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Your  guide to waste and recycling

We throw away all sorts of items from our homes everyday. 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.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Aerosol cans+-

Aerosols are widely recycled. Recycle your aerosol cans in your mixed recycling bin at home or take them to your nearest Recycling Centre.

Take off the lids and put them in your general rubbish bin.

Make sure aerosol cans are completely empty before recycling and do not pierce, crush or flatten them. Aerosols can be stored for a long time – there’s no need to throw away a half empty can.

 

Aluminium cans+-

Recycle your empty aluminium cans in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre.

Aluminium cans can be recycled over and over again without any loss in quality.

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. 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 rubbish 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.

Asbestos+-

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

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

Raikes Lane, Bolton

Arkwright Street, Oldham

Reliance Street, Newton Heath

Longley Lane, Sharston

Cobden Street, Salford

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury

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

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

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

 

Ashes+-

Cold ashes (both from wood and coal) should be put in your general waste bin. They cannot be recycled in your food and garden recycling bin.

B

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 Freecycle. Or if you wanted 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 re-use and revamp clothes visit our Love Your Clothes page.

Batteries+-

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

You cannot put batteries in any of your bins at home.

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

 

Bikes+-

Got a new bike or don’t use your bike anymore? Then donate it for re-use or recycling at one of the many bike schemes across Greater Manchester.
They will make it shiny and new and sell it back into the community. You can buy a bike from some of these schemes too.

Address: Message Enterprise Centre, Harper Road, Manchester, M22 4RG

Phone: 0161 946 9490 or 0776 991 9662

Email: davea@message.org.uk

  • Chainlink Community Cycles CIC 

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

Phone: 07825 958 265

Email: neil@chainlink.org.uk

Address: 21 Higher Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 3ER

Phone: 0161 474 0990 or 07592 304 506

Email: brian@ceracycloan.co.uk

Address: Philips Park, Whitefield, M45 7QJ

Phone: 0161 796 6221 or 07985 340 777

Email: info@ncagb.co.uk

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

Phone: 0161 839 0709

Email: popupbikes@gmail.com

Address: 4 Park Road, Bury, BL9 5BQ

Phone: 0161 764 0444

Email: info@rebuildbury.org.uk

  • The Bicycle Recycling Project

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

Phone: 0161 614 8002 / 07834 161315

Email: steventaylor@themanchestercollege.ac.uk

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

Phone: 07932 050 926

Email: info@arbarus.co.uk

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

Phone: 0161 253 6588 or 07583 187 139

Email: j.lyth@bury.gov.uk

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

Phone: 07874 245 116 or 0161 226 9051

Email: info@thewesley.org.uk

Blankets+-

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

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.

Books+-

There are many outlets for second hand books:

  • Most charity shops will accept second hand books if they are in good condition, as will some libraries
  • Donate them for re-use 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.

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 their own in-store bra recycling schemes.

Bric a brac+-

If you have unwanted crockery, pictures, ornaments etc. that are still in good, usable condition, consider the following options:

  • Take them to charity shops or local re-use organisations; you may not like something or have use for it anymore but there’s a good chance someone else will.
  • You can also go online and 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 or in a car boot sale

Building materials+-

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

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

Bulky household items+-

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

  • Donate them for re-use at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. Visit the Furniture page to find your nearest centre.
  • Arrange a collection with your local council (some councils may charge for this service)

 

Buttons+-

Keep buttons to update your clothes or donate them to your local charity shop, they will use them to update 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 re-use 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, CDs in good condition, can be donated in the media banks at your local Recycling Centre.

Candle holders+-

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

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

If still in good condition 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.

Car batteries+-

Car batteries can be taken 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 back the old one when you buy a new battery.

Carcasses+-

Animal carcasses should be taken to your local weigh bridge to be dispose of safely.

Cardboard+-

All types of card can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin at home.

These include:

  • Cardboard packaging (such as empty cereal boxes)
  • Kitchen roll and toilet roll tubes
  • Cardboard boxes – please flatten
  • Greeting cards
  • Clothes labels/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.

Carpet+-

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

If they are still in good conditions you can donate them to some charity shops or re-use organisation.

You can 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 they have seen better days…
  • Local gardeners or gardening groups may be interested in using your old carpet. It is useful for insulating compost heaps, 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
  • Cut to size and use it to protect your car windscreen from frost

Carrier bags (plastic)+-

Plastic carrier bags cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home; they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Single use carrier bags can also be recycled at some of the major supermarkets.

Top Tip

Say ‘no’ to unwanted plastic carrier bags and use a bag for life, these are readily available now at most supermarkets and large chain stores for a low cost, come in a variety of styles and designs and can be used over and over again.

Cartons (Tetra Pak)+-

Empty cardboard food & drink cartons (Tetra Pak) can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin or at your local Recycling Centre.

Please remove the plastic lid first and place the lid in your general rubbish bin.

Cat litter+-

Please put cat litter in your general rubbish bin, it cannot be recycled in your bins at home.  It is also not suitable for home composting.

