Bin collections from flats

Currently our bin calendar search does not display collection dates for shared bins within flats. If you need to check when your shared bins are emptied please contact refuse@scambs.gov.uk or call 03450 450063.

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Aerosol cans
Aerosol cans
  • Aerosol cans
    Blue bin

    For safety reasons please ensure aerosol cans are completely empty.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Aerosol cans
    HWRC

    Aerosol cans which still contain chemicals should be disposed of at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

  • Aerosol cans
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
  • Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
    Blue bin

    Clean foil, including foil trays from takeaways or ready-meals can be put in your blue bin. If possible please save up small pieces of foil and scrunch into a tennis-ball sized ball before putting in the bin - this is because very small items can get lost throughout the sorting process, and this will help ensure they can be recycled effectively.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
    Black bin

    If foil is just too dirty to wash (burnt-on greasy food etc) it is not suitable for recycling. Please put it in the black bin.

Aluminium tube e.g. tomato puree
Aluminium tube e.g. tomato puree
  • Aluminium tube e.g. tomato puree
    Blue bin

    Empty aluminium tubes can be recycled in your blue bin. You can also buy a small metal device to help you squeeze every bit of the contents out!

Armchair
Armchair
  • Armchair
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Armchair
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Asbestos
Asbestos
  • Asbestos
    Specialist disposal

    Asbestos can be a dangerous material which, while being removed and disposed of, must be handled carefully and competently. A specialist licensed contractor should be used to ensure it is removed and disposed of in a controlled and safe manner.

    Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for the latest advice on asbestos.

    Cambridgeshire County Council offers residents a disposal service for small quantities of cement-bonded asbestos that will fit into a bag 2.59m (8′6″) × 1.37m (4′6″) in size within a 12-month period.

Ash (coal)
Ash (coal)
  • Ash (coal)
    Black bin

    Allow to completely cool and then put in your black bin.

    Coal ash is not suitable for composting or use on your garden.

Ash (wood)
Ash (wood)
  • Ash (wood)
    Reuse

    Wood ash can be used on your garden by adding directly to the soil around alkaline-loving plants e.g. clematis.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Ash (wood)
    Green bin

    If adding large quantities to your green bin with little other material please put ash in a paper bag first, otherwise it can blow into eyes when emptying the bin.

Baby food pouches e.g. Ella's Kitchen
Baby food pouches e.g. Ella's Kitchen
  • Baby food pouches e.g. Ella's Kitchen
    Specialist disposal

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle and turned into products like fleeces, or springy surfaces for playgrounds.  For every pouch collected, Terracycle will donate to charity. 

    Rinse and store your empty pouches somewhere convenient until you’ve collected a few. Then take them to your nearest collection point and they will be sent off to Terracycle. Find your nearest collection point

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Baby food pouches e.g. Ella's Kitchen
    Black bin

    If you cannot use the Terracycle scheme, then please place them in the black bin as these pouches cannot be recycled at the moment.

Bamboo or wood BBQ skewers
Bamboo or wood BBQ skewers
  • Bamboo or wood BBQ skewers
    Green bin

    Please place your Bamboo or wooden BBQ skewers into the Green bin.

Bathroom ceramics
Bathroom ceramics
  • Bathroom ceramics
    Reuse

    If in good condition, sell or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bathroom ceramics
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Batteries
Batteries
  • Batteries
    Reuse

    Consider using rechargeable batteries. Modern rechargeables hold their charge a lot longer than in the past, and can be charged more quickly.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Batteries
    Specialist disposal

    All types of portable household battery (e.g. Li-ion, AA, C, D, button, laptop) can be put in a small plastic bag and attached to the handle of your blue bin for kerbside collection.

    There are also collection points in all major retailers that sell batteries e.g. supermarkets and electrical shops.

Bedding/bed linen/sheets/duvet covers
Bedding/bed linen/sheets/duvet covers
  • Bedding/bed linen/sheets/duvet covers
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check what they accept first) or pass on via networks such as Freegleor Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bedding/bed linen/sheets/duvet covers
    Recycle points

    Blankets, sheets and duvet covers can be put in textile and clothing banks in various locations around the district e.g. supermarket car parks. Please note that duvets and pillows should NOT be put in these banks.

    Find local recycling banks at https://www.scambs.gov.uk/recyclingsites

  • Bedding/bed linen/sheets/duvet covers
    Black bin

    Duvets and pillows not suitable for reuse can be put in your black bin.

  • Bedding/bed linen/sheets/duvet covers
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    Duvets and pillows will not be recycled, but blankets can be recycled with textiles.

Beds and mattresses
Beds and mattresses
  • Beds and mattresses
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

    If you are buying a new mattress, some companies will take away your old one when they deliver the new one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Beds and mattresses
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Bicycle
Bicycle
  • Bicycle
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bicycle
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Bicycle tyres
Bicycle tyres
  • Bicycle tyres
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Biodegradable 'plastic' bags
Biodegradable 'plastic' bags
  • Biodegradable 'plastic' bags
    Black bin

    Compostable or biodegradable 'plastic' corn starch liners (e.g. BioBag) cannot be accepted in the green bins, even if they are EN13432 certified or display the compostable seedling logo, as they do not compost quickly enough for our fast composting process.

    Please use only newspaper or 100% paper caddy liners for food waste in your green bin. Biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch liners can be used in your home compost bin, if you have one, as they will have much longer to rot down.

Black bags
Black bags
  • Black bags
    Black bin

    Please do not put black bags in your other bins. Even if a black sack contains recycling your blue bin may not be emptied if it contains one since we cannot see what is inside. Please put recycling into your blue bin loose.

    Empty black sacks - Unfortunately sorting equipment at the Materials Recycling Facility where items from blue bins are sent cannot detect the colour black and therefore black items can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution. See more information about black plastic recyclability issues.

Black plastic food trays
Black plastic food trays
  • Black plastic food trays
    Black bin

    Unfortunately sorting equipment at the Materials Recycling Facility where items from blue bins are sent cannot detect the colour black and therefore black items can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution. See more information about black plastic recyclability issues.

Blanket
Blanket
  • Blanket
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Blanket
    Recycle points

    Blankets can be put in textile banks at various recycling points around the district e.g. at supermarkets.

Blender
Blender
  • Blender
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Blender
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Blister pack/pill packet
Blister pack/pill packet
  • Blister pack/pill packet
    Black bin

    These are made of plastic and foil firmly glued together, so are not easy to recycle.

Books
Books
  • Books
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Books
    Recycle points

    Take to a book bank at various recycling points around the district.

  • Books
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Bottle tops and plastic lids
Bottle tops and plastic lids
  • Bottle tops and plastic lids
    Blue bin

    After rinsing and (where applicable) squashing your bottles and jars, please replace the lids on them before putting in the blue bin. This helps the small lids to find their way through the various conveyors etc in the sorting process, and they can be separated from the containers later on.

