Rubbish and recycling A to Z

 
 

Use our A to Z to find out how to recycle or get rid of your rubbish and unwanted items.

You can find out more about recycling on our What to put in your blue recycling bin page. 

Please fill in the feedback form at the bottom of the page if there is anything missing from this A to Z or you can't find what you are looking for. 

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    Candle jars

    Candle jars are usually made from heat resistant glass, so can't be recycled with your food and drink bottles and jars.

    Why not reuse them and make the candle again by buying wax pellets and a wick? 

    If you do not want to reuse the jar, they can be put into the sheet glass recycling container at your household waste recycling centre. Otherwise they should be put in your green rubbish bin. 

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    Cans

    You can recycle both aluminium and steel drink cans in your blue recycling bin.

    Please rinse them out first and leave the lids and ring-pull attached or placed inside of the can.

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    Car batteries

    You cannot recycle car batteries in our recycling bins or by using our battery collection scheme.

    You can take them to a Household waste recycling centres for recycling and safe disposal.

    You can find more information on the Hampshire County Council - Car batteries web page.

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    Cardboard

    You can recycle cardboard in your blue recycling bin. Please remove any packing tape and flatten large boxes.

    You can also recycle large cardboard boxes and packaging at your local Household waste recycling centres.

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    Carpet

    You can take carpet to your Household waste recycling centres for disposal.

    You can also arrange for a bulky waste collection of carpet. There is a charge for this service.

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    Carrier bags

    You cannot recycle carrier bags in our blue recycling bins.

    Many larger supermarkets accept carrier bags for recycling.

    If you cannot reuse your carrier bags or find a place to recycle them, please put them in your green rubbish bin.

    Why we can't recycle carrier bags
    Individual carrier bags can wrap around machinery in our sorting facility and can be mixed up with paper, making the paper less recyclable.

    Bagging recyclable items into carrier bags in your blue bin also prevents them from being sorted.

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    Cassettes and cases

    You cannot recycle cassettes and cases in our blue recycling bins.

    Local charities may accept these to sell through their shops.

    You can also get rid of them in your green rubbish bin or at your local Household waste recycling centres.

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    CDs

    CDs

    You cannot recycle CDs in our blue recycling bins.

    You can donate CDs to your local charity shop, offer them to someone through Freecycle, or sell them on.

    We also have a number of charity music banks. Please see our Bottle banks and recycling points page for more information.

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    Chairs

    If the furniture is in good condition, there are a number of organisations and charities, such as the British Heart Foundation, that will take it for resale. 

    You can also advertise items of furniture for free on sites such as Freegle or Freecycle to see if someone can reuse it. 

    Alternatively, you can arrange for a bulky waste collection of an item of furniture. There is a charge for this service.

    You can also take it to your local household waste recycling centre, where it can be sold on for reuse if in good condition.

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    Chemicals

    We cannot accept chemicals like white spirit, oven cleaner, or anti-freeze in our rubbish or recycling bins.

    Please see Hampshire County Council - Household and garden chemicals page for more information.

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    Christmas bows

    You cannot recycle Christmas bows. Please put them in your green rubbish bin.

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    Christmas cards

    You can recycle Christmas cards that do not have glitter or foil on them. Please place them in your blue recycling bin. 

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    Christmas trees

    We offer a free bookable collection of real Christmas trees for composting, on certain dates after Christmas.

    You can arrange a bulky waste collection of an artificial Christmas tree. There is a charge for this service.

    You can also take real and artificial trees to your local Household waste recycling centres.

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    Cling film

    Cling film cannot be recycled. Please put it in your green rubbish bin.

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    Clinical waste

    We offer a free collection of certain types of clinical waste with a referral from a healthcare professional. This includes infectious and/or dangerous items such as sharps and soiled surgical dressings.

    Please see our Clinical and hazardous waste collection page for more information.

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    Clothes lines

    You can take rotary lines and clothes airers to your local Household waste recycling centres.

    You can also arrange for a Bulky waste collection service of these items. There is a charge for this service.

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    Clothing

    You can take clothing that is in a good condition to a charity shop for resale.

    We also have a number of textile banks. Please see our Bottle banks and recycling points page for more information.

    Please do not put them in your blue recycling bin.

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    Coat hangers

    You cannot recycle clothes hangers in your blue recycling bin.

    You can take coat hangers that are in good condition to charity shops.

    Please put broken coat hangers into your green rubbish bin.

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    Commercial waste

    We do not collect commercial waste in your green or blue household bins.

    You must arrange for a waste collection service through a commercial waste company.

    Please visit our Waste, cleaning and landscaping services for local businesses page for more information.

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    Compost

    You can use compost around your garden, or you can try offering it to a neighbour.

    You can get rid of soil and rubble at your nearest Household waste recycling centres. There is a charge for this service.

    Please see the Hampshire County Council - Soil web page for more information.

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    Computers

    You can recycle laptops using our Small electrical items recycling service.

    You can take desktop computers to your Household waste recycling centres.

    There are other organisations that accept computers for recycling. Search for 'weee recycling' online.

    You can also arrange for a bulky waste collection of computers. There is a charge for this service.

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    Cooking oil

    You can recycle cooking oil at your local household waste recycling centre.

    There are some restrictions. Please see the Hampshire County Council - Cooking oil web page for more information.

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