Catalogues and magazines+-

Catalogues, magazines and telephone directories can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin at home.

They can also be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. Please remove any plastic packaging.

Cesspits & septic tanks+-

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

Please see search online or look at the telephone directory for details.

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 place your chemicals.

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

Christmas Trees (artificial)+-

Artificial Christmas trees can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Christmas trees (real)+-

Real Christmas trees can be recycled in your food and garden recycling bin. Don’t forget to remove any decorations, chop the branches up – so they are no thicker than your wrist – and make sure the tree is inside your bin with the lid fully closed.
You can also take Christmas trees to your local Recycling Centre.

Some local supermarkets and retailers run Christmas tree take-back recycling schemes.
Some Councils also have designated Christmas tree recycling points; please check your local Council’s website.

Christmas wrapping paper+-

Christmas and other types of wrapping paper can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin at home.
You can also recycle wrapping paper at your local Recycling Centre.

Please note that you can only recycle wrapping paper entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper is made out of foil, has a plastic coating, is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc. which cannot be recycled.

Clinical waste+-

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

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

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

Cloth Nappies+-

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

Cloth nappies come in a wide range of colours and designs with a choice of fabrics now available. Cloth nappies are trendy and excellent value for money; saving you around £500 on the cost of keeping a baby in disposable nappies.

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

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

Greater Manchester Cloth Nappy providers

Phone: 0789 585 1487

Email: Suzannehibbert@googlemail.com

Phone: 01942 375 760

Email: eve@babaandboo.com

Phone: 01942 665 853

Email: sales@birth2potty.co.uk

Phone: 0161 312 8355

Email: sara@greenabubs.co.uk

 

Clothes and textiles+-

Unwanted (torn or worn) clothes, sheets and pairs of shoes can be taken to your local Recycling Centre. 65% of them are re-used and 35% recycled.

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

For more information on clothing visit our Love Your Clothes page.

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 are made out of wood, wire or plastic, you can also recycle or dispose of them at your local Recycling Centre.

Coffee cups+-

Please put disposable coffee cups that you buy from high-street coffee shops in your general rubbish bin.

Coffee cups cannot be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin at home.
This is because these types of coffee cups are lined with plastic that is bonded to the cup to help them hold liquid without making the paper cup go soggy. Therefore, they cannot be recycled with other types of paper and cardboard.

Coffee pods/capsules+-

Please put single-use pods used in many coffee machines in your general rubbish bin.

Some types/brands of coffee pods are collected by a company called TerraCycle who recycles them to create new products such as plastic baby bibs, notebook covers and park benches.

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.

Computers+-

Computers cannot 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 Re-use? 

Before throwing your computer away 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 re-usable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish/fix it and give it a new lease of life and a new home.

If your computer is in good use, you can donate it. Try: Donate a PC or Computers for Charities – make sure to clear your hard drive etc. 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.

 

Cookers+-

Cookers 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, 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 Re-use? If your large electrical items are still working and in a re-usable 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.

Cooking oil+-

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

Alternatively, you can pour your cooled waste cooking oil into a bottle (making sure the lid is on tight); this can then go in your general rubbish bin.

Crisp packets+-

Please put crisp packets in your general rubbish 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 and should be put in your general rubbish 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.

Crisp tubes+-

Crisp tubes cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home, they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling Centre.
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+-

DIY waste from your house can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

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

DVDs+-

You can donate DVDs for re-use 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.

Dog waste+-

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

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

Domestic waste+-

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

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

Drinking glasses+-

Drinking glasses or wine glasses cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. This is because they are made out of a toughened glass containing chemicals that cannot be recycled with your glass bottles and jars. These type of glass does not melt at the same temperature as bottles and jars. If drinking glasses enter the glass recycling process it can result in new containers being rejected.

Consider donating unwanted drinking glasses that are still in good conditions to charity shops.

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

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 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 your cardboard egg cartons in your paper and card recycling bin at home. Alternatively you can take cardboard to your local Recycling Centre.

Top Tips

Egg cartons can be re-used 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

Egg shells+-

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

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

Energy-saving light bulbs+-

Although standard light bulbs cannot be recycled, energy-saving light bulbs can!

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

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

 

 

Engine oil+-

Used engine oil discarded down storm drains can cause considerable environmental damage if it leaches into watercourses and/or groundwater.

Engine oil can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Top Tips

  • Make sure your used engine oil is stored in a sealed container
  • 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

Envelopes+-

Envelopes (including those with a window) can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin at home or taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Visit our Paper page for more details.

Top Tips

  • Envelopes in good condition can be re-used by putting a re-use label over the old address and writing the new postal address on.
  • The back of an used envelope makes a good piece of scrap paper for household notes or a shopping list.

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Fabrics+-

Clothes, fabrics and textiles in good condition can be re-used, passed onto friends and relatives, taken to charity shops or to a jumble sale.

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.

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; here there are textiles banks where you can deposit your unwanted clothes, sheets, towels and pairs of shoes.

