself. Please note: Waste from any trade or commercial activity can't be taken t...

DIY waste from your house can be taken to your local Recycling Centre as long as you have carried out the work yourself.

Please note: Waste from any trade or commercial activity can’t be taken to the Recycling Centres. This includes any waste produced by tradesmen or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home.

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DVDs

You can donate DVDs for reuse at your local charity shop. You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash you could tr...

You can donate DVDs for reuse at your local charity shop.

You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash you could try selling them online.

Alternatively, DVDs in good condition can be donated in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre.

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Dairy including egg shells

Dairy including egg shells can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home. Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This i...

Dairy including egg shells can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home.

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 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
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

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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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Domestic waste

Your local council is responsible for the collection of your domestic or household waste. About one third of the waste collected is not recycled. We need to significantly increase the amount of wa...

Your local council is responsible for the collection of your domestic or household waste.
About one third of the waste collected is not recycled. We need to significantly increase the amount of waste that is recycled.

For more information about your recycling bins at home, visit our What you can recycle at home page.

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Drinking glasses

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 gl...

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. These type of glass doesn’t melt at the same temperature as bottles and jars. If drinking glasses enter the glass recycling process, it can result in containers being rejected.

You could donate unwanted drinking glasses that are still in good conditions to charity shops.

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

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Drinks bottles

You can recycle drinks bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and put them in your general waste bi...

You can recycle drinks bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and put them in your general waste bin.

You can also take plastic bottles to your local Recycling Centre.

Plastics can cause confusion when it comes to recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped then you can recycle it.

Why only plastic bottles?
A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic, therefore the grades of plastic will behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) cannot sort between the different grade of plastics, and so they can’t be recycled together.

There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.
1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yogurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. During the recycling process the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch cannot be used to make new products.
4. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays but currently very little are being recycled with most of it being turned into electricity.

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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. Alternatively you can bring...

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.

Alternatively you can bring your duvets to your local Recycling Centre where they will be used for energy recovery.

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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. You can also take cardboard to your local Recy...

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. You can also take cardboard to your local Recycling Centre.

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Egg cartons can be reused in a variety of ways:

  • You can break them up 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. Cleaned and crushed egg shells can be added to your compost, as they contain lime which helps to reduce acidity.

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

Cleaned and crushed egg shells can be added to your compost, as they contain lime which helps to reduce acidity.

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Electrical items

Electrical items are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. You can't put electrical...

Electrical items are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. You can’t put electrical items in your bins at home.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, haidryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your small electrical items are 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. Some charities will collect unwanted electrical items for free. For more information, visit How do I waste less?

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).

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites like Freecycle and Freegle.

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Energy saving light bulbs

Although standard light bulbs can't be recycled, energy saving light bulbs can! Energy efficient light bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp and can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre in ...

Although standard light bulbs can’t be recycled, energy saving light bulbs can!

Energy efficient light bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp and can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre in the fluorescent tubes container.

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

 

 

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Engine oil

You can take used engine oil to your local Recycling Centre. Make sure your engine oil is stored in as sealed container. Upon arrival, ask a member of staff to direct you to the right container. ...

You can take used engine oil to your local Recycling Centre. Make sure your engine oil is stored in as sealed container. Upon arrival, ask a member of staff to direct you to the right container.

Do not pour used engine oil down storm drains. It can cause considerable environmental damage if it leaches into watercourses or groundwater.

Top Tips

  • Don’t mix engine oil with any other substance – as this makes it difficult to recycle
  • The government website Oil Bank Line can tell you more about recycling your oil

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Envelopes

You can recycle envelopes (including those with a window) in your paper and card bin at home or you can take them to your local Recycling Centre. Visit our Paper page for more details. Top Ti...

You can recycle envelopes (including those with a window) in your paper and card bin at home or you can take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Visit our Paper page for more details.

Top Tips

  • Envelopes in good condition can be reused by putting a label over the old address and writing the new postal 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 or recycled at your local Recycling Centre, this includes: Cardboard boxes Card packaging ...

Envelopes and mail (including envelopes with a window) can be recycled in your paper and card bin or recycled at your local Recycling Centre, this includes:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Card packaging
  • Paper and shredded paper
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Junk mail
  • Greetings cards and wrapping paper

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

To reduce the amount of junk mail you receive visit Mail Preference Service.

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Fabrics

Clothes, fabrics and textiles in good condition can be reused, passed onto friends and relatives, taken to charity shops or sold at a jumble sale. You can also give them away for free online on ...

Clothes, fabrics and textiles in good condition can be reused, passed onto friends and relatives, taken to charity shops or sold at a jumble sale.

You can also give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you want to make some extra cash you could try selling them online.

Visit our Love Your Clothes page for more information on how to reuse and repair your clothes and textiles.

Alternatively you can take fabrics to your local Recycling Centre. There are textiles banks for your unwanted clothes, sheets, towels and pairs of shoes.

 

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Fax junk mail

Fax junk mail can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre. You can read our Paper page for more information. Or visit Mail Preference Service to reduce t...

Fax junk mail can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre.

You can read our Paper page for more information. Or visit Mail Preference Service to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.

 

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Fire extinguishers

You can take fire extinguishers to any of our Recycling Centres. Alternatively, you can contact the company that you purchased the fire extinguisher from. They will usually take it back so that ...

You can take fire extinguishers to any of our Recycling Centres.

Alternatively, 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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Flowers and plants

Flowers and plants can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Please remove any packaging, film or plant pots. Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes: • Flowers an...

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

Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:

• Flowers and plants
• Leaves
• 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. Please note that if you are taking garden and food waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be split as only the garden waste can be recycled on site. If you take a mixed load of garden and food waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

Don’t forget you can also compost your garden waste at home in a compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tubes can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. Do not put them in your mixed recycling bin. Collection points are also available in some shops - so rather than make a speci...

Fluorescent tubes can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Do not put them in your mixed recycling bin.

Collection points are also available in some shops – so rather than make a special trip to the tip, you can now dispose of your old fluorescent bulbs while you’re shopping.

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Foil and foil trays

Clean aluminium foil and foil trays can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre. This does not include foil wrapped crisp packets or pet food pouches. T...

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

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. This type of material is not currently recycled and should be put 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 remains ‘scrunched’ it is foil and can be recycled. If it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.

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Food and drink cartons

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your general waste bin at home. You can also dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your general waste bin at home. You can also dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

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Food and drink pouches

Pouches such as those used for drinks, coffee, pet food and baby food should be placed in your general waste bin. These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made from metallised p...

Pouches such as those used for drinks, coffee, pet food and baby food should be placed in your general waste bin.

These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made from metallised plastic film. This type of material is not currently recycled and should be put 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 remains ‘scrunched’ it is foil and can be recycled. If it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.

