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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

Please visit the HSE website before you attempt to handle or remove asbestos. If you have hired someone to remove the asbestos If you have hired someone to remove the asbestos for you, it can't b...

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

If you have hired someone to remove the asbestos

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

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

If you have removed asbestos from your own home

Take it to one of the sites below by using the entrance where council and high-sided vehicles go.

Important information before you visit

Asbestos must be double wrapped in heavy duty plastic wrapping. You can also use household rubble sacks as long as the cement-bonded asbestos is contained, double wrapped and sealed within the bags.

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.

Proof of address

You will need to take your most recent council tax bill or utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone) relating to the property where the asbestos is from. Please note mobile telephone bills are not accepted.

Using a hire vehicle

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.

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment must be worn when visiting the sites. This is because these sites are mainly used by council vehicles. Please wear sensible footwear when visiting the sites.

On arrival please stay in your vehicle and speak with a member of staff who will provide the appropriate personal protective equipment for you to wear.

Sites

Sites that accept asbestos

Opening times

Arkwright Street, OldhamMon to Fri 7am to 6pm

Sat to Sun 7am to 5pm

Longley Lane, SharstonMon to Fri 7am to 6pm

Sat to Sun 7am to 5pm

Cobden Street, SalfordMon to Sun 7am to 5pm
Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury Due to essential maintenance, the entrance for vehicles over 2 metres at Bredbury Parkway is closed. It will reopen late 2019.

 

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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)

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

Ashes from your barbecue go in your general waste bin. Make sure they have completely cooled to avoid a fire risk.

If you’re using a disposable BBQ, allow it to cool 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 or electrical stores. Find your nearest battery recycling point with Recycle Now's recycling loca...

Regular household batteries can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre and at most supermarkets or electrical stores. Find your nearest battery recycling point with Recycle Now’s recycling locator.

You can’t put batteries in any of your bins at home. This is because they are a fire risk and contain hazardous materials.

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

 

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Bikes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bric a brac

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

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling ...

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

If you carried out the improvements, repair or alterations to your home yourself you can take it to your local Recycling Centre.

This includes:

  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Timber and wood
  • General waste

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

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Bulky household items

If you have bulky household items that you want to get rid of, you can: Donate them 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 one of sites that have an entrance for council and high-sided vehicles.

You can safely dispose of animal carcasses at one of sites that have an entrance for council and high-sided vehicles.

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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. Flatten them to save space in your bin. Make sure you remove all non-paper items like bubble wrap, p...

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

This includes:

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

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 home DIY projects to your local Recycling Centre for disposal. If they are still in good condition, you can donate them to some charity shops or reuse...

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

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

You can give them away for free online on websites like Freegle or Freecycle.

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.

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

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Carrier bags (plastic)

Plastic carrier bags go in your general waste bin. Check your local supermarkets for a plastic bag recycling point. Some accept other sorts of plastic packaging too. You can also put them in ...

Plastic carrier bags go in your general waste bin.

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

Choose to reuse – Say no to plastic, use a reusable bag.

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Cartons (Tetra Pak)

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home. You can also take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home. You can also take them to 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 and septic tanks

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

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

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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)

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

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

Before you recycle your Chrismas tree:

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

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Christmas wrapping paper

You can recycle paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can 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

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

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Clinical waste

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

The following items are classed as clinical waste:

  • Blood
  • Human or animal tissue
  •  Syringes

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

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Cloth nappies

Cloth 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. Compare the co...

Cloth 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.

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

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

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

Greater Manchester cloth nappy advisers and providers

Baba+Boo

Birth 2 Potty

Bolton Fluff is the Future NCT Nappy Library Facebook page

Bury and Rossendale NCT Nappy Library Facebook page

Tameside NCT Nappy Library Facebook page

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

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Clothes and textiles

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

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

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

 

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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 makeup pads go in your general waste bin. Choose to reuse - make you own washable wipes.

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

Choose to reuse – make you own washable wipes.

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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

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

Crisp tubes go in your general waste bin.

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

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DIY waste

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our Recycling ...

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

If you  carried out the improvements, repair or alterations to your home yourself you can take it to your local Recycling Centre

This includes:

  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Garden waste
  • Paint and paint cans
  • Timber and wood
  • General waste

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Dog waste

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

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

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

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Drinking glasses

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

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

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Duvets

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

Top Tips

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

Any electrical items can be recycled at a Recycling Centre. Do not put electrical items in any of your bins at home. Choose to reuse - If your electrical items are still working and in a re...

Any electrical items can be recycled at a Recycling Centre.

