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Aerosol cans
Aerosol cans
  • Aerosol cans
    Recycle

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Aerosol cans
    HWRC

    Aerosol cans which still contain chemicals should be disposed of at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
  • Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
    Recycle

    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.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Aluminium foil / tinfoil / foil trays
    Black bin

    If foil is just too dirty to wash (burnt-on greasy food etc) it is not suitable for recycling. Please put it in the black bin.

Aluminium tube e.g. tomato puree
Aluminium tube e.g. tomato puree
  • Aluminium tube e.g. tomato puree
    Recycle

    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
Armchair
Asbestos
Asbestos
  • Asbestos
    Specialist

    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)
Ash (coal)
  • Ash (coal)
    Black bin

    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)
Ash (wood)
  • Ash (wood)
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Ash (wood)
    Green bin

    If adding large quantities to your green bin with little other material please put ash in a paper bag first, otherwise it can blow into eyes when emptying the bin.

Bamboo or wood BBQ skewers
Bamboo or wood BBQ skewers
Bathroom ceramics
Bathroom ceramics
  • Bathroom ceramics
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bathroom ceramics
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee.  You can find out more about this service on our website.

Batteries
Batteries
  • Batteries
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Batteries
    Specialist

    All types of portable household battery (e.g. Li-ion, AA, C, D, button, laptop) can be put in a small plastic bag and attached to the handle of your blue bin for kerbside collection.

    There are also collection points in all major retailers that sell batteries e.g. supermarkets and electrical shops.

Bedding / bed linen / sheets / duvet covers
Bedding / bed linen / sheets / duvet covers
  • Bedding / bed linen / sheets / duvet covers
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bedding / bed linen / sheets / duvet covers
    Recycle point

    Blankets, sheets and duvet covers can be put in textile and clothing banks in various locations around the district e.g. supermarket car parks. Please note that duvets and pillows should NOT be put in these banks.

    Find local recycling banks at https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/find-your-nearest-recycling-point

Beds and mattresses
Beds and mattresses
  • Beds and mattresses
    Reuse

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

    If you are buying a new mattress, some companies will take away your old one when they deliver the new one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Beds and mattresses
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Bicycle
Bicycle
  • Bicycle
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bicycle
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee.  You can find out more about this service on our website.

Bicycle tyres
Bicycle tyres
Biodegradable 'plastic' bags
Biodegradable 'plastic' bags
  • Biodegradable 'plastic' bags
    Black bin

    Compostable or biodegradable 'plastic' corn starch liners (e.g. BioBag) cannot be accepted in the green bins, even if they are EN13432 certified or display the compostable seedling logo, as they do not compost quickly enough for our fast composting process.

    Please use only newspaper or 100% paper caddy liners for food waste in your green bin. Biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch liners can be used in your home compost bin, if you have one, as they will have much longer to rot down.

Black bags
Black bags
  • Black bags
    Black bin

    Please do not put black bags in your other bins. Even if a black sack contains recycling your blue bin may not be emptied if it contains one since we cannot see what is inside. Please put recycling into your blue bin loose.

    Empty black sacks - Unfortunately sorting equipment at the Materials Recycling Facility where items from blue bins are sent cannot detect the colour black and therefore black items can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution. See more information about black plastic recyclability issues.

Blanket
Blanket
  • Blanket
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Blanket
    Recycle point

    Blankets can be put in textile banks at various recycling points around the district e.g. at supermarkets.

Blender
Blender
  • Blender
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Blender
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Blister pack / pill packet
Blister pack / pill packet
  • Blister pack / pill packet
    Black bin

    These are made of plastic and foil firmly glued together, so are not easy to recycle.

Books
Books
  • Books
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Books
    Recycle point

    Take to a book bank at various recycling points around the city.

Bottle tops and plastic lids
Bottle tops and plastic lids
  • Bottle tops and plastic lids
    Recycle

    After rinsing and (where applicable) squashing your bottles and jars, please replace the lids on them before putting in the blue bin. This helps the small lids to find their way through the various conveyors etc. in the sorting process, and they can be separated from the containers later on.

Bras
Bras
  • Bras
    Recycle point

    Take to your nearest bra bank or recycling point

    Please donate only clean bras. Bra banks (pink, cardboard bins) can be found inside at:

    • Shire Hall reception (Castle Hill)
    • YMCA (Gonville Place)
    • Cambridge City Council, Mandela House reception (Regent St)
    • Attitude Dancewear (25 Hills Rd)
    • Hills Road Sports & Tennis Centre (Purbeck Road)
    • Central Library (Lion Yard)
    • Trumpington Park & Ride
    • Brownsfield Community Centre
    • ARU Students Union office

    Please note that the banks are only accessible during the opening hours of each building. The donations raise money for Against Breast Cancer and the bras are refurbished and sold by small businesses in Africa where new bras are expensive and scarce. Bras can also be recycled at recycling points around the city.

Bread
Bread
  • Bread
    Reuse

    If you have surplus bread try to freeze before it goes stale or mouldy.

    Stale bread can be used in many recipes, for inspiration see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bread
    Green bin

    All cooked and uncooked food waste can go in the green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website.

Bric-a-brac
Bric-a-brac
  • Bric-a-brac
    Reuse

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

Bricks
Bricks
  • Bricks
    Reuse

    Useable bricks can be offered on networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bricks
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Broken glass
Broken glass
  • Broken glass
    Recycle

    Large pieces of broken bottles and jars only can be put into your blue bin. Please put smaller shards into another jar with its lid on (or bag them and put them in your black bin) - this is to prevent them blowing out as the bin is emptied, which could be dangerous for staff.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Broken glass
    Black bin

    Any other type of broken glass such as wine glasses or tumblers, windows, mirrors, picture frames etc should be carefully bagged and put in your black bin.

    Small fragments of broken bottles and jars should also be bagged and put in the black bin, unless they can be contained in another jar.

Bubble wrap
Bubble wrap
  • Bubble wrap
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. To find out your bin collection day, visit our bin collection day page.

Buckets
Buckets
  • Buckets
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Buckets
    HWRC

    Many hard plastic items can be recycled at the Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Building rubble, soil and bricks
Building rubble, soil and bricks
  • Building rubble, soil and bricks
    Reuse

    Useable bricks and topsoil can be offered on networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Building rubble, soil and bricks
    Specialist

    If you have building work done by a company, any waste resulting from it is classed as business waste and needs to be dealt with by the company.

  • Building rubble, soil and bricks
    HWRC

    Small amounts of rubble, soil and brick waste resulting from small DIY work you have carried out yourself can be taken to Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Bulky waste
Bulky waste
  • Bulky waste
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check large items are accepted - some will collect them from you) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Bulky waste
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more about this service on our website.

Butter wrapper
Butter wrapper
  • Butter wrapper
    Green bin

    A minority of butter wrappers are made from thin greaseproof paper. These can be added to your green bin. Please check it is paper first by trying to tear it - if it tears easily with no stretching and is not metallic it is paper.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Butter wrapper
    Black bin

    Most butter wrappers are made from a mixture of paper, plastic and aluminium. They are not suitable for recycling or composting.