Bras
Bras
  • Bras
    Recycle points

    There are collection points specifically for bras located at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne and Cambourne Fitness & Sports Centre. Bras can also be included in textile banks at the various recycling points around the district.

Bread
Bread
  • Bread
    Reuse

    If you have surplus bread, try to freeze before it goes stale or mouldy.

    Stale bread can be used in many recipes, for inspiration see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bread
    Green bin

    All cooked and uncooked food waste can go in the green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Bric-a-brac
Bric-a-brac
  • Bric-a-brac
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

Bricks
Bricks
  • Bricks
    Reuse

    Useable bricks can be offered on networks such as Freegleor Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bricks
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Broken glass
Broken glass
  • Broken glass
    Blue bin

    Large pieces of broken bottles and jars only can be put into your blue bin. Please put smaller shards into another jar with its lid on (or bag them and put them in your black bin) - this is to prevent them blowing out as the bin is emptied, which could be dangerous for staff.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Broken glass
    Black bin

    Any other type of broken glass such as wine glasses or tumblers, windows, mirrors, picture frames etc should be carefully bagged and put in your black bin.

    Small fragments of broken bottles and jars should also be bagged and put in the black bin, unless they can be contained in another jar.

Bubble wrap
Bubble wrap
  • Bubble wrap
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Bucket
Bucket
  • Bucket
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bucket
    Household recycling centres

    Many hard plastic items can be recycled at the Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Bucket
    Black bin

    If you are unable to take it to a HRC you can put it in your black bin.

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Building rubble, soil and bricks
Building rubble, soil and bricks
  • Building rubble, soil and bricks
    Reuse

    Useable bricks and topsoil can be offered on networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Building rubble, soil and bricks
    Specialist disposal

    If you have building work done by a company, any waste resulting from it is classed as business waste and needs to be dealt with by the company.

  • Building rubble, soil and bricks
    Household recycling centres

    Small amounts of rubble, soil and brick waste resulting from small DIY work you have carried out yourself can be taken to Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Bulky waste
Bulky waste
  • Bulky waste
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check large items are accepted - some will collect them from you) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bulky waste
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Butter wrapper
Butter wrapper
  • Butter wrapper
    Green bin

    A minority of butter wrappers are made from thin greaseproof paper. These can be added to your green bin. Please check it is paper first by trying to tear it - if it tears easily with no stretching it is paper.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Butter wrapper
    Black bin

    Most butter wrappers are made from a mixture of paper, plastic and aluminium. They are not suitable for recycling or composting.

Cakes and pastries
Cakes and pastries
  • Cakes and pastries
    Reuse

    Freeze before or on the use-by date, or see www.lovefoodhatewaste.comfor ideas on using up.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cakes and pastries
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cameras
Cameras
  • Cameras
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

    Some camera lenses and darkroom equipment can be taken to Campkins Camera Exchange.

    Outdated cameras could make a good first camera for children.

    Broken cameras may be repairable, search online for repair services.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cameras
    Household recycling centres

    Broken or outdated electronic cameras can be recycled with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Candles
Candles
  • Candles
    Reuse

    If you do not wish to add to landfill, you can re-use your old candles

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Candles
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Car / motorcycle battery
Car / motorcycle battery
  • Car / motorcycle battery
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Car parts
Car parts
  • Car parts
    Household recycling centres

    Car parts including batteries but excluding tyres can be taken to 

    Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Cardboard
Cardboard
  • Cardboard
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cardboard
    Black bin

    Laminated cardboard e.g. sandwich packets contains plastic and can not be recycled with other card. If you are not sure, try tearing the card and you may be able to see the plastic layers.

Cardboard egg boxes
Cardboard egg boxes
  • Cardboard egg boxes
    Reuse

    They biodegrade and can be used for growing seeds. Also suitable for home composting.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cardboard egg boxes
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Carpet
Carpet
  • Carpet
    Household recycling centres

    Old carpets will only be recycled if you are fitting new carpets yourself. If you are having a carpet fitted professionally the company should remove the old one for you.

Carton e.g. Tetra Pak
Carton e.g. Tetra Pak
  • Carton e.g. Tetra Pak
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cat litter
Cat litter
  • Cat litter
    Black bin

    Please bag securely and put in black bin. Loose cat litter can be hazardous to our crews when emptying the bin.

    Do not put cat litter in your green bin as it can be hazardous during processing.

Catalogues and directories
Catalogues and directories
  • Catalogues and directories
    Blue bin

    Please remove catalogues from plastic sleeves before recycling. The sleeves can be put in your blue bin separately.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Catalogues and directories
    Prevent waste

    Prevent waste by notifying companies if you no longer wish to receive catalogues from them.

Ceramics, crockery and china
Ceramics, crockery and china
  • Ceramics, crockery and china
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Ceramics, crockery and china
    Household recycling centres

    If you save up broken crockery until you are visiting a Household Recycling Centre it can be put in the hardcore skip. 

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Ceramics, crockery and china
    Black bin

    Never put crockery into a glass bottle bank or your blue bin. It is very damaging in the glass recycling process.

Cereal boxes
Cereal boxes
  • Cereal boxes
    Blue bin

    All cardboard can be put in the blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cereal packet plastic inner liner
Cereal packet plastic inner liner
  • Cereal packet plastic inner liner
    Blue bin

    Clean plastic bags and wrapping from cereals, bread, salad etc can be put in your blue bin for recycling.

Chair
Chair
  • Chair
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Chair
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Chemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine
Chemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine
  • Chemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine
    Household recycling centres

    Dispose of at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. Check with site staff where to take them. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Chest of drawers
Chest of drawers
  • Chest of drawers
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they accept furniture first - some will collect it for a donation) or pass on via networks such as Freegleor Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Chest of drawers
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Chewing gum
Chewing gum
  • Chewing gum
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Christmas tree (fake plastic)
Christmas tree (fake plastic)
  • Christmas tree (fake plastic)
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Christmas tree (fake plastic)
    Black bin

    Dismantle so that the bin lid closes properly.

  • Christmas tree (fake plastic)
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Christmas tree (real)
Christmas tree (real)
  • Christmas tree (real)
    Green bin

    Cut up and put pieces in the bin with the lid fully closed.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Christmas tree (real)
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Cigarette butts
Cigarette butts
  • Cigarette butts
    Black bin

    Cigarette filters contain plastic and should never be discarded on the ground; you could be fined for littering.

Cigarette packets
Cigarette packets
  • Cigarette packets
    Blue bin

    Cardboard cigarette packets can be put in the blue bin for recycling, but please separate the foil inner and the plastic outer wrap first.

    Amazingly, cigarette waste itself can be recycled via Terracycle. Please don't put it in your blue bin though!

