How to recycle household waste at our recycling centres.
Advice on recycling items
The A-Z below gives details about what you can and can't recycle in our household waste recycling centres.
You cannot dispose of commercial or trade waste at the recycling centres. If you have waste from a business please see the commercial waste section of our website. Please check our advice on heavy items.
Items deposited at Oxfordshire's centres become property of our contractor.
Please report abandoned vehicles to your district council so they can be collected and safely removed.
District councils collect aerosol cans in their kerbside collections. Normal domestic aerosols can be recycled at the waste recycling centres  (WRCs) by placing them in the wheelie bins on site.
District councils collect foil in their kerbside collections. This can also be placed in the scrap metal containers at the waste recycling centres  for recycling.
Ammunition and other munitions
These cannot be accepted at any of the recycling centres. Please contact Thames Valley Police for guidance.
Animal and pet waste
Only animal waste and bedding from the keeping of non meat-eating, domestic animals is accepted for composting at the Waste Recycling Centres. Waste can be placed loose in the container for green waste, where it will be taken for composting. District councils also collect garden waste for composting, use the links at the bottom of the page to find out more. Alternatively, you can compost  your pet bedding at home.
Please do not place plastic bags in the green waste container.
If you wish to bring bagged animal and pet bedding to site, but do not want to turn it out into the green container, please place the bagged waste in the general waste container for disposal. Small amounts of cat litter and dog waste in sealed plastic bags can be placed in the general waste container. Waste from livestock, breeding, boarding, stabling or exhibiting of animals is not accepted.
Bathroom suites can be deposited at our Waste Recycling Centres . These come under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb) . Each item is counted separately: toilets, sinks, baths etc, and we accept up to three items for free, before charging.
Please remove any fixtures and fittings e.g. metals and plastics from the bathroom suite, as these materials will be deposited in other bins on site.
All district councils collect batteries in their doorstep collections. Old car batteries can be disposed of at any of our Waste Recycling Centres . Deposit them in the relevant signed container.
For your safety transporting car batteries to the site, please keep these separate to your other waste you may be bringing to the recycling centre.
Bedding and duvets
Some animal rescue centres accept duvets to be reused as bedding for the animals. Find your local animal rescue centre at Rescue Directory .
Duvets and pillows cannot be recycled so should be placed in the general waste container if taken to a waste recycling centre .
Duvet covers, pillow cases, sheets and blankets can be put in the textiles container to be recycled.
Please try to sell or donate your old bicycles before bringing them to the waste recycling centre . Places bicycles can be taken for repair and reuse include:
- Bicester Green  reuse centre
- Bicycles taken to Redbridge and Dix Pit Recycling Centres are collected by local charities Emmaus 
- Bicycles taken to Alkerton Recycling Centre are collected by Banbury’s Early Intervention Hub 
If they cannot be reused bicycles can be placed in the metal container for recycling at all Waste Recyling Centres.
Local charity shops may be able to sell your old books. If the books cannot be reused then you can take them to your local waste recycling centre  and put into the paper bank for recycling.
Blue glass bottles
Caravans are not accepted at any of the waste recycling centres. Please contact a privately licensed waste management company to pay for the disposal.
Carpets cannot be recycled because of the mix of fabrics they contain, they can however be disposed of at any of our waste recycling centres  in the bulky item container.
Please try to reuse them, or offer them to charity shops or community groups.
All district councils  can accept paper-based drinks cartons, normally used for juice or milk, (such as Tetra Paks) for collection, and some district councils or shops may have bring banks where they can be taken.
Due to these other disposal routes, Tetrapaks can no longer be recycled at any household waste recycling centre. Use the Recycle Now website to find recycle points near you.
Cassette and video tapes
Audio and VHS cassette tapes should be put into the general waste container at any of the waste recycling centres 
CDs and DVDs
If you have unwanted CDs or DVDs firstly try to take them to your local charity shop.
Alternatively some companies (for example www.musicmagpie.co.uk ) will buy your old CDs and DVDs.
CDs and DVDs can be taken to a waste recycling centre and put in the general waste container.
