What goes in which bin?

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aerosol cans

Aerosol cans

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Blue recycling bin or box

Aluminium is infinitely recyclable! Please ensure cans are empty for safety reasons, and put in your blue bin.

foil

Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays

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Blue recycling bin or box

Clean foil, including foil trays from takeaways or ready-meals can be put in your blue bin. If possible please save up small pieces of foil and scrunch into a tennis-ball sized ball before putting in the bin - this is because very small items can get lost throughout the sorting process, and this will help ensure they can be recycled effectively.

aluminium tube

Aluminium tube e.g. tomato puree

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Blue recycling bin or box

Empty aluminium tubes can be recycled in your blue bin. You can also buy a small metal device to help you squeeze every bit of the contents out!

Armchair

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Re-use your items if you can

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

Asbestos

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An image telling you that the particular item should not be put in your bins

Asbestos can be a dangerous material which, while being removed and disposed of, must be handled carefully and competently. A specialist licensed contractor should be used to ensure it is removed and disposed of in a controlled and safe manner.

Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for the latest advice on asbestos.

Cambridgeshire County Council offers residents a disposal service for small quantities of cement-bonded asbestos that will fit into a bag 2.59m (8′6″) × 1.37m (4′6″) in size within a 12-month period.

Ash (coal)

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Main black bin or white sack

Allow to completely cool and then put in your black bin.

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

Ash (wood)

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Re-use your items if you can

Wood ash can be used on your garden by adding directly to the soil around alkaline-loving plants e.g. clematis.

Bathroom ceramics

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Re-use your items if you can

If in good condition, sell or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

Batteries

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Re-use your items if you can

Consider using rechargeable batteries. Modern rechargeables hold their charge a lot longer than in the past, and can be charged more quickly.

Bedding / bed linen / sheets / duvet covers

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Re-use your items if you can

If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check what they accept first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

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