Cakes and pastries
Cakes and pastries
  • Cakes and pastries
    Reuse

    Freeze before or on the use-by date, or see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for ideas on using up.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cakes and pastries
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. . To find out your bin collection day, go to our bin collection day page

Cameras
Cameras
  • Cameras
    Reuse

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

    Some camera lenses and darkroom equipment can be taken to Campkins Camera Exchange.

    Outdated cameras could make a good first camera for children.

    Broken cameras may be repairable, search online for repair services.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cameras
    HWRC

    Broken or outdated electronic cameras can be recycled with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Candles
Candles
  • Candles
    Reuse

    f you do not wish to add to landfill, you can re-use your old candles

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Candles
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Car / motorcycle battery
Car / motorcycle battery
Car parts
Car parts
  • Car parts
    HWRC

    Car parts including batteries but excluding tyres can be taken to Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Cardboard
Cardboard
  • Cardboard
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cardboard
    Black bin

    Laminated cardboard e.g. sandwich packets contains plastic and can not be recycled with other card. If you are not sure, try tearing the card and you may be able to see the plastic layers.

Cardboard egg boxes
Cardboard egg boxes
  • Cardboard egg boxes
    Reuse

    They biodegrade and can be used for growing seeds. Also suitable for home composting.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cardboard egg boxes
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Carpet
Carpet
  • Carpet
    HWRC

    Old carpets will only be recycled if you are fitting new carpets yourself. If you are having a carpet fitted professionally the company should remove the old one for you.

Carton e.g. Tetra Pak
Carton e.g. Tetra Pak
  • Carton e.g. Tetra Pak
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cat litter
Cat litter
  • Cat litter
    Black bin

    Please bag securely and put in black bin. Loose cat litter can be hazardous to our crews when emptying the bin.

    Do not put cat litter in your green bin as it can be hazardous during processing.

Catalogues and directories
Catalogues and directories
  • Catalogues and directories
    Specialist

    Prevent waste by notifying companies if you no longer wish to receive catalogues from them.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Catalogues and directories
    Recycle

    Please remove catalogues from plastic sleeves before recycling. The sleeves can be put in your blue bin separately.

Ceramics, crockery and china
Ceramics, crockery and china
  • Ceramics, crockery and china
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Ceramics, crockery and china
    HWRC

    If you save up broken crockery until you are visiting a Household Recycling Centre it can be put in the hardcore skip. 

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Ceramics, crockery and china
    Black bin

    Never put crockery into a glass bottle bank or your blue bin. It is very damaging in the glass recycling process.

Cereal boxes
Cereal boxes
  • Cereal boxes
    Recycle

    All cardboard can be put in the blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cereal packet plastic inner liner
Cereal packet plastic inner liner
  • Cereal packet plastic inner liner
    Recycle

    Clean plastic bags and wrapping from cereals, bread, salad etc can be put in your blue bin for recycling.

Chair
Chair
  • Chair
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Chair
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Chemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine
Chemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine
Chest of drawers
Chest of drawers
  • Chest of drawers
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they accept furniture first - some will collect it for a donation) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Chest of drawers
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Chewing gum
Chewing gum
  • Chewing gum
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Christmas tree (real)
Christmas tree (real)
  • Christmas tree (real)
    Specialist

    Arthur Rank Hospice Charity collect Christmas trees for a donation. Not all areas are covered, so check their or our website in December for details.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Christmas tree (real)
    Green bin

    Cut up and put pieces in the bin with the lid fully closed.

  • Christmas tree (real)
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Christmas tree fake plastic
Christmas tree fake plastic
  • Christmas tree fake plastic
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Christmas tree fake plastic
    Black bin

    Dismantle so that the bin lid closes properly.

Cigarette butts
Cigarette butts
  • Cigarette butts
    Black bin

    Cigarette filters contain plastic and should never be discarded on the ground; you could be fined for littering.

Cigarette packets
Cigarette packets
  • Cigarette packets
    Recycle

    Cardboard cigarette packets can be put in the blue bin for recycling, but please separate the foil inner and the plastic outer wrap first.

    Amazingly, cigarette waste itself can be recycled via Terracycle. Please don't put it in your blue bin though!

Cleaning spray bottles
Cleaning spray bottles
  • Cleaning spray bottles
    Recycle

    Plastic spray bottles can be recycled along with all other plastic bottles in your blue bin. Leave the spray trigger attached.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cling film
Cling film
  • Cling film
    Specialist

    Consider reducing or eliminating your use of cling film by using alternatives:

    • Put leftovers in the fridge in a bowl with a plate on top
    • Use a lunch box for sandwiches
    • Reuse plastic bags e.g. from loaves of bread for sandwiches, or you can put small bowls of food inside them in the fridge
    • Buy or make reusable cloth food covers, or use shower caps!
  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cling film
    Recycle

    Clean cling film can be recycled in your blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Coat hangers
Coat hangers
  • Coat hangers
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coat hangers
    HWRC

    Plastic coat hangers can be recycled with hard plastics at Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), but any metal parts must be removed.

    Wire coat hangers can be recycled with scrap metals at HRCs. Wooden coat hangers (if metal parts are removed) can be recycled with wood at HRCs.

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Coffee filters
Coffee filters
  • Coffee filters
    Reuse

    You can try avoiding coffee filter waste by using a reusable coffee filter made of metal mesh (make sure it’s compatible with your particular coffee maker). You could also experiment with a different method of brewing coffee that doesn’t require paper, like a cafeteria. 

    Coffee grounds and paper filters can be home composted.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coffee filters
    Green bin

    Paper coffee filters and coffee grounds can be put in your green bin. 

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Coffee grounds
Coffee grounds
  • Coffee grounds
    Specialist

    Add to your home compost bin, if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coffee grounds
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
  • Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
    Reuse

    It is possible to buy reusable Nespresso capsules which you can fill with your choice of coffee grounds.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
    Specialist

    Tassimo® T-DISCs and outer packaging can be recycled via Terracycle

  • Coffee pods / capsules e.g. Nespresso, Tassimo
    Black bin

    Foil coffee pods or capsules for coffee machines, e.g. Tassimo or Nespresso, are not recyclable in your blue bin. This is partly due to their size - small plastic items easily drop out of the sorting equipment used.

Coins
Coins
  • Coins
    Reuse

    Foreign and old money can be given to some charity shops.

    Including:

    • Cancer Research Shops (paper money only)
    • Oxfam Shops
    • Save the Children Fund
    • Sue Ryder
    • EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices)
Computer keyboard and laptop
Computer keyboard and laptop
Computer screen / monitor / hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
Computer screen / monitor / hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
  • Computer screen / monitor / hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
    Reuse

    If you're upgrading your system or disposing of any hardware, consider giving it to a local community or voluntary group.