We can accept small quantities of a range of household chemicals for recycling, reuse or safe disposal. Items such as bleach, car anti-freeze (coolant), household cleaning products, white spirit and paint stripper can be placed in the area for hazardous waste at any recycling centre.
If possible, chemicals should be in their original containers, and visibly labelled. Please also make sure the lid is on securely.
China and crockery
These can be placed in the rubble container for recycling.
You can put your Christmas cards in the cardboard recycling bins at the waste recycling centres . Some supermarkets also provide bins to collect greetings cards after Christmas.
See garden waste.
For more information on collections of clinical or healthcare waste please contact your local district council .
Medicines can be taken to your local pharmacy for disposal and needles and syringes can be disposed of at your local surgery. Pet medicines can be taken back to the surgery where they were issued or some pharmacies may accept these.
We cannot accept commercial waste at any of our household waste recycling centres, please see the commercial waste  section of our website for further details.
Computers, computer monitors and printers (waste, electrical and electronic equipment WEEE)
We accept a small number of personal computers and printers at waste recycling centres .
Check that you have wiped your computer's hard drive (which contains your personal details) before depositing the computer at the waste recycling centre. It is your responsibility to ensure that your personal details have been removed. If you take your computer to a repair shop, check that they will guarantee their work against possible data theft.
Once you have cleared personal data from your computer, then you can take it to a waste recycling centre and placed in the 'Small WEEE' container for recycling.
For printer cartridges see toner cartridges.
Computer CDs and DVDs can be put in the media banks at Alkerton, Dix Pit, Drayton, Oakley Wood, Redbridge and Stanford Household Waste Recycling Centres (they cannot currently be recycled at Ardley HWRC). Some charity shops accept empty CD or DVD  cases as they can sell these in their shops.
Floppy discs cannot be recycled so can be put in the general waste container.
See kitchen appliances.
Small amounts of used cooking oil can be absorbed in newspaper or food and disposed of in your food waste bin.
Dix Pit Waste Recycling Centre also accepts small amounts of cooking oil from householders.
If you have large quantities of used cooking oil, there are a number of companies who operate waste cooking oil collections. Use a telephone directory or search engine to find companies who could collect oil for recycling. Check with the Environment Agency  that any company you use is licensed to collect and transport waste oil.
Because of the fibres used to make cotton wool, it cannot be recycled into new products. Please put these into your dustbin or the general waste container at a waste recycling centre .
DIY waste (except Plasterboard) from householders is accepted at all seven waste recycling centres . Under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207KB)  the first three items are free and subsequent items are charged at £1 each up to a maximum of £10 (i.e. 13 items in total). An example of one item is a bin bag of rubble or one kitchen unit.
Please note that tipping mechanisms cannot be used on site: loose material should be bagged up to be shaken out into containers.
These come under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb) . Each item is counted separately and we accept up to three items for free, before charging. We can recycle metal and wood doors at all of our waste recycling centres . Plastic doors should be put into the bulky waste bin.
These come under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb) . Each item is counted separately and we accept up to three items for free, before charging.
See cartons section above.
Duvets and pillows
See bedding and duvets above.
See CDs above.
We can recycle any electrical items at our waste recycling centres. Please see our page on waste electrical and electronic equipment  for more information.
Engine oil and engine filters
Householders can dispose of used engine oil at any of our household waste recycling centres .
When you bring oil to a site, we advise that you keep it in its original containers, which are clearly labelled, so that site staff can be sure of the correct way to dispose of it. In addition, please do not bring oil to site in containers which can hold volumes larger than 10 litres, as larger containers can be difficult to empty into the collection tank.
Explosives are not accepted at any the Waste Recycling Centres. If you have any explosives, please contact the Thames Valley Police.
Fire extinguishers from householders can be accepted at the waste recycling centres . For safety reasons the handles should be securely taped together or the safety pin should be in place. CO2 types should have the swivel horn in place or a blanking plate fitted.
Fireworks are not accepted at any of the Waste Recycling Centres. For any disposal questions, please contact Trading Standards .
