Recycling A-Z

Advice on how to recycle household waste at our recycling centres.

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 our centres become property of our contractor.

List of items

 

Abandoned vehicles

Please report abandoned vehicles to your district council so they can be collected and safely removed.

Aerosols

District councils collect aerosol cans in their kerbside collections. Normal domestic aerosols can be recycled at any of our waste recycling centres by placing them in the wheelie bins on site.

Aluminium foil

District councils collect foil in their kerbside collections. This can also be placed in the scrap metal containers at any of our 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 any of our 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.

Bedding in bags

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.

Asbestos

You can dispose of cement bonded asbestos at the following recycling centres:

Contact us before you visit

You must read our asbestos page for more information about contacting us at least 24 hours before you visit and how to prepare the material for disposal.

Please make asbestos booking weekdays Monday to Friday.

Bathroom suites

Bathroom suites can be deposited at all our waste recycling centres. These come under the DIY charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately - toilets, sinks, baths etc.

Batteries

Household batteries

All district councils collect batteries in their doorstep collections. Or use the Recycle More website to find your nearest recycling point.

Car batteries

Car batteries can be disposed of at all 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, duvets and pillow cases

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.

The following items can be placed in the textiles container to be recycled at any of our waste recycling centres:

  • duvet covers
  • pillow cases
  • sheets
  • blankets

Bicycles

We work with local organisations who repair bikes and get them back into the community to be used again. Bicycles taken to Redbridge are collected by Bicester Green reuse centre, and bicycles taken to Dix Pit are collected by Windrush Bike Project.

Bicycles in good condition could also be sold on online or offered on Freegle.

If your bicycle can't be used again it can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre and put into the metal container for recycling.

Books

Local charity shops may be able to sell your old books.

If the books cannot be reused then you can take them to any of our waste recycling centre and put into the paper bank for recycling.

Car parts

We accept items such as car batteries, engine oil and tyres from householders at any of our waste recycling centres. Tyres are charged under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Please see a site operative on your arrival.

Caravans

Caravans are not accepted at any of the waste recycling centres.

Contact a privately licensed waste management company to pay for the disposal.

Cardboard

Cardboard can be put into your recycling bin at home or taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please remove any sticky tape or plastic. You can also rip up small pieces of cardboard
and add them to your compost bin.

Carpets

Carpets can not be recycled because of the mix of fabrics they contain. The 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.

CDs and DVDs

If you have unwanted CDs or DVDs firstly try to take them to your local charity shop.
Alternatively some companies may buy your old CDs and DVDs.

CDs and DVDs can be taken to any of our waste recycling centres and put in the general waste container.

Chemicals (household and garden)

Household chemicals

We can accept small quantities of a range of household chemicals for recycling, reuse or safe disposal at any of our the waste recycling centres .

The following items can be placed in the area for hazardous waste at any of our recycling centres:

  • bleach
  • car anti-freeze (coolant)
  • household cleaning products
  • white spirit
  • paint stripper 

Garden chemicals

Small quantities of garden chemicals from householders can be taken to any of our waste recycling centres and placed in the red chemical stores where it will be treated and disposed of appropriately.

Transporting chemicals

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. Make sure the lid is on securely.

China and crockery

These can be accepted for recycling at any of our household recycling centres.

Christmas cards

You can put your Christmas cards in the cardboard recycling bins at any of our waste recycling centres.

Some supermarkets also provide bins to collect greetings cards after Christmas.

Clinical or healthcare

For more information on collections of clinical or healthcare waste please contact your local district council.

Clinical or healthcare waste can not be taken to any of our household recycling centres.

Medicine

Medicine 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.

Clothing and textiles

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 of our waste recycling centre for recycling.

Duvets, pillows, carpet and soiled or wet items will not be accepted in the textiles container.

Commercial waste

We can't accept commercial waste at any of our household waste recycling centres please see the commercial waste section of our website for further details.

Computer consumables

Computers, CDs and DVDs can be put in the media banks at the following Waste Recycling Centres:

  • Alkerton
  • Dix Pit
  • Drayton
  • Oakley Wood
  • Redbridge
  • Stanford Household

They cannot currently be recycled at Ardley. 

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.

Computers, laptops, monitors and printers

We accept a small number of personal computers and printers at any of our 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.

Cooking oil

Do not pour cooking oil down the sink or drain.

In Oxford City, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire please pour your cooking oil into a plastic bottle and place it in your food caddy.