 

Fax junk mail+-

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

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

 

Fire extinguishers+-

All of our Recycling Centres accept fire extinguishers.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with the company which you purchased the fire extinguisher from; they should accept the extinguisher back so that they can refill it for re-use.

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 stores – so rather than make a special trip to the tip, you can now dispose of your old fluorescent bulbs whilst you’re shopping.

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. 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 rubbish 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.

Food and drink cartons+-

Empty food & drink cartons (Tetra pak) should be placed in your paper and card recycling bin at home or recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Please remove the plastic lid first and place the lid in your general rubbish bin; find out why here.

Food and drink pouches+-

Pouches such as those used to contain drinks, coffee, pet food and baby food should be placed in your general rubbish 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 rubbish 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.

Food tins and drink cans+-

Empty food tins and drink cans can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home, they can also be taken 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. Any drinks cans with small widgets inside can also go in your mixed recycling bin.

And no need to remove the labels, just give them a quick rinse!

Food waste+-

Please note that food waste cannot 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 can recycle your food waste at home in your food and garden recycling bin.

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:

  • Food cooked and uncooked
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and fish including bones and skin
  • Cheese and other dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Bread, cake and pastries
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

Fridges and freezers+-

Fridges and freezers 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 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 Re-use? If your large electrical items such as washing machine is still working and in a re-usable 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.

 

 

Fruit and vegetable peelings+-

Fruit and vegetables both raw and cooked can be recycled in your food and garden recycling bin at home.

Please note that food waste cannot 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. Compostable liners are either available from your local council or most supermarkets.
Newspaper is not a suitable alternative to line your caddy as it inhibits the composting process.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • Food cooked and uncooked
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and fish including bones and skin
  • Cheese and other dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Bread, cake and pastries
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

Furniture+-

If your furniture is not in a re-usable condition you can take them to your local Recycling Centre.

What about Re-use?

You can donate quality furniture for re-use at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester: visit our Furniture page to find your nearest centre.

If your furniture is still in a re-usable condition, your local re-use 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.

 

G

Garden waste+-

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

Garden waste that can be recycled at home includes:
• Grass cuttings/leaves
• Hedge clippings/weeds
• Cut flowers/plant/ twigs
• Small branches

You can also recycle garden waste at your local Recycling Centre. Please note that if you are taking garden and food waste it must be split as only 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 https://getcomposting.com/

Gas bottles+-

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

Please do not place gas bottles in your mixed recycling bin/general rubbish bin 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.

Gas cylinders/cartridges+-

Gas cylinders can be refilled for further use or should be returned to the supplier: find out more on gas bottle exchange and return here.

Please do not place gas bottles in your mixed recycling bin/general rubbish bin 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.

 

General waste+-

We call general waste all items that cannot be recycled and that have to be put in your general rubbish bin.

These items includes:

  • Plastic pots and trays
  • Plastic tubs (such as margarine)
  • Plastic yogurt pots
  • Polystyrene
  • Pet waste and bedding
  • Plastic bags and wrappings
  • Crisp packets
  • Disposable nappies
  • Lids
  • Vacuum cleaner dust
  • Facial wipes, tissues
  • Broken toys
  • Kitchen and toilet rolls paper
  • Any other plastic item that is not bottle shaped
  • Biscuits/sweets tins

Find out what happens to your general waste here.

Gift wrap+-

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

Please note that you can only recycle wrapping paper entirely made out of paper. Some wrapping paper is made out of foil, has a plastic coating, is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc. which cannot be recycled. This type of paper should be put in your general rubbish bin.

Glass (crockery)+-

Crockery glass or window glass (flat glass) cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.

This is because they are made out of a toughened glass containing chemicals that cannot be recycled with your glass bottles and jars. These type of glass does not melt at the same temperature as bottles and jars. If drinking glasses enter 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 rubbish bin.

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

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 the lids from the bottles and jars and rinse out before recycling. Please dispose of lids in your general rubbish bin: find out the reason why here.

Gypsum+-

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

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

Raikes Lane, Bolton

Salford Road, Over Hulton

Every Street, Bury

Longley  Lane, Sharston

Reliance Street, Newton Heath

Arkwright Sreet

Chichester Street

Cobden Street

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury

Bayley Street, Stalybridge

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

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

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Hardcore and rubble+-

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

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

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

Hazardous waste+-

Hazardous waste is any form of waste which can harm human health or the environment, or is difficult to handle.
Each of the items on the list below is classed as hazardous waste:

  • Invasive Weeds and plants
  • TV and computer monitors
  • Fridges & freezers
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Infectious clinical wastes
  • All waste containing asbestos
  • Waste oils
  • End of life vehicles
  • Lead acid (automotive) batteries

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

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

Hearing aids+-

Hearing aids cannot 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 i.e. Help the Aged and Age Concern
  • Organisations i.e. The Lions Clubs

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

Hedge trimmers+-

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

 

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. Please ensure that container lids are secured and if possible containers have a label. Upon arrival please ask a member of staff for advice on where to place your chemicals.