    • Reboot is a community project in Cottenham that accepts old computers and peripherals from businesses and individuals for refurbishment and reselling. Anything that can’t be reused or recycled is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
    • Cambridge Computer Recycling (08700 416 483) will pick up computers for recycling from businesses.
    • IT-Green (0870 3000905) also recycle computers, telecoms equipment and small electrical goods from businesses.
  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Computer screen / monitor / hard drive / CPU / keyboard / laptop
    HWRC

    Recycle with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out about the service on our website.

Cooked food
Cooked food
  • Cooked food
    Specialist

    Try to reduce food waste. Check Love Food Hate Waste's website for more information about how to save money by wasting less food.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cooked food
    Green bin

    All food waste, including cooked, raw, dairy, meat and bones can be put in your green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cooker / oven
Cooker / oven
  • Cooker / oven
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cooker / oven
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Cooking oil
Cooking oil
  • Cooking oil
    Specialist

    If you have a home compost heap or bin you can add small amounts of used vegetable or sunflower oil to it. 

    Kitchen paper with cooking oil on it can be put in your green bin or home compost bin.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cooking oil
    HWRC

    Larger amounts of oil can be allowed to cool, poured into a bottle and take to a Household Recycling Centre where it can be poured into a recycling tank to generate energy. 

Corks - plastic
Corks - plastic
  • Corks - plastic
    Black bin

    Synthetic/plastic corks need to be put into your main black bin.

Corks - real not plastic
Corks - real not plastic
  • Corks - real not plastic
    Reuse

    Real corks can be put onto your own compost heap. You can find out more about composting and how to purchase a home composting bin on our website

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Corks - real not plastic
    Green bin

    You can put real corks straight into the green bin. Please remember you can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Cotton wool and ear buds
Cotton wool and ear buds
  • Cotton wool and ear buds
    Reuse

    You can buy washable make-up remover pads which can be used over and over again.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cotton wool and ear buds
    Black bin

    Do not flush down the toilet. Choose biodegradable ear buds (with a cardboard stick instead of plastic) which will break down.

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Crisp packets
Crisp packets
  • Crisp packets
    Black bin

    Crisp packets which are silver on the inside are made from metallised plastic and can not be recycled. Those which feel like paper are a mixture of paper and plastic layers and can also not be recycled.

Crisp tubes e.g. Pringles
Crisp tubes e.g. Pringles
  • Crisp tubes e.g. Pringles
    Black bin

    The plastic lid can be put in the blue bin but the tube itself is made of layers of plastic, foil and card and cannot be recycled. It is possible to remove the metal bottom of the tube with a tin opener, the metal can then be put in your blue bin.

Cuddly toys
Cuddly toys
  • Cuddly toys
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check what toys they are able to accept first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree. New toys with tags can be accepted by Cambridge Womens Aid.

    If you have several, there are charities online who may accept donations of soft toys by post, to send to needy children in shelters, orphanages or war-torn areas e.g The Teddy Trust

    Check with your local church who may collect toys for families in need.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cuddly toys
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Curtains / textiles
Curtains / textiles
  • Curtains / textiles
    Reuse

    Consider if this can be upcycled and used for another purpose at home, pass on to a friend or family, sell or give away via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree, or donate to charity.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Curtains / textiles
    Recycle point

    Curtains can be accepted in most textile banks, which are located around the city at various recycling points.

  • Curtains / textiles
    HWRC

    All textiles are accepted for reuse or recycling at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Cushions
Cushions
  • Cushions
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cushions
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Cutlery
Cutlery
  • Cutlery
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Cutlery
    HWRC

    Cutlery should not be put in your blue bin. Metal cutlery in poor condition can be recycled with scrap metals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Dairy - yoghurt, cheese
Dairy - yoghurt, cheese
  • Dairy - yoghurt, cheese
    Prevent waste

    Check use-by dates and freeze dairy if you are not going to be able to use it in time (check packaging to ensure it has not already been frozen). You can freeze up to the use-by date.

    For more inspiration go to www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Dairy - yoghurt, cheese
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Dead flowers
Dead flowers
  • Dead flowers
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Dishwasher
Dishwasher
  • Dishwasher
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Dishwasher
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Disposable nappies
Disposable nappies
  • Disposable nappies
    Prevent waste

    Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Consider using reusable washable nappies - modern styles are easy to use and wash. For more information see www.goreal.org.uk 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Disposable nappies
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Doors
Doors
  • Doors
    Reuse

    Consider if this can be upcycled and used for another purpose at home, pass on to a friend or family, sell or give away via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree, or donate to charity.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Doors
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Drinking straws
Drinking straws
  • Drinking straws
    Reuse

    Straws are optional - ask for no straw next time you order a drink. Or if you like to have a straw, find a reusable one you really like and take it with you. If buying straws for a party, opt for paper ones.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Drinking straws
    Black bin

    Please put disposable straws in your black bin.

Duvet
Duvet
  • Duvet
    Reuse

    If the duvet is in good condition and has a B.S. 7175 fire label, donate to a charity (check what they accept first - many are unable to take duvets. Animal shelters and homeless charities sometimes can) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

    Duvets are not accepted in textile recycling banks.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Duvet
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

  • Duvet
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

DVD players and video players
DVD players and video players
  • DVD players and video players
    Reuse

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

    If not working consider whether it can be repaired - check the Circular Cambridgedirectory for repair events and services.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • DVD players and video players
    HWRC

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

Egg shells
Egg shells
  • Egg shells
    Compost

    Add to your home composter, if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Egg shells
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Electric iron
Electric iron
Electric kettle
Electric kettle
Electric toys
Electric toys
Electric whisk
Electric whisk
  • Electric whisk
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Electric whisk
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Electrical items
Electrical items
  • Electrical items
    HWRC

    All electrical items (anything with a plug or batteries) can be taken to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Electrical items
    Reuse

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

Empty paint cans / paint tins
Empty paint cans / paint tins
Envelopes
Envelopes
  • Envelopes
    Recycle

    You do not need to remove windows from envelopes, as they are sieved out during the pulping process.

Expanded polystyrene foam packaging
Expanded polystyrene foam packaging
  • Expanded polystyrene foam packaging
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Faeces - dog poo and cat poo
Faeces - dog poo and cat poo
  • Faeces - dog poo and cat poo
    Black bin

    Please bag securely and put in black bin. Loose cat litter or dog poo can be hazardous to our crews when emptying the bin.

    Do not put cat or dog faeces in your green bin as it can be hazardous during processing.

Fairy lights
Fairy lights
  • Fairy lights
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Fairy lights
    HWRC

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Fat
Fat
  • Fat
    Reuse

    Animal fat can be mixed with seeds to make bird feeders, you can find instructions on various websites, including the RSPB.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Fat
    Green bin

    Avoid pouring down the drain – it can cause blockages and problems for wastewater treatment facilities. Find out more on Anglian Water's website. Allow fat to solidify and put in your green bin. You can buy devices called ‘fat traps’ to help with this, which are small biodegradable pads made from coconut fibre. You use them to soak up fat, which then solidifies, and the pad can be put in your green bin. 

