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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
  • Please dispose of them in your household waste 

Alarm clock

  • Fully functional alarm clocks can be donated to local charity shops or an online reuse network 
  • If broken, place them 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 and household waste and recycling centres

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

Animal and pet waste

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

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Bath towels

Batteries (domestic)

  • Laptop/mobile phone batteries and other batteries should never be placed in any of your bins as they present a significant fire risk. Please take these to your nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre for disposal or nearest battery recycling point
  • Many retailers and supermarkets also 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
  • 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
  • You can dispose of them in your household waste

Biscuit tins (metal and plastic)

Biscuit wrappers

  • Biscuit wrappers are not currently recycled
  • 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
  • Please dispose of them in your household waste

Books

  • Books can be taken to some of our bring sites
  • 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

Bottle tops

  • Plastic bottle tops can be recycled. Squeeze and compress the plastic bottle then replace the lid before putting both into your blue recycling bin.
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin.

Brochures

Bubble wrap

  • We can't currently recycle bubble wrap
  • You can dispose of it in your household waste
  • Alternatively, it can be kept and reused to package fragile items
  • Many supermarkets have their own bubble wrap recycling schemes, check stores for details

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Cans

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

  • We can't currently recycle carrier bags
  • However, you can keep them to use again
  • Many supermarkets have their own carrier bag recycling schemes, check stores for details

Cartons

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
  • Please dispose of it in your household waste

Cereal boxes

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 

Crisp packets

  • Crisp packets cannot be recycled in your blue bin as they are difficult to separate from the other materials at the recycling facility, so should be disposed of in your general household waste bin
  • Walkers and recycling partner TerraCycle have recently announced a new free-of-charge scheme for recycling crisp packets. To find out more, please go to www.walkers.co.uk/recycle

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

Envelopes

  • Padded envelopes cannot be recycled and should be disposed in your household waste bin.
  • Place all standard envelopes (all colours) in the inner box of your blue recycling bin.
  • For shared recycling facilities, place then in the paper recycling bin.
  • Envelope address windows do not need to be removed before recycling.
  • 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
  • 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

  • Some pharmacies collect old inhalers for recycling via the 'Complete the Cycle Scheme' 
  • You can also remove the hard plastic casing and place it in your blue recycling bin
  • You can dispose of the plastic outer casing in the plastic container at our household waste and recycling centres

Ink cartridges (printer)

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Junk mail

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Keys

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Laptop computers

  • Laptop computers can be recycled at our household waste and recycling centres
  • Laptop /mobile phone batteries and other batteries should never be placed in any of your bins as they present a significant fire risk.
     

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 sites located across Gateshead
  • Meat trays should be rinsed of any food residue before recycling.

Black plastic food trays 

  • Plastic food trays cannot be recycled
  • 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

  • Metal pots, pans, lids, and trays cannot be placed in your blue recycling bin
  • Alternatively, they can be disposed of in the metals container at at our household waste and recycling centres

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
  • Please dispose of them in your household waste

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Paint

Paper - Newspapers 

Photocopier cartridges

Photographs

  • Photographs are not currently recycled
  • 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
  • Please dispose of them in your household waste.

Plants

Plastic bags

  • We can't currently recycle plastic bags
  • However, you can keep them to use again
  • Many supermarkets have their own plastic bag recycling schemes, check stores for details

Plastic bottles

  • 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 bottle tops

  • Plastic bottle tops can be recycled. Squeeze and compress the plastic bottle then replace the lid before putting both into your blue recycling bin.
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin.

Plastic plant pots

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

Plastic trays

  • Before recycling, rinse thoroughly
  • Plastic food 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
  • Unfortunately, black plastic food trays cannot be recycled - please dispose of them in your household waste

Polystyrene packaging

  • Polystyrene packaging is not currently recycled
  • Please dispose of it in your household waste

Polythene packaging

  • Polythene packaging is not currently recycled
  • Please dispose of it in your household waste

Pond algae and plants 

Printer cartridges

Pyrex dishes 

  • Pyrex dishes are not currently recycled
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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

  • Video cassette tapes cannot be recycled in your blue bin or at household waste and recycling centres
  • Video tape should not be separated from the hard plastic case due to the potential chemical content of the tape itself
  • Pre-recorded commercially produced video cassette tapes such as films and documentaries may be able to be recycled at a local charity shop
  • Otherwise, they should be disposed within your general 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

Yogurt pots

  • Before recycling, rinse thoroughly
  • Plastic yogurt pots 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

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