Find what to do with your unwanted items and rubbish - which bin they go in, if they can be taken to household waste recycling centres (tips) or other recycling sites, and what other alternatives there are for disposing of them.

We also give you creative ideas for putting things to other uses and advice about donating unwanted items.

Search by type of item or bin

  • Aerosols

    Aerosols, green, cans

    Bins

    You can recycle these in your green bin: Green bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    These are usually made from steel and aluminium. Both of these metals are recyclable.

    Please make sure they are empty and do not squash.

  • Asbestos

    Asbestos


    Advice

    This must not be put in your household bin.

    Please see Asbestos for advice on reporting and removing asbestos.

  • Ash

    Ashes, grey

    Compost

    Small amounts of wood ash are good for home Composting

    Bins

    Put coal ash in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    You can't add coal ash to your compost. Instead wrap it up in and put it in your household grey bin.

    Ensure all ashes are extinguished and cold before disposal.

  • Batteries (including domestic and car)

    Car batteries, domestic, household, battery

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Check in your local supermarket - they often have household battery recycling containers.

    Try using Reuseable batteries in appliances and items! They are kinder to the environment.

  • Bedding

    Bedding, sheets, blankets, pillows, duvets, covers, quilts, grey

    Reuse

    Old stuffed bedding can be reused.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres

    You can recycle this at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    Duvets, pillows or quilts could be reused as kneeling pads for gardening, or bedding for pets.

    Flat bedding such as pillow cases, sheets and duvet covers can be taken to charity shops for reuse.

    Don't put fabrics in the green recycling bin, this can wrap around the machinery at our Materials Recycling Facility and cause damage.

  • Bikes

    bikes, bicycles

    Reuse

    Repair and reuse them, or you could advertise them for sale or swap.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity or to a local bike library: Bike libraries

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Many of the bikes taken to our tips are repaired for reuse.

  • Binoculars and telescopes

    Binoculars, telescopes

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity


    Advice

    You can donate them to the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) for use at nature reserves and other projects: RSPB second-hand binocular scheme

  • Books

    Books, green

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bins

    You can recycle these in your green bin: Green bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    Donate books where possible so that others can read them.

    If the books are too damaged to be given away, take off any hard covers and them put in your green bin. This makes the paper pages easier to recycle.

  • Bottle tops and lids - metal

    Bottle tops, metal, aluminium, lids, green

    Bins

    You can recycle these in your green bin: Green bins


    Advice

    Metal bottle tops and lids are made of steel or aluminium and can be recycled along with metal cans and aerosols.

  • Bottle tops and lids - plastic

    Bottle tops, plastic, lids, grey

    Reuse

    Reuse them for craft projects.

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Plastic bottle tops and lids can't currently be recycled in Kirklees. They are made from lots of different types of plastic and it is very difficult to sort them and recycle them at present.

    These items are sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Bubble wrap

    Bubble wrap, grey

    Reuse

    Bubble wrap can be Reused in many ways.

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Reuse as insulation for green houses and plant pots.

    Use it to pack items to send through the post.

    Use it to wrap objects when moving or for storage.

  • Cans

    food, drinks, Cans, tins, aluminium, green

    Bins

    You can recycle these in your green bin: Green bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres

    You can recycle these at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    These are usually made from steel and aluminium. Both of these metals are recyclable.

    Clean out and squash first to make room for more recycling.

  • Cardboard

    Cardboard, boxes, packaging, toilet rolls, washing powder, Christmas, Xmas, greetings, postcards, green

    Reuse

    You can reuse cardboard boxes.

    Compost

    Cardboard is good for home Composting

    Bins

    You can recycle this in your green bin: Green bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres

    You can recycle this at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    Flat pack cardboard boxes and save them for storage or moving home.

    Give them away via reuse networks.

    Tear up and use on your compost pile or wormery.

  • Carpets, rugs and mats

    Carpets, rugs, mats

    Reuse

    You can reuse old carpets.

    Compost

    Small sections are useful for home Composting

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection


    Advice

    Use old carpets as underpond liners, or in the garden as a mulch mat (if it is hessian backed and made of natural fibres).

