Here's where we help you find out what to do with your unwanted items and household waste. We provide advice on which bin to use for what items and on what things are accepted at our five household waste recycling centres - you might call these council tips or dumps.

We also signpost you to non-council recycling sites and suggest alternative ways to dispose of your waste, so we can all make Kirklees a cleaner and greener place to live and work.

Search by type of item or bin

  • Aerosols

    Aerosols, green, cans.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No
    Advice

    This must not be put in your household bin.

    Please see Asbestos for advice on reporting and removing asbestos.

  • Batteries (including domestic and car)

    Car batteries, domestic, household, battery.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at household waste recycling centres.

    Advice

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

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

  • Bedding

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

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

    Old stuffed bedding can be reused.

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

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

    Donate

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

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at household waste recycling centres.


    Advice

    Many of the bikes taken to our household waste recycling centres are repaired for reuse.

  • Books

    Books, green.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    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 then put in your green bin. This makes the paper pages easier to recycle.

    How about borrowing books from your local library?

  • Bottle tops and lids - metal

    Bottle tops, metal, aluminium, lids, green.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes Yes No

    Reuse

    Reuse them for craft projects.

    Advice

    Include these with plastic bottles in the green bin. These can also go in the grey bin.

  • Bubble wrap

    Bubble wrap, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Bubble wrap can be reused in many ways.

    Advice

    Reuse as insulation for greenhouses and plant pots.

    Use it to pack items to send through the post.

    Use it to wrap objects when moving or for storage.

    Bubble wrap can be recycled in supermarket plastic wrapper collections.

  • Cans

    food, drinks, Cans, tins, aluminium, green.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    Please rinse and clean before recycling them.

    You can recycle these at household waste recycling centres.


    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    Reuse

    You can reuse cardboard boxes.

    Compost

    Cardboard is good for home composting.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle this at household waste recycling centres.


    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

    You can reuse old carpets.

    Compost

    Small sections are useful for home composting.

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a bulky household waste collection.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can dispose of these at household waste recycling centres.


    Advice

    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.

    These are good for ground coverage to keep down weeds in allotments.

  • Cat litter

    Cat litter, cat, pet waste

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Cat litter must be double bagged.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    There are biodegradable alternatives on the market.

  • CDs, CD-Roms, DVDs

    CDs, CD-Roms, DVDs, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Give them to people you know.

    Donate

    You can donate to a 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.

  • Christmas trees

    Christmas trees.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    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

    Reusable artificial trees can be donated to charities or taken to the reuse containers at household waste recycling centres.

    Real trees can be recycled at household waste recycling centres.

    Look out for charity collection schemes after Christmas.

  • Clothes and other textiles

    Clothes, textiles, towels, curtains, rags,

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

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

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity or reuse facilities at household waste recycling centres.

    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, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    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 reusable spares on Freegle for sale or swap.

  • Cooking oil

    Cooking oil, oil.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these 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.

  • Computers

    Computers, laptops.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    Sell

    Consider selling it or giving it away.

    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.

  • Crisp packets

    Crisp packets, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Advice

    If you are collecting these for fundraising, you might like to know that crisp packets are in fact made of a metallised plastic film. To decide if it is real foil, 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 aluminium foil. Crisp packets can be recycled in supermarket plastic wrapper collections and at Terracycle collections point across Kirklees.

  • Crockery

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

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Crockery - broken crockery can be wrapped up and disposed of in grey bins in smaller quantities large amounts should be donated or disposed of at the household waste recycling centres

    Reuse

    Repair it so you can continue to use it.

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity and at reuse containers at household waste recycling centres.

    Sell

    Sell at car boot sales or online.

  • Disposable coffee cups

    Disposable coffee cups, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Advice

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

    Some coffee shops now allow customers to bring their own reusable cups.

    Check with your favourite coffee outlet.

  • DIY waste

    DIY waste.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Rubble and plaster can NOT be disposed of in the grey bin - wallpaper can but only in small quantities

    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

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No
    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. Safely bagged dog waste can now be put in any street litter bin or taken home and placed in the grey bin.

    More information: Dog fouling.

  • Drinks and food cartons, Tetrapaks

    food, Drinks cartons, Tetrapaks, grey, beverage.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at household waste recycling centres.


    Advice

    Cartons are taken to a facility near Halifax where each layer of the carton is separated, and the materials are then recycled.

  • Eggshells

    Eggshells, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    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 their digestion.

  • Engine oil

    Engine oil, oil.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these 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, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    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

    Tiles.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at household waste recycling centres.


  • Foil

    Foil, aluminium, tin, grey, kitchen.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

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

    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, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Try to reduce food waste by reusing 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.

    We run a series of workshops aimed at preventing food waste.

  • 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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

    Give repairing a go.

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    Sell

    Sell items online.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a bulky household waste collection.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can dispose of these 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.

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

  • Game consoles

    Game consoles.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

    Get them repaired and reuse them.

    Donate

    You can donate to a 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, brown, twigs, leaves, weeds, plants, hedge, clippings.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No Yes

    Compost

    Find out about composting.

    Brown bins

    You can request a brown bin.

    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Reuse empty bottles and jars.

    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.

    Broken or old double-glazed windowpanes 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.

    Broken household glass items such drinks glasses, or pyrex dishes should be wrapped up and put in the grey bin.

  • Glasses (spectacles)

    Glasses, spectacles, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No
    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 reading glasses.

  • Greetings cards

    Greetings cards, birthday, Christmas, green.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    Reuse

    You can reuse these.

    Donate

    Donate to Community Cards .