 

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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 you, inhalers can then be put in your general rubbish bin.

Ink Cartridges and Toners+-

Most ink or printer cartridges can be refilled with any type of store-bought refill kit.

Alternatively, take the cartridge back to the store 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.

Invasive weeds+-

Invasive weeds cannot be put in your food and garden recycling bin or be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Our In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam.

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

For more information please visit www.gov.uk.

 

 

 

Irons+-

Irons cannot 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 Re-use? If your electrical items are still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use 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 cannot be put in your food and garden recycling bin or be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Our In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds.

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

For more information please visit www.gov.uk.

 

Jewellery+-

You cannot 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 wanted to make some extra cash you could try selling it online.

Alternatively, there are on-line organisations like Recycling For Good Causes that accept jewellery and watches (regardless of condition) via the post, for re-sale/recycling to raise funds for national charities and local groups such as scouts and brownies.

 

 

Junk mail+-

Junk mail can be recycled in your paper and card recycling 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 take-away menus, 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 due to their size, you cannot recycle them in your mixed recycling bin at home.

Please place them in your general rubbish bin. Alternatively take them yo your local Recycling Centre.

Kettles+-

Kettles cannot 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 Re-use? If your electrical items are still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use 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.

Key kegs+-

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

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

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

Keys (metal)+-

Keys cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling.

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

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. 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 rubbish 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.

Kitchen roll+-

Please dispose of your used/unused kitchen roll in your general rubbish bin; you cannot recycle it in your paper and card or your food garden waste recycling bins.

You can however recycle the cardboard tube from kitchen and toilet rolls in your paper and card recycling bin.

Kitchen utensils+-

Kitchen utensils cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please dispose of them in your general rubbish bin.

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

 

 

Knitting needles+-

Broken or unused knitting needles cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling at home. Please dispose of them in your general rubbish bin.

 

 

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Lamps+-

Lamps cannot be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin and 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 Centres [insert link]
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 Re-use? If your electrical items are still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use 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.

Large electrical items+-

Large electrical items are classed as W.E.E.E – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Electrical items should not be disposed of in your mixed recycling or general rubbish bins at home.

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 Re-use? If your large electrical items are still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use 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.

 

Lawnmowers+-

Broken or unwanted electric lawnmowers are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and 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.

Lids (glass bottles and jars)+-

Please dispose of lids in your general rubbish 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 cannot be recycled with the rest of your recycling as some are made of a combination of metal and plastic.

 

 

Lids (plastic bottles)+-

Please dispose of lids in your general rubbish bin.

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

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

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

Light bulbs+-

Standard light bulbs cannot be recycled, please dispose of them in your general rubbish bin.

Try switching to low energy alternatives (energy saving light bulbs) which save you money in the long term and 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 the small W.E.E.E (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

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Magazine+-

Magazines can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin (remove all plastic wrapping) or recycled at your local recycling centre, this includes:
Newspapers and magazines
Telephone directories & catalogues
Envelopes
Junk mail such as take-away menus, leaflets

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.

Mail+-

Mail and envelopes (including those with a window) can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin (remove all plastic wrapping) or recycled at your local Recycling Centre, this includes:

 

Newspapers and magazines
Telephone directories & catalogues
Envelopes
Junk mail such as take-away menus, leaflets
To reduce the amount of junk mail you receive visit Mail Preference Service.

Mattress+-

You can dispose of mattresses at your local Recycling Centre. Your local council may operate a collection service for large items such as tables, chairs and beds.

Meat and bones+-

Meat and bones both raw and cooked can be recycled in your food and garden bin or food waste caddy.

Please note that food waste cannot 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. Compostable liners are either available from your local council or most supermarkets.
Newspaper is not a suitable alternative to line your caddy as it inhibits the composting process.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • Food cooked and uncooked
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and fish including bones and skin
  • Cheese and other dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Bread, cake and pastries
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

 

Media (Books CD/ DVD)+-

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

Medicines & Tablets+-

Medicines and tablets are classed as Hazardous Waste. 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.

Metal+-

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

You cannot put any other metal except aluminium food and drink cans in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please dispose of all other metal it in your general rubbish bin.

Metal Tins/Boxes+-

Large metal tins like sweet and biscuit tins cannot 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 the tins for storage or take them to your local Recycling Centre and place them in the scrap metal container.

Metal tubes (i.e tomato puree)+-

Metal tubes cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home; they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling Centre. This includes:

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

Microwaves+-

Microwaves are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (W.E.E.E) and can be taken 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 consider the following:
Some charity shops or furniture re-use organisations accept electrical items– many offer collection services.
Check to see if your council offers a service for re-use.
Pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle.

Milk bottles+-

At home 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. Lids cannot be recycled with the rest of the recycling as they are made of a different type of plastic.

Mirrors+-

Mirrors cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin.  Mirrors can be taken to your local Recycling Centre for disposal.

If you have a mirror that is still in good condition consider donating it to a local charity shop or pass it on for free at places such as Freecycle and freegle.