    Place small sections on top of compost heaps to keep in the heat and your compost heap more productive.

    Consider reusing old carpets as flooring in sheds or cupboards, or garages.

    Animal shelters often use rugs for mats in kennels or bedding.

  • Cat litter

    Cat litter, grey

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Cat litter can't be recycled or composted.

    Please double bag it and place it in your grey bin.

  • CDs, CD-Roms, DVDs

    CDs, CD-Roms, DVDs

    Reuse

    Give them to people you know.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell them through online markets or join a car boot sale or jumble sale.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    You can take the empty CD cases to household waste recycling centres and place them in the hard plastic skip.

  • Christmas trees

    Christmas trees

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Real Christmas trees can be recycled in the garden waste skips at every household waste recycling centre. They are made into compost.

    If you have bought a real Christmas tree from a garden centre, check if they will take it back once Christmas is over.

  • Clothes and other textiles

    Clothes, textiles, towels, curtains, rags

    Reuse

    Try to repair items of clothing where possible and continue to get more use from them.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres

    You can recycle these at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    Use old textiles for craft projects such as rag rugs.

    Gain ideas for what to do with clothes from Love Your Clothes

    Consider repairing curtains where possible or turn them into something else for example cushion covers, padding for chairs, cleaning cloths!

    Unwanted clothes can be taken to charity shops, given away to friends or family, sold online or at jumble and car boot sales.

    Many charity shops will also take rags.

    Some sites that will weigh in textiles and pay via weight.

    Over 1 million tonnes of clothing and other textiles is thrown away in the UK each year. If this was compressed it would be as wide as Canary Wharf and 3 times taller.

    How about starting your own textile swapping event. For inspiration take a look at Swishing

  • Clothes hangers

    Clothes hangers

    Reuse

    People always need clothes hangers!

    Tips and other recycling sites

    Metal coat hangers can be recycled at the Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Offer your reuseable spares on Freegle for sale or swap.

  • Coffee pods

    Coffee pods

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Tassimo coffee company offer packaging recycling. Check their website for recycling points: The Tassimo & L'OR Recycling Programme

  • Computers

    Computers, laptops

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Consider selling it or giving it away.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Always securely delete any information before getting rid of a computer.

    Some shops will also take in old computers and laptops and recondition them for resale. Check with companies local to you.

  • Cooking oil

    Cooking oil

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Not only does used cooking oil create power, it also helps to reduce the UK's reliance on fossil fuels and is increasingly used to create vegetable oil fuel.

    Oil should never be poured down a drain. 1 litre of oil can pollute up to 1 million litres of water drinking water.

  • Crisp packets

    Crisp packets, grey

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    These can fool you into thinking they are made of recyclable foil. Crisp packets are in fact made of a metallised plastic film.

    To decide if it's real foil or not, you can do the scrunch test! If you scrunch the item in your hand and it springs back open, it is plastic film. If the item stays scrunched it is foil.

  • Crockery

    Crockery, plates, cups, saucers, bowls, mugs, grey

    Reuse

    Repair it so you can continue to use it.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell at car boot sales or online.

    Bins

    Wrap it up and put this in your grey bin: Grey bins

  • Disposable coffee cups

    Disposable coffee cups, grey

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    These are made from plastic coated paper and cannot be recycled with paper at this time.

    Paper disposable coffee cups can be recycled in the Cartons bring bank at our household waste recycling centres.

  • DIY waste

    DIY waste

    Bins

    You can put small amounts in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection


    Advice

    You can also use a skip hire company to dispose of DIY waste.

  • Dog waste (and other pet droppings)

    Dog waste, pet droppings, poo, grey

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Please bag up and place in your grey bin only. This waste cannot be composted or recycled.

    When out walking your dog please remember to take 'poo bags' with you to pick up any mess, leaving the paths pleasant for other walkers. Either deposit the full bags in the dog waste bins or take them home to put in your own grey bin.