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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. Or you can take them to your local Recycling Centre. There is no need to sort the aluminium cans from the stee...

Empty food tins and drink cans can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Or you can take them to your local Recycling Centre.

There is no need to sort the aluminium cans from the steel ones. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a drinks can, a food tin or a pet food tin – they can all be put in the mixed recycling bin together. Drinks cans with small widgets inside can also go in your mixed recycling bin.

And you don’t need to remove the labels, just give them a quick rinse!

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Fridges and freezers

Fridges and freezers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). You can recycle small or large electrical items at your local Recycling Centre. On average every Greater Ma...

Fridges and freezers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
You can recycle small or large electrical items at your local Recycling Centre.

On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about 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 like Freecycle and Freegle.

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

 

 

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Furniture

If your furniture is not in a reusable condition, you can take it to your local Recycling Centre. What about reuse? You can donate quality furniture for reuse at a number of Recycling Centres...

If your furniture is not in a reusable condition, you can take it to your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse?

You can donate quality furniture for reuse at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. Visit our Furniture page to find your nearest.

If your furniture is 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.

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites like Freecycle and Freegle.

Your local council may operate a collection service for items such as tables, chairs and beds.

 

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Garden waste

Garden waste can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Please check your local council website for further collection details. Garden waste that can be recycled at home includes: • F...

Garden waste can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Please check your local council website for further collection details.

Garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:
• Flowers and plants
• Leaves
• 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. Please note that if you are taking garden and food waste it must be split, as only garden waste can be recycled on site. If you take a mixed load of garden and food waste, it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

Don’t forget you can also compost your garden waste at home in a compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from https://getcomposting.com/

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Gas bottles

Gas bottles can be refilled for further use or can be returned to the supplier. Find out more on gas bottle exchange and return here. Please do not put gas bottles in any of your bins at home as...

Gas bottles can be refilled for further use or can be returned to the supplier. Find out more on gas bottle exchange and return here.

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

You can take gas bottles to your local Recycling Centre. Upon arrival please ask a member of staff who will direct you to the designated container.

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Gas cylinders/cartridges

Gas bottles can be refilled for further use or can be returned to the supplier. Find out more on gas bottle exchange and return here. Please do not put gas bottles in any of your bins at home as...

Gas bottles can be refilled for further use or can be returned to the supplier. Find out more on gas bottle exchange and return here.

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

You can take gas bottles to your local Recycling Centre. Upon arrival please ask a member of staff who will direct you to the designated container.

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General waste

Most things that can't be recycled can go in your general waste bin, such as: Plastic pots, trays and tubs Plastic packaging Plastic bags Polystyrene Food and drink pouches Plan...

Most things that can’t be recycled can go in your general waste bin, such as:

  • 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

Find out what happens to your general waste here.

Please do not put the following items in your general waste bin.

  • Batteries
  • Clothes and textiles
  • Electronics

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Gift wrap

Plain gift wrapping paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin or at your local Recycling Centre. You can only recycle wrapping paper entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper is mad...

Plain gift wrapping paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin or at your local Recycling Centre.

You can only recycle wrapping paper entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper is made out of foil, has a plastic coating, is dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics and other things that can’t be recycled. Put this type of paper in your general waste bin.

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Glass

Crockery glass or window glass (flat glass) can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. This is because they are made out of a toughened glass containing chemicals that can't be recycled with...

Crockery glass or window glass (flat glass) can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.

This is because they are made out of a toughened glass containing chemicals that can’t be recycled with your glass bottles and jars. These type of glass does not melt at the same temperature as bottles and jars. If it enters the glass recycling process, it can result in new containers being rejected.

Crockery glass can be disposed of at your local Recycling Centre or in your general waste bin.

Please do not put crockery glass into glass recycling banks. They are for bottles and jars only.

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Glass bottles and jars

You can recycle glass bottles and jars (all colours) in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre. Remember to remove all lids from your bottles and jars and give them a...

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

Remember to remove all lids from your bottles and jars and give them a rinse  before recycling. Please put the lids in your general waste bin. Find out why here.

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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 your local Recycling Centre. Please note that if you are taking garden and food waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be split as only the garden waste can be recycled on site. If you take a mixed load of garden and food waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

Don’t forget you can also compost your garden waste at home in a 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 also recycle wrapping paper at your local Recycling Centre. You can only recycle greetings ca...

You can recycle greetings cards and paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can also recycle wrapping paper at your local Recycling Centre.

You can only recycle greetings cards and wrapping paper if they’re entirely made out of paper. Some are made out of foil, has a plastic coating, is dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter or plastics. These can’t be recycled, so go in your general waste bin.

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Gypsum

We do not accept gypsum or plasterboard at any of the Recycling Centres. You can take gypsum to one of the following locations via the weighbridge entrance where council and high-sided vehicles ...

We do not accept gypsum or plasterboard at any of the Recycling Centres.

You can take gypsum to one of the following locations via the weighbridge entrance where council and high-sided vehicles go:

Raikes Lane, Bolton

Salford Road, Over Hulton

Every Street, Bury

Longley  Lane, Sharston

Reliance Street, Newton Heath

Arkwright Street

Chichester Street

Cobden Street

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury

Bayley Street, Stalybridge

You will need to take your most recent council tax bill or utility bill relating to the property where the waste is from.

If you are using a hire vehicle, please ensure you have you hire vehicle documents with you as you may be asked to produce them.

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Hardcore and rubble

Rubble or hardcore from DIY jobs at home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Please do not put rubble or soil in your food and garden bin or in your general waste bin. Please note th...

Rubble or hardcore from DIY jobs at home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Please do not put rubble or soil in your food and garden bin or in your general waste bin.

Please note that you can’t take any rubble or hardcore that is from commercial or trade activity to the recycling centre. This is classed as business waste and there is a charge for disposal.

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Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste is any type of waste that can harm human health or the environment, or is difficult to handle. Each of the items on the lists below are classed as hazardous waste. Specialist ar...

Hazardous waste is any type of waste that can harm human health or the environment, or is difficult to handle.
Each of the items on the lists below are classed as hazardous waste.

Specialist are needed to remove and dispose of:

  • Invasive Weeds and plants
  • Infectious clinical waste

The following hazardous items from your household can be taken to your local Recycling Centre

  • TV and computer monitors
  • Fridges & freezers
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Cement bonded asbestos
  • Waste oils (engine oil and cooking oil)
  • Lead acid (automotive) batteries

You must separate out any hazardous waste from your general household waste before taking it to your local Recycling Centre. At the centre, seek advice from a member of staff and do not put any hazardous waste in with the general (non recyclable) waste containers.