Mixed paper+-

Most types of paper can be recycled in your paper and card bin or recycled at your local Recycling Centre, this includes:
Newspapers and magazines
Telephone directories & catalogues
Envelopes
Junk mail such as take-away menus, leaflets
Wrapping paper (plain wrapping paper only, foil, glitter and plastic coated wrap are not accepted.)

Please remove any plastic wrapping.

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 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.

 

Musical instruments+-

Musical instruments come in such a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that they are difficult to recycle and should be taken to your local Recycling Centre for disposal.
If you have a musical instrument that is still in good working condition consider the following:
It can be donated to some charity shops or local community/youth music programs.
You can pass it on for free at places such as Freecycle  and Freegle.

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

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Nappies+-

Disposable nappies cannot be recycled, please put them in your general rubbish bin.

On average, a baby from newborn to 18 months old will use 5,000 disposable nappies. Disposable nappies are not biodegradable and may take between 300 – 500 years to break down in landfill sites.
Real nappies are a much more environmentally friendly and cost effective alternative.

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

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

Greater Manchester Cloth Nappy providers

North Manchester Nappy Guru

Phone 0789 585 1487

Email Suzannehibbert@googlemail.com

Baba+Boo

Phone 01942 375 760

Email eve@babaandboo.com
Birth 2 Potty

Phone 01942 665 853

Email sales@birth2potty.co.uk
Greenabubs

Phone 0161 312 8355

Email sara@greenabubs.co.uk

 

Needle-sticks 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 any recycling bin – needle-sticks or syringes cannot be recycled or re-used.

Newspapers+-

All newspapers can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin (remove all plastic wrapping) or recycled at your local Recycling Centre, this includes:
Newspapers and magazines
Telephone directories & catalogues
Envelopes
Junk mail such as take-away menus, leaflets

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Ovens+-

You can dispose of your old 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/gas appliances 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).

What about Re-use? If your large  items such as washing machine is still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home. Visit Electricals pages to find your nearest scheme.

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Packaging+-

You cannot recycle any plastic packaging such as plastic bread wrappers, yogurt pots, margarine tubs etc in your mixed recycling, they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling Centre and disposed of in the non-recyclable waste.

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

Paint and paint cans+-

Paint cans/tins cannot be put in your mixed recycling bin and paint MUST NOT be poured down the drain. You can take paint cans to your local Recycling Centre for safe disposal.

 

 

Paper Coffee Cups+-

Paper coffee cups cannot be recycled in your paper and card bin, they are lined with plastic that is bonded to the cup to help them to hold liquid without making the paper cup go soggy.
Please place paper coffee cups in your general rubbish bin.

Pet Waste+-

Pet waste such as cat litter and dog poo should be bagged and put in the general rubbish bin.

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

Pet bedding+-

You can put pet bedding from domestic pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters for example in your 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.

Pet food+-

You can recycle your pet food waste at home in your food and garden recycling bin.

Please note that food waste cannot 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. Compostable liners are either available from your local council or most supermarkets.
Newspaper is not a suitable alternative to line your caddy as it inhibits the composting process.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • Food cooked and uncooked
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and fish including bones and skin
  • Cheese and other dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Bread, cake and pastries
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

Pet food pouches+-

Pouches such as those used to contain drinks, coffee, pet food and baby food should be placed in your general rubbish 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 rubbish 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.

Petrol+-

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

Photographs+-

Photographs and negatives should be placed in your general rubbish bin at home.

Most photo papers are coated with a very thin layer of polythene to control water absorption and speed drying, and should not therefore be mixed with other waste paper destined for conventional paper recovery.

Pillows+-

Pillow can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.
Alternatively some charities or animal shelters take donations of pillow. Visit the Dogs Trust dogstrust.org.uk  and the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home dogshome or contact your local RSPCA or PDSA.

Pizza boxes+-

Empty pizza boxes – as long as they are not too stained, greasy and have no large traces of food residue left on – can be put into your paper and card recycling bin at home.

Plasterboard+-

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

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

Raikes Lane, Bolton

Salford Road, Over Hulton

Every Street, Bury

Longley  Lane, Sharston

Reliance Street, Newton Heath

Arkwright Sreet

Chichester Street

Cobden Street

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury

Bayley Street, Stalybridge

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

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

Plastic Nets+-

Plastic nets from fruit and vegetables cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home; they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Plastic bags+-

Plastic carrier bags cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home; they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Single use carrier bags can also be recycled at some of the major supermarkets.

Say ‘no’ to unwanted plastic carrier bags and use a bag for life, these are readily available now at most supermarkets and large chain stores for a low cost, come in a variety of styles and designs and can be used over and over again.

 

Plastic bottles+-

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

Why Only Plastic Bottles?
A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic, therefore the grades of plastic will behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) cannot sort between the different grade of plastics, and so they can’t be recycled together.
There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.
1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. Our sorting machines cannot sort between plastic pots, tubs and trays and plastics bottles. This means that the low grade plastic pots, tubs and trays contaminate the high grade plastic bottles.
4. During the recycling process the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch cannot be used to make new products.
5. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays but currently very little are being recycled with most of it being turned into green energy.