    More information: Dog fouling

  • Drinks and food cartons, Tetrapaks

    food, Drinks cartons, Tetrapaks, green, beverage

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Tetrapak style food drink and food cartons can be recycled at all household waste recycling centres.

    Cartons are recycled in Halifax.

    More information: How are beverage cartons recycled?

  • Eggshells

    Eggshells

    Compost

    Eggshells are perfect for home Composting


    Advice

    Add crushed eggshells to your compost bin to help add calcium.

    Whizz dried eggshells up in a food processor and add small amounts when needed to your wormery - this will help control the acidity levels in the bin, and the worms use it to help them digest.

  • Engine oil

    Engine oil

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Please ensure the waste engine oil is placed in a secure container.

    Following refinement, it can be distilled into diesel fuel, or use as hydraulic oil.

    Oil should never be poured down a drain - 1 litre of oil can pollute up to 1 million litres of water drinking water.

  • Extension leads

    Extension leads

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    They go in the small electricals skip at household waste recycling centres.

  • Floor and wall tiles

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    Reuse

    Give them to family or friends if they can use them.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection


    Advice

    You could give them away on sites like Freecycle or Freegle .

  • Fluorescent light tubes

    Fluorescent light tubes

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


  • Foil

    Foil, aluminium, tin, grey, kitchen

    Reuse

    Reuse your foil trays and foil wrapping again at home - just give it a rinse first.

    Bins

    If it can't be reused, put it in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Foil cannot be recycled in your green bin. This is because it can't be recycled if it is not clean, and we are unable to check every bit of foil for contamination.

    There are local initiatives which take clean foil and foil trays to raise money for charities. Please check in your local community centres, fair trade shops and community hubs.

  • Food waste

    Food waste

    Reuse

    Try to reduce food waste by re-using leftover food. Recipes

    Compost

    Vegetable and fruit peelings are perfect for home Composting


    Advice

    Love Food Hate Waste has lots of great tips to reuse food.

    Mix vegetable and fruit peelings in compost with items which are slow to rot such as paper clippings, egg boxes and cardboard.

    Did you know that 36% of waste in the grey bin is food waste? The average family could save £700 a year, simply by throwing away less food.

  • Furniture including garden furniture

    Furniture, garden, bed frames, sofas, settees, couches, armchairs, baths, barbecues, bbqs, bases, bidets, bookshelf, bookshelves, boxes, wardrobes, cabinets, chairs, drawers, slides, tables, desks, doors, benches, swings, gas fires, headboards, kitchen units, ladders, fire surrounds, rabbit hutches, sun loungers, toilets, tv stands, worktops, trampolines

    Reuse

    Give repairing a go.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell items online.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    A simple repair to broken but safe and useable items of furniture could extend the life of your item.

    Donate unwanted furniture in good condition to charity shops.

    Remember to check if upholstered furniture has its fire safety label intact when you pass on items furniture to local charities.

  • Games consoles

    Games consoles

    Reuse

    Get them repaired and reuse them.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell online if they are in good working condition.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    They go in the small electricals skip at household waste recycling centres.

  • Garden waste

    Garden waste, grass clippings

    Compost

    Find out about Composting

    Garden waste collection

    You can request a Garden waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    All the garden waste collected at household waste recycling centres is sent to be turned into compost.

    It cannot include soil or rubble, infected plants, or invasive weeds like Japanese Knotweed.

  • Gas bottles

    Gas cylinders, lpg, bottles

    Reuse

    Many gas bottles can be refilled and Reused again and again.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres

  • Glass

    Glass, bottles, jars, windows, panes, Pyrex, grey

    Reuse

    Reuse empty bottles and jars.

    Bins

    Put Pyrex in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres

    You can recycle this at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    We have over 130 bottle banks across Kirklees. Many are located at supermarkets and convenient car parks.

    Empty bottles and jars are great for all sorts of reuse, from jam making, to storage for odds and ends, to candle holders or flower vases.

    Do not put in your green bin - glass causes cuts and injuries to staff, and damages machinery.