Cleaning spray bottles
Cleaning spray bottles
  • Cleaning spray bottles
    Blue bin

    Plastic spray bottles can be recycled along with all other plastic bottles in your blue bin. Leave the spray trigger attached.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cling film
Cling film
  • Cling film
    Reuse

    Consider reducing or eliminating your use of cling film by using alternatives:

    • Put leftovers in the fridge in a bowl with a plate on top
    • Use a lunch box for sandwiches
    • Reuse plastic bags e.g. from loaves of bread for sandwiches, or you can put small bowls of food inside them in the fridge
    • Buy or make reusable cloth food covers, or use shower caps!
  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cling film
    Blue bin

    Clean cling film can be recycled in your blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Coat hangers
Coat hangers
  • Coat hangers
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check if they want them first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coat hangers
    Household recycling centres

    Plastic coat hangers can be recycled with hard plastics at Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), but any metal parts must be removed.

    Wire coat hangers can be recycled with scrap metals at HRCs. Wooden coat hangers (if metal parts are removed) can be recycled with wood at HRCs.

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Coat hangers
    Black bin

    Wooden coat hangers which are broken should be put in the black bin. If you are unable to get to HRCs plastic or metal hangers can be put in here too.

Coffee filters
Coffee filters
  • Coffee filters
    Reuse

    You can try avoiding coffee filter waste by using a reusable coffee filter made of metal mesh (make sure it’s compatible with your particular coffee maker). You could also experiment with a different method of brewing coffee that doesn’t require paper, like a cafeteria. 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coffee filters
    Green bin

    Paper coffee filters and coffee grounds can be put in your green bin. 

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Coffee grounds
Coffee grounds
  • Coffee grounds
    Compost

    Add to your home compost bin, if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coffee grounds
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
  • Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
    Reuse

    It is possible to buy reusable Nespresso capsules which you can fill with your choice of coffee grounds.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
    Specialist disposal

    Tassimo® T-DISCs and outer packaging can be recycled via Terracycle

  • Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
    Black bin

    Foil coffee pods or capsules for coffee machines, e.g. Tassimo or Nespresso, are not recyclable in your blue bin. This is partly due to their size - small plastic items easily drop out of the sorting equipment used.

Coins
Coins
  • Coins
    Reuse

    Foreign and old money can be given to some charity shops.

    Including:

    • Cancer Research Shops (paper money only)
    • Oxfam Shops
    • Save the Children Fund
    • Sue Ryder
    • EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices)
Computer screen / monitor/ hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
Computer screen / monitor/ hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
  • Computer screen / monitor/ hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
    Reuse

    Local charity Reboot in Cottenham carry out repairs and take donations of computer hardware. Contact them to check what they accept.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Computer screen / monitor/ hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Cooked food
Cooked food
  • Cooked food
    Prevent waste

    Try to reduce food waste. Check Love Food Hate Waste's website for more information about how to save money by wasting less food.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cooked food
    Green bin

    All food waste, including cooked, raw, dairy, meat and bones can be put in your green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Cooker / oven
Cooker / oven
  • Cooker / oven
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they can accept first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cooker / oven
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Cooking oil
Cooking oil
  • Cooking oil
    Compost

    If you have a home compost heap or bin you can add small amounts of used vegetable or sunflower oil to it. 

    Kitchen paper with cooking oil on it can be put in your green bin (or home compost bin).

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cooking oil
    Household recycling centres

    Larger amounts of oil can be allowed to cool, poured into a bottle and take to a Household Recycling Centre where it can be poured into a recycling tank to generate energy. 

  • Cooking oil
    Black bin

    If can't get to a HRC, allow to cool, pour into a plastic bottle, seal and put into your black bin.

Egg shells
Egg shells
  • Egg shells
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost heap, if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Egg shells
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Electric toys
Electric toys
Electric whisk
Electric whisk
  • Electric whisk
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Electric whisk
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Electrical items
Electrical items
  • Electrical items
    Household recycling centres

    All electrical items can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Empty paint cans/paint tins
Empty paint cans/paint tins
Envelopes
Envelopes
  • Envelopes
    Blue bin

    You do not need to remove windows from envelopes, as they are sieved out during the pulping process.

Expanded Polystyrene foam packaging
Expanded Polystyrene foam packaging
  • Expanded Polystyrene foam packaging
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Faeces - dog poo and cat poo
Faeces - dog poo and cat poo
  • Faeces - dog poo and cat poo
    Black bin

    Please bag securely and put in black bin. Loose cat litter or dog poo can be hazardous to our crews when emptying the bin.

    Do not put cat or dog faeces in your green bin as it can be hazardous during processing.

Fairy lights
Fairy lights
  • Fairy lights
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they accept electrical items first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Fairy lights
    Household recycling centres

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Fat
Fat
  • Fat
    Reuse

    Animal fat can be mixed with seeds to make bird feeders, you can find instructions on various websites, including the RSPB.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Fat
    Green bin

    Avoid pouring down the drain – it can cause blockages and problems for wastewater treatment facilities. Find out more on Anglian Water's website. Allow fat to solidify and put in your green bin. You can buy devices called ‘fat traps’ to help with this, which are small biodegradable pads made from coconut fibre. You use them to soak up fat, which then solidifies, and the pad can be put in your green bin. 

Fire extinguisher
Fire extinguisher
Fish
Fish
  • Fish
    Prevent waste

    Check use-by dates and freeze fish if you are not going to be able to use it in time (check packaging to ensure it has not already been frozen). You can freeze up to the use-by date.

    Use up small amounts of fish in a kedgeree or other recipe - for inspiration see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Fish
    Green bin

    All cooked and uncooked food waste, including fish, meat and bones can be put in your green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the soil improver is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Fluorescent lighting tubes
Fluorescent lighting tubes
  • Fluorescent lighting tubes
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    Please note that business waste is not accepted at these sites.

Food waste
Food waste
  • Food waste
    Reuse

    Add raw vegetable peelings or fruit skins to your home compost heap, if you have one.

    For inspiring ideas how to reduce food waste and save money, go to Love Food Hate Waste's website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Food waste
    Green bin

    All food waste can be put in your green bin, including cooked, raw, meat, fish, bones and dairy.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Fridge or fridge freezer
Fridge or fridge freezer
  • Fridge or fridge freezer
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website. Please note that we are not able to collect oversize American-style fridge-freezers.

Frying-pans/Saucepans
Frying-pans/Saucepans
  • Frying-pans/Saucepans
    Household recycling centres

    These can be recycled with scrap metals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Frying-pans/Saucepans
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Furniture
Furniture
  • Furniture
    Reuse

    If in good condition, sell, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Furniture
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Garden strimmer
Garden strimmer
  • Garden strimmer
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Garden waste
Garden waste
  • Garden waste
    Compost

    Some garden waste can be added to your home compost bin or heap. For more information, go to Recycle Now's website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Garden waste
    Green bin

    More information on how the soil improver is made from your garden and food waste can be found on RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Gas canisters and gas bottles
Gas canisters and gas bottles
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
    Reuse

    If in good condition sell or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Glass bottles
Glass bottles
  • Glass bottles
    Blue bin

    All colours of glass bottles and jars can be put in your blue bin. Please rinse and replace the caps on the bottles - this helps stop the small caps falling out of the sorting process. They are separated from the glass when it is broken.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Glass jars and lids
Glass jars and lids
  • Glass jars and lids
    Blue bin

    Rinse and replace the lid on the jar before putting in the blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Glass jars and lids
    Recycle points

    Tie in plastic bags and drop off at a recycling point, located at various recycling points round the district.

