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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    Paint

    You can take paint to your local household waste recycling centre. Please make sure paint is in a suitable, sealed container. You can take a maximum of five litres per person per month.

    Where possible, paint will be made available to community repaint schemes for reuse.

    Please visit the Hampshire County Council - Paint web page for more information.

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    Paper

    You can recycle paper, except for Shredded paper, in your blue recycling bin.

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    Pesticides

    We cannot accept pesticides in our rubbish or recycling bins.

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

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    Petrol, oil, and other fuels

    We cannot accept fuels in our rubbish or recycling bins, and you should not take fuels to your local household waste recycling centre.

    Please contact a commercial disposal company or search for car breakers and garages online.

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    Phone books

    You can recycle phone books, including Yellow Pages, in your blue recycling bin.

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    Plasterboard

    You can dispose of plasterboard at your local Household waste recycling centres. There is a charge for this service.

    Please visit the Hampshire County Council - DIY waste page for more information.

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    Plastic bags

    You can reuse some of your sturdier plastic carrier bags or invest in a reusable one. Supermarkets offer to swap your old plastic bags for new ones, once they are unusable.

    We cannot recycle plastic bags, so please put them in your green rubbish bin.

    Also, please do not put recyclable items into carrier bags and put them into your blue bin. This prevents them from being sorted as the sorting plant cannot open the bags, so they are thrown away unopened.

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    Plastic bottles

    You can recycle plastic bottles, including drinks bottles, shampoo bottles, and cleaning product bottles. Please put them into your blue recycling bin.

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    Plastic lids

    You can recycle plastic bottle lids along with plastic bottles in your blue recycling bin.

    Please crush the plastic bottle and screw the lid on tightly or push the lid inside the bottle.

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    Plastic packaging

    You can recycle all types of plastic bottles in your blue recycling bin.

    You should put other types of plastic packaging, including packaging made from recycled bottles, in your green rubbish bin.

    Why we don't recycle all types of plastic packaging
    Plastic packaging, except from plastic bottles, cannot currently be recycled due to limited reprocessing facilities available in the UK.

    Please visit the Hampshire County Council - Plastic packaging, pots, tubs and trays web page for more information.

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    Plastic pots and tubs or trays

    You should put plastic pots, tubs and trays in your green rubbish bin.

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

    Please visit the Hampshire County Council - Plastic packaging, pots, tubs and trays web page for more information.

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    Polystyrene

    Please put polystyrene in your green rubbish bin

    Why we don't recycle polystyrene
    Polystyrene cannot currently be recycled due to limited reprocessing facilities in the UK.

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    Printer cartridges

    You could use refillable cartridges which can save you up to 60% of the price.

    Alternatively, you can return most ink cartridges to their manufacturer for recycling. Details of how to do this are usually printed on the cartridge box.

    Some charities also collect empty ink cartridges for recycling. Please visit our Recycling for charity page for more information.

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