    Window panes must be taken to your local household waste recycling centre. Unfortunately the glass used in them is not recyclable as it is made from toughened glass which has a different chemical composition to standard glass.

    Although Pyrex is made of glass, it can't be recycled because it's been chemically treated to withstand high temperatures, which changes the composition of the glass.

  • Glasses (spectacles)

    Glasses, spectacles

    Donate


    Advice

    Some optician companies collect unwanted reading glasses for charitable donations to other countries.

    Try your local charity shops - some will also take all types of unwanted glasses.

  • Greetings cards

    Greetings cards, birthday, Christmas, green

    Reuse

    You can reuse these.

    Donate

    Donate to Community Cards

    Bins

    You can recycle the card and paper parts of these in your green bin: Green bins


    Advice

    The decorations and foil lettering on cards cannot be recycled. Separate the paper backs from your glittery cards and recycle this bit only.

    How about re-using non-recyclable decorated cards by turning them into gift tags or new cards: What to do with greetings cards

  • Hard plastics

    Hard plastics, washing up bowls, buckets, plastic toys, kitchen drainers, sink

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres.


    Advice

    There are hard plastic skips at Meltham and Weaving lane Household waste recycling centres.

    Hard plastic items include things like old washing up bowls, broken buckets, plastic toys and old kitchen drainers.

    These items are recycled and turned into biofuels.

  • Hearing aids

    Hearing aids

    Donate


    Advice

    Return NHS hearing aids to your local surgery or hospital department.

    Take NHS hearing aids to Specsaver shops.

  • Household chemicals

    Household chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres

  • Inhalers

    Inhalers, asthma

    Donate


    Advice

    You can recycle your empty inhalers at many pharmacies in Kirklees.

    Find the nearest collection point: Complete the Cycle

  • Keys

    Keys

    Reuse

    Old keys make beautiful arts and crafts products.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Why not get crafty? You can turn keys into new items such as jewelry, lampshades, Christmas tree ornaments and magnets. Keys also make nice wind chimes.

    Unwanted metal keys can be placed in the mixed metals container at the household waste recycling centres.

  • Light bulbs

    Light bulbs

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres

    You can recycle these at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    There are many different types of lightbulb including incandescent, compact florescent, fluorescent, Halogen, LED - take all your lightbulbs to the household waste recycling centre and we'll sort them.

    In the UK we dispose of roughly 80 million fluorescent tubes each year which equates to 4 tonnes of mercury.

  • Loft insulation

    Loft insulation

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Fibre glass and rock wool insulation are irritants. If you are removing them, make sure you have a face mask to keep the fibres from being breathed in.

    Please bag it before taking to a household waste recycling centre.

  • Mattresses

    Mattresses

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres

  • Medicines

    Medicines

    Take to a pharmacy


    Advice

    Take any unused medication back to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.

  • Metal pots and pans

    Metal, pots, pans

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Charity shops and some furniture reuse shops accept donations.

    To dispose at the household waste recycling centre, please place in the scrap metal skips provided. Check on the type of metal with staff.

  • Mirrors

    Mirrors

    Bins

    Small broken mirrors can go in the Grey bins. Wrap up first.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell online or give away.

  • Nappies - disposable

    Nappies, disposable, grey

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Consider reusable cloth nappies.

    Babies use over 4000 nappies before they're potty-trained, and an average of 5000 nappies in total. This adds up to a whopping 400,000 tonnes of waste every year, or 2-3% of all household waste! That's 3 billion nappies per year just in England and Wales.

    7 million trees are cut down each year to make disposable nappies.

  • Nappies - cloth

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    Reuse

    Cloth nappies are durable and reusable.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Consider cutting them into smaller pieces to use as cloths.

  • Natural corks

    Natural corks

    Reuse

    Natural corks can be used in lots of ways at home.

    Compost

    Small amounts of natural cork are good for home Composting


    Advice

    Break up natural corks into small bits - you can whizz them up in a food processor - to place them in your home composting pile. Only use a small amount at a time.

    Use ground up cork or slices of cork as a mulch for plants.