In Cherwell, small amounts of used cooking oil can be absorbed in newspaper or food and disposed of in your food and garden waste bin.

Only Dix Pit Waste Recycling Centre also accepts small amounts of cooking oil from householders.

Cotton wool

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

DIY waste (except plasterboard) from householders is accepted at any of our waste recycling centres.

Under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf, 675Kb), items are charged at £1.50 each. An example of one item is a bag (equivalent of 25Kg) of rubble, one kitchen unit, one fitted wardrobe, one window frame etc.

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Domestic 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.

Doors

We can accept metal, wood and plastic doors at all of our waste recycling centres. Doors come under our non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately. 

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Drain pipes

We can accept drain pipes at all of our waste recycling centres.

These come under our non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately. 

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival. See guttering, drainpipe, fascia, soffit.

Drink cartons and Tetra Paks

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.

Tetra Paks can not be recycled at any household waste recycling centre. Use the Recycle Now website to find recycle points near you.

Electrical items

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 and engine filters at any of our household waste recycling centres.

Transporting oil

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. Do not bring oil in containers larger than 10 litres as larger containers can be difficult to empty into the collection tank.

Explosives

Explosives are not accepted at any the Waste Recycling Centres.

If you have any explosives please contact the Thames Valley Police.

Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers from householders can be accepted at any of our 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

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.

Food

Food can be collected for recycling from your kerbside - please see our food waste page for more information. Food can be taken to any of our waste recycling centres in small quantities but cannot be recycled so should be double bagged and put into the general waste container.

We are unable to accept food waste mixed in with general waste.

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.

Ensure all food is removed from the fridges and freezers before bringing them to the waste recycling centres.

We can't accept commercial fridges or freezers at the recycling centre and this includes those originating from a commercial source.

Fuel - petrol, diesel, paraffin

Liquid fuels including petrol diesel and paraffin is not 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 - sofas

Consider re-using furniture by offering it to charities or for sale.

Used furniture in good condition can be taken to Dix Pit Waste Recycling Centre where it is donated to Emmaus a scheme which provides furniture for low-income households.

Wooden or metal furniture can be recycled in the appropriate container. Other types of furniture should be put into the bulky waste container.

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.
  • 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

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.

Garden waste (inc Christmas trees)

All districts have kerbside green waste collections.

All of our waste recycling centres 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.

You need to ensure you can lift and carry items from your vehicle to the container.

Empty garden waste out of bags into the containers on site.

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
  • windfalls
  • grass cuttings
  • leaves
  • 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
  • nappies
  • stone and rubble
  • large quantities of soil
  • any other household waste
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • ragwort

Gas bottles

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.

Heium cannisters or helium bottles from your home can be accepted at the recycling centre if the shop you brought it from does not do a take back scheme.

Glass bottles or jars

Some district councils collect glass in their doorstep collections and at bring bank sites. Where separate bins are provided for different colours of glass, blue bottles need to go in with the green glass bottles.

We accept glass bottles and jars of all colours at any of 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.

Guttering/drain pipe/fascia/soffit

These come under our non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately. 

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival. See drain pipe.

Hand tools

Hand tools

At Redbridge Recycling Centre hand and garden tools can be placed into a tool bank where they will be collected by the charity Orinoco for use by schools community groups and gardening projects.

At all other recycling centres most hand tools can be placed in the metal container for recycling.

Electrical tools

Electrical tools should be placed into the small appliances container for recycling.

Hard plastics

We accept garden furniture, children's toys, storage boxes and watering cans for recycling at any of our household waste recycling centres.

Hardcore and rubble

We accept a small amount of hardcore at any of our waste recycling centres from householders.

You may be charged under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb) for DIY waste.

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

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.

Lawnmowers

Electric

Electric lawnmowers are classed as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and can be recycled at any of our waste recycling centres.

Petrol

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 at any of our waste recycling centres.

Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

Energy saving bulbs, fluorescent tubes and other light bulbs including old-style filament bulbs can recycled at all of our waste recycling centres.

Place them in the container marked fluorescent tubes. If you are unsure, please seek the advice of the site staff to determine what container your lightbulbs can be deposited in for recycling.

You are able to locate your nearest point to recycle these light bulbs on the Recolight website.
 

Mattresses

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.

Metal

There are scrap metal banks at all of our waste recycling centre. All metals including tin cans and foil should be placed in the scrap metal banks for recycling.