Flares (marine rockets and flares)
Marine rockets and flares are not accepted at any of the waste recycling centres. If you have these types of items, please contact your nearest coastguard.
Fluorescent tubes (WEEE)
We accept a small number of fluorescent tubes from householders only at any of our waste recycling centres .
See aluminium foil above.
Food can be put out in caddies for recycling - please see our food waste  page for more information. Food can be taken to the waste recycling centres in small quantities but cannot be recycled, so should be put into the general waste container.
Fridges or freezers
All waste recycling centres  accept fridges and freezers from householders. District councils also provide a 'bulky waste' collection service, which which there may be a fee. Contact your local district council for more details (see the links at the bottom of the page). Please ensure all food is removed from the fridges and freezers before bringing them to the waste recycling centres.
We are unable to accept commercial fridges or freezers at the recycling centre, and this includes those originating from a commercial source.
Fuel e.g. petrol/diesel/paraffin
Liquid fuels including petrol, diesel and paraffin cannot be accepted at any of the waste recycling centres. You may like to contact your local garage to ask how to dispose of it, or contact a private waste management company and pay for the disposal.
Furniture (eg old sofas)
Please consider re-using furniture by offering it to charities or for sale.
You could also donate furniture to local charities, or advertise it in newspaper free ads and newsagents' windows. Some not-for-profit organisations will accept used furniture:
- Emmaus  (formerly OCVA) on 01865 763698, based in Oxford but can collect furniture from across Oxfordshire.
- Banbury and District CVS  (furniture store) on 01295 267741
- Second Time Around  on 01295 273599 / 07490 655955 A furniture restoration project that recycles and upcycles unwanted or donated wooden furniture. Their vision is training and volunteering opportunities, to promote social inclusion and independence for adults and young people with learning disabilities.
Open Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Units 18/19 Beaumont Close, Beaumont Industrial Estate, Banbury, OX16 1TG
- Charities often collect furniture for free - for example British Heart Foundation 
- Bicester Green Reuse Centre repairs wooden furniture for resale in the adjacent Sobell House Hospice megastore. Contact Emma on 07591 754 787
Wooden or metal furniture can be recycled in the appropriate container. Other types of furniture should be put into the bulky waste container.
Your local district council may also be able to provide you with a service for collection of furniture for disposal, please use the contact details at the bottom of the page.
Small quantities of hazardous waste from householders can be taken to the waste recycling centres  and placed in the red chemical stores where it will be treated and disposed of appropriately.
We advise that when taking the chemicals to site they are kept in their original containers and clearly labelled to ensure that site staff are able to dispose of the waste correctly.
All districts have kerbside green waste collections (follow the links at the bottom of the page to find out more). All waste recycling centres  also accept garden waste up to 150mm in diameter for composting. If you have large branches or tree stumps please dispose of them in the wood container.
Please note the onus is on the customer to ensure they can lift and carry their own items from their vehicle and place in the containers.
Please empty garden waste out of bags into the containers on site
Please note - Compostable or biodegradable bags cannot be put into the containers as they do not break down quickly enough at the composting facilities.
We can accept:
- hedge clippings
- twigs and small branches (max. 150mm diameter)
- flowers and plants
- grass cuttings
- shrub prunings
- vegetable waste from the garden, eg potato tops
- bark and wood shavings
- hay/straw (soiled animal bedding from non-meat eating animals only, eg rabbits)
- Christmas trees
What we cannot accept:
- meat, cooking oil, wax or waxed paper
- fruit, salad or vegetable peelings
- tea bags or coffee grinds
- egg shells, stale bread or crusts
- cooked food (including vegetables)
- large items of garden waste (eg tree trunks)
- plastic bags
- glass, metal and plastics
- stone and rubble
- large quantities of soil
- any other household waste
- Japanese Knotweed
Electric garden mowers can be accepted at the waste recycling centres  into the WEEE container. If it is run by petrol, this must be removed prior to visiting the site, as fuels such as petrol are not accepted.