Fire extinguisher
Fire extinguisher
Fish
Fish
  • Fish
    Prevent waste

    Check use-by dates and freeze fish if you are not going to be able to use it in time (check packaging to ensure it has not already been frozen). You can freeze up to the use-by date.

    Use up small amounts of fish in a kedgeree or other recipe - for inspiration see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Fish
    Green bin

    All cooked and uncooked food waste, including fish, meat and bones can be put in your green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the soil improver is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Fluorescent lighting tubes
Fluorescent lighting tubes
  • Fluorescent lighting tubes
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    Please note that business waste is not accepted at these sites.

Food waste
Food waste
  • Food waste
    Reuse

    Add raw vegetable peelings or fruit skins to your home compost heap, if you have one.

    For inspiring ideas how to reduce food waste and save money, go to Love Food Hate Waste's website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Food waste
    Green bin

    All food waste can be put in your green bin, including cooked, raw, meat, fish, bones and dairy.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Fridge or fridge freezer
Fridge or fridge freezer
  • Fridge or fridge freezer
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find more about the service on our website. Please note that we are not able to collect oversize American-style fridge-freezers.

Frying-pans/Saucepans
Frying-pans/Saucepans
  • Frying-pans/Saucepans
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Frying-pans/Saucepans
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more about the service on our website.

Furniture
Furniture
  • Furniture
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Furniture
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Garden strimmer
Garden strimmer
Garden waste
Garden waste
  • Garden waste
    Compost

    Some garden waste can be added to your home compost bin or heap. For more information, go to Recycle Now's website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Garden waste
    Green bin

    More information on how the soil improver is made from your garden and food waste can be found on RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Gas canisters and gas bottles
Gas canisters and gas bottles
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Gas canisters and gas bottles
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Glass bottles
Glass bottles
  • Glass bottles
    Recycle

    All colours of glass bottles and jars can be put in your blue bin. Please rinse and replace the caps on the bottles - this helps stop the small caps falling out of the sorting process. They are separated from the glass when it is broken.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Glass jars and lids
Glass jars and lids
  • Glass jars and lids
    Recycle

    Rinse and replace the lid on the jar before putting in the blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Glass perfume bottles
Glass perfume bottles
  • Glass perfume bottles
    Recycle

    All colours of empty glass bottles and jars can be put in your blue bin. No need to remove sprays and caps, they are separated from the glass when it is broken.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Good clothes / clothing / textiles / woollens
Good clothes / clothing / textiles / woollens
  • Good clothes / clothing / textiles / woollens
    Specialist

    Prevent clothing waste. Making clothes uses a lot of resources, including water, fertiliser, pesticides and up to 10x more energy than the production of steel or glass.

    • buy clothes that will last longer where possible
    • bag a bargain with second-hand fashion
    • mend or restyle 

    Learn more about minimising the environmental impact of your clothes on the Love Your Clothes website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Good clothes / clothing / textiles / woollens
    Reuse

    Donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • Good clothes / clothing / textiles / woollens
    Recycle point

    Tie in plastic bags and drop off at a clothing bank, located at various recycling points around the district.

  • Good clothes / clothing / textiles / woollens
    HWRC

    Textiles are accepted at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Grass cuttings
Grass cuttings
  • Grass cuttings
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost bin, if you have one. Grass cuttings are a great 'activator', helping your compost to heat up and rot down faster, but they need to be layered with other drier materials (e.g. prunings, shredded paper) so that they don't go sludgy.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Grass cuttings
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s websiteYou can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Greaseproof paper
Greaseproof paper
  • Greaseproof paper
    Reuse

    You can wash and re-use ordinary greaseproof paper several times before it needs to be replaced.

    Look out for reusable greaseproof paper (e.g. Magic Non-Stick Liner), which you can cut to the shape of your favourite baking tins and then wash after each use. 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Greaseproof paper
    Green bin

    Add to your home compost bin or your green bin.

Greetings / birthday / Christmas cards
Greetings / birthday / Christmas cards
  • Greetings / birthday / Christmas cards
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Hair straighteners
Hair straighteners
  • Hair straighteners
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Hair straighteners
    HWRC

    Recycle with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Hairdryer
Hairdryer
  • Hairdryer
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Hairdryer
    HWRC

    Recycle with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Handbags
Handbags
  • Handbags
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Handbags
    Recycle point

    Put in a textile/clothing bank in various car parks around the district (e.g. supermarkets). 

  • Handbags
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s websiteYou can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Hearing aids
Hearing aids
  • Hearing aids
    1

    Hearing aids are often collected for charity at a variety of places including:

    • Doctors surgeries
    • Hospital audiology departments
    • Private hearing specialists
    • Some charity shops i.e. Help the Aged and Age Concern
    • Organisations i.e. The Lions Clubs

    Donated hearing aids are repaired, refurbished and sent overseas for re-use in developing countries. Batteries for hearing aids are also wanted.

Hedge trimmer
Hedge trimmer
  • Hedge trimmer
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Hedge trimmer
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Hedge trimmings
Hedge trimmings
  • Hedge trimmings
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Ice cream tubs and lids
Ice cream tubs and lids
  • Ice cream tubs and lids
    Recycle

    Ice cream tubs can be recycled along with all your other clean plastic pots, tubs and trays in your blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Inhalers
Inhalers
  • Inhalers
    1

    You can recycle your inhalers via "Complete the Cycle” from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which takes them back through pharmacies. Find your local participating pharmacy at Complete the Cycle.

iPod or MP3 player
iPod or MP3 player
  • iPod or MP3 player
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • iPod or MP3 player
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Ironing board
Ironing board
Jewellery
Jewellery
  • Jewellery
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Jewellery
    Reuse (1)

    It may be possible to donate broken jewellery to Scrapstore for craft use - find out more on our Scrapstore page.

  • Jewellery
    Black bin
Jiffy / padded envelopes
Jiffy / padded envelopes
Junk mail
Junk mail
  • Junk mail
    Specialist

    If you receive unsolicited addressed mail, you can opt out by using the Mailing Preference Service.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Junk mail
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s websiteYou can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Keyboard - musical instrument
Keyboard - musical instrument
  • Keyboard - musical instrument
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Keyboard - musical instrument
    HWRC

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Lamp / light
Lamp / light
  • Lamp / light
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Lamp / light
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Large electrical appliances
Large electrical appliances
  • Large electrical appliances
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Large electrical appliances
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Latex gloves
Latex gloves
  • Latex gloves
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website

Lawnmower
Lawnmower
  • Lawnmower
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Lawnmower
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Leaves
Leaves
  • Leaves
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost bin if you have one.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Leaves
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable or compostable 'plastic' bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Leftovers (food)
Leftovers (food)
  • Leftovers (food)
    Reuse

    Love your leftovers! An average family of four could save £60 a month just by using up food before it goes to waste. Find lots of recipe inspiration and practical tips at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Leftovers (food)
    Green bin

    All cooked and uncooked food waste can go in your green bin.