  • Glass jars and lids
    Household recycling centres

    Household recycling centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Glass perfume bottles
Glass perfume bottles
  • Glass perfume bottles
    Blue bin

    All colours of empty glass bottles and jars can be put in your blue bin. No need to remove sprays and caps, they are separated from the glass when it is broken.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Good clothes/clothing/textiles/woollens
Good clothes/clothing/textiles/woollens
  • Good clothes/clothing/textiles/woollens
    Specialist disposal

    Prevent clothing waste. Making clothes uses a lot of resources, including water, fertiliser, pesticides and up to 10x more energy than the production of steel or glass.

    • buy clothes that will last longer where possible
    • bag a bargain with second-hand fashion
    • mend or restyle 

    Learn more about minimising the environmental impact of your clothes on the Love Your Clothes website.

Grass cuttings
Grass cuttings
  • Grass cuttings
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost bin, if you have one. Grass cuttings are a great 'activator', helping your compost to heat up and rot down faster, but they need to be layered with other drier materials (e.g. prunings, shredded paper) so that they don't go sludgy.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Grass cuttings
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Greaseproof paper
Greaseproof paper
  • Greaseproof paper
    Reuse

    You can wash and re-use ordinary greaseproof paper several times before it needs to be replaced.

    Look out for reusable greaseproof paper (e.g. Magic Non-Stick Liner), which you can cut to the shape of your favourite baking tins and then wash after each use. 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Greaseproof paper
    Green bin

    Add to your home compost bin or your green bin.

Greeting cards - Birthday & Christmas
Greeting cards - Birthday & Christmas
  • Greeting cards - Birthday & Christmas
    Blue bin

    All clean cardboard can be put in your blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Hair straighteners
Hair straighteners
  • Hair straighteners
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Hair straighteners
    Household recycling centres

    Recycle with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

Hairdryer
Hairdryer
  • Hairdryer
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Hairdryer
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Handbags
Handbags
  • Handbags
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Handbags
    Recycle points

    Put in a textile/clothing bank in various car parks around the district (e.g. supermarkets). 

  • Handbags
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Hearing aids
Hearing aids
  • Hearing aids
    Specialist disposal

    Hearing aids are often collected for charity at a variety of places including:

    • 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

    Donated hearing aids are repaired, refurbished and sent overseas for re-use in developing countries. Batteries for hearing aids are also wanted.

Hedge trimmer
Hedge trimmer
  • Hedge trimmer
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they will accept it first) or pass on via networks such as Freegleor Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Hedge trimmer
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Hedge trimmings
Hedge trimmings
  • Hedge trimmings
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Ice cream tubs
Ice cream tubs
  • Ice cream tubs
    Blue bin

    Ice cream tubs can be recycled along with all your other clean plastic pots, tubs and trays in your blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Inhalers
Inhalers
  • Inhalers
    Specialist disposal

    You can recycle your inhalers via "Complete the Cycle” from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which takes them back through pharmacies. Find your local participating pharmacy at Complete the Cycle.

iPod or MP3 player
iPod or MP3 player
  • iPod or MP3 player
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop, sell or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • iPod or MP3 player
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Iron
Iron
Ironing board
Ironing board
  • Ironing board
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Ironing board
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Jewellery
Jewellery
  • Jewellery
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

    It may be possible to donate broken jewellery to Scrapstore for craft use - find out more on our Scrapstore page.


  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Jewellery
    Black bin
Jiffy envelopes
Jiffy envelopes
  • Jiffy envelopes
    Reuse

    Keep and reuse, pass on to friends or family or offer on Freegle (those who sell things on internet auction sites will be glad of them!).

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Jiffy envelopes
    Black bin

    As these are usually a mixture of plastic bubble wrap and paper, the materials are not easily separated and can't be recycled.

Junk mail
Junk mail
  • Junk mail
    Specialist disposal

    If you receive unsolicited addressed mail, you can opt out by using the Mailing Preference Service.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Junk mail
    Blue bins

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Kettle
Kettle
Keyboard - musical instrument
Keyboard - musical instrument
  • Keyboard - musical instrument
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they accept electrical items first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Keyboard - musical instrument
    Household recycling centres

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Lamp
Lamp
  • Lamp
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Lamp
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Large electrical appliances
Large electrical appliances
  • Large electrical appliances
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Large electrical appliances
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Latex gloves
Latex gloves
  • Latex gloves
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Lawn mower
Lawn mower
  • Lawn mower
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check if they accept them first) or pass on via networks such as Freegleor Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Lawn mower
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Leaves
Leaves
  • Leaves
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost bin if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Leaves
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Leftovers
Leftovers
  • Leftovers
    Reuse

    Love your leftovers! An average family of four could save £60 a month just by using up food before it goes to waste. Find lots of recipe inspiration and practical tips at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Leftovers
    Green bin

    All cooked and uncooked food waste can go in your green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Lids
Lids
  • Lids
    Blue bin

    Metal and plastic lids from jars and bottles can be put in your blue bin.

    Although it sounds counter-intuitive, ideally please rinse (and squash if plastic) your bottles and jars, then put the lids back on. Because lids are small, this helps them to go through the sorting process without getting lost, before being separated from the glass later on.

    You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Light bulbs
Light bulbs
  • Light bulbs
    Household recycling centres

    Compact energy-saving light bulbs (not long fluorescent tubes) and LED bulbs can be recycled at some recycling points in Cambridge including:

    • Sainsbury's on Coldham's Lane
    • Tesco on Newmarket Road
    • Waitrose, Hauxton Road

    or at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow, which can also accept long fluorescent tubes. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.  

    For fluorescent tubes from commercial premises, a company called Envirogreen recycles lamps. They charge for storage and collection. Visit their website www.envirogreen.co.uk.

    Energy-saving light bulbs (including fluorescent tubes) contain small amounts of mercury so care should be taken when disposing of them.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Light bulbs
    Black bin

    Halogen bulbs and traditional incandescent bulbs do not contain mercury like compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's) and can be safely disposed of to landfill.

    They should never be placed in glass recycling or mixed recycling bins, as they are a different type of glass from bottles and jars.

Liquid soap dispenser bottle
Liquid soap dispenser bottle
  • Liquid soap dispenser bottle
    Prevent waste

    You can avoid the need to dispose of liquid soap bottles by using solid bars of soap.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Liquid soap dispenser bottle
    Blue bin

    The bottle from hand soap dispensers can be places in the blue bin.

    The dispenser pump must be removed, as this in not currently recycled and should be placed in the black bin.