    Put corks at the top of garden canes for safety.

    Corks are great for art and craft projects liking making pin boards, turning them into cork stamps or making snakes, boats, necklaces and loads more.

  • Paint

    Paint

    Reuse

    Offer unwanted paint to others.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Leftover paint can be used for loads of craft ideas or simply to brighten up items in your home or garden.

    Consider offering unwanted paint to local groups who could use them for art or mural projects.

    Empty or partly full paint cans can be taken to any household waste recycling centre. Check with site staff on the best skip to place them in.

  • Paper

    newspapers, junk mail, magazines, telephone directories, Yellow Pages, envelopes, catalogues, green

    Reuse

    Keep paper for scrap and use envelopes again to send things by post.

    Bins

    You can put this in your green bin: Green bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Use scrap paper for shopping lists, to do lists, reminders and all sorts of other useful paper-based projects. Magazines are also great for craft and collage projects.

    Consider passing magazines you have read on to friends.

    All paper pamphlets and flyers can be placed in your green bin. So can the Yellow Pages and other directories, although put the plastic wrapper they came in into the grey bin.

    Tear out the plastic window from envelopes before putting them in your green bin. Reuse padded envelopes.

    Each tonne of recycled paper can save approximately: 17 trees, 1438 litres of oil, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 26,497 litres of water.

    70% less energy is needed to recycle paper as oppose to making it from raw materials.

  • Pet bedding

    Pet bedding

    Bins

    Bag it up and put it in your grey bin: Grey bins


  • Phones

    Mobile telephones, landlines

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    If you have just upgraded your phone, offer your old one for sale or swap online.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Many charity shops have special collection containers for old mobile phones. You can also donate landlines.

    These are collected to then be separated into their different components and recycled.

  • Photographs

    Photographs, photos, green, grey

    Bins

    You can recycle new digital photographs in your green bin: Green bins

    Bins

    You can put old photographs in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Older photographs contain chemicals such as acetic acid and gelatin, which remain in the paper and cause problems in trying to reuse.

    Old photographs placed in your grey bin are sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Plaster and plasterboard

    Plasterboard

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    You must book online before you can dispose of your plaster and plasterboard waste at a household waste recycling centre.

    Disposal is still free, but must be booked in advance.

    Conditions and the form are on the Household waste recycling centres page.

  • Plastic bags

    Plastic bags, carrier

    Reuse

    Choose stronger carrier bags, then save and reuse them when you go out shopping.


    Advice

    Use plastic bags as liners for your household bins - or knit with old plastic bags and create something funky!

    It's so important to recycle them - they are made from non-renewable oil and take hundreds of years to break down and never fully decompose. Tiny plastic particles are now being found in water supplies and soil samples. More information: Plastic Pollution Coalition

    You could take the 4Rs Pledge (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and opt for jute or canvas bags instead. More information: Plastic Pollution Coalition

    When you can't reuse a carrier bag any longer, place it in the recycling container in your local supermarket. Please don't put them in your green recycling bin. They can' be recycled through our recycling facility and often contain items such as food that contaminates other recycling items.

  • Plastic bottles

    Plastic bottles, shampoo, bleach, gel, washing up liquid, milk, green, pop, cleaning

    Bins

    You can put this in your green bin: Green bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Remember to include plastic bottles from all rooms of the house including shampoo and shower gel from the bathroom, bleach bottles and washing up liquid bottles from the kitchen.

    Clean out bottles before recycling them.

  • Plastic netting

    Plastic netting, grey

    Reuse

    The best solution is to reuse it.

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Netted produce bags that resemble fabric fishing nets, and are made from nylon and other fabric-like synthetics, are not recyclable. They can get tangled in the sorting equipment at recycling facilities.

    Plastic netting placed in your grey bin is sent to sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Plastic plant pots

    Plastic plant pots, grey

    Reuse

    Reuse to pot up other plants.

    Donate

    Donate to local gardening clubs or allotment owners.