Your local council may be able to collect your hazardous waste – to find out if this service is available, please contact your council directly.

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Hearing aids

Hearing aids can't be recycled at home. If the hearing aid uses batteries or needs charging it is then classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and can be recycled at your loc...

Hearing aids can’t be recycled at home.

If the hearing aid uses batteries or needs charging it is then classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre along with other WEEE.

However, hearing aids are often collected for charity. Collection points be found at some:

  • Doctors surgeries
  • Hospital audiology departments
  • Private hearing specialists
  • Some charity shops like Help the Aged and Age Concern
  • Organisations like The Lions Clubs

These collections are usually charity based. Donated hearing aids are repaired, refurbished and sent overseas for reuse in developing countries.

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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 your local Recycling Centre. Please note that if you are taking garden and food waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be split as only the garden waste can be recycled on site. If you take a mixed load of garden and food waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

Don’t forget you can also compost your garden waste at home in a compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Hedge trimmers

Broken or unwanted electric hedge trimmers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). They can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre along with other WEEE. Large or sm...

Broken or unwanted electric hedge trimmers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). They can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre along with other WEEE.

Large or small electrical items can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

Petrol hedge trimmers can also be recycled with the scrap metal at your local Recycling Centre. Please make sure the petrol tank is completely empty.

 

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Household chemicals

Hazardous household waste items are those items that can cause damage to health or the environment. Unwanted chemicals can be taken to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal. Upon arrival...

Hazardous household waste items are those items that can cause damage to health or the environment.

Unwanted chemicals can be taken to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal. Upon arrival, please ask a member of staff for advice on where to put your chemicals.

Please ensure that container lids are secured and have a label where possible.

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Inhalers

Inhalers can be recycled at participating pharmacies. For more information or to find your nearest pharmacy visit Complete the Cycle on Pharmacy Finder. If the scheme is not available near yo...

Inhalers can be recycled at participating pharmacies.

For more information or to find your nearest pharmacy visit Complete the Cycle on Pharmacy Finder.

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

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Ink Cartridges and Toners

Most ink or printer cartridges can be refilled with a store-bought refill kit. Alternatively, take the cartridge back to the shop you purchased it from. Or mail the cartridges back to the manufa...

Most ink or printer cartridges can be refilled with a store-bought refill kit.

Alternatively, take the cartridge back to the shop you purchased it from. Or mail the cartridges back to the manufacturer. Often, the cartridges include a mailing label to show you where they can be sent to.

Printer cartridges can also be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

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Invasive weeds

Invasive weeds can't be put in your food and garden bin and can't be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Our In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds ...

Invasive weeds can’t be put in your food and garden bin and can’t be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Our 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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Irons

Irons can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Large or small electrical items can be recycle...

Irons can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Large or small electrical items can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.
On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your 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 like Freecycle and Freegle.

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed can't go in your food and garden bin and can't be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Our In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds. ...

Japanese Knotweed can’t go in your food and garden bin and can’t be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Our In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds.

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

For more information please visit www.gov.uk.

 

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Jewellery

You can't recycle jewellery in your mixed recycling bin at home. Jewellery and watches are accepted by many charity shops. You can also give them away for free on websites like Freecycle or F...

You can’t recycle jewellery in your mixed recycling bin at home.

Jewellery and watches are accepted by many charity shops.

You can also give them away for free on websites like Freecycle or Freegle. Or if you want to make some extra cash, you could try selling it online.

Alternatively, there are online organisations like Recycling For Good Causes that will take jewellery and watches (regardless of condition). They are then used for resale or are recycled to raise funds for national charities and local groups such as Scouts and Brownies.

 

 

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Junk mail

Junk mail can be recycled in your paper and card bin (remove all plastic wrapping first) or recycled at your local Recycling Centre. Junk mail items includes: Newspapers and magazines Te...

Junk mail can be recycled in your paper and card bin (remove all plastic wrapping first) or recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Junk mail items includes:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Telephone directories & catalogues
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail such as takeaway menus and leaflets

Visit our Paper page for more details or visit Mail Preference Service to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.

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Keg (beer)

Mini beer kegs are available from most supermarkets but because of their size, you can't recycle them in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please put them in your general waste bin. Alternativel...

Mini beer kegs are available from most supermarkets but because of their size, you can’t recycle them in your mixed recycling bin at home.

Please put them in your general waste bin. Alternatively, take them to your local Recycling Centre.

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Kettles

Kettles can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Any electrical items large or small can be re...

Kettles can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Any electrical items large or small can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.
On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your 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 like Freecycle and Freegle.

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

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Key kegs

Key kegs are a new technology for storing beer, wine and cider which are increasingly being used at home. However due to their size, key kegs can't be recycled at home in your mixed recycling bi...

Key kegs are a new technology for storing beer, wine and cider which are increasingly being used at home.

However due to their size, key kegs can’t be recycled at home in your mixed recycling bin.

You can either return them to the manufacturer, put them in your general waste bin, or take them to your local Recycling Centre.

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Keys (metal)

Keys can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. As with other scrap metals, keys can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Keys can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.

As with other scrap metals, keys can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

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Kitchen foil

Clean aluminium foil and foil trays can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre. This does not include foil wrapped crisp packets or pet food pouches. T...

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

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. This type of material is not currently recycled and should be put 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 remains ‘scrunched’ it is foil and can be recycled. If it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.

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Kitchen roll

Please dispose of your used and unused kitchen roll in your general waste bin. You can't recycle it in your paper and card bin or your food and garden bin. However, you can recycle the cardboard...

Please dispose of your used and unused kitchen roll in your general waste bin. You can’t recycle it in your paper and card bin or your food and garden bin.

However, you can recycle the cardboard tube from kitchen and toilet rolls in your paper and card bin.

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Kitchen utensils

Kitchen utensils can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please dispose of them in your general waste bin. Metal kitchen utensils can be recycled in the scrap metal container at y...

Kitchen utensils can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please dispose of them in your general waste bin.

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

 

 

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Knitting needles

Broken or unused knitting needles can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. Please put them in your general waste bin.    

Broken or unused knitting needles can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. Please put them in your general waste bin.

 

 

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Lamps

Lamps can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin. They are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Large or small electrical items can be recycled at...

Lamps can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin. They are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Large or small electrical items can be recycled at your local Recycling Centres.
On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your 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 like Freecycle and Freegle.

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

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Large electrical items

Large electrical items are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Electrical items should not be disposed of in any of your bins at home. Large or small electrical items...

Large electrical items are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Electrical items should not be disposed of in any of your bins at home.

Large or small electrical items can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about 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 like Freecycle and Freegle.

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).