Old gas cylinders can be returned to the retailer or supplier. For gas cylinders other than Calor Gas, you can ring the LP Gas Association on 08457 626379 for advice. For Calor Gas Bottles, please call 0800 662 663 and they will inform you of where your nearest Calor Gas Direct Outlet is.
Please do not place gas cylinders in your dustbin or in the containers at our household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) as they may explode if they are crushed. Staff at our HWRCs will show you to the area where they can be stored safely before being reused.
Glass bottles or jars
Some district councils collect glass in their doorstep collections (check using the links at the bottom of the page).
We can also accept glass bottles and jars at our waste recycling centres . Please take care when recycling glass and do not put your hands into the container as it may contain broken glass.
Glass - other
Clean sheet glass with no metal or plastic attached can be put in the rubble container for recycling.
See spectacles below.
These come under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb) . Each item is counted separately and we accept up to three items for free, before charging. We can recycle metal guttering and drainpipes at all of our waste recycling centres  but other material should be put in the general waste container.
For more information regarding the disposal of gypsum waste please see the plasterboard section.
Hardcore and rubble
We accept small amount of hardcore at the waste recycling centres  from householders in the container marked 'Rubble'. Please note that you may be charged under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb)  for DIY waste.
Tipping mechanisms cannot be used on site: loose material should be bagged up to be shaken out into containers.
Please take care when recycling hardcore and rubble and consider using gloves to remove it from your car.
Appliances such as cookers, ovens, fridges and freezers can be taken to the Waste Recycling Centres . Please ask site staff where these items should be placed for recycling.
Electric lawnmowers are classed as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)  and can be recycled. If you have a petrol lawnmower, please make sure that the petrol tank is completely empty, and it can then be placed in the scrap metal skip for recycling.
Energy saving bulbs, fluorescent tubes and other light bulbs including old-style filament bulbs can all be placed in the fluorescent tubes container at the waste recycling centres for recycling.
You are able to locate your nearest point to recycle these light bulbs on the Recolight  website.
Mattresses can be taken to any of our waste recycling centres . Unfortunately due to the mix of materials within a mattress they cannot be recycled, so should be placed into one of the bulky item containers on site. If your mattress is still in good condition you could consider offering it on www.freecycle.org .
There are scrap metal banks at each waste recycling centre . All metals, including tin cans and foil, should be placed in the scrap metal banks for recycling. Please ask the site staff if you are unsure where to place your metals.
Please ensure all gas bottles are separated from metal and placed in the secure cages at the household waste recycling centres.
Mobile phones (WEEE)
There are many charities that raise money by collecting old mobile phones. Alternatively, they can be placed in the 'small WEEE' containers available at all waste recycling centres  for recycling.
Remember to take out your old SIM cards.
Disposable nappies are not currently collected for recycling so should be put out with your general rubbish or in the general waste bin at waste recycling centres. Disposable nappies can take 500 years to decompose, and can make up 10% of all rubbish buried in Oxfordshire’s landfill sites. We fund a trial pack of cloth nappies so parents can try using these before buying them. For more information see our real nappies  page.
Sharps which include any needles and syringes cannot be accepted at any of the waste recycling centres. If you do not have a sharps box, please contact your local pharmacy for advice on how to dispose of them.
We cannot accept oil tanks for disposal at the household waste recycling centres as they may still contain some oil. When having a new one fitted ask if the company can remove the old one for you and dispose of it safely.
See kitchen appliances.
We are unable to accept liquid paint, as liquid wastes are banned from the Energy Recovery Facility. If you can't use it up or find it a good home by giving it away, you will need to harden it before disposal.
You can buy a paint hardener, or add sawdust, sand or soil to the tin and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry (please pierce the dried paint before taking it to a waste recycling centre to make sure it's fully hardened).
If you have excess paint at home, try and use it up, either yourself or give it away to friends or relatives or donate it to a charity.
Clean and dry metal tins can be thrown into the scrap metal banks at any waste recycling centre , but plastic or contaminated tins must be disposed of (there is a general waste skip on every site).
In the future, follow the guidelines on the tin of paint before buying to ensure that you buy just the amount you need for a job.