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Meltham Household Waste Recycling Centre: Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    There are also some schemes run by garden centres that will recycle plant pots. Find your nearest garden centre or nursery

    These items can go into the hard plastic skips at Meltham and Weaving Lane household waste recycling centres. They are sent for plastic reprocessing.

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays

    Plastic pots, yoghurt, tubs, trays, Tupperware, grey

    Reuse

    Reuse for storage.

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    Consider keeping plastic tubs with lids to use for storage, and reuse other packing where possible.

    At present only plastic bottles can be recycled in your green bin. Please place all other types of plastic packaging in your grey bin.

    These items are sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Plastic sheeting

    Plastic sheeting, grey

    Reuse

    Reuse for DIY or decorating projects.

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    This is sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Polystyrene

    Polystyrene, grey

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Polystyrene is sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Postage stamps

    Postage stamps, green

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bins

    You can put envelopes with stamps on in your green bin: Green bins


    Advice

    Many charities, including Kirkwood Hospice, accept used postage stamps to raise money.

  • Printer cartridges

    Toners, inkjet cartridges, printer, grey

    Reuse

    Refill ink cartridges.

    Donate

    Tesco and some other supermarkets offer clubcard points if inkjet cartridges are recycled through them.

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Many ink cartridges can be refilled at high street print and copier shops. This is usually cheaper than buying new cartridges.

    Some charity shops and printer shops will also take in used, small inkjet cartridges for recycling.

    Printer cartridges put in your grey bin are sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Records

    Records

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell online or to local specialist record shops.

  • Sawdust

    Sawdust, grey

    Compost

    Small amounts of sawdust are good for home Composting

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins

  • Scrap metals

    Scrap metals, keys, ironing boards, drainers, sinks, radiators

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell to a scrap metal dealer.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection for ironing boards, sinks and radiators.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Some charity and reuse networks will accept metal items.

    To dispose at the household waste recycling centre, please place in the scrap metal skips provided.

  • Shoes

    Shoes, boots, wellies and trainers, grey

    Reuse

    Where possible try to repair broken shoes and boots.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    If they're in good condition, consider advertising them for sale or swap online.

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres

    You can recycle these at some recycling sites: Search for recycling sites


    Advice

    Sometimes a simple resole at a nearby cobblers and shoe repair shop can keep you wearing your beloved shoes!

    Only donate boots and shoes or take them to recycling sites if they are in good condition.

  • Shredded paper

    Shredded paper, grey

    Compost

    Small amounts of shredded paper are good for home Composting

    Bins

    This can be put in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Shredded paper (not glossy magazines) can be placed in wormery or in a compost bin in moderation.

    If you have regular and large amounts of shredded paper, you could consider contacting a paper shredding service.

  • Smoke alarms

    Smoke alarms

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle thiem at Household waste recycling centres

  • Soil, rubble and hardcore

    Soil, rubble, hardcore, bricks

    These items (including turf, brick, paving slabs, stone or ceramics such as tiles, toilets, sinks and cisterns) can no longer be accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

    Reuse

    Where possible try to resell, reuse or donate unwanted building materials.

    Skip

    Book a skip for large amounts (over 5 bags).

    Collection

    Collection is available for a fee.

    The Council can only take small, manageable amounts of soil, rubble or hardcore. The waste must be bagged, the bag no heavier than 25 kilos per bag, up to a maximum of 5 bags. The bags must be strong enough to be able to transport to the vehicle without splitting.

    If you have more than 5 bags then you will require a skip. You will need to contact a skip hire company of your choice.

    If you would like a quotation for the removal of your bags, please call:

    • Kirklees Direct

      Phone 01484 414700

    Advice

    Give building materials to family or friends who may need them for their own projects.

    Advertise unwanted materials online or see if there are any community projects nearby that may make use of them.

  • Sweet tins

    Sweets, tins, green

    Reuse

    Reuse as storage containers.

    Bins

    Metal tins can be recycled in your green bin: Green bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Use as storage containers for all sorts of household and garden items, from storing knitting and sewing materials, to bird seed, to odds and ends for DIY such as nails and tape.

