Recycling A-Z

Recycling A-Z

 

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Aerosols

Recycle empty aerosols at your nearest tip. Please do not pierce, crush or flatten before recycling.

Aluminium foil

Aluminium foil, metal food trays and milk bottle tops can be put in your recycling bin.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a hazardous material that poses a real danger to health. It is vital that care should be taken when handling, removing or disposing of asbestos. Visit the Surrey County Council website to find out how to dispose of asbestos safely.

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Baby goods

Baby clothes and equipment that are in good condition can be given to friends and family members or donated to charity shops.

Batteries

Most supermarkets have battery recycling points. You can also recycle your batteries at a the nearest tip. There you can take other batteries such as car batteries.

Bicycles

Second hand bicycle shops may be interested in purchasing the bicycle, or you could donate them for reuse. If your bike is beyond repair, you can recycle the metal parts. Take your bicycle to the nearest the nearest tip.

Biscuit tins

Put biscuit tins in your recycling bin. Alternatively they can be reused for storing homemade cakes and treats.

Bones

Bones from meat or left over food can be put in your food bin collection as the composting process takes place at high temperatures. They can not be home composted.

Books

Books in good condition can be sold to second hand book shops or donated to libraries, charity shops, local surgery waiting rooms, or retirement homes. Books will also be collected by the Charitable Collection team and donated to the British Heart Foundation. If your books are not in a good enough condition to be reused, put them in your recycling bin.

Bottles

See glass bottles or plastic bottles.

Bric-a-brac

Take unwanted items or bric-a-brac to local charity shops or sell them at car boot sales. Bric-a-brac can also be donated to the British Heart Foundation through their Clothes+ service. Local scout or guide groups may also like to receive such items for their fund raising jumble sales.

Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap cannot be recycled, but it can be easily reused to wrap up valuables which are going in storage or being posted. If you can't reuse it, put it in your normal rubbish bin.

Building waste

See rubble.

Business waste

Find out how to dispose of your business waste on the Surrey County Council website.

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Cans

You can put cans in your recycling bin or take them to your local recycling banks.

Car batteries

You can take car batteries to the nearest tip.

Cardboard

Smaller pieces of cardboard can go into your recycling bin. Larger cardboard items that will not easily fit in the bin, please flatten and secure as a bundle of a size that can be easily picked up by a collector. Leave this next to your recycling bin on your collection day.

Cards (birthday, greeting etc)

You can put cards in your recycling bin. Many charity shops accept cards for recycling. You can re-use cards by turning them into gift tags for presents.

Carpets

Carpets are difficult to recycle because they are made from a mixture of fibres. You can donate your carpets to charity shops, community groups, friends or family. If they can't be reused, you will need to take them to your nearest tip.

Cartons

See Tetra Pak.

Catalogues

Put catalogues in your recycling bin.

CDs

Old CDs can be donated to charity shops. Alternatively they can be donated to the British Heart Foundation, using their Clothes+ collection service.

Cereal boxes

See cardboard.

Children's toys

You can't recycle toys but you can donate them to a local charity shop - or donate them to the British Heart Foundation using their Clothes+ collection service.

China plates & ornaments

If these are not broken, you can donate them to a charity shop. Please do not put these in your recycling bin.

Christmas cards and paper

Old cards and paper can be re-used for making present tags or paper-chains. Alternatively, they can go in the recycling bin.

Clingfilm

Clingfilm cannot be recycled and must therefore go in the landfill (refuse) bin to be disposed of. You can reduce the amount of clingfilm you use by storing sandwiches and food in resealable plastic containers.

Clinical waste

If you have clinical waste for disposal contact us to arrange a sharps box collection. For more information visit the Surrey County Council clinical waste page.

Clothes

Charity shops welcome clean, dry, good quality items, so you can take them along to a charity of your choice, alternatively the Charitable collection team will pick them up and donate them to the British Heart Foundation. Worn clothes could be used as cleaning cloths, alternatively there are textile banks at some of the recycling banks across the Borough. If you have a lot of clothes and textiles for recycling (e.g. clearing out a house), some textile recycling companies will come and collect them for free, such as D & M Textile Reclamation: 020 8665 7555.

Coins

Most charities have a scheme where you can donate unwanted foreign currency.

Commercial Waste

See business waste.

Composting

Home composting can be easy, for more information please visit the Surrey Get Composting website.

Computers

You can recycle your computers with Hungry Recycling.

Confidential waste

The best way to deal with confidential documents is to shred them and put them in your compost bin. You can also scrunch shredded paper into a ball and wrap a sheet of newspaper around it, or put it in a paper bag to keep it all together and place it in your recycling bin.