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

 

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Lawnmowers

Broken or unwanted electric lawnmowers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). They can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre along with other WEEE. Petrol lawnmowe...

Broken or unwanted electric lawnmowers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). They can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre along with other WEEE.

Petrol lawnmowers can be recycled with the scrap metal at your local Recycling Centre. Please make sure the petrol tank is completely empty.

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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: • Leaves • Grass cuttings • Hedge clippings • Twigs and small branches...

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

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 your local Recycling Centre. Please note that if you are taking garden and food waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be split as only the garden waste can be recycled on site. If you take a mixed load of garden and food waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

Don’t forget you can also compost your garden waste at home in a compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Leftovers from your plate

Leftovers from your plate can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home. Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is...

Leftovers from your plate can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home.

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 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
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Dairy including egg shells
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

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Lids (glass bottles and jars)

Please dispose of 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'...

Please dispose of 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)

Please dispose of lids in your general waste bin. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin. Lids can't be recycled with the rest of the recy...

Please dispose of lids in your general waste bin.

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

Lids can’t be recycled with the rest of the recycling as they are made of a different type of plastic. Also, loose bottle lids get mixed up with the glass bottle and jar pieces at our Materials Recovery Facility.

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

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Light bulbs

Standard light bulbs can't be recycled, please put in your general waste bin. Try switching to low energy alternatives (energy saving light bulbs). It will save you money in the long term and th...

Standard light bulbs can’t be recycled, please put in your general waste bin.

Try switching to low energy alternatives (energy saving light bulbs). It will save you money in the long term and they can be recycled at all Recycling Centres in the fluorescent tubes container along with any fluorescent tube lighting you need to recycle.

LED bulbs can be recycled with small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

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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. You can also donate them to your local doctors, dentists or hairdressers.

They can also be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

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Mattresses

You can take your used mattresses to your local Recycling Centre. Your local council may operate a collection service for mattresses and other large items such as tables, chairs and beds.

You can take your used mattresses to your local Recycling Centre. Your local council may operate a collection service for mattresses and other large items such as tables, chairs and beds.

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Media (Books, CDs and DVDs)

You can take second hand books, CDs and DVDs to a local charity shop or donate them for reuse in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre. If you have books that are beyond reuse, you can ...

You can take second hand books, CDs and DVDs to a local charity shop or donate them for reuse in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre.

If you have books that are beyond reuse, you can put them in your paper and card bin at home. CDs and DVDs that no longer work can go in your general waste bin.

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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 or hospital as they will normall...

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 or hospital as they will normally take them back for disposal.

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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 your local Recycling Centre and put them in the scrap metal container.

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Metal tubes (e.g. tomato puree)

Metal tubes can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. This includes: Tomato and garlic puree tubes ...

Metal tubes can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. This includes:

  • Tomato and garlic puree tubes
  • Sauce tubes
  • Cream cheese tubes.

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Microwaves

Microwaves are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). You can take them to your local Recycling Centre, or check to see if your council offers a household bulky waste collecti...

Microwaves are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). You can take them to your local Recycling Centre, or check to see if your council offers a household bulky waste collection for electrical items.

If you have an electrical item that is still in good working condition, you could:

  • Give it to a charity shop or furniture reuse organisation that accepts electrical items. Many offer collection services.
  • Check to see if your council offers a service for reuse.
  • Pass on items for free on websites such as Freecycle and Freegle.

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Milk bottles

You can recycle plastic and glass milk bottles in your mixed recycling bin, you can also take them to your local Recycling Centre. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them...

You can recycle plastic and glass milk bottles in your mixed recycling bin, you can also take them to your local Recycling Centre.

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

Mirrors can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.  You can take broken mirrors to your local Recycling Centre for disposal. If you have a mirror that is still in good condition, you could d...

Mirrors can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.  You can take broken mirrors to your local Recycling Centre for disposal.

If you have a mirror that is still in good condition, you could donated it to a local charity shop or pass it on for free on websites such as Freecycle and Freegle.

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Mobile phones

The main channels for disposing of mobiles are the shops that sell them, but there are other organisations that accept them for refurbishment and recycling. Most charities accept old mobile phon...

The main channels for disposing of mobiles are the shops that sell them, but there are other organisations that accept them for refurbishment and recycling.

Most charities accept old mobile phones, whether they are working or not. They can raise valuable funds by passing them on to mobile phone recycling companies.

You can pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle

Or if you wanted to make some extra cash you could try selling it online.

It is important to ensure that your personal data is removed from your mobile phone before you pass it on or send it for recycling.

 

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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. You can take them to your local Recycling Centre for disposal. If you have a musical i...

Musical instruments come in such a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that they can be hard to recycle. You can take them to your local 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 such as Freecycle  and Freegle
  • 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. They are much more environmentally friendly and a cost effective alternative.

On average, a baby from newborn to 18 months old will use 5,000 disposable nappies. Disposable nappies are not biodegradable and take between 300 – 500 years to break down in landfill sites.

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

Don’t forget once your child is potty trained, you can sell your real nappies. They have a fantastic resale value!

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 in a...

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 in any of your bins at home – needles and syringes can’t be recycled or reused.

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Newspapers

All newspapers can be recycled in your paper and card bin or recycled at your local Recycling Centre. This includes: Magazines and catalogues Books Envelopes and mail Junk mail Please remove...

All newspapers can be recycled in your paper and card bin or recycled at your local Recycling Centre. This includes:
Magazines and catalogues
Books
Envelopes and mail
Junk mail

Please remove any plastic wrapping first.

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Ovens

You can dispose of your used oven at your local Recycling Centre, or arrange a collection with your local council. Some councils charge for this service. Often, shops will collect your unwanted ...

You can dispose of your used oven at your local Recycling Centre, or arrange a collection with your local council. Some councils charge for this service.

Often, shops will collect your unwanted electrical or gas appliances when they deliver your new one (please note that some retailers may charge to collect electrical items).

What about reuse? If your large items such as 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. Visit our Electricals pages to find your nearest scheme.

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Paint and paint cans

Paint cans and tins can't be put in your mixed recycling bin and paint must not be poured down the drain. You can take paint cans to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal. Or you could dona...

Paint cans and tins can’t be put in your mixed recycling bin and paint must not be poured down the drain. You can take paint cans to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal. Or you could donate leftover paint to a local reuse scheme.

 

 

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Paper and shredded paper

Most types of paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin or recycled at your local Recycling Centre. This includes: Paper and shredded paper Magazines and catalogues Newspapers ...

Most types of paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin or recycled at your local Recycling Centre. 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, straw...

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 and chipped wood.

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

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Pet food

You can recycle your pet food waste 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 becau...

You can recycle your pet food waste 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

Food and drink pouches such as those used to contain drinks, coffee grounds, pet food and baby food goes in your general waste bin. These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made...