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable or compostable 'plastic' bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Lids / caps
Lids / caps
  • Lids / caps
    Recycle

    Metal and plastic lids from jars and bottles can be put in your blue bin.

    Although it sounds counter-intuitive, ideally please rinse (and squash if plastic) your bottles and jars, then put the lids back on. Because lids are small, this helps them to go through the sorting process without getting lost, before being separated from the glass later on.

    You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. 

    You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Light bulbs
Light bulbs
  • Light bulbs
    HWRC

    Compact energy-saving light bulbs (not long fluorescent tubes) and LED bulbs can be recycled at some recycling points in Cambridge including:

    • Sainsbury's on Coldham's Lane
    • Tesco on Newmarket Road
    • Waitrose, Hauxton Road

    or at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow, which can also accept long fluorescent tubes. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.  

    For fluorescent tubes from commercial premises, a company called Envirogreen recycles lamps. They charge for storage and collection. Visit their website www.envirogreen.co.uk.Energy-saving light bulbs (including fluorescent tubes) contain small amounts of mercury so care should be taken when disposing of them.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Light bulbs
    Black bin

    Halogen bulbs and traditional incandescent bulbs do not contain mercury like compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's) and can be safely disposed of to landfill.

    They should never be placed in glass recycling or mixed recycling bins, as they are a different type of glass from bottles and jars.

Liquid soap dispenser bottle
Liquid soap dispenser bottle
  • Liquid soap dispenser bottle
    Specialist

    You can avoid the need to dispose of liquid soap bottles by using solid bars of soap.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Liquid soap dispenser bottle
    Recycle

    The bottle from hand soap dispensers can be placed in the blue bin.

    The dispenser pump must be removed, as this is not currently recycled and should be placed in the black bin.

Magazine wrappers
Magazine wrappers
  • Magazine wrappers
    Recycle

    Ordinary polythene or cellophane plastic magazine wrappers can be recycled in your blue bin. Compostable 'plastic' wrappers can not be recycled.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Magazine wrappers
    Black bin

    Compostable 'plastic' magazine wrap (e.g. made from corn starch) does not break down quickly enough in the fast composting process used for green bin material. Please put it in your black bin.

    Black bin materials go through a Mechanical Biological Treatment plant prior to being landfilled. You can read more about this processing on the RECAP website.

Magazines
Magazines
  • Magazines
    Reuse

    Donate to doctors or dentists surgeries, hairdressers, playgroups, schools or residential homes.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Magazines
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s websiteYou can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

  • Magazines
    Recycle point

    Paper can be recycled in mixed recycling bins at recycling points. or in paper banks at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

Margarine tubs
Margarine tubs
  • Margarine tubs
    Recycle

    Please rinse and put in the blue bin with all your other clean plastic pots, tubs and trays.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Meat and bones - cooked
Meat and bones - cooked
  • Meat and bones - cooked
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Meat or fruit tray soaker pad
Meat or fruit tray soaker pad
  • Meat or fruit tray soaker pad
    Black bin

    Please remove from the plastic tray and put in your black bin.

Medicines / drugs
Medicines / drugs
  • Medicines / drugs
    Prevent waste

    Prevent medicine waste and lower NHS costs by only ordering what you need. Find more tips at Medicine Waste UK.

Metal drinks cans
Metal drinks cans
  • Metal drinks cans
    Recycle

    Please rinse and crush. Beer cans with widgets are accepted.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Metal food tins - chocolate, biscuit and coffee
Metal food tins - chocolate, biscuit and coffee
  • Metal food tins - chocolate, biscuit and coffee
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Microwaves
Microwaves
  • Microwaves
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Microwaves
    HWRC

    Microwaves can be recycled along with other electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. You can find out more about bulky goods collection on on our website.

Mirror glass
Mirror glass
  • Mirror glass
    Black bin

    Mirror glass can not be recycled with container glass (bottles and jars). Small amounts can be put in your black bin.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Mirror glass
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. You can find out more about bulky goods collection on our website.

Mobile phones
Mobile phones
  • Mobile phones
    Reuse

    Various charities collect mobile phones, some in their shops and, if you have several, by post. Just search for 'recycle mobile phone for charity' online for details.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Mobile phones
    HWRC

    Recycle with electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Mop
Mop
  • Mop
    HWRC

    Household recycling centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Mop
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.Please note that bin lids must be properly closed.

Motor oil / engine oil
Motor oil / engine oil
  • Motor oil / engine oil
    HWRC

    Contact a local garage or take to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    Never pour used engine oil down the drain. It will cause pollution and it is also an offence. Engine oil is classed as a hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. If you spill engine oil, use sand or earth to absorb it – never hose it down.

    Avoid mixing used engine oil with other materials as this makes it difficult to separate and recycle.

Musical instruments
Musical instruments
  • Musical instruments
    Reuse

    Used orchestral instruments – strings, woodwind, brass and percussion can be donated to children via Sistema England. Otherwise, if in good condition, ask if your local school would like it, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

Nail varnish
Nail varnish
  • Nail varnish
    Black bin

    It is difficult to remove the varnish and the bottles are too small to be captured during the recycling process.

Newspapers
Newspapers
  • Newspapers
    Reuse

    Newspaper can be used for wrapping food waste to go in your green bin, and for lining a kitchen caddy if you have one. 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Newspapers
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Paint
Paint
  • Paint
    HWRC

    Take to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    It will be sorted and distributed to charities, community groups or individuals who need it by the Community RePaint scheme, www.communityrepaint.org.uk.

    Community RePaint is a scheme that sorts unwanted leftover paint and makes it available to charities, community groups, schools, organisations and individuals at low cost.

Paper
Paper
  • Paper
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Paper towels / kitchen roll
Paper towels / kitchen roll
  • Paper towels / kitchen roll
    Green bin

    Paper towels or kitchen roll (but not wet wipes) can be put in your green bin. Please do not put them in your blue binas the paper is low quality and not suitable for recycling, as well as usually being wet or dirty.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Paper towels / kitchen roll
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s websiteYou can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Pens
Pens
  • Pens
    Recycle point

    It is possible to recycle pens (including highlighters, markers and correction fluid pots) via Terracycle collection points at some schools - there are participating schools in Stretham and Cambridge. Wooden pencils and crayons are not accepted.

Pet food pouches
Pet food pouches
  • Pet food pouches
    Black bin

    These type of pouches are made from layers of plastic and aluminium which are very difficult to separate out, and therefore they can not be recycled at the moment. Please put in the black bin.

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Photos / photographs
Photos / photographs
  • Photos / photographs
    Black bin

    Photos are made from various different kinds of plastic or coated paper, and can not be recycled.

