What goes in which bin?

Find out what goes in which bin

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Aerosol cans
Aerosol cans Blue bin Household waste recycling centre (hwrc) Reuse
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    Recycle aerosol cans with other cans in your blue bin. For safety reasons please ensure aerosol cans are completely empty.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)
    Household waste recycling centre (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.

  • Reuse
    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 Blue bin Black bin
  • Blue bin
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Specialist disposal
  • Specialist disposal
    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) Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin

    Allow to completely cool and then bag it and put in your black bin. It MUST be bagged or it will blow out when the bin is emptied, and can be a hazard for our bin collectors.

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

Ash (wood)
Ash (wood) Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Specialist disposal
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Green bin
  • Green bin
    Green bin

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

Bathroom ceramics
Bathroom ceramics Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Specialist disposal
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Specialist disposal
    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 Reuse Recycle points Black bin Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

    Clean and dry blankets, sheets and duvet covers (even if worn out) 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

  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres Specialist recycling
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

    Mattresses can be disposed of at the Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

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

    Unfortunately we are unable to recycle mattresses through these services at present.

  • Specialist recycling

    If you are buying a new mattress, some retailers will take away your old one when they deliver the new one. This is the easiest way to get your mattress recycled.

    If this is not an option, you can pay for a specialist company to collect your mattress and recycle it. Search online for 'mattress recycling'.

Bicycle
Bicycle Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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, cups, cutlery etc
Biodegradable 'plastic' bags, cups, cutlery etc Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin

    Compostable or biodegradable 'plastic' corn starch caddy liners (e.g. BioBag), bio-plastic cups and cutlery (e.g. Vegware or Edenware) 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. You can also put food waste in your green bin loose.

    If you are choosing cups or cutlery for an event, the best option is to use reusable items and wash them up (or use a glass hire service). The best disposable options are plastic cups, which can be recycled in mixed recycling bins; cheap plain paper plates without a design (more expensive or decorative ones have a plastic lamination) which can be composted, and wooden cutlery which can also be composted.

Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers
Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers Blue bin Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    Plastic wrappers that do not have a shiny foil-like layer on the inside or outside can be included in your blue bin.

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

    Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers with a shiny foil-like layer on the inside or outside can’t be put in your blue bin but they can now be recycled by TerraCycle. You need to save up your wrappers and drop them off at a collection point.

    Find out more about The pladis Biscuits And Snacks Recycling Programme on the TerraCycle website.

  • Black bin
    Black bin

    Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers with a shiny foil-like layer on the inside or outside can’t be put in your blue bin, so if you can’t drop them off at a collection point please put them in your black bin.

Black bags
Black bags Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 bin
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Recycle points
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

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

Blender
Blender Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Books
Books Reuse Recycle points Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

    Take to a book bank at various recycling points around the district. Even damaged or out of date books can be recycled even if they are not suitable for re-sale.

  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. Even damaged or out of date books can be recycled even if they are not suitable for re-sale.

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

    Clean bras can be included in clothing banks at the various recycling points around the district.

Bread
Bread Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse
  • Reuse
    Reuse

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

Bricks
Bricks Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Blue bin Black bin
  • Blue bin
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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

  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Specialist disposal Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Specialist disposal
    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.

  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Green bin Black bin
  • Green bin
    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 with no plastic content first by trying to tear it - if it tears easily with no stretching it is paper. If you are not sure please put it in your black bin.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Blue bin Black bin
  • Blue bin
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 / cartons
Cardboard egg boxes / cartons Reuse Blue bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Blue bin
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    Cartons are made from layers of plastic, aluminium and card. They are not waxed card and are not biodegradable, but can be recycled into low-grade paper products.

    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 (even if it's marked biodegradable) in your green bin as it can be hazardous during processing.

Catalogues and directories
Catalogues and directories Blue bin Prevent waste
  • Blue bin
    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:
  • Prevent waste
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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

  • Black bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

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

Chair
Chair Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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, garden chemicals, etc.
Chemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine, garden chemicals, etc. Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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.

Chocolate and confectionery wrappers
Chocolate and confectionery wrappers Blue bin Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    Paper, foil, or plain plastic (without a shiny foil layer) wrappers can be put in your blue bin. Please save up small pieces of foil and scrunch into a larger ball to aid recycling.

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

    Plastic chocolate wrappers and chocolate or sweet pouches with a shiny foil-like layer on the inside or outside can’t be put in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by TerraCycle. You need to save up your wrappers and drop them off at a collection point.

    Find out more about The Confectionery Recycling Programme on the TerraCycle website.