Food and drink pouches such as those used to contain drinks, coffee grounds, pet food and baby food goes in your general waste bin.

These items can look like aluminium foil but are actually made from metallised plastic film. This type of material is not currently recycled so belongs 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 remains ‘scrunched’ it is foil and can be recycled. If it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable.

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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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Petrol

You can take petrol to your local Recycling Centre in a robust, sealed container. When you arrive, please ask a member of staff to direct you to the designated container.

You can take petrol to your local Recycling Centre in a robust, sealed container. When you arrive, please ask a member of staff to direct you to the designated container.

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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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Pillows

Pillows can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre. Alternatively, some charities or animal shelters take donated pillows. Visit Dogs Trust or Manchester and Cheshire Dogs...

Pillows can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.
Alternatively, some charities or animal shelters take donated pillows. Visit Dogs Trust or Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home. You could also contact your local RSPCA or PDSA.

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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

We do not accept plasterboard or gypsum at any of the Recycling Centres. You can  take plasterboard or gypsum to one of the following locations via the weighbridge entrance where council and hig...

We do not accept plasterboard or gypsum at any of the Recycling Centres.

You can  take plasterboard or gypsum to one of the following locations via the weighbridge entrance where council and high-sided vehicles go:

Raikes Lane, Bolton

Salford Road, Over Hulton

Every Street, Bury

Longley  Lane, Sharston

Reliance Street, Newton Heath

Arkwright Street

Chichester Street

Cobden Street

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury

Bayley Street, Stalybridge

You will need to take your most recent council tax bill or utility bill relating to the property where the waste is from.

If you are using a hire vehicle, please ensure you have you hire vehicle documents with you as you may be asked to produce them.

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Plastic bags

Plastic carrier bags can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. You can put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. Single-use carrier bags can al...

Plastic carrier bags can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. You can put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Single-use carrier bags can also be recycled at some supermarkets.

Top Tip

Buy a bag for life, they are readily available now at most supermarkets and large chain stores for a low cost. They come in a variety of styles and designs and can be used over and over again.

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Plastic bottles

Plastics can cause confusion when recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped, then you can recycle it. At home, you can recycle plastic bottles in your mixed recycling...

Plastics can cause confusion when recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped, then you can recycle it.
At home, you can recycle plastic bottles in your mixed recycling bin. You can also take plastic bottles to your local Recycling Centre.

Why only plastic bottles?

A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic. High and low grade plastics behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) can’t sort between the different grade of plastics, so they can’t be collected together.

There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.

1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots, tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. During the recycling process, the plastic is melted. Plastic bottles and plastic pots, tubs and trays melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch can’t be used to make new products.
4. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays, but currently very little is recycled. Most of it is turned into electricity.

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Plastic film

Plastic film can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put it in your general waste bin or take it to your local Recycling Centre for disposal. This includes: Cling film Plasti...

Plastic film can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put it in your general waste bin or take it to your local Recycling Centre for disposal. This includes:

  • Cling film
  • Plastic film on top of ready meals
  • Plastic wrappers (such as food wrapping or magazine wrapping)

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Plastic nets

Plastic nets from fruit and vegetables can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Plastic nets from fruit and vegetables can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre.

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Plastic packaging

You can't recycle any plastic packaging in your mixed recycling bin. This includes plastic bread wrappers, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays and so on. Put them in your general waste bin or ...

You can’t recycle any plastic packaging in your mixed recycling bin. This includes plastic bread wrappers, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays and so on. Put them in your general waste bin or take to your local Recycling Centre and put them in the non-recyclable waste container. Plastic packaging is used to create electricity.

Paper and card packaging can be recycled in your paper and card bin at home.

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Plastic pots, tubs and trays

Plastic pots, tubs and trays can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. This includes yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays and so on. Put them in your general waste bin or take to your l...

Plastic pots, tubs and trays can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. This includes yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays and so on.

Put them in your general waste bin or take to your local Recycling Centre and put them in the non-recyclable waste container. Plastic pots, tubs and trays are used to create electricity.

Plastics can cause confusion when recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped, then you can recycle it.
At home, you can recycle plastic bottles in your mixed recycling bin. You can also take plastic bottles to your local Recycling Centre.

Why only plastic bottles?

A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic. High and low grade plastics behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) can’t sort between the different grade of plastics, so they can’t be collected together.

There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.

1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots, tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. During the recycling process, the plastic is melted. Plastic bottles and plastic pots, tubs and trays melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch can’t be used to make new products.
4. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays, but currently very little is recycled. Most of it is turned into electricity.

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Plastic toothpaste tubes

Plastic toothpaste tubes can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. This includes other squeezy tubes suc...

Plastic toothpaste tubes can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. This includes other squeezy tubes such as:

  • Hand cream squeezy tubes
  • Sun cream squeezy tubes
  • Moisturising lotions squeezy tubes

Top tip

Choose to buy these products in a bottle where possible so you can recycle them.

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Plastics

We only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester. People are sometimes confused about this and put all types of low grade plastic packaging in their mixed recycling bin – things like margarine...

We only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester. People are sometimes confused about this and put all types of low grade plastic packaging in their mixed recycling bin – things like margarine tubs, food trays and yoghurt pots. We want these in the general waste bin so they can be turned into electricity.

There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.

• Manufacturers that make new products only want high grade plastics. High grade = plastic bottles.
• Plastics like yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots, tubs and trays) are low grade plastics and the manufacturers just don’t want these to make new products out of. As there is a low demand for this type of plastic, there are very few recycling plants that can recycle these and there just isn’t the capacity to take the volume that we have in Greater Manchester.
• During the recycling process, the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch can’t be used to make new products.

Other areas across the UK may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays, but at the moment very little is recycled – most of it is turned into electricity. We are reviewing the plastic market and if the market for this type of recycled plastic changes or manufacturers start to make packaging out of plastic that can be recycled more easily, then we will review our policy.

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Polystyrene

Expanded polystyrene is a material that is not collected for recycling. Please put it in your general waste bin or take it to your local Recycling Centre. This includes: Polystyrene takeawa...

Expanded polystyrene is a material that is not collected for recycling. Please put it in your general waste bin or take it to your local Recycling Centre.

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 like F...

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 like Freegle or Freecycle
  • Sell them online or in a car boot sale to make some extra cash

Alternatively, you can take your pots and pans to your local Recycling Centre and put them in the scrap metal container for recycling.

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

You can’t recycle pottery in your mixed recycling bin, please dispose of it safely in your general waste bin.