Dulux  is just one of the organisations who provide online calculators so that you can work out how much paint you need before you buy it.
Solvent based paint, paint thinner and white spirit should be disposed of as hazardous waste
(see chemicals above).
All district councils collect paper in their doorstep collections (see the links at the top of the page).
At the waste recycling centres , we have a mixed paper container which collects all types of paper. Please put shredded paper in small bags so that it can fit through the narrow slots in the side of the container.
Telephone directories such as the Yellow Pages or Thomson Local Directory can be recycled in some doorstep collection schemes (see the links at the top of the page to check). If your district council doesn't collect them, you can take them to a waste recycling centre , or a local bring bank instead. You can use the postcode search on the Recycle now  website to find your nearest.
To save paper, you could cancel your telephone directory home delivery, and look online instead. To cancel Yellow Pages, call Freephone 0800 671 444. To cancel the Thomsons Local Directory, call 01252 390990.
Please note: laminated paper, newspaper used for foil, glitter or laminated wrapping paper cannot be recycled in any scheme - either at the waste recycling centres or by your local district council. See the wrapping paper entry below for more information.
Plasterboard and other gypsum waste
Plasterboard is not accepted in the general waste skips at any of the waste recycling centres and must be recycled separately.
You can take clean plasterboard with no tiles, foam or other materials attached to Ardley, Dix Pit or Redbridge waste recycling centre , and deposit it in the skips provided for recycling. Please note that you may be charged under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb)  for DIY waste.
If you are unable to remove tiles, foam or other materials from the plasterboard you will need to contact a skip hire company. Clean plasterboard only can be accepted at the waste recycling centres, other materials would lead to loads being rejected at the recycling facility.
There are plastic bag recycling banks at most of the larger supermarkets, either near the door or with the other recycling banks. Although the most 'environmentally friendly' option is to not produce waste in the first place. Try bringing your own bags or buy a better quality bag that you can re-use.
All district councils collect plastic in their doorstep collections (check using the links at the bottom of the page).
There are over 50 types of plastic but only six are labelled. Those plastics labelled 1 or 2 can be recycled at most waste recycling centres . These generally include plastic bottles and food containers (washed out). For more information, see this Recycling plastic containers factsheet (pdf format, 86Kb) .
We currently cannot find a viable outlet for polystyrene recycling, so at present this must be put into the general waste container.
Pots and pans
Pots and pans in good condition could be taken to a charity shop. Any pots and pans can be taken to a household waste recycling centre and placed in the metal container for recycling.
See toner cartridge section.
See computers section.
These come under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb) . Each item is counted separately and we accept up to three items for free, before charging. Metal radiators can be put into the metal containers at the waste recycling centre .
Roofing felt can be taken to any household waste recycling centre and put into the bulky waste container for disposal.
Your local charity shop may accept good quality shoes. Alternatively, we accept shoes for recycling at our waste recycling centres . They can be placed in the textiles container.
There are many charities such as Vision Aid  which benefit from your old spectacles. Most opticians also collect old spectacles for donation to charity.
Please note that tipping mechanisms cannot be used on site: loose material should be bagged up to be shaken out into containers.
Solar panels cannot be taken to a household waste recycling centre 
Some can be returned to the manufacturer, check the websites below for more information:
- PV cycle - website 
We cannot accept tarmac at the waste recycling centres. Tarmac is classified as industrial waste and we are not legally required to accept it. To arrange for the disposal of tarmac, you should contact a legitimate commercial waste management or skip hire company that is licensed to accept it. Suitable companies can be found by looking in the Yellow Pages .
Teddy bears and soft toys
Your local charity shop, hospital or clinic could benefit from your unwanted good quality teddy bears and soft toys. Alternatively they can be placed into a textile bank at a waste recycling centres  for shredding and recycling.
See paper section above.
We accept a small number of televisions at each waste recycling centre .
See cartons section above.
Your local charity shop will accept good quality textiles. Alternatively, you are able to take textiles in any condition, including ripped or damaged textiles to any waste recycling centre  for recycling.