Magazine wrapper
Magazine wrapper
  • Magazine wrapper
    Blue bin

    Ordinary polythene or cellophane plastic magazine wrappers can be recycled in your blue bin. Compostable 'plastic' wrappers can not be recycled.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Magazine wrapper
    Black bin

    Compostable 'plastic' magazine wrap (e.g. made from corn starch) does not break down quickly enough in the fast composting process used for green bin material. Please put it in your black bin.

    Black bin materials go through a Mechanical Biological Treatment plant prior to being landfilled. You can read more about this processing on the RECAP website.

Magazines
Magazines
  • Magazines
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Margarine tubs
Margarine tubs
  • Margarine tubs
    Blue bin

    Please rinse and put in the blue bin with all your other clean plastic pots, tubs and trays.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Meat and bones - cooked
Meat and bones - cooked
  • Meat and bones - cooked
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Meat or fruit tray soaker pad
Meat or fruit tray soaker pad
  • Meat or fruit tray soaker pad
    Black bin

    Please remove from the plastic tray and put in your black bin.

Medicines / drugs
Medicines / drugs
  • Medicines / drugs
    Prevent waste

    Prevent medicine waste and lower NHS costs by only ordering what you need. Find more tips at Medicine Waste UK.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Medicines / drugs
    Specialist disposal

    Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.

    Take unused medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal. NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet.

Metal drink cans
Metal drink cans
  • Metal drink cans
    Blue bin

    Please rinse and crush. Beer cans with widgets are accepted.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Metal food tins - chocolate, biscuit and coffee
Metal food tins - chocolate, biscuit and coffee
  • Metal food tins - chocolate, biscuit and coffee
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Microwaves
Microwaves
  • Microwaves
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Microwaves
    Household recycling centres

    Microwaves can be recycled along with other electricals at 

    Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Mirror glass
Mirror glass
  • Mirror glass
    Black bin

    Mirror glass can not be recycled with container glass (bottles and jars). Small amounts can be put in your black bin.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Mirror glass
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Mobile phones
Mobile phones
  • Mobile phones
    Reuse

    Various charities collect mobile phones, some in their shops and, if you have several, by post. Just search for 'recycle mobile phone for charity' online for details.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Mobile phones
    Household recycling centres

    Recycle with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Mop
Mop
  • Mop
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.Please note that bin lids must be properly closed.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Mop
    Household recycling centres

    Household recycling centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Motor oil / engine oil
Motor oil / engine oil
  • Motor oil / engine oil
    Household recycling centres

    Contact a local garage or take to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    Never pour used engine oil down the drain. It will cause pollution and it is also an offence. Engine oil is classed as a hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. If you spill engine oil, use sand or earth to absorb it – never hose it down.

    Avoid mixing used engine oil with other materials as this makes it difficult to separate and recycle.

Musical instruments
Musical instruments
  • Musical instruments
    Prevent waste

    Used orchestral instruments – strings, woodwind, brass and percussion can be donated to children via Sistema England. Otherwise, if in good condition, ask if your local school would like it, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

Nail varnish
Nail varnish
  • Nail varnish
    Black bin

    It is difficult to remove the varnish and the bottles are too small to be captured during the recycling process.

Newspapers
Newspapers
  • Newspapers
    Reuse

    Newspaper can be used for wrapping food waste to go in your green bin, and for lining a kitchen caddy if you have one. 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Newspapers
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Paint
Paint
Paper
Paper
  • Paper
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Paper cups
Paper cups
  • Paper cups
    Prevent waste

    If you regularly buy coffee when on your way to work or out and about, buy a reusable cup to take with you. There are lots of options from metal and ceramic to lightweight bamboo ones, some of which may be available at the coffee shop itself. Some coffee chains even give a discount if you take your own cup!

    If you are buying disposable cups for a party, consider using reusable plastic ones. If washing up or storage is an issue, choose disposable plastic cups, which can be recycled in the blue bin.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Paper cups
    Recycle points

    You can take single-use coffee cups back to some branches of Costa for recycling, even if they are not from Costa.

  • Paper cups
    Black bin

    Single-use coffee cups, even those with a recycle mark, are not easily recyclable unless collected as part of a dedicated scheme (see above) and can not be put in the blue bin.

Paper towels / kitchen roll
Paper towels / kitchen roll
  • Paper towels / kitchen roll
    Green bin

    Paper towels or kitchen roll (but not wet wipes) can be put in your green bin. Please do not put them in your blue bin as the paper is low quality and not suitable for recycling, as well as usually being wet or dirty.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Paper towels / kitchen roll
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Pens
Pens
  • Pens
    Recycle points

    It is possible to recycle pens (including highlighters, markers and correction fluid pots) via Terracycle collection points at some schools - there are participating schools in Stretham and Cambridge. Wooden pencils and crayons are not accepted.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Pens
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Pet food pouches
Pet food pouches
  • Pet food pouches
    Black bin

    These type of pouches are made from layers of plastic and aluminium which are very difficult to separate out, and therefore they can not be recycled at the moment. Please put in the black bin.

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Photos / photographs
Photos / photographs
  • Photos / photographs
    Black bin

    Photos are made from various different kinds of plastic or coated paper, and can not be recycled.

Pillows
Pillows
  • Pillows
    Reuse

    If in good, clean condition with a B.S. 7175 fire label donate to charity shops (check they will accept them first - some animal shelters and homelessness charities will) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

    Pillows cannot be accepted in textile banks at recycling points.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Pillows
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

  • Pillows
    Household recycling centres

    If you don't have space in your black bin, take to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Pizza box
Pizza box
  • Pizza box
    Blue bin

    Pizza boxes are recyclable, even when stained or greasy as long as they are empty. Put any pieces of solid food leftovers in your green bin.

Plastic bags / carrier bags
Plastic bags / carrier bags
  • Plastic bags / carrier bags
    Reuse

    If you don't have a use for plastic bags yourself, some charity shops and small independent shops will be grateful for them.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic bags / carrier bags
    Blue bin

    Put empty bags in your blue bin. Please do not use bags to contain other items - it means we can't see the items inside properly to check they are accepted, and we may not empty your bin.

    Never put plastic bags in your green bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic bottles and tops
Plastic bottles and tops
  • Plastic bottles and tops
    Blue bin

    Put in your blue bin. Includes drinks, shampoo and detergent bottles. Please rinse, squash and put lids back on. 

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic bottles from chemicals e.g. anti freeze
Plastic bottles from chemicals e.g. anti freeze
  • Plastic bottles from chemicals e.g. anti freeze
    Black bin

    Empty plastic bottles which contained chemicals such as anti-freeze, motor oil or white spirit should not be recycled.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic bottles from chemicals e.g. anti freeze
    Household recycling centres

    If your bottles still contain chemicals, they can be disposed of at the household Recycling Centres.

Plastic egg boxes
Plastic egg boxes
  • Plastic egg boxes
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic fruit / veg net
Plastic fruit / veg net
  • Plastic fruit / veg net
    Prevent waste

    Avoid nets by buying fruit and veg loose.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic fruit / veg net
    Black bin

    These can not be recycled at present.