  • Black bin
    Black bin

    Plastic chocolate wrappers and chocolate or sweet pouches with a shiny foil-like layer on the inside or outside can’t be put in your blue bin, so if you can’t drop them off at a collection point please put them in your black bin.

Christmas tree (fake plastic)
Christmas tree (fake plastic) Reuse Black bin Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    Black bin

    Dismantle so that the bin lid closes properly.

  • Household recycling centres
    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) Green bin Household recycling centres
  • Green bin
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Cigarette packets
Cigarette packets Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Blue bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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

  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Compost Green bin
  • Compost
    Compost

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

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

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

  • Black bin
    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 Reuse
  • Reuse
    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
Computer screen / monitor/ hard drive / CPU Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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.

Contact Lenses and Packaging
Contact Lenses and Packaging Specialist disposal
  • Specialist disposal
    Specialist disposal

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to save up your soft lenses, blister packs and peel-off foil and drop them off at a collection point. For each set of contact lenses and packaging collected, Terracycle will donate to charity. 

    Find out more about the ACUVUE Contact Lens Recycle Programme.

Cooked food
Cooked food Prevent waste Green bin
  • Prevent waste
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Compost Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Compost
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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. 

  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

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

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

Cork - real
Cork - real Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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.

Cotton wool pads
Cotton wool pads Refuse Black bin
  • Refuse
    Refuse

    Washable make-up remover pads are available, which can be used over and over again.

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

    Although cotton wool is technically compostable, some of the products it is used to remove are not suitable for composting. Some make-up remover pads may also contain plastic. Please dispose of in your black bin.

Crisp Packets/Tubes
Crisp Packets/Tubes Terracycle Black bin
  • Terracycle
    Terracycle

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to rinse and save up your packets and drop them off at a collection point. For every packet collected, Terracycle will donate to charity. 

    Find out more about the Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme and the Pringles Can Recycling Programme .

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

    Crisps Packets

    Crisp packets must be put in the black bin if you cannot drop them off at a collection point for Terracycle.

    Crisp tubes e.g. Pringles

    The plastic lid can be put in the blue bin but the tube itself is made of layers of plastic, foil and card and cannot be recycled. It is possible to remove the metal bottom of the tube with a tin opener, the metal can then be put in your blue bin.

Cutlery
Cutlery Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    Cutlery, including sharpening steel/sharpening knives tools, if in good condition can be given to a charity shop or reused.

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

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

Disposable nappies
Disposable nappies Prevent waste Black bin
  • Prevent waste

    Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Consider using re-usable nappies - modern styles are easy to use and wash.

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

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP's website

Duvets and pillows
Duvets and pillows Reuse Black bin Household recycling centres Compost
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    If in good, clean condition with a B.S. 7175 fire label pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree. Most charities will not accept them.

    Pillows and duvets cannot be accepted in textile banks at recycling points.

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

  • Household recycling centres
    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.

  • Compost
    Compost

    If you are a confident home composter with a large compost bin or heap, and are certain that your duvet or pillow is made from totally natural fibres (i.e. 100% cotton outer with either feather or wool filling), you could compost it at home. It is likely to take a long time to break down though!

Egg shells
Egg shells Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Green bin
    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 Household recycling centres
Electric whisk
Electric whisk Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Household recycling centres
Envelopes
Envelopes Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Household recycling centres
Fish
Fish Prevent waste Green bin
  • Prevent waste
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Household recycling centres
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Compost Green bin
  • Compost
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

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

Glass bottles including medicine bottles
Glass bottles including medicine bottles Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Blue bin Recycle points Household recycling centres
  • Blue bin
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

    Drop off at a recycling bank, located at various recycling points round the district.

  • Household recycling centres
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Specialist disposal
  • Specialist disposal
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Green bin Black bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    You can wash and re-use ordinary greaseproof paper a couple of 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:
  • Green bin
    Green bin

    Check whether your greaseproof paper has a silicone coating. If it does not you can add it to your home compost bin or your green bin.

  • Black bin
    Black bin

    If your greaseproof paper has a silicone coating, please dispose of it in your black bin. If you are not sure please put it in your black bin.

Greeting cards - Birthday & Christmas
Greeting cards - Birthday & Christmas Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

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

Handbags
Handbags Reuse Recycle points Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

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

  • Black bin
    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.