Pillows
Pillows
  • Pillows
    Reuse

    If in good, clean condition with a B.S. 7175 fire label donate to charity shops (check they will accept them first - some animal shelters and homelessness charities will) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

    Pillows can not be accepted in textile banks at recycling points.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Pillows
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Pizza box
Pizza box
  • Pizza box
    Recycle

    Pizza boxes are recyclable, even when stained or greasy as long as they are empty. Put any pieces of solid food leftovers in your green bin.

Plastic bags / carrier bags
Plastic bags / carrier bags
  • Plastic bags / carrier bags
    Reuse

    If you don't have a use for plastic bags yourself, some charity shops and small independent shops will be grateful for them.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic bags / carrier bags
    Recycle

    Put empty bags in your blue bin. Please do not use bags to contain other items - it means we can't see the items inside properly to check they are accepted, and we may not empty your bin.

    Never put plastic bags in your green bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic bottles and tops
Plastic bottles and tops
  • Plastic bottles and tops
    Recycle

    Empty drinks, shampoo and detergent bottles, if needed please rinse, squash and put lids back on. 

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic egg boxes
Plastic egg boxes
  • Plastic egg boxes
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put empty things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic fruit / veg net e.g. onions / oranges
Plastic fruit / veg net e.g. onions / oranges
  • Plastic fruit / veg net e.g. onions / oranges
    Specialist

    Avoid nets by buying fruit and veg loose.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic fruit / veg net e.g. onions / oranges
    Black bin

    These can not be recycled at present.

Plastic fruit punnets / food trays
Plastic fruit punnets / food trays
  • Plastic fruit punnets / food trays
    Recycle

    Clear and coloured plastic punnets from fruit or vegetables and food trays from ready meals can be recycled in your blue bin.

    Unfortunately sorting equipment at the Materials Recycling Facility where items from blue bins are sent cannot detect the colour black and therefore black plastic trays can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution. See more information about black plastic recyclability issue

Plastic milk bottles
Plastic milk bottles
  • Plastic milk bottles
    Recycle

    Please make sure bottles are empty and rinsed out. Put loose in your bin, not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Plastic packaging and cellophane
Plastic packaging and cellophane
  • Plastic packaging and cellophane
    Recycle

    Clean, empty plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, bags and film/wrap can be recycled in your blue bin. Examples of acceptable items include:

    • yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and fruit punnets
    • cling film
    • cellophyne
    • polythene wrap e.g. from magazines or multipack toilet roll
    • bags from bread, bagels, etc.
    • bags from inside cereal packets
    • carrier bags
  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic packaging and cellophane
    Black bin

    Very dirty items and those with food left inside should either be cleaned before recycling or put in the black bin.

    Some examples of plastic packaging that can not be recycled include:

    • CD and DVD cases
    • shiny metallic plastic pouches from pet food, coffee or drinks
    • crisp packets with a shiny foil coating on the inside
    • polystyrene foam cartons e.g. from takeaways
    • moulded, protective polystyrene e.g. from a new TV
Plastic plant pots
Plastic plant pots
  • Plastic plant pots
    Reuse

    Pass on to friends or family, give away via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree, donate to local allotments or charity gardening projects (check if they need them first), or take back to garden centres which have a collection/pick-up area for them.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic plant pots
    HWRC

    Large (>5 inches diameter) brown and coloured plant pots which are clean and empty can be recycled with rigid plastics at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Plastic plant pots
    Black bin

    Seedling trays, small pots (5 inch or less), very dirty pots and all black pots are not recyclable, please put in your black bin.

    Unfortunately, recycling sorting equipment cannot detect the colour black and therefore black plastic items can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution. Find out more about black plastic recyclability issues.

Plastic washing-up bowls
Plastic washing-up bowls
  • Plastic washing-up bowls
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Plastic washing-up bowls
    HWRC

    Broken ones can be recycled with hard plastic items at the Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • Plastic washing-up bowls
    Black bin

    If you can't get to a HRC, you can put it in your black bin. They can not be recycled in your blue bin.

Polystyrene foam meat or fruit tray
Polystyrene foam meat or fruit tray
  • Polystyrene foam meat or fruit tray
    Black bin
Polystyrene takeaway food packaging
Polystyrene takeaway food packaging
  • Polystyrene takeaway food packaging
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Postage stamps
Postage stamps
  • Postage stamps
    Reuse

    Give to charity - ask your local charity shop or call a national charity to see if you can post to them.

    Many charities collect postage stamps, where they can be sold in bulk. Cut around postage stamps and leave a good margin, do not steam off.

Postcards
Postcards
  • Postcards
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Printer cartridges
Printer cartridges
  • Printer cartridges
    1

    You may be able to return your printer cartridges to a shop or manufacturer to be refilled. Some stationers e.g. Ryman do this, as well as the Smart Cartridge Shop in Cambridge (01223 464100).

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Printer cartridges
    Specialist

    There are many charities which collect used cartridges, or organisations that collect on their behalf. Search 'recycle printer cartridges' online for various schemes which you can send your cartridges to Freepost.

  • Printer cartridges
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Printers
Printers
  • Printers
    Reuse

    If in good condition and not outdated, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Printers
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Projector
Projector
  • Projector
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Projector
    Recycle point

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. Please note that waste from businesses is not accepted at these sites.

Pull tab / Safety seal - e.g. milk bottle or tablet bottle seals
Pull tab / Safety seal - e.g. milk bottle or tablet bottle seals
  • Pull tab / Safety seal - e.g. milk bottle or tablet bottle seals
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Pyrex crockery
Pyrex crockery
  • Pyrex crockery
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Pyrex crockery
    Specialist

    Broken Pyrex should never be put in a recycling bin or bank with other glass. It has a very high melting point, and will cause other glass that is with it to be wasted and result in problems for the glass recycling facility.

Radio
Radio
  • Radio
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or GumtreeIf not working, consider whether it can be repaired - there are regular Repair Cafes where you can take items along, or professional repairers - see Circular Cambridge's websitefor information.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Radio
    HWRC

    Broken radios can be recycled along with other electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. Please note that waste from businesses is not accepted at these sites.

Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
  • Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
    Reuse

    Many different styles of washable pads are now available, as well as alternatives such as menstrual cups. Find out more at Go Real's website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Reusable sanitary pads / menstrual cups
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Ring binders
Ring binders
  • Ring binders
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Ring binders
    Recycle

    Cardboard type binders (not plastic-covered) can be dismantled by removing the metal rings. The cardboard part can then be put in the blue bin. The metal part can be taken with other scrap metals to a Household Recycling Centre, or put in the black bin.

  • Ring binders
    Black bin

    Plastic or plastic-coated binders not suitable for re-use should be put in the black bin.

Rugs, mats and doormats
Rugs, mats and doormats
  • Rugs, mats and doormats
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Rugs, mats and doormats
    Black bin

    If too dirty/damaged, Small mats can be put in your black bin. Large rugs should be taken to Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
  • Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
    Reuse

    Disposable sanitary pads and tampons cannot be recycled so please consider reusable alternatives - many different styles of washable pads are now available, as well as alternatives such as menstrual cups. Find out more at Go Real's website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
    Black bin

    Disposable sanitary pads should be wrapped and put in your black bin.