Find our more at our ‘What happens to your waste page’ mixed recycling

Did you know?
The plastic bottle you recycle today could come back as a football shirt. Or it can be made into a drainpipe, a fleece jacket, garden furniture, a car bumper or a new plastic bottle.

Plastic flim+-

Plastic film cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home; they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling Centre. This includes:

  • Cling film
  • Plastic film on top of ready meals
  • Plastic wrappers (e.g. food wrapping, magazine wrapping)

Plastic toothpaste tubes and pumps+-

Plastic toothpaste tubes and pumps

Toothpaste tubes and pumps cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home; they should go in your general rubbish bin or taken to your local Recycling centre. This includes other tubes and pumps such as:

  • Hand cream
  • Sun cream
  • Moisturising lotions

Plastics+-

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

Why Only Plastic Bottles?
A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic, therefore the grades of plastic will behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) cannot sort between the different grade of plastics, and so they can’t be recycled together.
There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.
1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. Our sorting machines cannot sort between plastic pots, tubs and trays and plastics bottles. This means that the low grade plastic pots, tubs and trays contaminate the high grade plastic bottles.
4. During the recycling process the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch cannot be used to make new products.
5. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays but currently very little are being recycled with most of it being turned into green energy.

Did you know?
The plastic bottle you recycle today could come back as a football shirt. Or it can be made into a drainpipe, a fleece jacket, garden furniture, a car bumper or a new plastic bottle.

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

Polystyrene / Foam chips+-

Expanded polystyrene is a material that is not collected for recycling: please dispose of it in your general rubbish bin or take to your local Recycling Centre.

This includes:

  • Polystyrene takeaway trays
  • Polystyrene cups
  • Polystyrene plates
  • Polystyrene packaging foam chips
  • Polystyrene moulded packing
  • Styrofoam

Re-use where possible (i.e. for packaging, beanbags or drainage in plant pots).

Or search for ‘Polystyrene Recycling’ online as some businesses will accept for recycling.

Pots, Pans and Saucepans+-

If you have pots, pans and saucepans that are still in good, usable condition, consider the following options:

  • Take them to charity shops or local re-use organisations; they may be interested in certain items
  • You can also go online and 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 or in a car boot sale

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

Pottery+-

You cannot recycle pottery in your mixed recycling bin, please dispose of it safely in your general rubbish bin.

If you have pottery and crockery items that are still in good, usable condition, consider the following options:

  • Take them to charity shops or local re-use organisations; they may be interested in certain items of pottery and crockery
  • If they are still in good conditions you can also go online and 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 or in a car boot sale

You can also re-use your pottery in the bottom of plant pots for drainage.

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

Print cartridges+-

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

Some print 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 can easily accept generic or refilled cartridges.

You can take the used ink cartridges back to the store 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.

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

 

 

Printers+-

Printers cannot 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 Centres [insert link]

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 Re-use? If your electrical item is still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home. Visit [insert link] pages to find your nearest scheme.

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 good use, you can 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.

 

Pyrex glass+-

You cannot recycle broken or chipped Pyrex ovenware in your mixed recycling bin, please dispose of it carefully in your general rubbish bin.

Pyrex ovenware is a type of glass but it has been specially treated in the manufacturing process to withstand high temperatures so melts at a different temperature during the recycling process, which makes it non-recyclable.

 

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Quilts+-

Quilts can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.
Alternatively some pet charities or animal shelters welcome donations of quilts. Visit the Dogs Trust dogstrust.org.uk  and the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home dogshome or contact your local RSPCA or PDSA.

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Radios+-

Radios cannot 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 Centres [insert link]

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 Re-use? If your electrical item is still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home. Visit [insert link] pages to find your nearest scheme.

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

If your radio is still in good use, you can 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.

Records+-

You cannot recycle vinyl records in your mixed recycling bin, you can either put these in your general rubbish bin or take them to your local Recycling Centre for disposal.

However, if the are still in good condition, you could donate them to a charity shop or give them away for free on freegle or freecycle .  Why not sell them and make some money.

 

Rugs+-

If they are still in good conditions you can donate them to some charity shops or re-use organisation.

You can 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 they have seen better days…
  • Local gardeners or gardening groups may be interested in using your old carpet. It is useful for insulating compost heaps, 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
  • Cut to size 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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Sat navs+-

Sat navs cannot be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin and 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 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 Re-use? If your electrical item is still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home. Visit [insert link] pages to find your nearest scheme.

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

If your sat nav is in good use, you can 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.

 

Scrap metal+-

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

You cannot put scrap metal in your mixed recycling bin at home. Please dispose of it in your general rubbish bin.

Sewing machines and accessories+-

Sewing machines cannot 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 Centres [insert link]

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 Re-use? If your electrical item is still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home. Visit [insert link] pages to find your nearest scheme.

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 is in good use, 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.