If you have pottery and crockery items 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 like Freegle or Freecycle
  • Sell them online or in a car boot sale to make some extra cash

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

Pottery and crockery can also be taken to your local Recycling Centre and put in the rubble and hardcore container.

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Print cartridges

Used print cartridges can be taken to your local Recycling Centre for recycling or disposed of in you general waste bin. Some printer cartridges can be refilled with a store bought refill kit. W...

Used print cartridges can be taken to your local Recycling Centre for recycling or disposed of in you general waste bin.

Some printer cartridges can be refilled with a store bought refill kit. When buying your printer, choose one that uses cartridges that can be easily refilled or that is compatible with generic or refillable cartridges.

You can take used ink cartridges back to the shop you purchased them from or post them back to the manufacturer. Often, cartridges include a mailing label to send them back.

You can also donate them. Lots of charities collect empty printer cartridges to raise money by refilling and reselling them. Take a look online to find charities in your area that are collect print cartridges.

 

 

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Printers

Printers can't go in any of you bins at home as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Any electrical items large or small can be recycled at your local Recycling ...

Printers can’t go in any of you bins at home as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items large or small can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your electrical item 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. Visit our How do I waste less? page for more information.

Before throwing your printer, away it’s also worth searching online for repair shops to see if your printer can be fixed.

If your printer is in working condition, you can give it away for free on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash, you could try selling it online.

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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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Quilts

Quilts can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre. Alternatively, some charities or animal shelters take donated quilts. Visit Dogs Trust or Manchester and Cheshire Dogs H...

Quilts can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.
Alternatively, some charities or animal shelters take donated quilts. Visit Dogs Trust or Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home. You could also contact your local RSPCA or PDSA.

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Radios

Radios can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Any electrical items, large or small, can be re...

Radios can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Before throwing your radio away, it’s also worth searching online for repair shops to see if it can be fixed.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your electrical item 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. Visit our How do I waste less? for more information.

If your radio is still working, you can give it away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash you could try selling it online.

 

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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 at home. Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manc...

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

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 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
  • 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 at home. Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater...

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

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 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 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 your local Recycling Centre. However, if the are still in good condition, ...

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

However, if the are still in good condition, you could donate them to a charity shop or give them away for free on websites like Freegle or Freecycle.  Or you could sell them to make some extra money.

 

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Rice, pasta and beans

Rice, pasta and beans can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home. Please note that food waste can’t be recycled at any of the 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. This is bec...

Rice, pasta and beans can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home.

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 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
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Dairy including egg shells
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

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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 on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if...

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 on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash, you could try selling it online.

If your rug has seen better days…
  • 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

Alternatively, you can take rugs to your local Recycling Centre for disposal.

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Safety razor blades

Steel safety razor blades can be recycled in the scrap metal container at your local Recycling Centre. Alternatively, please put them in your general waste bin. Cartridge and disposable razors a...

Steel safety razor blades can be recycled in the scrap metal container at your local Recycling Centre. Alternatively, please put them in your general waste bin.

Cartridge and disposable razors are made of a mix of materials so can’t be recycled. They need to go in your general waste bin.

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Sat navs

Sat navs can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Any electrical items, large or small, can be ...

Sat navs can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Before throwing your sat nav away, it’s also worth searching online for repair shops to see if it can be fixed.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your electrical item 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. Visit our How do I waste less? for more information.

If your sat nav still works, you can give it away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash you could try selling it online.

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Scrap metal

You can recycle metal at your local Recycling Centre, or take it to any scrap metal merchants. You can't put scrap metal in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please dispose of it in your general...

You can recycle metal at your local Recycling Centre, or take it to any scrap metal merchants.

You can’t put scrap metal in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please dispose of it in your general waste bin.

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Sewing machines and accessories

Sewing machines can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Any electrical items, large or small, ...

Sewing machines can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your electrical item 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. For more information, visit How do I waste less?

Before throwing your sewing machine away it’s also worth searching online for repair shops to see if it can be fixed.

If your sewing machine still works, you can give it away for free on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash, you could try selling it online.

Tools for Self Reliance will accept accessories such as scissors, tape measures, needles, thread and so on. You could also donate sewing machines and equipment to a local community group or school.

If it’s broken and beyond repair, you can take to your sewing machine to a Recycling Centre.

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Shampoo and shower gel bottles

You can recycle shampoo, shower gel and hair conditioner bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and...

You can recycle shampoo, shower gel and hair conditioner bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and put them in your general waste bin.

You can also take plastic bottles to your local Recycling Centre.

Plastics can cause confusion when it comes to recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped then you can recycle it.

Why only plastic bottles?
A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic, therefore the grades of plastic will behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) cannot sort between the different grade of plastics, and so they can’t be recycled together.

There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.
1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yogurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. During the recycling process the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch cannot be used to make new products.
4. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays but currently very little are being recycled with most of it being turned into electricity.

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Sharps

You need to dispose of sharps 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 sharps in any o...

You need to dispose of sharps 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 sharps in any of your bins at home. Needle-sticks or syringes can’t be recycled or reused.

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Shoes

Some charity shops accept shoes in good condition. They can be recycled in pairs at the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre. Or if they are too old and worn you can throw them away with...

Some charity shops accept shoes in good condition.

They can be recycled in pairs at the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre. Or if they are too old and worn you can throw them away with the non-recyclable waste or put them in your general waste bin.

Visit our Love Your Clothes page for more information on how to reuse and repair your clothes and textiles.

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Shredded paper

In Greater Manchester, shredded paper can go in your paper and card bin. You can also take it to your local Recycling Centre.

In Greater Manchester, shredded paper can go in your paper and card bin. You can also take it to your local Recycling Centre.

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Small electrical items

Small electrical items are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. You can't put el...

Small electrical items are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. You can’t put electrical items in your bins at home.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, haidryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your small electrical items are 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. Some charities will collect unwanted electrical items for free. For more information, visit How do I waste less?

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).

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites like Freecycle and Freegle.

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Sofas / Settees

You can donate furniture that is in good condition for reuse at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. Visit our Furniture reuse page to find your nearest centre. Sofas and armcha...

You can donate furniture that is in good condition for reuse at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. Visit our Furniture reuse page to find your nearest centre. Sofas and armchairs must have the fire safety tags attached.

Your local council may operate a collection service for items such as tables, chairs and beds. Some charities also offer free collections for items that can be reused.

If your furniture is not in a reusable condition, you can take it to your local Recycling Centre.

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Soil

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...

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.

You can take garden soil to your local Recycling Centre. Please transport it in robust sacks. When you arrive on site, please speak to a member of staff who will direct you to the designated container.

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Stamps

Many charities benefit from stamp donations. Contact your local charity to see if they would like to take them. Charities sell stamps to dealers, usually per kilo, and use the money to fund projects.