Because of the fibres used to make tissues, they cannot be recycled into new products. Please put these into your dustbin or the general waste container at a waste recycling centre.
There are many charities that can raise money from your old toner cartridge - just search the web to find a charity of your choice.
For more information on how to recycle your cartridges, please visit the everycartridge  website
At Redbridge Recycling Centre hand and garden tools can be placed into a tool bank where they will be collected by the charityfor use by schools, community groups and gardening projects.
At other recycling centres, most hand tools can be placed in the metal container for recycling. Any electrical tools should be placed into the small appliances container for recycling.
Your local charity shop, hospital or clinic could benefit from your unwanted good quality toys.
Trade waste - recycled
See the Where to recycle waste from your business (pdf format, 601 KB)  leaflet or further information can be found on the commercial waste  section of our website.
Householders can take up to five car or motorcycle tyres at any of our waste recycling centres  in any one visit at a cost of £2.50 per tyre. Visits to deposit tyres are limited to two per year.
Tyres from a bicycle will be accepted free of charge. They should be separated from the main frame. Up to a maximum of five bicycle tyres may be deposited per month.
- Car or motorcycle tyres with a hub rim of over 20 inches diameter will not be accepted.
- Waste Recycling Centres will not accept tyres from businesses or any commercial type tyres.
- Tyres must be deposited in the designated area. Please ask site staff for assistance.
If you have unwanted video cassettes, firstly try to take them to your local charity shop.
It is not currently possible to recycle VHS tapes at any of our waste recycling centres .
West Oxfordshire can take VHS tapes for recycling in some of their recycling banks, please visit their website WestOxon.gov.uk 
Waste, electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
WEEE regulations came into force in England from 1 July 2007. WEEE items will be accepted across all Waste Recycling Centres  in Oxfordshire. See our page on waste electrical and electronic equipment  for more details about the regulations, and which items it covers.
Water filter recycling
If you use a BRITA branded water filter you can recycle the used filters at most Argos, Robert Dyas and Homebase stores where boxes are provided for the collection of used cartridges. You can locate your nearest participating store on the BRITA website .
For other water filter brands, please contact the manufacturer to find out if they provide a similar service. If the manufacturer is unable to accept them, old filters can be disposed of with your normal rubbish collection or in the general waste container at any of our Waste Recycling Centres 
Water tanks can be taken to our Waste Recycling Centres . These come under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb) . Each item is counted separately and we accept up to three items for free before charging. Metal water tanks should be placed in the metals container for recycling. Please ask the site staff if you are unsure and they will direct you to the correct container.
Weeds - Ragwort/Vine Weevil/invasive weeds
Any invasive weed needs to be double wrapped in plastic bags and disposed of in the general waste container at any of the Waste Recycling Centres . On your arrival to the site please approach a site operative to advise them of what you have.
We can accept window frames at our waste recycling centres . These come under our 1,2,3 for Free scheme (pdf format, 207Kb) . Each item is counted separately and we accept up to three items for free before charging. Certain materials may be able to be recycled, please check with a member of site staff which container they should be placed into.
There is a wood bin at each of the waste recycling centres . We can accept all types of wood to be diverted from landfill including MDF, chipboard and laminate flooring.
We are unable to accept blue wooden pallets at the waste recycling centres as the origin of these are commercial.
Wooden pallets are generally associated with commercial waste, and normally the business would take it away. However if you have had a household item delivered and only have one or two, this can be accepted at the waste recycling centres .
You can recycle traditional wrapping paper or brown paper, but make sure you remove any tape first. You could also compost tissue or crepe paper. Please note that foil, glitter or laminated wrapping paper cannot be recycled, this can be disposed of in your normal household waste collection or in the landfill bin at any waste recycling centre.
See paper section above.
The onus is on customers to ensure they can lift and carry their own items from their vehicles and place them in the containers. Our Waste Acceptance Policy states that the Health and Safety Executive guidance recommends that no more than 25kg should be lifted at a time. Where customers have disabilities, staff will assess the load based on individual lifting capacity.