Accessories such as scissors, tape measures, needles, thread etc. can be accepted by Tools for Self Reliance. Further details are provided on their website. Or consider donating sewing machines and equipment to a local community group or school.

If these are broken and beyond repair then it can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Shampoo bottles+-

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

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

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

Why Only Plastic Bottles?
A bottle and a food tray are made of the same type of plastic but not the same grade of plastic, therefore the grades of plastic will behave differently when they are recycled, as they melt at different temperatures. Our technology (MRF) cannot sort between the different grade of plastics, and so they can’t be recycled together.
There are really good reasons why we can only recycle plastic bottles in Greater Manchester.
1. Manufacturers that make new products demand high grade plastics. High Grade = Plastic Bottles.
2. Plastics like yogurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic trays (pots tubs and trays) are a low grade plastic and the manufacturers just don’t want these.
3. Our sorting machines cannot sort between plastic pots, tubs and trays and plastics bottles. This means that the low grade plastic pots, tubs and trays contaminate the high grade plastic bottles.
4. During the recycling process the plastic is melted. A plastic pot, tub, tray and a plastic bottle melt at different temperatures, meaning the pots, tubs and trays contaminate the bottles and the batch cannot be used to make new products.
5. Other areas may collect plastic pots, tubs and trays but currently very little are being recycled with most of it being turned into green energy.

Sharps+-

Dispose of 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 recycling bin – needle-sticks or syringes cannot be recycled or re-used.

Shoes+-

Some charity shops accept shoes in good condition.

They can be recycled in pairs at the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre; alternatively if they are too old/worn you can throw them away with the non-recyclable waste.

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

Shredded paper+-

In Greater Manchester shredded paper can be put in your paper and card recycling bin at home; alternatively you can take it to your local Recycling centre Recycling Centre.

Small electrical items+-

Small electrical items are classed as W.E.E.E – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Electrical items should not be disposed of in general rubbish bin.

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, 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 Re-use? If your small electrical items are still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use 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‘ pages for more information.

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.

Sofas / Settees+-

You can donate quality furniture for re-use at a number of Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. Visit the Re-use page to find your nearest centre. Your local council may operate a collection service for items such as tables, chairs and beds.

If your furniture is not in a re-usable condition you can take them to your local Recycling Centre.

Soil+-

Soil should not be put in your garden and food recycling bin at home as this will affect the quality of the compost produced. This is because soil is a mineral and may also contain other potentially toxic elements (heavy metals).

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

Stamps+-

Many charities benefit from the donation of stamps; contact your local charity to see if they would like to take them. Charities sell the stamps to dealers (per kilo) and use the money to fund their projects

Staples+-

You do not have to remove staples from magazines/newspapers before you put them in your paper and card recycling bin. During the recycling process the paper is screened to remove items such as staples, paper clips and other debris.

Storage heaters+-

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

Please Note: before discarding check whether the storage heater has an asbestos brick inside (this can be done by researching the product detail on the internet). If it contains asbestos, please advise a member of staff at the recycling centre and it will be segregated.
If the storage heater does not contain asbestos, it can be disposed of in the Small WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) container on site for recycling.

Sun beds+-

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

Please Note: the 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. The fluorescent tubes are placed in a dedicated container and the frame can be placed in WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) container on site for recycling.

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TV and monitors+-

Any electrical items large or small can be recycled at your Recycling Centre. Electrical items should not be disposed of in your general rubbish bin.
On average every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, hairdryers and kettles.

Tablet computers+-

Tablets cannot be recycled at home or disposed of in your general rubbish bin and 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 Centres [insert link]
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 Re-use? If your large electrical items such as washing machine is still working and in a re-usable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home. Visit [insert link] pages to find your nearest scheme.

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 etc. before donating).

Teabags+-

Tea bags and loose tea leaves can be placed in your food and garden bin or food waste caddy.

Please note that food waste cannot 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. Compostable liners are either available from your local council or most supermarkets.
Newspaper is not a suitable alternative to line your caddy as it inhibits the composting process.

Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:

  • Food cooked and uncooked
  • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and fish including bones and skin
  • Cheese and other dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Bread, cake and pastries
  • Teabags and coffee grounds

Telephone directories+-

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

Tetra Pak+-

Empty food & drink cartons (Tetra pak) should be placed in your paper and card recycling bin or recycled at your local Recycling Centre.

Please remove the plastic lid first and place the lid in your general rubbish bin.

Textiles+-

Clothes and textiles in good condition can be re-used, passed onto friends and relatives, taken to charity shops or to a jumble sale. 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.

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

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

 

Thermometers+-

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

Tights+-

You can dispose of torn or worn tights in your general rubbish bin or alternatively you can take them to a textile bank at your local Recycling Centre .

 

 

 

Tiles (Floor & Wall)+-

Tiles from DIY jobs at home, can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.
Please note that you cannot take any tiles from commercial or trade activity to the Recycling Centre as this is classed as business waste and there is a charge for disposal.