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

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

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

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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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Fireworks

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

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

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

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Flowers and plants

Flowers and plants can be recycled at home in your food and garden bin. Please remove any packaging, film 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 paper and card bin at home. You can also take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home. You can also take them to 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 or in a home compost bin (reduced price home compost bins are available from Get Composting). This includes: • Flowers and plant...

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

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

You can also recycle garden waste at your local Recycling Centre.  Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept food waste for recycling so you can’t take mixed food and garden waste for recycling. If you take mixed food and garden waste it will have to go in the non-recyclable container.

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

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Gas bottles

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

All these things can go in your general waste bin: Plastic pots, trays and tubs Plastic packaging Plastic bags Polystyrene Food and drink pouches Plant pots Pet waste Cott...

All these things can go in your general waste bin:

  • Plastic pots, trays and tubs
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Food and drink pouches
  • Plant pots
  • Pet waste
  • Cotton wool and make up pads
  • Nappies and sanitary products
  • Tissues and used paper towels
  • Wet wipes
  • Wallpaper

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

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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 them at your local Recycling Centre. You can only recycle greetings cards and wr...

You can recycle greetings cards and paper wrapping paper in your paper and card bin at home. You can also recycle them 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, have a plastic coating, or contain non-paper decorations like glitter, gold and silver coloured shapes, and other plastics. None of these can be recycled and microplastics such as glitter can’t be separated from the paper fibres during the recycling process. Tear off any glittery parts or non-paper decorations and put them in your general waste bin. Make sure you also remove any bows or ribbons before recycling your wrapping paper.

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

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Gypsum

If you have hired someone to remove the plasterboard or gypsum The tradesperson or builder should dispose of it for you. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. If you ...

If you have hired someone to remove the plasterboard or gypsum

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

If you have removed plasterboard or gypsum from your own home

Take it to one of the sites below by using the entrance where council and high-sided vehicles go.

Important information before you visit

Proof of address

You will need to take your most recent council tax bill or utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone) relating to the property where the plasterboard is from. Please note mobile telephone bills are not accepted.

Using a hire vehicle

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.

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment must be worn. This is because these sites are mainly used by council vehicles. Please wear sensible footwear.

On arrival, please stay in your vehicle and speak with a member of staff who will provide the appropriate personal protective equipment for you to wear.

Sites

Sites that accept gypsum

Opening times

Salford Road, Over HultonMon to Sat – 7am to 5pm

Sun and Bank Holidays – 10am to 4pm

Every Street, BuryMon to Fri – 7.30am to 5pm

Sat – 8am to 1pm

Sun – Closed

Bank Holidays – 10am to 5pm

Longley  Lane, SharstonMon to Fri – 7am to 6pm

Sat and Sun – 7am to 5pm

Bank holidays – 7am to 6pm

Arkwright StreetMon to Fri – 7am to 6pm

Sat and Sun – 7am to 5pm

Bank holidays – 7am to 6pm

Chichester StreetMon to Fri – 7am to 6pm

Sat and Sun – 7am to 5pm

Bank holidays – 7am to 6pm

Cobden StreetMon to Fri – 7am to 5pm

Sat – 7am to 1pm

Sun – Closed

Bank Holidays – 7am to 5pm

Bayley Street, StalybridgeMon to Fri – 7am to 5pm

Sat – 7am to 1pm

Sun – Closed

Bank holidays – 7am to 5pm

Bredbury Parkway, BredburyDue to essential maintenance, the entrance for council and high-sided vehicles at Bredbury Parkway is closed. It will reopen later 2019.

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Hardcore and rubble

Rubble or hardcore from DIY projects at home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Do not put rubble or soil in your food and garden bin or in your general waste bin. Any waste produce...

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

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

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

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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. You can't tak...

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.

You can’t take asbestos, plasterboard and gypsum to any of our Recycling Centres.

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

  • TV and computer monitors
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Engine 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. Ask a member of staff for advice when you arrive at the Recycling Centre.

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

Specialists are needed to remove and dispose of:

  • Invasive weeds and plants
  • Infectious clinical waste

 

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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.  Ask Recycli...

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.  Ask Recycling Centre 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. The 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. The In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam.

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

For more information, please visit www.gov.uk.

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Lids (glass bottles and jars)

Please 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)

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

Plastic lids go in your general waste bin.

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

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

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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.

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

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

Greater Manchester Cloth Nappy providers

Baba+Boo

Phone 01942 375 760

Email eve@babaandboo.com

Birth 2 Potty

Phone 01942 665 853

Email sales@birth2potty.co.uk

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Needles and syringes

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

You can take paint cans from home DIY projects to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal or you could donate leftover paint to a local reuse scheme. Do not put paint cans and tins in your...