Hard Board Fruit Punnet
Hard Board Fruit Punnet Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    These hard MDF-type hard board punnets can not be recycled and are not suitable for green bins either. They can be useful as storage trays though – for example use to organize your fridge or cupboards.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Black Bin
    Black Bin
Hearing aids
Hearing aids Specialist disposal
  • Specialist disposal
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Green bin
  • Green bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Specialist disposal
  • Specialist disposal
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

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

Iron
Iron Household recycling centres
Ironing board
Ironing board Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

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

Jewellery
Jewellery Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    Black bin
Jiffy envelopes
Jiffy envelopes Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Specialist disposal Blue bins
  • Specialist disposal
    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:
  • Blue bins
    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 Household recycling centres
Keyboard - musical instrument
Keyboard - musical instrument Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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.

Keyboard / laptop
Keyboard / laptop Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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.

Lamp
Lamp Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost bin if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Household recycling centres
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Prevent waste Blue bin
  • Prevent waste
    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:
  • Blue bin
    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 Blue bin Black bin
  • Blue bin
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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.

Make-up and hair dye packaging
Make-up and hair dye packaging Blue bin Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    Plastic bottles and pots, glass jars and cardboard boxes can all be rinsed out and recycled in your blue bin.

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

    Flexible plastic tubes and flexible plastic/foil pouches can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but if they contained beauty or personal care products they can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to save up the packaging and drop it off at a collection point.

    Find out more about The Personal Care And Beauty Recycling Programme on the TerraCycle website.

  • Black bin
    Black bin

    Flexible plastic tubes and flexible plastic/foil pouches can’t be recycled in your blue bin, so if you can’t drop them off at a collection point please put them in your black bin.

Margarine tubs
Margarine tubs Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Green bin
  • Green bin
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Medicines / drugs
Medicines / drugs Prevent waste Specialist disposal
  • Prevent waste
    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:
  • Specialist disposal
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin Household recycling centres
  • Black bin
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin Household recycling centres
  • Black bin
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Prevent waste
  • Prevent waste
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Newspapers
Newspapers Reuse Blue bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Blue bin
    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 Household recycling centres
Paper
Paper Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Prevent waste Recycle points Black bin
  • Prevent waste
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

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

  • Black bin
    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 Green bin Black bin
  • Green bin
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Terracycle Black bin
  • Terracycle
    Terracycle

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

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

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

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle along with other flexible plastic pet food packaging. You need to rinse and save up your pouches and drop them off at a collection point. For every pouch collected, Terracycle will donate to charity. 

    Find out more about The Pet Food Recycling Programme. Please note that all brands of crisp packet are accepted, but not other packets like nuts or popcorn.

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

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

Pizza box
Pizza box Blue bin Green bin Black bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    It's important that cardboard for recycling is fairly clean and dry. Remove any food, and tear off any parts which are greasy (the greasy cardboard can be put in your green bin for composting).

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

    Please put any cheesy or greasy parts of your pizza box in your green bin.

  • Black bin
    Black bin

    If you do not have a green bin and your pizza box has a lot of grease or food on it, it's best to put it in your black bin rather than your blue bin.

Plastic air fresheners/cartridges
Plastic air fresheners/cartridges Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Specialist disposal
    Specialist disposal

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by TerraCycle. You need to save up your air fresheners and drop them off at a collection point.

    Find out more about The Air And Home Care Recycling Programme on the TerraCycle website.

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

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, so if you can’t drop them off at a collection point please put them in your black bin.

Plastic bags / carrier bags
Plastic bags / carrier bags Reuse Blue bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Blue bin
    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 Blue bin Prevent waste
  • Blue bin
    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.

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

    Take a reusable water bottle with you when you go out so you don't need to buy water. You can now refill your bottle at many places, for help finding them use the Refill app.

Plastic bottles from chemicals e.g. anti freeze
Plastic bottles from chemicals e.g. anti freeze Black bin Household recycling centres
  • Black bin
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

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

Plastic dishwasher tablet tub
Plastic dishwasher tablet tub Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    Recycle with other pots, tubs and trays in your blue bin.

Plastic egg boxes
Plastic egg boxes Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Prevent waste Black bin
  • Prevent waste
    Prevent waste

    Avoid nets by buying fruit and veg loose.

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

    These can not be recycled at present.

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

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

    Choose loose items where possible, and take produce bags with you for weighing.

Plastic instant noodle pot (e.g. Pot Noodle)
Plastic instant noodle pot (e.g. Pot Noodle) Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    Rinse and recycle with other pots, tubs and trays in your blue bin.

Plastic milk bottles
Plastic milk bottles Blue bin Prevent waste
  • Blue bin
    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.