Many charities benefit from stamp donations. Contact your local charity to see if they would like to take them. Charities sell stamps to dealers, usually per kilo, and use the money to fund projects.

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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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Storage heaters

Storage heaters from your household can be disposed of at your local Recycling Centre. Please note: before taking storage heaters to the Recycling centre, you need to check whether it has an asb...

Storage heaters from your household can be disposed of at your local Recycling Centre.

Please note: before taking storage heaters to the Recycling centre, you need to check whether it has an asbestos brick inside. This can be done by researching the product on the internet. If it contains asbestos, please advise a member of staff at the Recycling Centre so it can be segregated.

If the storage heater does not contain asbestos, it can be recycled in the small WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) container onsite.

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Straws

Please put plastic straws in your general waste bin at home. Currently, they can't be recycled. Plastics can cause confusion when recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle...

Please put plastic straws in your general waste bin at home. Currently, they can’t be recycled.

Plastics can cause confusion when recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped then you can recycle it. At home, you can only recycle plastic bottles in your mixed recycling bin.

What happens to my plastic straws?
Your plastics straws don’t go to waste. Put them in your general waste bin and they are turned into green electricity.

Paper straws can be recycled in your paper and card bin, just make sure they are dry first. Another alternative to plastic straws are reusable metal straws.

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Sun beds

Household sun beds can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Please note: your sun bed must be dismantled before arriving on site. Due to legislation, the fluorescent tubes must be removed fr...

Household sun beds can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Please note: your sun bed must be dismantled before arriving on site. Due to legislation, the fluorescent tubes must be removed from the frame prior to arriving at site. Fluorescent tubes go in a dedicated container and the frame can be put in the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) container for recycling.

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TV and monitors

You can recycle TVs and monitors at your local Recycling Centre. You can’t put electrical items in your bins at home. On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or un...

You can recycle TVs and monitors at your local Recycling Centre. You can’t put electrical items in your bins at home.

On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, haidryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your TV or monitor 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. Some charities will collect unwanted electrical items for free. For more information, visit ‘How do I waste less?

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).

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites like Freecycle and Freegle.

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Tablet computers

Tablets can't be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Any electrical items, large or small, can be re...

Tablets can’t be recycled at home or disposed of in your general waste bin as they are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centres

On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse?

If your electrical items are 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.  Before throwing your tablet away, it’s also worth searching online for repair shops to see if your tablet can be fixed. If your tablet is in good use, you can donate it. Try Donate a PC or Computers for Charities (be sure to clear your hard drive before donating).

 

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Teabags and coffee grounds

Teabags and coffee grounds, including loose tea leaves, can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home. Coffee filters can't be recycled in your food and garden bin, please put them in your ge...

Teabags and coffee grounds, including loose tea leaves, can be recycled in your food and garden bin at home. Coffee filters can’t be recycled in your food and garden bin, please put them in your general waste 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 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

 

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Telephone directories

You can recycle telephone directories in your paper and card bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre.

You can recycle telephone directories in your paper and card bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre.

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Tetra Pak

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your general waste bin at home. You can also dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your general waste bin at home. You can also dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

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Textiles

Clothes and textiles in good condition can be reused, passed onto friends and relatives, taken to charity shops or to a jumble sale. You can also give them away for free on websites like Freegle or...

Clothes and textiles in good condition can be reused, passed onto friends and relatives, taken to charity shops or to a jumble sale. You can also give them away for free on websites like Freegle or Freecycle. Or if you wanted to make some extra cash, you could try selling them online.

Visit our Love Your Clothes page for more information on how to reuse or repair your clothes and textiles.

Alternatively, you can take textiles to your local Recycling Centre. There are textiles banks where you can deposit your unwanted clothes, sheets, towels and pairs of shoes.

 

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Thermometers

Thermometers and other products that contain mercury can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. Please inform a member of staff so they can put the item in a safe and secure area.

Thermometers and other products that contain mercury can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. Please inform a member of staff so they can put the item in a safe and secure area.

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Tights

You can put torn or worn tights in your general waste bin. Or you can take them to the textile bank at your local Recycling Centre.      

You can put torn or worn tights in your general waste bin. Or you can take them to the textile bank at your local Recycling Centre.

 

 

 

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Tiles (Floor and wall)

You can take tiles from DIY jobs at home to your local Recycling Centre as long as you carried out the work yourself. Please note that you can't take tiles from commercial or trade activity to the...

You can take tiles from DIY jobs at home to your local Recycling Centre as long as you carried out the work yourself.
Please note that you can’t take tiles from commercial or trade activity to the Recycling Centre as this is classed as business waste and there is a charge for disposal.

You can also:

  • Go online to sites like Freecycle and Freegle to give them away for free
  • Ask family and friends if they would like them for a project they might have
  • Check if a local community project may have a use for them
  • Advertise in local papers, shop windows or on community noticeboards

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Timber and wood

Timber and wood from DIY jobs at home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. You can't recycle timber or wood in your food and garden bin. Please note that you can't take any timber or woo...

Timber and wood from DIY jobs at home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. You can’t recycle timber or wood in your food and garden bin.

Please note that you can’t take any timber or wood from commercial or trade activity to the Recycling Centre as it is classed as business waste and there is a charge for disposal.

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Tissues

Tissues can't be recycled in your paper and card bin, please put them in your general waste bin. Or they can be composted in a home compost bin.

Tissues can’t be recycled in your paper and card bin, please put them in your general waste bin. Or they can be composted in a home compost bin.

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Tools

Unwanted tools can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Some charities will take old tools for refurbishment. Tools for Self Reliance refurbish hand tools (except gardening tools) and send t...

Unwanted tools can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Some charities will take old tools for refurbishment. Tools for Self Reliance refurbish hand tools (except gardening tools) and send them to developing countries. You can deliver tools or they can be collected if necessary.

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Toothpaste tubes

Plastic toothpaste tubes and pumps can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. This includes other tubes a...

Plastic toothpaste tubes and pumps can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre. This includes other tubes and pumps such as:

  • Hand cream
  • Sun cream
  • Moisturising lotions

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Towels

Old, unwanted towels and blankets can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre. Some pet charities or animal shelters welcome donations of towels, phone them first to check....

Old, unwanted towels and blankets can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.
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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Toys and games

Computer games and complete children's games can be donated for reuse in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre. Plastic toys can't be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. You can al...

Computer games and complete children’s games can be donated for reuse in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre.

Plastic toys can’t be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.

You can also donate unwanted toys and games to your local doctor’s surgery, community centres or charity shops.
Many games console stores will trade older games for new ones and then sell them on cheaper to new customers.

 

 

 

 

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Trigger spray bottles

You can recycle trigger spray bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and put them in your general w...