    Metal tins go into the metal skips at household waste recycling centres.

    Plastic tins go into the hard plastics skips at household waste recycling centres.

  • Tea bags

    Tea bags, grey

    Compost

    Tea bags are good for home Composting

    Bins

    These can be put in your grey bin: Grey bins

  • Toothbrushes

    Toothbrushes, grey

    Reuse

    Use them to clean shoes, keyboards and other things.

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    These are sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Toothpaste tubes

    Toothpaste tubes, grey

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    These are sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Toys and games

    Toys, games, grey

    Reuse

    Pass them onto friends and family, and repair and reuse broken toys if you can.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Sell at jumble sales, car boots, online or to collectors.

    Bins

    You can put plastic toys in your grey bin: Grey bins

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle plastic toys at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Toys and games that are in good condition should be donated, so they can be Reused. Charities, learning centres and community groups are frequently seeking such items.

    Collectors often want toys and games that are in good condition.

    Due to the variety of different plastics that can be in a plastic toy, they cannot be put in the green bin.

    Plastic toys placed in your grey bin or taken to a household waste recycling centre are sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

  • Turf

    Turf

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection


    Advice

    You can also use a skip hire company to dispose of unwanted turf.

  • TVs and monitors

    TVs, monitors, televisions, screens

    Donate

    Donate to either a school or community group if it's in a safe and working condition.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle domestic these at Household waste recycling centres

  • Tyres

    Tyres

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle domestic tyres at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    Tyres from businesses need to contact a garage to dispose of them.

  • Umbrellas

    Umbrellas

    Reuse

    Most broken umbrellas can easily be repaired.

    Donate

    If it's working, you can Donate to charity

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    If you recycle it at a household waste recycling centre, remove the fabric from the metal and recycle in the textiles and metal skips.

  • Videos

    videos, grey, videotapes

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Very few charities will accept video tapes nowadays (unless of children's shows), but sites like Freecycle may find interested parties. Unfortunately, videotapes cannot be recycled, so will have to go in the grey bin otherwise.

    Do not put in the green bin - the tape wraps around machinery and can cause problem.

  • Wallpaper

    wallpaper

    Reuse

    Reuse unwanted clean wallpaper.

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Use for craft and household projects, lining drawers, or as an alternative to wrapping paper.

  • Watches

    Watches, grey

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bins

    You can put these in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Recycling For Good Causes will accept watches via the post, regardless of condition, to raise money for organisations like the Brownies.

  • Water filters

    Water filters, grey

    Reuse

    Brita water filters can be recycled at most Argos and Homebase stores.

    Bins

    Put other brands into your grey bin: Grey bins

  • White goods and other electrical items

    Electrical appliances, TVs, televisions, toasters, fridges, freezers, cookers, refrigerators, washing machines, white goods, dishwashers, kitchen appliances, lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, hoover, remote controls, chargers, dishwashers, dvd players, fans, fires, ovens, boilers, irons, kettles, lamps, microwaves, radios, spin dryers, sunbeds, tumble driers

    Reuse

    A simple repair can bring many items back to life.

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Sell

    Working items can be sold or given away.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at Household waste recycling centres


    Advice

    You can check with the manufacturer if electrical goods can be repaired.

    There's lots of repair advice at espares and ifixit

    Electrical goods must be in good working order and be able to pass an electrical safety check when you pass them onto local charities.

  • Wood

    Wood, timber, tree branches

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a Bulky household waste collection

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at Household waste recycling centres

  • Wool

    Wool, grey

    Donate

    You can Donate to charity

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    You can donate unwanted wool to charity shops, retirement homes and play groups).

    Some textile banks will accept wool.

  • Wrapping paper

    wrapping paper, gift, grey

    Bins

    You can put this in your grey bin: Grey bins


    Advice

    Most gift wrap isn't recyclable because it is decorated with glitter or shiny film.

    Wrapping paper placed in your grey bin is sent to sent to our Energy from Waste facility and converted into electricity.

    If gift wrap is 100% paper it can be recycled in your green bin: Green bins