Cooked meat

Cooked meat can be put in your food bin collection as the composting process takes place at high temperatures. Alternatively it can go into a wormery, but do not put it in your compost bin.

Cooking oil

Please do not pour waste oil down the drain, even with washing up liquid, because the oil will solidify in the sewers and cause huge problems with rats, odour and blockages. Try to use only the amount you need, and mop up any excess oil/fat with a piece of bread and put it out for the birds. If you have large quantities, allow the oil to solidify and then transfer to an old tin and put it in your landfill (refuse) bin.

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Disposable nappies

See nappies.

Duvets and pillows

If these are clean and in good condition, charity shops will take them. Alternatively, they can be taken to your nearest tip.

DVDs and videos

If you have unwanted films at home, you can donate them to a charity shop, or sell them at a jumble sale or online. Alternatively the Charitable Collection team will collect them for the British Heart Foundation.

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Egg cartons

Cardboard egg boxes can be torn up and added to your Compost bin or they can go into your recycling bin. Plastic egg boxes can't be recycled - please put them in your rubbish bin.

Egg shells

You put these in either your food bin or home compost bin. To order a home composting bin please visit Surrey Get Composting website.

Electrical goods

Electronic and electrical equipment must be disposed of separately to general waste. You can take small electrical items such as kettles, toasters and hairdryers to the banks at your local recycling banks. You can also dispose of electrical goods at your nearest tip.

Envelopes

If you can't reuse old envelopes, put them in your recycling bin. You don't need to remove the plastic window or stamps.

Engine oil

Don't put oil down drains because it can cause considerable environmental damage if it leaks into watercourses and/or groundwater. If oil is released into the water it will kill most animal and plant life by removing the oxygen. Oil can be taken to a |Community Recycling Centre where it is disposed of safely.

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Fabrics

Old fabric can be recycled at textile banks found at some of the local recycling banks across the borough.

Fat

Animal fat should not be poured down the drain as it causes blockages. Once cooled it can be put into the food bin collection for composting. Alternatively you can seal it in a container and put it out with your normal rubbish. Another option is to mix it with bird seed and leave it to solidify. You can then put it out on your window sill or hang it from a tree and feed the birds in the winter. 

Fluorescent tube lights

Fluorescent strip lights are more efficient than ordinary bulbs because they use electricity to produce light instead of heat. They last 8-10 times longer and use 75-80% less energy. However, fluorescent lighting contains potentially harmful substances like mercury, cadmium and lead that can cause damage to the brain, liver and kidneys if they enter the body. Since July 2005 when the new Hazardous Waste Regulations came into effect, fluorescent tubes cannot be disposed of in your landfill (refuse) bin, however, you can take them to your nearest tip for safe disposal.

Foil

See aluminium foil.

Food

All food can be collected as part of the weekly |food bin collection service . You can recycle some food at home in a compost bin or wormery. For information on home composting bins and how to order one, please visit the Surrey Get Composting website.

Freezers and fridges

Freezers and fridges are classified as hazardous waste and must be disposed of carefully and responsibly. The Surrey Reuse Network collects fridges and freezers to reuse or recycle. Alternatively, you can take them to your nearest tip or arrange a Bulky Waste Collection.

Fruit & vegetable peelings

These can be disposed as part of your weekly food bin collection service, or put in your compost bin or wormery.

Furniture

The Surrey Reuse Network collects furniture for reusing or recycling. You can also donate furniture to charity shops and second-hand shops. Alternatively, you can arrange a bulky waste collection for specific types of furniture.

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Garden chemicals

Garden chemicals are hazardous household waste and must be disposed of carefully. If you have unwanted garden chemicals, please take them to a your nearest tip and ensure they are identified to the staff there as hazardous waste. Never be tempted to pour either diluted or undiluted chemicals down the drain. This can seriously affect the treatment of water at the sewage plant.

Garden waste

You can either compost your garden waste at home, sign up for our fortnightly garden waste collection service or take it to your nearest tip. Please don't put garden waste in your landfill (refuse) bin.

Gas cylinders

You can recycle gas cylinders at your nearest tip.

Glass bottles and jars

You can put glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin. You don't need to remove the labels as they do not affect the recycling process. It doesn't matter if the glass items are broken, but please don't wrap or bag them.

Glass panes

Panes of glass should not be put in your recycling bin. It has a different composition from glass bottles and needs to be collected separately. Please take them to your nearest tip or put them in your rubbish bin.

Glasses

See spectacles.

Grass trimmings

These can be composted at home. If you don't have time or space to compost, sign up to our Garden Waste Collection Service and we'll do it for you.

Greeting cards

See cards.