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Sat nav
Sat nav
  • Sat nav
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sat nav
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Sawdust / wood shaving pet bedding
Sawdust / wood shaving pet bedding
  • Sawdust / wood shaving pet bedding
    Recycle

    Soiled sawdust or wood shavings from rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil cages can be put in your green bin. If you have large amounts please put in a paper bag, as the sawdust can blow out over the bin collectors when emptying the bin.

School uniform
School uniform
  • School uniform
    Reuse

    For branded items check whether your school has a uniform swap or sell scheme, or pass on to other parents. Generic items can be donated to charity shops.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • School uniform
    Recycle point

    Clothing (either in good condition or worn out) can be taken to clothing banks at recycling points around the city. Please tie in bags.

Scissors
Scissors
  • Scissors
    HWRC

    Household recycling centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Scissors
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Scrap car
Scrap car
  • Scrap car
    Specialist

    An unwanted vehicle may be worth a small amount as scrap. See the local telephone directory for a list of scrap dealers. 

    Alternatively visit Give a Car, who can collect the car for free and recycle it with any proceeds donated to the charity of your choice.

    Abandoned vehicles can be reported to us.

Scrap materials
Scrap materials
  • Scrap materials
    Reuse

    Scrapstores gather useful scrap materials to pass on to schools and community groups - find your closest one at ReusefulUK . Otherwise, consider if it can be upcycled and used for another purpose at home, pass on to friends or family, give away or donate to charity. 

Scrap metal
Scrap metal
Sellotape / sticky tape
Sellotape / sticky tape
  • Sellotape / sticky tape
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sellotape / sticky tape
    Black bin

    Although not recyclable itself, small amounts of sellotape do not need to be removed from paper or boxes before putting them in the blue bin. 

    Whole rolls of un-useable sellotape should be put in the black bin.

Sewing machine
Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine
    Reuse

    Sewing machines can be repaired via local sewing-supplies shops.

    Old treadle or hand-powered machines can be donated to Africa via Tools For Self Reliance - they can be taken to Mackays in Cambridge who act as a collection point, or you can contact them to find out if there are other volunteers collecting near you.

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree. Treadle machines will usually be taken if not working, as they can be re-purposed into chic furniture.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Sewing machine
    HWRC

    Broken electric sewing machines can be recycled with other electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out the costs and book a collection on our bulky collections page.

Shoes
Shoes
  • Shoes
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Shoes
    Recycle point

    Tie in bags to keep pairs together and put in clothing banks at recycling points around the city. Please tie in bags.

  • Shoes
    HWRC

    Clothing and shoes can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Shredded paper
Shredded paper
  • Shredded paper
    Recycle

    Please put shredded paper in an old envelope or paper bag to prevent it blowing out when the bin is emptied and littering the street. Large quantities can be put in a transparent sack (available in supermarkets). 

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Shredded paper
    Recycle point

    If you have a large quantity from a clear-out it can be taken to paper banks at recycling points. Please contain it in a paper bag or clear plastic sack.

Smoke detectors / alarms
Smoke detectors / alarms
  • Smoke detectors / alarms
    HWRC

    Household smoke detectors can be taken to Household Recycling Centres - please hand to a member of staff.

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Soil and stones
Soil and stones
  • Soil and stones
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

    Do not put in bins - it will make them too heavy.

    Small amounts on roots of plants are acceptable in the green bin. Soil and stones are not compostable and larger amounts can cause problems in the composting process.

Spectacles / glasses
Spectacles / glasses
  • Spectacles / glasses
    Reuse

    Unwanted spectacles can be sent to developing countries for reuse. Check with your local opticians and library as many have a collection point.

Sponge
Sponge
  • Sponge
    Black bin

    Most sponges are synthetic, especially those used in the kitchen. For the avoidance of doubt, please do not put any sponges into your green bin. Natural sponges can be composted at home if you have a garden composter.

Stereo
Stereo
  • Stereo
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Stereo
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Table
Table
  • Table
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Table
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Tea bags and coffee grounds
Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
    Reuse

    Add to your home compost bin, if you have one. You can find out more about composting on Recycle Now page.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biobags or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and reduce the quality of the compost made. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Telephone
Telephone
  • Telephone
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Telephone
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Telephone directories / phone book / Yellow Pages
Telephone directories / phone book / Yellow Pages
  • Telephone directories / phone book / Yellow Pages
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Television
Television
  • Television
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check first - some cannot take electrical items, and those that do will not take older models) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Television
    HWRC

    Old TVs can be recycled with other electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Tiles
Tiles
  • Tiles
    Reuse

    Leftover unused tiles can be donated to some charity shops (check first) or passed on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tiles
    HWRC

    Broken or used tiles can be recycled with hardcore at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more information on our website.

Tissues
Tissues
  • Tissues
    Reuse

    Consider using handkerchiefs instead. They can be beautiful and as a bonus you won't get a sore nose when you have a cold!

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tissues
    Green bin

    Please do not put tissues in your blue bin, the fibres are too low quality to make new paper from, and they are usually dirty anyway. Put in your green bin to be composted.

    Do not put any type of wet wipes in your green or blue bins, these are made from plastic fibres. Put them in tour black bin please.

Toasters
Toasters
  • Toasters
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Toasters
    HWRC

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Toothbrush
Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush
    Reuse

    We would encourage you to re-use your toothbrush for cleaning shoes and getting in those hard to reach cleaning spots.

    You can consider using bamboo toothbrushes.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Toothbrush
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Toothpaste (pump)
Toothpaste (pump)
  • Toothpaste (pump)
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Toothpaste (soft tube)
Toothpaste (soft tube)
  • Toothpaste (soft tube)
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Torch
Torch
  • Torch
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Torch
    HWRC

    Recycle with electrical items at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website

Towels - cloth
Towels - cloth
  • Towels - cloth
    Reuse

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

    If in clean but worn condition check if animal shelters would like them for pet bedding.

    Re-use worn out towels at home for wipes or rags.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Towels - cloth
    Recycle point

    Clean, dry towels in any condition can be put in textile banks at recycling points.

  • Towels - cloth
    Black bin

    Dirty, oily or wet towels can not be re-used or recycled.

Toys
Toys
  • Toys
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Toys
    Specialist

    Some hard plastic toys can be recycled with hard plastics at Household Recycling Centres. Large broken toys that can not fit in your black bin can be disposed of here too. 

  • Toys
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Treated wood / timber
Treated wood / timber
  • Treated wood / timber
    Reuse

    Large useable pieces in good condition can be passed on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Treated wood / timber
    Black bin

    Small pieces of treated wood (e.g. parts of varnished or stained furniture) can be put in your black bin. 

  • Treated wood / timber
    HWRC

    Larger pieces which will not fit into your bin need to be taken to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

    Treated wood should not be put in your green bin.