Plastic fruit punnets / food trays
Plastic fruit punnets / food trays
  • Plastic fruit punnets / food trays
    Blue bin

    Clear and coloured plastic punnets from fruit or vegetables and food trays from ready meals can be recycled in your blue bin.

    Unfortunately sorting equipment at the Materials Recycling Facility where items from blue bins are sent cannot detect the colour black and therefore black plastic trays can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution. See more information about black plastic recyclability issue

Plastic milk bottles
Plastic milk bottles
  • Plastic milk bottles
    Blue bin

    Please make sure bottles are empty and rinsed out. Put loose in your bin, not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic packaging and cellophane
Plastic packaging and cellophane
  • Plastic packaging and cellophane
    Blue bin

    Clean, empty plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, bags and film/wrap can be recycled in your blue bin. Examples of acceptable items include:

    • yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and fruit punnets
    • cling film
    • cellophyne
    • polythene wrap e.g. from magazines or multipack toilet roll
    • bags from bread, bagels, etc.
    • bags from inside cereal packets
    • carrier bags
  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic packaging and cellophane
    Black bin

    Very dirty items and those with food left inside should either be cleaned before recycling or put in the black bin.

    Some examples of plastic packaging that can not be recycled include:

    • CD and DVD cases
    • shiny metallic plastic pouches from pet food, coffee or drinks
    • crisp packets with a shiny foil coating on the inside
    • polystyrene foam cartons e.g. from takeaways
    • moulded, protective polystyrene e.g. from a new TV
Plastic plant pots
Plastic plant pots
  • Plastic plant pots
    Reuse

    Pass on to friends or family, give away via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree, donate to local allotments or charity gardening projects (check if they need them first), or take back to garden centres which have a collection/pick-up area for them.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic plant pots
    Household recycling centres

    Large (>5 inches diameter) brown and coloured plant pots which are clean and empty can be recycled with rigid plastics at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Plastic plant pots
    Black bin

    Seedling trays, small pots (5 inch or less), very dirty pots and all black pots are not recyclable, please put in your black bin.

    Unfortunately, recycling sorting equipment cannot detect the colour black and therefore black plastic items can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution to reduce black plastic recyclability issues.

Plastic washing-up bowls
Plastic washing-up bowls
  • Plastic washing-up bowls
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic washing-up bowls
    Household recycling centres

    Broken ones can be recycled with hard plastic items at the Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Plastic washing-up bowls
    Black bin

    If you can't get to a HRC, you can put it in your black bin. They can not be recycled in your blue bin.

Polystyrene foam meat tray
Polystyrene foam meat tray
  • Polystyrene foam meat tray
    Black bin
Polystyrene takeaway food packaging
Polystyrene takeaway food packaging
  • Polystyrene takeaway food packaging
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Postage stamps
Postage stamps
  • Postage stamps
    Reuse

    Give to charity - ask your local charity shop or call a national charity to see if you can post to them.

    Many charities collect postage stamps, where they can be sold in bulk. Cut around postage stamps and leave a good margin, do not steam off.

Postcards
Postcards
  • Postcards
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Printer cartridges
Printer cartridges
  • Printer cartridges
    Reuse

    You may be able to return your printer cartridges to a shop or manufacturer to be refilled. Some stationers e.g. Ryman do this, as well as the Smart Cartridge Shop in Cambridge (01223 464100).

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Printer cartridges
    Blue bin

    There are many charities which collect used cartridges, or organisations that collect on their behalf. Search 'recycle printer cartridges' online for various schemes which you can send your cartridges to Freepost.

  • Printer cartridges
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Printers
Printers
  • Printers
    Reuse

    If in good condition and not outdated, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Printers
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Projector
Projector
  • Projector
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or GumtreeIf not working, consider whether it can be repaired - there are regular Repair Cafes where you can take items along, or professional repairers - see Circular Cambridge's websitefor information.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Projector
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. Please note that waste from businesses is not accepted at these sites.

Pull tab / safety seal - e.g. milk bottle or tablet bottle seals
Pull tab / safety seal - e.g. milk bottle or tablet bottle seals
  • Pull tab / safety seal - e.g. milk bottle or tablet bottle seals
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Pyrex crockery
Pyrex crockery
  • Pyrex crockery
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Pyrex crockery
    Black bin

    Broken Pyrex should never be put in a recycling bin or bank with other glass. It has a very high melting point, and will cause other glass that is with it to be wasted and result in problems for the glass recycling facility.

Radio
Radio
  • Radio
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or GumtreeIf not working, consider whether it can be repaired - there are regular Repair Cafes where you can take items along, or professional repairers - see Circular Cambridge's websitefor information.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Radio
    Household recycling centres

    Broken radios can be recycled along with other electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. Please note that waste from businesses is not accepted at these sites.

Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
  • Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
    Reuse

    Many different styles of washable pads are now available, as well as alternatives such as menstrual cups.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Ring binders
Ring binders
  • Ring binders
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Ring binders
    Blue bin

    Cardboard type binders (not plastic-covered) can be dismantled by removing the metal rings. The cardboard part can then be put in the blue bin. The metal part can be taken with other scrap metals to a Household Recycling Centre, or put in the black bin.

  • Ring binders
    Black bin

    Plastic or plastic-coated binders not suitable for re-use should be put in the black bin.Plastic or plastic-coated binders not suitable for re-use should be put in the black bin.

Rugs, mats and door mats
Rugs, mats and door mats
  • Rugs, mats and door mats
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to charity or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Rugs, mats and door mats
    Household recycling centres

    If too dirty/damaged, large rugs should be taken to HWRCs. Small mats can be put in your black bin.

Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
  • Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
    Reuse

    Disposable sanitary pads and tampons cannot be recycled. Consider reusable alternatives - many different styles of washable pads are now available, as well as alternatives such as menstrual cups.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
    Black bin

    Disposable sanitary pads should be wrapped and put in your black bin.

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Sat nav
Sat nav
  • Sat nav
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sat nav
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Sawdust / wood shaving pet bedding
Sawdust / wood shaving pet bedding
  • Sawdust / wood shaving pet bedding
    Green bin

    Soiled sawdust or wood shavings from rabbit/guinea pig/hamster/gerbil cages can be put in your green bin. If you have large amounts please put in a paper bag, as the sawdust can blow out over the bin collectors when emptying the bin.

School uniform
School uniform
  • School uniform
    Reuse

    For branded items check whether your school has a uniform swap or sell scheme, or pass on to other parents. Generic items can be donated to charity shops.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • School uniform
    Recycle points

    Clothing (either in good condition or worn out) can be taken to clothing banks at recycling points around the district. Please tie in bags.

Scissors
Scissors
  • Scissors
    Household recycling centres

    Household recycling centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Scissors
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Scrap car
Scrap car
  • Scrap car
    Specialist disposal

    An unwanted vehicle may be worth a small amount as scrap. See the local telephone directory for a list of scrap dealers. 