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Hangers

Coat hangers can be reused over and over again. Take metal hangers back to the dry-cleaners to be reused rather than throwing them away. Ask local charity shops if they need spare hangers for displaying clothes.

Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste including fire extinguishers, gas bottles and household and garden chemicals cannot be disposed of in your recycling or refuse bins, please refer to the Surrey County Council website for information on how to dispose of these items safely.

Houseplants

If houseplants out grow your home, give them to a local retirement home or community centre, or you may know a local business that would like them. Plants are often welcome donations for local village fairs, school fairs, or jumble sales. If you can't find a new home for it, you can chop it up and home compost it, or have it collected with our Garden Waste Collection Service. Please don't put them in your landfill (refuse) bin.

Household chemicals

Some disinfectants are corrosive and a skin irritant; others are flammable. Always follow the manufacturers instructions. Plastic bottles such as bleach bottles can be put in your recycling bin. Only throw away empty containers.

Household rubbish

Over 50% of your household rubbish can be recycled. Please make sure you only put items into your rubbish bin that cannot be recycled.

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Ink-jet cartridges

Many charities and organisations will take your used printer cartridges and refill them. They are then resold.

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Jars

See glass bottles and jars.

Jar lids

Jar lids can be recycled in your blue top bin. Please make sure that they are separated from the glass jar first so that both parts can be recycled separately.

Juice cartons

See Tetra Pak.

Junk mail

See mail.

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Kitchen towels

You can now buy recycled kitchen towel from supermarkets. Better still, use cotton dish cloths, which can be re-used. If you do use paper kitchen towels, small quantities of these can be placed into your compost bin. However, do not place greasy kitchen towels in your compost bin, nor any that have been used with cleaning products.

Kitchen waste

See cooked meat.

See fruit & vegetable peelings.

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Labels

You don't have to remove the labels from tins, cans, bottles or jars.

Laser toner cartridges

Redeem will take your used printer cartridges and refill them. They are then reused.

Leaves

Compost your leaves at home or you can also use our Garden Waste Collection Service. Please don't put them in your landfill (refuse) bin.

Light bulbs

General light bulbs are not considered dangerous and can be placed in your landfill (refuse) bin. Light bulbs cannot be recycled because the type of glass they are made from is different and will contaminate the other glass recyclables. Instead, try replacing your light bulbs with energy saving ones - they last eight times longer, use a quarter of the energy and give the same brightness.See also fluorescent tube lights.

Low energy light bulbs cannot be recycled. Some of these bulbs contain very small amounts of mercury. Since July 2005, when the new Hazardous Waste Regulations came into effect, fluorescent lighting tubes and the low energy light bulbs are classified as hazardous waste and therefore cannot be disposed of in your landfill (refuse) bin, however, you can take them to your nearest tip for safe disposal.

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Magazines

Put magazines in your recycling bin.

Margarine tubs

Margarine tubs can be put in your recycling bin.

Mattresses

You could arrange a collection through the Surrey Reuse Network for a nominal charge, take it to your nearest tip or arrange a bulky waste collection.

Medicine

You can take unwanted medicines back to the chemist where they were purchased. Visit our sharps box collection page for more information about our collection service for needles and syringes.

Metal

Metal tins and cans can be put in your recycling bin. Scrap metal can be taken to your nearest tip.

Microwaves

Microwaves can be taken to your nearest tip.

Milk bottles

Plastic milk bottles can be put in your recycling bin. Please return any glass milk bottles to your milkman or to the shop you bought them from.

Mirrors

If they are intact and reusable try a local second hand furniture store, a charity shop or the Surrey Reuse Network. Alternatively use a site such as freecycle to sell, swap or donate them online.

Mobile phones

You can exchange your old phone for cash, gifts, or donate to a charity.

Motor oil

See engine oil.

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Nappies

Nappies can't be recycled and should be put in your landfill (refuse) bin. Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day. They take a couple of hundred years to decompose.

Newspapers

These can be put in your recycling bin.

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Oil

See cooking oil.

See engine oil.

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Packaging

Most plastic packaging can now be put in your recycling bin including plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles but please look out for polystyrene food trays which cannot be recycled.

Paint

Paint is hazardous waste and unfortunately we cannot recycle it. You can dispose of it correctly by sealing it tightly and taking it to your nearest tip for careful disposal in the hazardous waste containers.

Paper

All forms of paper can be put in your recycling bin. This includes junk mail, letters, envelopes, birthday cards and office paper. You don't need to remove staples, glue, Sellotape or windows (from envelopes).

Pet food

If your pet's food comes in a can, the container can be recycled. Rinse it out and add it to your recycling bin. The actual food can go into your weekly food bin for collection.