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

    Check to see if there is a milk round in your area. Glass milk bottles are returnable and are used around 30 times before they need to be replaced. Plumbs and Milk & More are the main milk delivery options in our area.

Plastic packaging and cellophane
Plastic packaging and cellophane Blue bin Black bin
  • Blue bin
    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
    • cellophane
    • 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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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

  • Black bin
    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 sweetener or Tic-Tac box
Plastic sweetener or Tic-Tac box Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    Blue bin

    These can be recycled with other plastic pots and tubs 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.

Plastic washing-up bowls
Plastic washing-up bowls Reuse Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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

  • Black bin
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin
Polystyrene takeaway food packaging
Polystyrene takeaway food packaging Black bin
  • Black bin
    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.

Post-it Notes
Post-it Notes Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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.

Postage stamps
Postage stamps Reuse
  • Reuse
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Blue bin Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Blue bin
    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.

  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

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

Printers
Printers Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    Household recycling centres

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

Projector
Projector Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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.

Razor Blades
Razor Blades Black bin
  • Black bin
    Black bin

    Razor blades should be wrapped up or put inside something to then be put in the black bin. 

Receipt
Receipt Blue bin
  • Blue Bin
    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.

Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Blue bin Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Blue bin
    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.

  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Green bin
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Recycle points
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    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 Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Household recycling centres
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Specialist disposal
  • Specialist disposal
    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 Reuse
  • Reuse
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Recycle points Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

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

  • Household recycling centres
    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 Blue bin Recycle points
  • Blue bin
    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:
  • Recycle points
    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 Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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

Snack / nut / pretzel /popcorn packets
Snack / nut / pretzel /popcorn packets Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Specialist disposal
    Specialist disposal

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by TerraCycle. You need to rinse and save up your packets and drop them off at a collection point. For every packet collected, TerracCycle will donate to charity. 

    Find out more about the KP Snacks Nuts, Popcorn, Crisps and Pretzels Packet Recycling Programme on the TerraCycle website.

     

     

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

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, so if you can’t drop them off at a collection point please put them in your black bin.

Soil and stones
Soil and stones Household recycling centres
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse
  • Reuse
    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 scourer
Sponge scourer Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Recycle points Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

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

  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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.

Tissue paper
Tissue paper Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    Save and reuse any tissue paper. This can be for wrapping presents or putting some tissue paper in the top of a gift bag to hide the gifts.

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

    Before putting your tissue paper in the green bin please make sure that any sellotape has been removed.

Tissues
Tissues Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 heads
Toothbrush / toothbrush heads Reuse Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

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

    Bamboo or wood toothbrushes are available which are biodegradable.

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

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle along with empty toothpaste tubes. You need to save them up and drop them off at a collection point. For every batch of items collected, Terracycle will donate to charity. 

    Find our more about the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme including local collection points.

  • Black bin
    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) Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 tube (soft squeezy tube)
Toothpaste tube (soft squeezy tube) Specialist disposal Black bin
  • Specialist disposal

    These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle along with empty toothpaste tubes. You need to save them up and drop them off at a collection point. For every batch of items collected, Terracycle will donate to charity. 

    Find out more about the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme including local collection points. All brands are accepted, not just Colgate.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Recycle points Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    Recycle points

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

  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Toys
Toys Reuse Household recycling centres Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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

  • Black bin
    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 / plywood
Treated wood / timber / plywood Reuse Black bin Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

  • Household recycling centres
    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 Blue bin
  • Blue bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Specialist disposal
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Specialist disposal
    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. Alternatively search for specialist tyre disposal services online.

Untreated wood and bark
Untreated wood and bark Reuse Green bin Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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.

  • Household recycling centres
    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 Black bin
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Green bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Vinyl records
Vinyl records Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Wallpaper
Wallpaper Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Wardrobe
Wardrobe Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Recycle points
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    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 Reuse Household recycling centres
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Household recycling centres
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Recycle points Black bin
  • Recycle points
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Green bin Specialist disposal
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Green bin
    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.

  • Specialist disposal
    Specialist disposal

    Follow government advice for disposing of Japanese Knotweed.

Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses Reuse Blue bin Black bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    Donate it to a charity shop if not broken.

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

  • Black bin
    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.

Wipes
Wipes Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Recycle points Black bin
  • Reuse
    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:
  • Recycle points
    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.

  • Black bin
    Black bin

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

Wrapping paper
Wrapping paper Reuse Blue bin Black bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    You can re-use wrapping paper and gift bags.

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

  • Black bin
    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 Reuse Black bin
  • Reuse
    Reuse

    Re-use wrapping paper whenever possible.

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

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