    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 reusing non-recyclable decorated cards by turning them into gift tags or new cards.

  • Hearing aids

    Hearing aids, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No
    Advice

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

  • Ink and printer cartridges

    Ink cartridges.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No
    Advice

    These can be taken to some supermarkets and electrical goods stores.

  • Junk mail

    Junk mail.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No
    Advice

    You can reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by registering online with the Mail Preference Service. or call them to register on 0207 291 3310.

  • Light bulbs

    Light bulbs.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at household waste recycling centres.


    Advice

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

  • Loft insulation

    Loft insulation.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can dispose of 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 inhaled.

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

  • Mattresses

    Mattresses.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity, but please ensure the fire safety label is still attached.

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a bulky household waste collection.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can dispose of these at household waste recycling centres.

  • Medicines

    Medicines.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No
    Advice

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

  • Metal pots and pans

    Metal, pots, pans.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a 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 centres, please place in the scrap metal skips provided. Check on the type of metal with staff.

  • Mirrors

    Mirrors.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    Sell

    Sell online or give away.

    Advice

    If the glass on your mirror is broken, please wrap it up before putting it in the grey bin.

  • Nappies - disposable

    Nappies, disposable, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Advice

    Consider reusable cloth nappies. Find a nappy library near you .

    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.

  • Natural corks

    Natural corks, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    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 like making pin boards, turning them into cork stamps or making snakes, boats, necklaces and loads more.

  • Paint

    Paint.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    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.

  • Paper

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

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    Reuse

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

    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.

    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 opposed to making it from raw materials.

  • Paper (shredded)

    Shredded paper.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No
    Advice

    Small amounts can be put in compost bins or reused for pet bedding so long as it is not glossy paper.

    We are not able to take shredded paper for recycling.

    To dispose of it, please put this in your grey bin, ideally in its own bag.

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

  • Pet bedding

    Pet bedding.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No
    Advice

    Bag it up and put it in your grey bin or take to your nearest household waste recycling centre for disposal.

  • Phones

    Mobile telephones, landlines.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a 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.

  • Plaster and plasterboard

    Plasterboard.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can dispose of 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 free for Kirklees householders.

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

  • Plastic bags

    Plastic bags, carrier, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

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


    Advice

    Plastic bags can be taken to supermarkets for recycling.

    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 Oceans .

    You could take the 4Rs Pledge (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and opt for jute or canvas bags instead.

    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't be recycled through our recycling facility and often contain items such as food that contaminates other recycling items.

    More information about reducing plastic: Plastic Pollution Coalition .

  • Plastic bottles

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

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    The best solution is to reuse it.

    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 plant pots

    Plastic plant pots, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Reuse to pot up other plants.

    Donate

    Donate to local gardening clubs or allotment owners.

    Advice

    There are also some schemes run by garden centres that will recycle plant pots.

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays

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

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No Yes No

    Reuse

    Reuse for storage.

    Tips and other recycling sites

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


  • Plastic sheeting

    Plastic sheeting, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Reuse for DIY or decorating projects.


    Advice

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

  • Polystyrene

    Polystyrene, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Advice

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

  • Sawdust

    Sawdust, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Sawdust - needs to be bagged

    Compost

    Small amounts of sawdust are good for home composting.

  • Scrap metals

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

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Sell

    Sell to a scrap metal dealer.

    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 centres, please place in the scrap metal skips provided.

  • Shoes

    Shoes, boots, wellies and trainers,

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

    Where possible try to repair broken shoes and boots.

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity or take to reuse facilities at household waste recycling centres.

    Sell

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

    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.

  • Soil, rubble and hardcore

    Soil, rubble, hardcore, bricks.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    These items (including turf, brick, paving slabs, stone or ceramics such as tiles, toilets, sinks and cisterns) cannot be taken to 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).

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a bulky household waste collection.


    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.

  • Toys and games

    Toys, games, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

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

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity or take to reuse facilities at household waste recycling centres.

    Sell

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

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can dispose of broken 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.

  • Turf

    Turf.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    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.

    Ask family and friends if they can use your spare turf. Offer it on local social media sites - people love free things.

  • TVs and monitors

    TVs, monitors, televisions, screens.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Donate

    Donate to a charity or take to household waste recycling centres.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle these at household waste recycling centres.

  • Tyres

    Tyres.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Tips and other recycling sites

    You can recycle domestic tyres at household waste recycling centres.

    Advice

    To dispose of tyres from business vehicles, please contact a garage to arrange this.

  • Umbrellas

    Umbrellas.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Most broken umbrellas can easily be repaired.

    Donate

    If it's working, you can donate to a 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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    Advice

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

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

  • Vinyl records

    Records.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity.

    Sell

    Sell online or to local specialist record shops.

  • Wallpaper

    wallpaper.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Reuse unwanted clean wallpaper.


    Advice

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

  • Watches

    Watches, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Donate

    You can donate to a charity or reuse facilities at household waste recycling centres.


    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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Reuse

    Check with your local supermarket or Argos store for Brita filter recycling points. Put other brands into your grey bin.

  • 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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    No No No

    Reuse

    A simple repair can bring many items back to life.

    Donate

    You can donate to a 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.

    You can find 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.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    Wood can be in a grey bin in small quantities - large items will need disposing of at the HWRC

    Bulky household waste

    You can request a bulky household waste collection.

    Tips and other recycling sites

    Advice

    You can take wood to any of the Kirklees household waste recycling centres.

  • Wrapping paper

    wrapping paper, gift, grey.

    Bins

    Grey Green Brown
    Yes No No

    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 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.

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