Ask the site staff if you are unsure where to place your metals.

Ensure all gas bottles are separated from metal and placed in the secure cages at the household waste recycling centres.

Mobile phone

Mobile phones  can be placed in the small WEEE container available at all waste recycling centres for recycling.

There are many charities that raise money by collecting old mobile phones.

Remember to take out your old SIM cards.

Nappies

Disposable nappies are not currently collected for recycling so should be put out with your general rubbish or in the general waste bin at any of our waste recycling centres.

Disposable nappies can take 500 years to decompose and can make up 10 per cent 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.

Needles/Syringes (Sharps)

Sharps which include any needles and syringes can't 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.

Oil tanks

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.

Oven and kitchen appliances

Appliances such as:

  • cookers
  • ovens
  • fridges
  • freezers

Can be taken to any of our Waste Recycling Centres. Please ask site staff where these items should be placed for recycling.

Paint

We can not accept liquid paint. 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 (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.

Empty paint cans

Clean and dry metal tins can be placed in the scrap metal banks at any waste recycling centre but plastic or contaminated tins must be disposed of in the general waste container.

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.

Paper and shredded paper

All district councils collect paper in their doorstep collections.

At all our waste recycling centres we have a mixed paper container which collects all types of paper. Place 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 collections. Or 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.

Laminated paper

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.

Plasterboard and other gypsum waste

Only clean plasterboard is accepted. You can take clean plasterboard with no tiles foam or other materials attached to:

It should be placed in the relevant skips provided for recycling. Please note that you may be charged under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb) for DIY waste.

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Plastic

All district councils collect plastic in their doorstep collections.

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). 

Plastic bags

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.

Polystyrene

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.

Radiators

This comes under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately. 

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Roofing felt

This comes under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately. Roofing felt can be taken to any household waste recycling centre.

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Sheet glass

Clean sheet glass with no metal or plastic attached can be accepted for recycling at any of our recycling centres.

Please note you may be charged under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb) for DIY waste.

Shoes

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.

Soil

We accept small amounts of soil for re-use at any of our waste recycling centres.

Soil is chargeable under the non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb)

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Please note that tipping mechanisms cannot be used on site: loose material should be bagged up to be shaken out into containers.

Solar panels

Solar panels cannot be taken to any of our household waste recycling centres.

Some can be returned to the manufacturer check the PV cycle website for more information.

Spectacles and glasses

There are many charities such as Vision Aid which benefit from your old spectacles. Most opticians also collect old spectacles for donation to charity.

Tarmac

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.

Telephone directories - Yellow Pages

Telephone directories such as the Yellow Pages or Thomson Local Directory can be recycled in some doorstep collection schemes. All our waste recycling centres accept them or a local bring bank instead. You can use the postcode search on the Recycle now website to find your nearest.

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.

Televisions (WEEE)

We accept a small number of televisions at each waste recycling centre.

Tissues

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.

Toys

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.

Tyres

Car and motorcycle tyres

Householders can bring tyres to any of our waste recycling centres at a cost of £5 per tyre. For this type of material, please see a site operative on arrival.

Bicycle tyres

Tyres from a bicycle will be accepted free of charge. They should be separated from the main frame.

Important

We do not accept tyres from businesses or any commercial type tyres. 

Video (VHS) and audio cassettes

If you have unwanted video cassettes firstly try to take them to your local charity shop.

West Oxfordshire can take VHS tapes for recycling in some of their recycling banks please visit their website WestOxon.gov.uk.

Audio and VHS cassette tapes can be put into the general waste container at any of the waste recycling centres

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

BRITA

BRITA water filters can be recycled at most Argos, Robert Dyas or Homebase stores where boxes are provided for the collection of used cartridges. You can locate your nearest participating store on the BRITA website.

Other brands

For other water filter brands 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

Water tanks can be taken to our waste recycling centres.

These come under our non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately. 

For this type of material, please see a site operative on arrival.

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.

Window frames

We can accept window frames at our waste recycling centres.

These come under our non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb). Each item is counted separately. Certain materials may be recycled.

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Wood

We can accept all types of wood to be diverted from landfill including MDF chipboard and laminate flooring.

Some types of wood will be chargeable under our non-household waste charging scheme (pdf format, 675Kb)

For this type of waste, please see a site operative on arrival.

Wooden pallets

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.

Wrapping paper

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.

 

Heavy items

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.