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Aerosols

  • Before recycling, make sure the aerosol is completely empty and do not crush 
  • Place aerosols in the main part of your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also recycled at our household waste and recycling centres

Air bed

  • Air beds are made from plastics that currently can't be recycled
  • You can dispose of them in your general household waste bin
  • Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at our household waste and recycling centres 

Air freshener (aerosol)

  • Before recycling, make sure the aerosol is completely empty and do not crush 
  • Place air fresheners in the main part of your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites

Air freshener (electric)

Air freshener (plastic)

  • Plastic air fresheners are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste 

Alarm clock

Aluminium can

Aluminium food tray

  • Before recycling, rinse thoroughly to remove food residue
  • Place food trays in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites

Aluminium foil

  • We are currently unable to recycle aluminium foil due to food contamination issues - please dispose of them in your household waste 

Animal bedding

  • Hay, straw and sawdust
  • Hay, straw and sawdust aren't currently recycled
  • Do not put in your garden waste bin
  • However, they can be composted in your compost bin 
  • Pet blankets, towels and beds made from fabric
  • Fabric pet blankets, towels and beds are not currently recycled
  • Dispose of them in your household waste
  • Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at our household waste and recycling centres 
  • Plastic animal beds
  • Place animal beds in the rigid plastics container at our household waste and recycling centres 

Animal and pet waste

  • Animal and pet waste is not currently recycled
  • Dispose of it in your household waste 

Asbestos

  • Asbestos removal is extremely hazardous
  • It cannot be deposited at our household waste and recycling centres 
  • For further advice on the safe disposal of asbestos, contact Gateshead Council

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Bath towels

Batteries (domestic)

  • There are battery disposal points available in some public buildings
  • As well as this, many retailers and supermarkets have battery disposal points 

Batteries (motor vehicle)

Birthday cards

  • Birthday cards with glitter decoration cannot be recycled 
  • Place birthday cards in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our household waste and recycling centres

Bedding

  • Some animal rescue centres also accept bedding for reuse as animal bedding 

Bicycles

Bicycle tyres

  • Bicycle tyres currently cannot be recycled
  • Therefore, you can dispose of them in your general household waste bin
  • Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at our household waste and recycling centres

Black plastic food trays

  • Black plastic food trays are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, you can dispose of them in your household waste

Biscuit tins (metal and plastic)

  • Place biscuit tins in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also recycled at our household waste and recycling centres

Biscuit wrappers

  • Biscuit wrappers are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste

Bones

  • Bones are not currently recycled
  • Do not place them in your home compost bin or garden waste bin 
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste

Books

  • Books can be taken to some of our bring banks
  • Alternatively, you can donate them to your local charity shop 

Bottles and jars

  • Before recycling, rinse out thoroughly
  • Place bottles and jars in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

Brochures

Bubblewrap

  • Bubblewrap is not currently recycled
  • Therefore, you can dispose of it in your household waste
  • Alternatively, it can be kept and reused to package fragile items

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Cans

  • Before recycling, wash and squash your cans
  • Place cans in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

Cardboard

  • Before recycling, fold and crush cardboard
  • Place cardboard in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our household waste and recycling centres

Carpets

Carrier bags

  • Carrier bags are not currently recycled
  • However, you can keep them to reuse (check local supermarkets for schemes) 

Cartons

  • Before recycling, wash out thoroughly
  • Place cartons in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

Cassette tapes

  • Cassette tape can get tangled in the machinery during the recycling process
  • If you want to recycle them remove the tape first
  • Then place in the plastic container at our household waste and recycling centres
  • Otherwise, you can dispose of them in your household waste 

Catalogues

CDs

  • Unwanted CDs can be donated to charity through banks located at some bring sites or charity shops 

CD cases

Cellophane

  • Cellophane is not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of it in your household waste

Cereal boxes

  • Before recycling, fold and crush 
  • Place cereal boxes in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

Chargers

Christmas trees

  • Artificial Christmas trees are not currently recycled
  • However, natural Christmas trees can be chopped up and placed in your garden waste or recycled at our household waste and recycling centres

Christmas decorations

Clothing

Coffee grinds and filters

  • Coffee grinds and filters are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your compost bin 

Computers

Cookers

Cooking oil

  • Used oil cannot be recycled
  • Instead, you can carefully pour into a plastic container and dispose of it in your general household waste bin
  • Empty oil bottles must be thoroughly washed before placing in your blue recycling bin 

Curtains

Can be recycled at:

Cutlery

  • Metal cutlery can be donated to charity shops
  • Alternatively, it can be disposed of in the metals container at our household waste and recycling centres, and plastic cutlery can be placed in the plastic containers

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Duvets and pillows

  • Duvets and pillows are not currently recycled
  • Some animal rescue centres accept duvets to reuse as bedding for the animals 
  • However; duvet covers, pillow cases, sheets and blankets can be recycled at some bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

DVD's

  • Unwanted DVD's can be donated to charity through banks located at some bring sites or charity shops

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Egg boxes

Egg shells

  • Eggs shells are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your compost bin 

Electrical appliances (large)

Electrical appliances (small)

  • Small electrical appliances (no bigger than a toaster) can be placed in your blue recycle bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

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Fabric (textiles)

Flowers and plants

  • Flowers and plants can be placed in your garden waste bin 
  • They can also be recycled at our household waste and recycling centres
  • Alternatively, they can be composted in your compost bin 