You can recycle trigger spray bottles in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please remove all lids from plastic bottles before putting them in your mixed recycling bin and put them in your general waste bin.

You can also take plastic bottles to your local Recycling Centre.

Plastics can cause confusion when it comes to recycling, but not if you follow the golden rule: if it’s bottle-shaped then you can recycle it.

Why only plastic bottles?
A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic, therefore the grades of plastic will behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) cannot sort between the different grade of plastics, and so they can’t be recycled together.

There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.
1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yogurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. During the recycling process the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch cannot be used to make new products.
4. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays but currently very little are being recycled with most of it being turned into electricity.

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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. Please note that if you are taking garden and food waste to a Recycling Centre, it must be split as only the garden waste can be recycled on site. If you take a mixed load of garden and food waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable containers. This is because the Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept segregated food waste.

Don’t forget you can also compost your garden waste at home in a compost bin. Reduced price compost bins are available from Get Composting.

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Tyres

Tyres can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. Tyres are shredded and granulated at our partner site in Bury. They are turned into a crumb which is used in equestrian matting, playgrounds...

Tyres can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Tyres are shredded and granulated at our partner site in Bury. They are turned into a crumb which is used in equestrian matting, playgrounds and sometimes for drainage. During the shredding process, some wire is removed and recycled.

Over 38 million tyres are discarded in the UK each year and are sometimes flytipped on garage forecourts, industrial estates or car parks.
As garages are responsible for the disposal and recycling of their waste, you should get your tyres changed at garages rather than replace your own. Look out for garages that send tyres for recycling.

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Underwear

You can take unwanted underwear, including knickers, pants, bras and socks to the textile recycling container at your local Recycling Centre.  

You can take unwanted underwear, including knickers, pants, bras and socks to the textile recycling container at your local Recycling Centre.

 

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Vegetable oil

Simply collect cooled waste cooking oil in an empty disposable sealed container and take it to your local Recycling Centre. Upon arrival please ask a member of staff to direct you to the designated...

Simply collect cooled waste cooking oil in an empty disposable sealed container and take it to your local Recycling Centre. Upon arrival please ask a member of staff to direct you to the designated container.
Alternatively, you can pour your cooled waste cooking oil into a plastic bottle. Make sure the lid is on tight and put it in your general waste bin.

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Vending cups

Please put vending cups in your general waste bin. They can't be recycled at home or at your local Recycling Centre. These types of cups are plastic or lined with plastic that is bonded to the cup...

Please put vending cups in your general waste bin. They can’t be recycled at home or at your local Recycling Centre.
These types of cups are plastic or lined with plastic that is bonded to the cup to help them to hold liquid without making the cup go soggy. Therefore, they can’t be recycled with other types of paper and cardboard.

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Video cassettes

Video cassette or tapes are not recyclable. You can either put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre for disposal. Some charity shops may accept video cassette...

Video cassette or tapes are not recyclable. You can either put them in your general waste bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre for disposal.
Some charity shops may accept video cassettes that are in good condition.

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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. Or take it to your local Recycling Centre. You can donate leftover rolls o...

Wallpaper can’t be recycled in your paper and card bin. Please put any new or used wallpaper in your general waste bin. Or take it to your local Recycling Centre.

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

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Washing machines and dryers

Washing machines and dryers can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Some councils also offer a household bulky waste collection for electrical items. What about reuse? If your large electri...

Washing machines and dryers can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Some councils also offer a household bulky waste collection for electrical items.

What about 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. Some charities will collect large electrical items for free.

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 like Freecycle and Freegle.

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

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Watches

Some charities and online organisations like Recycling for Good Causes will accept jewellery and watches (regardless of condition) via post. They are resold or recycled to raise funds for national ...

Some charities and online organisations like Recycling for Good Causes will accept jewellery and watches (regardless of condition) via post. They are resold or recycled to raise funds for national charities and local groups such as Scouts and Brownies.

If the watch does not contain a battery it can be disposed in your general waste bin. Batteries must be removed and can’t go in any of your bins at home.

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

 

 

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Water filters

Water filters go in your general waste bin, they can't be recycled at home or at your local Recycling Centre. BRITA branded water filters can be recycled at most branches of Argos and Homebase, ...

Water filters go in your general waste bin, they can’t be recycled at home or at your local Recycling Centre.

BRITA branded water filters can be recycled at most branches of Argos and Homebase, where collection boxes are provided.

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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 your local Recycling Centre with your garden was...

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 your local 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. Our 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

Wet wipes such as baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, bathroom cleaning wipes and moist toilet tissues are not recyclable. Please put them in your general waste bin.

Wet wipes such as baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, bathroom cleaning wipes and moist toilet tissues are not recyclable. Please put them in your general waste bin.

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White goods

White good such as fridges, freezers and washing machines can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Or check to see if your council offers a bulky waste collection for electrical items. What ...

White good such as fridges, freezers and washing machines can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Or check to see if your council offers a bulky waste collection for electrical items.

What about 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. Some charities will collect large electrical items for free.

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 like Freecycle and Freegle.

Visit our Electricals page for more information.

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Wine bottles

Glass wine bottles can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre. Remember to 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 or at your local Recycling Centre.
Remember to rinse out the bottles and remove lids which go in your general waste bin.

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Wool

Unwanted wool can be donated to your local charity shop, residential or retirement home, day centre or children's play group. Or you can put it in your general waste bin.

Unwanted wool can be donated to your local charity shop, residential or retirement home, day centre or children’s play group.

Or you can put it in your general waste bin.

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X-mas trees

You can take your real Christmas tree to your local Recycling Centre. Please 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 conta...

You can take your real Christmas tree to your local Recycling Centre. Please 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, just don’t forget to remove any decorations. Some also have designated Christmas tree recycling points, check your local council’s website.

If you live in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, chop up the branches so they are no thicker than your wrist and put inside your bin with the lid fully closed.

If you live in Manchester or Trafford, leave your tree next to your food and garden bin on your collection day.

Bolton residents can pay Bolton Community Transport Furniture Services to collect their tree.

Some local supermarkets and retailers run Christmas tree take-back recycling schemes.

If you have an artificial tree, you can take it to your local Recycling Centre.

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Yoghurt pots

Please put plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and trays in your general waste bin at home so they can be turned into electricity. In Greater Manchester, you can only recycle plastic bottles. Find out why h...

Please put plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and trays in your general waste bin at home so they can be turned into electricity. In Greater Manchester, you can only recycle plastic bottles. Find out why here.

 

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Ziplock bags

Please put plastic ziplock bags in your general waste bin as they can't be recycled.

Please put plastic ziplock bags in your general waste bin as they can’t be recycled.

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