    Alternatively visit Give a Car, who can collect the car for free and recycle it with any proceeds donated to the charity of your choice.

    Abandoned vehicles can be taken away by us.

Scrap materials
Scrap materials
  • Scrap materials
    Reuse

    Scrapstores gather useful scrap materials to pass on to schools and community groups - find your closest one at ReusefulUK . Otherwise, consider if it can be upcycled and used for another purpose at home, pass on to friends or family, give away or donate to charity. 

Scrap metal
Scrap metal
  • Scrap metal
    Household recycling centres

    Scrap metals can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Sellotape / sticky tape
Sellotape / sticky tape
  • Sellotape / sticky tape
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate spare rolls to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sellotape / sticky tape
    Black bin

    Although not recyclable itself, small amounts of sellotape do not need to be removed from paper or boxes before putting them in the blue bin. 

    Whole rolls of un-useable sellotape should be put in the black bin.

Sewing machine
Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine
    Reuse

    Sewing machines can be repaired via local sewing-supplies shops.

    Old treadle or hand-powered machines can be donated to Africa via Tools For Self Reliance - they can be taken to Mackays in Cambridge who act as a collection point, or you can contact them to find out if there are other volunteers collecting near you.

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree. Treadle machines will usually be taken if not working, as they can be re-purposed into chic furniture.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sewing machine
    Household recycling centres

    Broken electric sewing machines can be recycled with other electricals at Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

    We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Shoes
Shoes
  • Shoes
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Shoes
    Recycle points

    Tie in bags to keep pairs together and put in clothing banks at recycling points around the district.

  • Shoes
    Household recycling centres

    Clothing and shoes can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Shredded paper
Shredded paper
  • Shredded paper
    Blue bin

    Please put shredded paper in an old envelope or paper bag to prevent it blowing out when the bin is emptied and littering the street. Large quantities can be put in a transparent sack (available in supermarkets). 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Shredded paper
    Recycle points

    If you have a large quantity from a clear-out it can be taken to paper banks at recycling points. Please contain it in a paper bag or clear plastic sack.

Smoke detectors / alarms
Smoke detectors / alarms
  • Smoke detectors / alarms
    Household recycling centres

    Household smoke detectors can be taken to Household Recycling Centres - please hand to a member of staff.

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Soil and stones
Soil and stones
  • Soil and stones
    Household recycling centres

    Take to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    Do not put in bins - it will make them too heavy.

    Small amounts on roots of plants are acceptable in the green bin. Soil and stones are not compostable and larger amounts can cause problems in the composting process.

Spectacles / glasses
Spectacles / glasses
  • Spectacles / glasses
    Reuse

    Unwanted spectacles can be sent to developing countries for reuse. Check with your local opticians and library as many have a collection point.

Sponge
Sponge
  • Sponge
    Black bin

    Most sponges are synthetic, especially those used in the kitchen. For the avoidance of doubt, please do not put any sponges into your green bin. Natural sponges can be composted at home if you have a garden composter.

Stereo
Stereo
  • Stereo
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Stereo
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Suitcases and bags
Suitcases and bags
  • Suitcases and bags
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Suitcases and bags
    Recycle points

    Clean worn-out bags can be put in textile banks at various supermarkets and car parks around the district.

  • Suitcases and bags
    Household recycling centres

    Broken suitcases can be taken to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Table
Table
  • Table
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Table
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Tea bags and coffee grounds
Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost bin, if you have one.  You can find out more about composting on Recycle Now page.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Telephone
Telephone
  • Telephone
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Telephone
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Telephone directories / phone book / Yellow Pages
Telephone directories / phone book / Yellow Pages
  • Telephone directories / phone book / Yellow Pages
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Television
Television
  • Television
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check first - some cannot take electrical items, and those that do will not take older models) or pass on via networks such as Freegleor Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Television
    Household recycling centres

    Old TVs can be recycled with other electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Tiles
Tiles
  • Tiles
    Reuse

    Leftover unused tiles can be donated to some charity shops (check first) or passed on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tiles
    Household recycling centres

    Broken or used tiles can be recycled with hardcore at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Tissues
Tissues
  • Tissues
    Reuse

    Consider using handkerchiefs instead. They can be beautiful and as a bonus you won't get a sore nose when you have a cold!

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tissues
    Green bin

    Please do not put tissues in your blue bin, the fibres are too low quality to make new paper from, and they are usually dirty anyway. Put in your green bin to be composted.

    Do not put any type of wet wipes in your green or blue bins, these are made from plastic fibres. Put them in your black bin please.

Toasters
Toasters
  • Toasters
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Toasters
    Household recycling centres

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Toothbrush
Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush
    Reuse

    We would encourage you to re-use your toothbrush for cleaning shoes and getting in those hard to reach cleaning spots.

    You can consider using bamboo toothbrushes.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Toothbrush
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Toothpaste (pump)
Toothpaste (pump)
  • Toothpaste (pump)
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Toothpaste (soft tube)
Toothpaste (soft tube)
  • Toothpaste (soft tube)
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Torch
Torch
  • Torch
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Torch
    Household recycling centres

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Towels - cloth
Towels - cloth
  • Towels - cloth
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop, Womens Aid or homeless shelter (check what they will accept first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

    If in clean but worn condition check if animal shelters would like them for pet bedding.

    Re-use worn out towels at home for wipes or rags.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Towels - cloth
    Recycle points

    Clean, dry towels in any condition can be put in textile banks at recycling points.

  • Towels - cloth
    Black bin

    Dirty, oily or wet towels can not be re-used or recycled.

Toys
Toys
  • Toys
    Reuse

    If in good condition, pass on to friends or family, donate to a charity shop (check they accept them first) or pass on via networks such as Facebook, Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Toys
    Household recycling centres

    Some hard plastic toys can be recycled with hard plastics at Household Recycling Centres. Large broken toys that can not fit in your black bin can be disposed of here too. 

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Toys
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Treated wood / timber
Treated wood / timber
  • Treated wood / timber
    Reuse

    Large use-able pieces in good condition can be passed on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Treated wood / timber
    Black bin

    Small pieces of treated wood (e.g. parts of varnished or stained furniture) can be put in your black bin. 

  • Treated wood / timber
    Household recycling centres

    Larger pieces which will not fit into your bin need to be taken to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

    Treated wood should not be put in your green bin.

Trigger spray
Trigger spray
  • Trigger spray
    Blue bin

    Leave triggers on your empty spray bottles and put them in your blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Tumble dryer
Tumble dryer
  • Tumble dryer
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity (check with them first - some are able to collect large items e.g. British Heart Foundation) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tumble dryer
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Tyres
Tyres
  • Tyres
    Reuse

    Stacked car tyres can make useful planters for plants that need warmth; the black rubber absorbs the heat. This is not recommended for vegetables or edible plants. You can also make tyre swings, outdoor furniture etc. - search online for ideas.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tyres
    Specialist disposal

    Car tyres can not be accepted for recycling or disposal by the Council. If you have tyres to dispose of, contact your local garage who may be able to take them for you either for free or for a small charge.