Pet litter

Pet litter cannot be recycled and should be put in your landfill (refuse) bin. Litter from herbivorous animals such as rabbits, can be put in your compost heap.

Phone Books

All phones books can be put in your recycling bin.

Photographs

You can put photographs in your recycling bin or shred them and compost them at home.

Plastic

We have increased the amount of plastics you can put into your recycling bin. You can recycle all of your plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles. This includes most food packaging but still excludes some plastic items. Visit our |recycling pages for a full list of the types of plastics you can now recycle.

Plastic bags

When you next go shopping, take some plastic bags with you or purchase a canvas bag to carry your shopping in. These are stronger and can be reused many times. You can recycle your plastic bags at some supermarkets and most offer reusable shopping bags to buy.

Polystyrene packaging

This can't be recycled and should be put in a black sack in your refuse bin. Try to buy new things with as little packaging as possible. Some supermarkets use polystyrene food trays so please check before putting your food trays in the recycling bin.

Polythene wrappers

Polyprint accepts waste polythene for recycling from the general public or other organisations in whatever quantity. Alternatively, they can go in your rubbish bin.

Postage stamps

See stamps

Pyrex glass

This cannot be recycled as it can explode when heated up in the glass recycling furnace. Dispose of Pyrex glass in your normal rubbish bin.

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Razor blades

Razor blades should be well wrapped up in a tissue or rag and placed in your rubbish bin.

Rubble

You can take your rubble and building waste to your nearest tip.

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Shopping bags

See plastic bags.

Scrap metal

Scrap metals can be recycled. Steel and aluminium are the world's most recyclable and recycled materials. Metals such as copper and cast iron can be sold to scrap metal dealers. Any other metal can be taken to your nearest tip.

Shredded paper

See confidential waste.

Shoes

If they are in good saleable condition you can donate them to a charity shop or they can be donated to the British Heart Foundation, using their Clothes+ collection service. If they are not in good enough condition for resale, you can take pairs and single shoes to the textile banks found at some of the local recycling banks.

Spectacles & sunglasses

Old glasses in good condition can be donated to developing countries around the world. Ask your local optician if they collect them, or send old glasses in a sturdy box to: Vision Aid Overseas, 12 The Bell Centre, Manor Royal, Crawley, W. Sussex, RH10 2FZ.

Staples

It is fine for staples to be present in magazines, newspapers or any paper you put in your recycling bin. These are removed in the recycling sorting and cleaning processes.

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Takeaway food containers

Hard plastic food containers can be put in your recycling bin or they could be reused. You cannot put polystyrene food containers in the recycling bin.

Telephones

Old phones can be sent back to BT.

Telephone directories

See phone-books.

Tetra Pak

You can take Tetra Pak cartons to some of the local recycling banks. We can't accept cartons in your recycling because they are made up of three different materials and need to be specially split and treated before recycling.

Timber and wood

These can be taken to your nearest tip.

Toys & games

Local doctors or dental surgeries may be grateful for unwanted toys in their waiting rooms. You could also speak to your local hospital, playgroups or charity shops. Toys and games could also be donated to a jumble sale.

Tyres

Waste tyres are not allowed to go to landfill. Most tyre repair centres dispose of used tyres.

Tools

Old tools may only need minor repairs for them to function again. Try repairing them yourself, or if you no longer have a use for them there are a number of companies who will refurbish tools for resale.

TV monitors

See Electrical goods. Your local hospitals, schools or playgroups may be grateful for working TV's.

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Umbrellas

Reuse unbroken umbrellas by donating them to your local charity shop or selling them at a jumble sale. If the umbrella is broken please place it in your rubbish bin.

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Vegetable peelings

Vegetable and fruit peel can be disposed of as part of the food bin collection service or put into your compost bin. To order a home composter please visit the Surrey Get Composting website.

Videos and DVDs

Old videos and DVDs can be donated to your local charity shop. If they are not in good enough condition they can go in your rubbish bin.

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White goods

White goods are large domestic electrical appliances like cookers, washing machines, fridges and freezers. These items maybe suitable for reuse or recycling through the Surrey Reuse Network. They can also be taken to your nearest tip or removed as part of our bulky waste collection service.

Wormeries

Worm composting is the process of using earthworms to break down kitchen and garden waste. A wormery not only produces top quality, fine compost, but it also generates concentrated liquid fertiliser. This can be used as a liquid feed (usually diluted with water) for outdoor and indoor plants.

Wrapping paper

You can put wrapping paper into your recycling bin but please ensure its paper. Foil based wrapping paper will need to be disposed of in the refuse bin.

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Yellow Pages

You can put your Yellow Pages in your recycling bin.

Yogurt pots

Yogurt pots can be put in your recycling bin.

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