You can take paint cans from home DIY projects to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal or you could donate leftover paint to a local reuse scheme.

Do not put paint cans and tins in your mixed recycling bin and paint must not be poured down the drain.

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

Have you thought about reuse? There are a number of community paint schemes which accept donations of leftover paint.

 

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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

If you have hired someone to remove the plasterboard or gypsum The tradesperson or builder should dispose of it for you. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. If you ...

If you have hired someone to remove the plasterboard or gypsum

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

If you have removed plasterboard or gypsum from your own home

Take it to one of the sites below by using the entrance where council and high-sided vehicles go.

Important information before you visit

Proof of address

You will need to take your most recent council tax bill or utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone) relating to the property where the plasterboard is from. Please note mobile telephone bills are not accepted.

Using a hire vehicle

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.

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment must be worn. This is because these sites are mainly used by council vehicles. Please wear sensible footwear.

On arrival, please stay in your vehicle and speak with a member of staff who will provide the appropriate personal protective equipment for you to wear.

Sites

Sites that accept plasterboard

Opening times

Salford Road, Over HultonMon to Sat – 7am to 5pm

Sun and Bank Holidays – 10am to 4pm

Every Street, BuryMon to Fri – 7.30am to 5pm

Sat – 8am to 1pm

Sun – Closed

Bank Holidays – 10am to 5pm

Longley  Lane, SharstonMon to Fri – 7am to 6pm

Sat and Sun – 7am to 5pm

Bank holidays – 7am to 6pm

Arkwright StreetMon to Fri – 7am to 6pm

Sat and Sun – 7am to 5pm

Bank holidays – 7am to 6pm

Chichester StreetMon to Fri – 7am to 6pm

Sat and Sun – 7am to 5pm

Bank holidays – 7am to 6pm

Cobden StreetMon to Fri – 7am to 5pm

Sat – 7am to 1pm

Sun – Closed

Bank Holidays – 7am to 5pm

Bayley Street, StalybridgeMon to Fri – 7am to 5pm

Sat – 7am to 1pm

Sun – Closed

Bank holidays – 7am to 5pm

Bredbury Parkway, BredburyDue to essential maintenance, the entrance for council and high-sided vehicles at Bredbury Parkway is closed. It will reopen later 2019.

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Plastic bags

Plastic bags go in your general waste bin. Check your local supermarkets for a plastic bag recycling point. Some accept other sorts of plastic packaging too. You can also put them in the non-...

Plastic bags go in your general waste bin.

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

Choose to reuse – Say no to plastic, use a reusable bag.

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Plastic bottles

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Plastic film

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

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastic nets

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

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging goes in your general waste bin. This include packaging from things like bread, frozen food and fresh vegetables. Check your local supermarkets for a plastic bag recycling point...

Plastic packaging goes in your general waste bin. This include packaging from things like bread, frozen food and fresh vegetables.

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic.

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Plastic pots, tubs and trays

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastic toothpaste tubes

Plastic toothpaste tubes go in your general waste bin. This includes other tubes such as creams and lotions. Find out what happens to your plastic

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

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Plastics

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

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

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic

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

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

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

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

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

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Rugs

If you have a rug that is in good condition, you could donate it to a charity shop or reuse organisation. You can also give them away for free online 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 or you can put them in your general waste bin. Cartridge and disposable razors go in your ge...

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

Cartridge and disposable razors go in your general waste bin.

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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. Do not put scrap metal in your mixed recycling bin at home. Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improve...

You can recycle metal at your local Recycling Centre.

Do not put scrap metal in your mixed recycling bin at home.

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

 

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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

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

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Sharps

You need to dispose of sharps 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.

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

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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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Stoma bags

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Plastic straws go in your general waste bin. Find out what happens to your plastic

Plastic straws go in your general waste bin.

Find out what happens to your plastic

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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 paper and card bin at home. You can also take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Empty food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak) go in your paper and card bin at home. You can also take them to 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 projects at home to your local Recycling Centre as long as you carried out the work yourself. Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out im...

You can take tiles from DIY projects at home to your local Recycling Centre as long as you carried out the work yourself.

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

You can also:

  • 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 projects at home can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. You can't recycle timber or wood in your food and garden bin. Any waste produced by tradespeople or builder...

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

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

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Tissues

Tissues 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

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

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

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

Find out what happens to your plastic bottles

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Twigs and small branches

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

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

Other garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:

• Flowers and plants
• Leaves
• Grass cuttings
• Hedge clippings
• Weeds (no Japanese Knotwood or Himalayan Balsam)

You can also recycle garden waste at your local Recycling Centre. 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.

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

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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. The In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam.

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

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Wet wipes

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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