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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    Fire extinguishers

    Please check with the fire extinguisher manufacturer first to see if they will take them back for recycling.

    If the manufacturer of the fire extinguisher is unable to take them back, you can take them to a household waste recycling centre.

    Please visit the Hampshire County Council - Fire extinguishers web page for more information about any restrictions.

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    Fish tank

    If your fish tank is in a good condition you can give it to someone or sell it, using a website like Freecycle or Gumtree.

    You can arrange for a bulky waste collection of a fish tank. There is a charge for this service.

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

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    Flares

    You cannot put flares in our rubbish or recycling bins or take them to a household waste recycling centre.

    Please visit the Hampshire County Council - Flares web page for more information and to find out your options.

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    Foil and foil containers

    You cannot recycle aluminium foil or foil containers in your blue recycling bin, however some charities do collect aluminium foil.

    Please place any foil or foil containers in your green rubbish bin, where it will be taken to an energy recovery facility.

    Why we don't collect aluminium foil or containers
    Aluminium foil cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin as it cannot be sorted at our materials recovery facility. Aluminium recycling companies in the UK will not accept large amounts of foil mixed with cans.

    Foil is also often contaminated with food, which can reduce the quality of other materials in your recycling bin, especially paper.

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    Food packaging

    Please place plastic food packaging in your green rubbish bin, where it will be taken to an energy recovery facility and burnt, helping to generate electricity.

    Why we don't recycle plastic packaging
    Plastic food packaging cannot currently be recycled due to limited reprocessing facilities available in the UK.

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    Food waste

    You can compost some food waste in a home compost bin. You can buy discounted home composting bins by visiting the Get composting website.

    We will be offering a separate food waste collection service from this autumn, see our Food waste recycling for more details. Food waste is diverted from landfill and taken to an energy recovery facility where it helps to generate electricity.

    Until you receive your food waste caddies, if you cannot compost it, please place food waste in your green rubbish bin.

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    Fridges and freezers

    You can arrange for a Bulky waste collection of a fridge or freezer. There is a charge for this service.

    You can also take it to your local household waste recycling centre.

    Please see the Hampshire County Council - Fridges and freezers web page for more information.

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    Fuel - petrol or diesel

    Please contact a commercial disposal company or search for car breakers or garages online. Fuels are not accepted at household waste recycling centres.

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    Furniture

    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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