You can also:

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

Timber and wood+-

You cannot recycle timber or wood in your food and garden bin.

Timber and wood from DIY jobs at home, can be taken to your local Recycling Centre.

Note that you cannot take any Timber or wood that is from commercial or trade activity to the recycling centre and this is classed as business waste and there is a charge for disposal.

Tissue+-

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

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), for shipment to under-developed countries. You can deliver the tools or they can be collected if necessary.

Toothpaste Tubes+-

Please put toothpaste tubes in your general rubbish bin. Toothpaste tubes cannot be recycled. This applies to other squeezable tubes that contain products like hand cream, sun cream and moisturising lotions.
The only type of plastic that we currently recycle in Greater Manchester is plastic bottles.

Towels+-

Old, unwanted towels and blankets can be recycled in the textile banks at your local Recycling Centre.
Or some pet charities or animal shelters welcome donations of towels, phone them first to check. Visit the Dogs Trust and the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home or contact your local RSPCA or PDSA.

Toys & Games+-

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

Plastic toys cannot be recycled in your mixed recycling

Once the toys and games are no longer wanted, they could be donated to your local doctor’s surgery or community centres or Charity Shops where they can be re-used.
Many games console stores will trade older games for new ones and then sell them on cheaper to new customers. Most charity shops will also accept donations of toys and games.

 

 

Tyres+-

Tyres can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre.
The tyres are shredded and granulated at our partner site in Bury, which produces a crumb, this crumb is used in equestrian matting, playgrounds and sometimes for drainage. During the shredding process there will be some wire removed and recycled.

Over 38 million tyres are discarded in the UK each year and can sometimes occur as fly tipping on garage forecourts, industrial estates or car parks.
As garages are responsible for disposal and recycling of waste they create 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 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 yo your local Recycling Centre . Upon arrival please ask a member of staff who will direct you to the designated container.
Alternatively, you can pour your cooled waste cooking oil into a bottle (making sure the lid is on tight), it can then go in your general rubbish bin.

Vending Cups+-

Please put vending cups  in your general rubbish bin. They cannot 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 paper cup go soggy. Therefore, they cannot be recycled with other types of paper and cardboard.

Video Cassettes+-

Video cassette or tapes are not recyclable. You can either put these in your general rubbish bin or take them to your local recycling centre for disposal.
Some charity shops may accept video cassettes in good condition.

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Wallpaper+-

Wall paper used or new cannot be recycled in your paper and card bin, please put any wallpaper in your general rubbish bin. Or take it to your local Recycling Centre.

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

Washing Machines and Dryers+-

Washing machines and dryers can be taken 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 consider the following:
Some charity shops or furniture re-use organisations accept electrical items– many offer collection services.
Check to see if your council offers a service for re-use.
Pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle.

Watches+-

Some charities and online organisations like Recycling for good causes will accept jewellery and watches (regardless of condition) via the post, for re-sale and recycling 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 rubbish bin.

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.

 

 

Water Filters+-

Water filters should be placed in your general rubbish bin, they cannot be recycled as part of your recycling collection scheme 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.

Weeds+-

Weeds such us dandelions, nettles, Sheep’s sorrel and other non-invasive weeds can go in your food and garden bin at home or take them to your local recycling centre with your garden waste.

Invasive weeds cannot be put in your food and garden recycling bin or be taken to your local Recycling Centre. Our In Vessel Composting process will not kill or prevent the spreading of invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Himalayan Balsam.

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

Wet wipes+-

Wet wipes such as baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, bathroom cleaning wipes and moist toilet tissues are not recyclable and should always be placed in your general rubbish bin.

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.
If you have an electrical item that is still in good working condition consider the following:
Donate it to a charity shop or furniture re-use organisation – many offer collection services.
Check to see if your council offers a service for re-use.
Pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle.

Wine Bottles+-

Glass wine bottles can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home or at your local Recycling Centre.
Remember to remove all the lids (put the lids in your general rubbish bin) from the bottles and rinse out before recycling.

Wool+-

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

Or you can put it in your general rubbish bin.

Wrapping Paper+-

Plain wrapping paper can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin or at your local Recycling Centre.
However, some types of wrapping paper such as those containing foil, glitter and plastic coatings cannot be recycled and should be placed in your general rubbish bin.

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X-mas trees+-

You can recycle your real Christmas tree in the following ways:

  • At home – In your food and garden recycling bin. Don’t forget to remove any decorations, chop the branches up )so they are no thicker than your wrist) and make sure its inside your bin with the lid fully closed.
  • At any Recycling Centre across Greater Manchester.
  • At some local supermarket and retailers – check if your local branch has a Christmas tree take-back recycling scheme.
  • Some Councils also have designated Christmas tree recycling points- please check your local Council’s website.

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Yoghurt Pots+-

Please put plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and trays in your general rubbish bin at home. Currently, they cannot be recycled.

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Ziplock Bags+-

Please put plastic ziplock bags in your general rubbish bin as these cannot be recycled.

What can i recycle at home?

Recycle for Greater Manchester