Trigger spray
Trigger spray
  • Trigger spray
    Recycle

    Leave triggers on your empty spray bottles and put them in your blue bin.

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Tumble dryer
Tumble dryer
  • Tumble dryer
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity (check with them first - some are able to collect large items e.g. British Heart Foundation) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tumble dryer
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Tyres
Tyres
  • Tyres
    Reuse

    Stacked car tyres can make useful planters for plants that need warmth; the black rubber absorbs the heat. This is not recommended for vegetables or edible plants. You can also make tyre swings, outdoor furniture etc. - search online for ideas.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Tyres
    Specialist

    Car tyres can not be accepted for recycling or disposal by the Council. If you have tyres to dispose of, contact your local garage who may be able to take them for you either for free or for a small charge.

Untreated wood and bark
Untreated wood and bark
  • Untreated wood and bark
    Reuse

    You can burn untreated wood in a woodburner or open fire after seasoning for a year. If you have a lot of wood from a fallen tree for example, and don't have a woodburner, consider passing on via  Freegle or Gumtree.

    You could also make a wood pile in your garden as a wildlife habitat.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Untreated wood and bark
    Green bin

    Branches and pieces of bark up to the thickness of a broom handle can be accepted in the green bin. Larger pieces can be added if they are split first.

    Sawn timber is not suitable for composting as it may have been pressure treated or contain nails.

  • Untreated wood and bark
    HWRC

    Large branches thicker than a broom handle can be taken to Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Vacuum bags
Vacuum bags
  • Vacuum bags
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner
    Reuse

    Vacuum cleaners can often be repaired. First check it is properly emptied! See the Circular Cambridge Directory for a list of repairers, or try taking it to a Repair Cafe.

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Vacuum cleaner
    HWRC

    Vacuum cleaners can be recycled with other electricals at Household Recycling Centres near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Vases
Vases
Vegetable peelings
Vegetable peelings
  • Vegetable peelings
    Reuse

    Put in your home compost bin or heap, if you have one. You can find out more about composting here

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Vegetable peelings
    Green bin

    You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection. More information on how the compost is made can be found on RECAP’s website.You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page

Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
  • Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
    Reuse

    If in good condition, pass them on - ask family and friends if they would like them, go online to give them away at sites like Freegle or Gumtree, and check locally - a community project near you may have a use for them.

    For more information and creative ideas visit Recycle Now website.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
    Black bin

    If broken and not re-usable, put in your black bin.

Vinyl records
Vinyl records
  • Vinyl records
    Reuse

    If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they are accepted first), sell or pass on via networks such as Freegle or GumtreeMade from PVC, vinyl records are often 're-purposed' into new stylish ornaments, wall art or tableware - so even scratched records may be wanted by somebody.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Vinyl records
    Black bin

    Vinyl records cannot be recycled. If broken, put in your black bin.

Wallpaper
Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper
    Reuse

    Unused surplus rolls of wallpaper can be donated to some charities (check first) and Scrapstores, or reuse at home for children's artwork etc.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wallpaper
    Black bin

    Wallpaper not suitable for reuse should be put in the black bin.

Wardrobe
Wardrobe
  • Wardrobe
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wardrobe
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find more on our website.

Washable / cloth / real nappy
Washable / cloth / real nappy
Washing machine
Washing machine
  • Washing machine
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Washing machine
    HWRC

    Household Recycling Centres are near Milton and Thriplow. More information can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website. We also collect bulky goods for a fee. You can find out more on our website.

Watch filters
Watch filters
  • Watch filters
    Recycle point

    Water filters cannot be recycled as part of your recycling collection scheme nor at household waste recycling centres. However, if you use a BRITA branded water filter you can recycle the used filters at most Argos, Robert Dyas and Homebase stores where boxes are provided for the collection of used cartridges.

    To find your nearest participating store, visit the BRITA website.

    For other water filter brands, please contact the manufacturer to find out if they provide a similar service.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Watch filters
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Watches
Watches
  • Watches
    Reuse

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

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Watches
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Worn out clothes / clothing
Worn out clothes / clothing
  • Worn out clothes / clothing
    Reuse

    Have a go at repairing your clothes. It's easier than you may think, and many techniques (e.g. Sashiko, a style of Japanese visible mending) are very fashionable.

    Find out more at Love Your Clothes.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Worn out clothes / clothing
    Recycle point

    Clean worn out clothes are accepted at clothing banks located at various recycling points around the district. You can also use charity collection bags if you receive them through your letterbox.

    Clothes not suitable for re-use are turned into rags, which can be used for cleaning machinery in factories, used as stuffing in furniture, or even insulation.

  • Worn out clothes / clothing
    Black bin

    If clothes are soiled or wet, please place them in your black bin.

Weeds
Weeds
  • Weeds
    Reuse

    Most weeds can be added to your home compost bin if you have one. However, avoid adding those which have seeded, as well as pernicious weeds like ground elder or bindweed, which will survive the low temperatures in your heap and will then be spread around your garden when you use the compost. For more home composting tips visit Garden Organic. To find out about how buy a compost bin or get a free soil conditioner mage from green bin contents, visit this page.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Weeds
    Green bin

    All weeds with the exception of the particularly pernicious Japanese knotweed can be safely put in your green bin. The high temperatures the compost reaches during the municipal composting process will kill off any seeds. To find out more about how waste is treated, visit RECAP's website.

Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
  • Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
    Reuse

    Donate it to a charity shop if not broken.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wine, tumblers and drinking glasses
    Black bin

    Broken wine glasses, tumblers or other glass drinking vessels should be carefully bagged and put in your black bin.

    Small fragments of broken bottles and jars should also be bagged and put in the black bin, unless they can be contained in another jar.

Wipes
Wipes
  • Wipes
    Reuse

    Wipes are not recyclable, compostable or flushable, since they are made of a mix of paper and plastic fibres.

    Consider using washable alternatives, there are various brands of washable baby wipes, and cotton dishcloths can be washed and reused for most other applications.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wipes
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Wrapping paper
Wrapping paper
  • Wrapping paper
    Reuse

    You can re-use wrapping paper and gift bags.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wrapping paper
    Recycle

    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

  • Wrapping paper
    Black bin

    Metallic and plastic gift-wrap that you cannot re-use, need to be placed in your black bin as it can not be recycled.

Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
  • Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
    Reuse

    Re-use pieces of wrapping paper whenever possible.

  • If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:
  • Wrapping paper - metallic or glittered
    Black bin

    Do the scrunch test - if your wrapping paper springs back rather than staying scrunched, it is probably made of metallised plastic, and can not be recycled.

    Heavily glittered paper should also not be recycled as the plastic glitter and glue cause problems with the recycling process.

X-rays
X-rays
  • X-rays
    Black bin

    Black bin items go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more on RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.

Yoghurt pot
Yoghurt pot
  • Yoghurt pot
    Recycle

    Please rinse.


    Materials from your blue bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it. You can find out more about processing by visiting RECAP’s website. You can find out your bin collection days on our bin collection day page.