Fluorescent tubes

Food

  • Food is not currently recycled

Fruit punnets

  • Plastic fruit punnets
  • Before recycling, rinse to remove all food residue
  • Plastic fruit punnets can be placed in the main part of your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, put them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres
  • Wooden fruit punnets 
  • Wooden fruit punnets cannot be recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste 

Fruit and veg peelings

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your compost bin 

Furniture

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Garden waste

Glass bottles and jars

  • Before recycling, rinse out thoroughly
  • Place glass bottles and jars in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

Glass panes or window glass

Grass cuttings

Greetings cards

  • Cards with a glitter decoration cannot be recycled
  • Place plain greetings cards in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • You can also recycle them at our household waste and recycling centres

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Hedge trimmings

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Inhalers

Ink cartridges (printer)

  • Check the instructions leaflet  - some cartridges can be returned to the maker using an address slip in the instructions leaflet.
  • You can sell them to The Recycling Factory who donate part of the profits to British Heart Foundation.
  • They can also be recycled at our household waste and recycling centres

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Junk mail

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Keys

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Leaves

Light bulbs

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Magazines and catalogues

Mattresses

Meat trays

  • Plastic and aluminium meat trays
  • Before recycling, rinse of any food residue
  • Meat trays can be placed in the main part of your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, use the mixed recycling bins
  • Alternatively, you can use the mixed bring banks located across Gateshead
  • Meat trays should be rinsed of any food residue before recycling.
  • Black plastic food trays 
  • Plastic food trays cannot be recycled
  • Therefore, dispose of these in the general household waste bin

Medicines

  • Empty glass medicine bottles can be placed in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres
  • Unused medicines can be returned to a chemist (pharmacist) to be safely disposed of

Metal cans

Metal pots and pans

Milk containers (plastic)

  • Before recycling, rinse out and squash
  • Place plastic milk containers in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

Mirrors

Mobile phones

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Nappies

  • Nappies are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste

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Paint

Paper - Newspapers 

Photocopier cartridges

Photographs

  • Photographs are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste 

Pizza boxes

  • Pizza boxes are not currently recycled as they often contain unwanted food residue that may contaminate other materials
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste. 

Plants

Plastic bags

  • Plastic bags are not currently recycled
  • However, you can keep for reuse 

Plastic bottles

Please rinse out and:

  • Before recycling, rinse out thoroughly
  • Place plastic bottles in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our bring sites and household waste and recycling centres

Plastic plant pots

  • Plastic plant pots are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, either keep for reuse or dispose of them in your household waste 

Plastic trays

  • Microwaveable food trays
  • Before recycling, rinse thoroughly
  • Microwaveable trays can be placed in your blue recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at our household waste and recycling centres

Other food trays

  • Other trays (such as supermarket vegetable packaging) are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste 

Polystyrene packaging

  • Polystyrene packaging is not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of it in your household waste

Polythene packaging

  • Polythene packaging is not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of it in your household waste 

Pond algae and plants 

Printer cartridges

Pyrex dishes 

  • Pyrex dishes are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your household waste

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Records and tapes

  • Records and tapes are not currently recycled
  • However, unwanted records and tapes can be donated to charity shops

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Sawdust

  • Sawdust is not currently recycled
  • However, it can be composted in your compost bin

Shoes

  • Shoes can be recycled at some bring sites
  • Alternatively, they can be donated to charity shops 

Shredded paper

  • Shredded paper is not currently recycled due to its short fibre length
  • Therefore, please dispose of in your household waste
  • You can also dispose of it in the general waste container at our household waste and recycling centres

Shrubs

Spectacles

  • Check local opticians for third world donation schemes

Straw and hay

  • Straw and hay is not currently recycled
  • Therefore, do not put it in your garden waste bin
  • However, it can be composted in your compost bin

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Teabags and leaves 

  • Teabags and leaves are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your compost bin

Telephone directories

Textiles

Toner cartridges

  • Check the instructions leaflet - some used toner cartridges can be returned to the maker using an address slip in the instructions leaflet.
  • You can sell some models to The Recycling Factory who donates part of the profits to British Heart Foundation. 
  • You can also recycle at our household waste and recycling centres

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Vegetable oil

  • Used oil cannot be recycled
  • Instead, you can carefully pour into a plastic container and dispose of it in your general household waste bin
  • Empty oil bottles must be thoroughly washed before placing in your blue recycling bin 

Vegetable peel

  • Vegetable peel is not currently recycled
  • However, it can be composted in your compost bin 

Video cassette tapes

  • Cassette tape can get tangled in the machinery during the recycling process
  • If you want to recycle them remove the tape first
  • Then place in the plastic container at our household waste and recycling centres
  • Otherwise, you can dispose of them in your household waste 

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Wallpaper

  • Wallpaper is not currently recycled because of the vinyl coatings or textured effects often applied to make it water resistant and durable
  • Please dispose of it in your household waste

Wrapping paper

  • Wrapping paper cannot currently be recycled because papers can be embossed with plastic foil, or are made purely from plastic foil, or contain sticky tape, none of which can be recycled.
  • Please dispose of it in your household waste.

Wool

  • Wool is not currently recycled
  • However, it can be composted in your compost bin

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Yellow Pages

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