Untreated wood and bark
Untreated wood and bark
  • Untreated wood and bark
    Reuse

    You can burn untreated wood in a woodburner or open fire after seasoning for a year. If you have a lot of wood from a fallen tree for example, and don't have a woodburner, consider passing on via  Freegle or Gumtree.

    You could also make a wood pile in your garden as a wildlife habitat.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Untreated wood and bark
    Green bin

    Branches and pieces of bark up to the thickness of a broom handle can be accepted in the green bin. Larger pieces can be added if they are split first.

    Sawn timber is not suitable for composting as it may have been pressure treated or contain nails.

  • Untreated wood and bark
    Household recycling centres

    Large branches thicker than a broom handle can be taken to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Vacuum bags
Vacuum bags
  • Vacuum bags
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Vacuum cleaners
Vacuum cleaners
  • Vacuum cleaners
    Reuse

    Vacuum cleaners can often be repaired. First check it is properly emptied! See the Circular Cambridge Directory for a list of repairers, or try taking it to a Repair Cafe.

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check if they accept electrical items first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Vacuum cleaners
    Household recycling centres

    Vacuum cleaners can be recycled with other electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Vases
Vases
  • Vases
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Vases
    Black bin

    Broken glass or ceramic vases can not be recycled (the glass may be a different type from container glass).

Vegetable peelings
Vegetable peelings
  • Vegetable peelings
    Reuse

    Put in your home compost bin or heap, if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Vegetable peelings
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
  • Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
    Reuse

    If in good condition, pass them on - ask family and friends if they would like them, go online to give them away at sites like Freegle or Gumtree, and check locally - a community project near you may have a use for them.

    For more information and creative ideas visit Recycle Now website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
    Black bin

    If broken and not re-usable, put in your black bin.

Vinyl records
Vinyl records
  • Vinyl records
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they are accepted first), sell or pass on via networks such as Freegle or GumtreeMade from PVC, vinyl records are often 're-purposed' into new stylish ornaments, wall art or tableware - so even scratched records may be wanted by somebody.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Vinyl records
    Black bin

    Vinyl records can not be recycled. If broken, put in your black bin.

Wallpaper
Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper
    Reuse

    Unused surplus rolls of wallpaper can be donated to some charities (check first) and Scrapstores, or reuse at home for children's artwork etc.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wallpaper
    Black bin

    Wallpaper not suitable for reuse should be put in the black bin.

Wardrobe
Wardrobe
  • Wardrobe
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wardrobe
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Washable / cloth / 'real' nappy
Washable / cloth / 'real' nappy
  • Washable / cloth / 'real' nappy
    Reuse

    If in good condition, pass on to friends or family or via networks such as Facebook, Freegle or Gumtree. You could also consider donating them to a cloth nappy library.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Washable / cloth / 'real' nappy
    Recycle points

    Clean cloth nappies can be recycled in clothing/textile bank in various car parks (e.g. supermarkets) around the district.

Washing machine
Washing machine
  • Washing machine
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Washing machine
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

Watches
Watches
  • Watches
    Reuse

    Repair, or if in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Watches
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Water filters
Water filters
  • Water filters
    Recycle points

    Water filters cannot be recycled as part of your recycling collection scheme nor at household waste recycling centres. However, if you use a BRITA branded water filter you can recycle the used filters at most Argos, Robert Dyas and Homebase stores where boxes are provided for the collection of used cartridges.

    To find your nearest participating store, visit the BRITA website.

    For other water filter brands, please contact the manufacturer to find out if they provide a similar service. 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Water filters
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Weeds
Weeds
  • Weeds
    Reuse

    Most weeds can be added to your home compost bin if you have one. However, avoid adding those which have seeded, as well as pernicious weeds like ground elder or bindweed, which will survive the low temperatures in your heap and will then be spread around your garden when you use the compost. For more home composting tips visit Garden Organic.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Weeds
    Green bin

    All weeds with the exception of the particularly pernicious Japanese Knotweed can be safely put in your green bin. The high temperatures the compost reaches during the municipal composting process will kill off any seeds.

  • Weeds
    Specialist disposal

    Follow government advice for disposing of Japanese Knotweed.

Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
  • Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
    Reuse

    Donate it to a charity shop if not broken.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
    Black bin

    Broken wine glasses, tumblers or other glass drinking vessels should be carefully bagged and put in your black bin.

    Small fragments of broken bottles and jars should also be bagged and put in the black bin, unless they can be contained in another jar.

  • Blue bin

    All colours of glass bottles and jars can be put in your blue bin. Please rinse and replace the caps on the bottles - this helps stop the small caps falling out of the sorting process. They are separated from the glass when it is broken.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Wipes
Wipes
  • Wipes
    Reuse

    Wipes are not recyclable, compostable or flushable, since they are made of a mix of paper and plastic fibres.

    Consider using washable alternatives, there are various brands of washable baby wipes, and cotton dishcloths can be washed and reused for most other applications.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wipes
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Worn out clothes / clothing
Worn out clothes / clothing
  • Worn out clothes / clothing
    Reuse

    Have a go at repairing your clothes. It's easier than you may think, and many techniques (e.g. Sashiko, a style of Japanese visible mending) are very fashionable.

    Find out more at Love Your Clothes.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Worn out clothes / clothing
    Recycle points

    Clean worn out clothes are accepted at clothing banks located at various recycling points around the district. You can also use charity collection bags if you receive them through your letterbox.

    Clothes not suitable for re-use are turned into rags, which can be used for cleaning machinery in factories, used as stuffing in furniture, or even insulation.

  • Worn out clothes / clothing
    Black bin

    If clothes are soiled or wet, please place them in your black bin.

Wrapping paper
Wrapping paper
  • Wrapping paper
    Reuse

    You can re-use wrapping paper and gift bags.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wrapping paper
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

  • Wrapping paper
    Black bin

    Metallic and plastic gift-wrap that you cannot re-use, need to be placed in your black bin as it can not be recycled.

Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
  • Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
    Reuse

    Re-use wrapping paper whenever possible.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
    Black bin

    Do the scrunch test - if your wrapping paper springs back rather than staying scrunched, it is probably made of metallised plastic, and can not be recycled.

    Heavily glittered paper should also not be recycled as the plastic glitter and glue cause problems with the recycling process.

X-rays
X-rays
  • X-rays
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Yoghurt pots (plastic)
Yoghurt pots (plastic)
  • Yoghurt pots (plastic)
    Blue bin

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cork - real
Cork - real
  • Cork - real
    Reuse

    Real corks can be put onto your own compost heap.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Green bin

    You can put real corks straight into the green bin.

Cork - plastic
Cork - plastic
  • Cork - plastic
    Black bin

    Synthetic/plastic corks need to be put into your main black bin.

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