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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    Sharps

    We offer a free special collection for healthcare waste for items such as sharps and soiled surgical dressings with a referral from a healthcare professional.

    Please see our Clinical and hazardous waste collection page for further details.

    Please do not place these items into your green or blue bins.

    If you find a discarded needle in the street, please contact our Customer Services team on 01252 398399 or email customerservices@rushmoor.gov.uk, giving a clear description of where the needle is.

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    Shoes

    You can donate shoes to many charities. Please visit our Recycling for charity page for more information.

    You can also donate shoes at one of the textiles and shoes banks located in Aldershot and Farnborough. Please see our Bottle banks and recycling points page for locations.

    Please do not put them in your blue recycling bin.

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    Shredded paper

    You can compost shredded paper in your home compost bin. You can purchase discounted home composting bins by visiting the Get composting website.

    You can also use shredded paper as a packing material if you are moving house or posting something.

    Alternatively, please put shredded paper into your green rubbish bin.

    Why we don't recycle shredded paper
    Shredded paper can't be recycled because the strands of paper are too small to be sorted from the other materials in your recycling bin at our material recovery facility. 

    Shredded paper will also get lost around the plant and it can become a fire hazard. 

    Finally, shredding paper shortens the length of the fibres and paper recycling companies find it harder to recycle it.

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    Sofa

    If the sofa 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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    Soil

    You can take soil to your local household waste recycling centre. There is a charge for this service. Please visit the Hampshire County Council - Soil page for more information.

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    Styrofoam

    Please put styrofoam in your green rubbish bin

    Why we don't recycle styrofoam
    Styrofoam cannot currently be recycled due to limited reprocessing facilities in the UK

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    Syringes

    We offer a free special collection for healthcare waste for items such as syringes, sharps and soiled surgical dressings, with a referral from a healthcare professional.

    Please see our Clinical and hazardous waste collection page for further details.

    Please do not place these items into your green or blue bins.

    If you find a discarded needle in the street, please contact our Customer Services team on 01252 398399 or email customerservices@rushmoor.gov.uk, giving a clear description of where the needle is.

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