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Recycling A-Z

Use our A-Z to find out where you can recycle individual items.

Animal waste

Material Where to recycle
Animal waste (dog and cat poo) Rubbish bin or bag
Biodegradable bedding from small animals (hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits) Garden waste bin or recycling centre

Batteries

Place these in a small clear bag (tied) at the top of your green recycling box. Place car batteries next to your green recycling box. You can also take batteries to a recycling centre.

Books

Material Where to recycle
Books in good re-usable condition You can donate books to charity shops, community book exchanges or sell them online
Books in poor condition (cannot be re-used) Remove the hard cover and spine, then place pages in paper banks at our recycling centres. The hard cover and spine go in your rubbish bin or bag, or rubbish waste at a recycling centre

Building materials

Material Where to recycle
Asbestos (cement bonded asbestos only - maximum of 3 unbroken sheets, drainpipe/guttering (max size 6ft x 3ft) double wrapped and sealed. You must call us 24 hours in advance to book your visit on 01225 39 40 41) Recycling centre
Plasterboard (plaster and gypsum materials only - remove all stud work and tiles - limit of six black bags per week) Recycling centre
Wood and timber Recycling centre
Rubble and soil (bricks, concrete, ceramics, loose soil, but no turf or plastic - limit of six black bags per week) Recycling centre

Business waste

Information about business waste including how to order a collection can be found on our business waste page.

Car items

Material Where to recycle
Whole tyres (maximum of four at a time) Recycling centre
Engine oil (in sealed engine oil containers) Recycling centre and green recycling box
Oil filters (drain and wrap in plastic bags to avoid leaks) Green recycling box

Chemicals

Gas bottles and house and garden chemicals go to your nearest recycling centre. Please speak to a member of staff when you arrive at the recycling centre.

Clothing and textiles

Material Where to recycle
Clothing including underwear (clean, dry and good reusable condition and placed in a carrier bag) Recycling centre and green recycling box (or donate to charity)
Shoes in pairs (clean, dry and good reusable condition and placed in a carrier bag) Recycling centre and green recycling box (or donate to charity)
Hats, scarves and gloves (clean, dry and good reusable condition and placed in a carrier bag) Recycling centre and green recycling box (or donate to charity)
Handbags and belts (clean, dry and good reusable condition and placed in a carrier bag) Recycling centre and green recycling box (or donate to charity)
Bed linen including pillow cases, duvet covers and sheets (clean, dry and good reusable condition and placed in a carrier bag) Recycling centre and green recycling box (or donate to charity)
Blankets (clean, dry and good reusable condition and placed in a carrier bag) Recycling centre and green recycling box (or donate to charity)
Towels (clean, dry and good reusable condition and placed in a carrier bag) Recycling centre and green recycling box
Quilts, duvets, pillows, cushions, rugs, curtains We can't recycle them, but you may find other options on the Recycle Now website.
Wet, soiled, stained, smelly or damaged items Rubbish bin or you might find other options on the Recycle Now website.
Decorating clothes Rubbish bin or you might find other options on the Recycle Now website.
Uniform or workwear We can't recycle them, but you may find other options on the Recycle Now website.
Fabrics and rags We can't recycle them, but you may find other options on the Recycle Now website.

Electrical

Material Where to recycle
Small electrical items which fit into a tied carrier bag (hairdryers or mobile phones (including batteries and chargers) Recycling centre and green recycling box
Large electrical items which don't fit into a carrier bag (fridges, microwaves and televisions) Order a large waste item collection or take to your nearest recycling centre (or donate to charity)

Food waste

Material Where to recycle
Meat and fish Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Fruit and vegetables Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Dairy Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Egg shells Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Bread, cakes and pastries Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Rice, pasta and beans Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Uneaten or leftover food Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Teabags and coffee grounds Kitchen caddy or food bin or recycling centre
Cooking oil You can take up to one full bottle of used cooking oil to your nearest recycling centre. If you can't get to a recycling centre, you can soak small amounts of old cooking oil in newspaper or kitchen roll (used to wrap your food waste) and add to your food caddy or food bin.

Garden waste

Material Where to recycle
Flowers and plants Garden waste bin or recycling centre
Grass cuttings Garden waste bin or recycling centre
Branches Garden waste bin or recycling centre
Leaves Garden waste bin or recycling centre
Bark Garden waste bin or recycling centre
Hedge trimmings Garden waste bin or recycling centre
Biodegradable bedding from small animals (hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits) Garden waste bin or recycling centre

Glass

Material Where to recycle
Rinsed glass bottles and jars (you can leave labels and lids on, but no Pyrex, tumblers or window panes) Recycling centre and green recycling box
Broken glass (must be wrapped securely to prevent injury) Rubbish bin or bag, or rubbish waste at recycling centre
Window glass Recycling centre
Drinks glass (must be wrapped securely to prevent injury) Rubbish bin or bag, or rubbish waste at recycling centre
Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs (kept separate and unbroken) Tubes up to 8ft long are accepted at Keynsham and Midsomer Norton recycling centres. Only up to 6ft long tubes are accepted at Bath recycling centre
Incandescent bulbs Rubbish bin only

Hazardous waste

Information about hazardous waste can be found on GOV.UK's website.

House items

Material Where to recycle
Bric-a-brac (ornaments, lampshades, crockery, cutlery, pictures, toys and games in good condition for re-use) Recycling centre (or donate to charity)
CDs and DVDs (in good condition for resale) Keynsham recycling centre only (or donate to charity)
Fence panel Order a large waste item collection or take to your nearest recycling centre
Fridge freezers Order a large waste item collection or take to your nearest recycling centre
Internal doors Order a large waste item collection or take to your nearest recycling centre
Printer ink cartridges (leave in original packaging where possible, or use the packaging from the new cartridge) Recycling centre or place in a tied carrier bag on top of your green recycling box
Rubbish (you may be asked to show us what's inside your rubbish bag, to make sure we're recycling as much as possible) Recycling centre
Single wardrobes Order a large waste item collection or take to your nearest recycling centre (or donate to charity)

Medicines

Unopened, unused and out of date medicines can be returned to pharmacies for safe disposal. Do not flush medicines down the toilet.

Metal

Material Where to recycle
Bicycles (good condition with large wheels and upright handlebars) Recycling centre
Cans and aerosols Green recycling box or recycling centre
Scrap metal Recycling centre
Metal packaging and foil (no plastic or paper backed foil such as crisp packets) Green recycling box or recycling centre

Nappies

Disposable nappies go in your rubbish bin or bag. However, see our special offer on re-usable nappy packs or visit our Facebook page for more information on re-usable nappies.

Paint

You can take the paint to your nearest recycling centre

Emulsion water-based paint

We cannot take tins with liquid emulsion in them. Please leave the lid off to dry it out, or add sand to the tin, prior to bringing them to us for disposal.

Gloss and solvent-based paint (including paint thinner, stripper, toxic paints and White spirit)

Containers in original container with full or partially full liquid contents inside and placed in the Hazardous Waste area.

Paper and cardboard

Material Where to recycle
Newspapers and magazines Green recycling box or recycling centre
Catalogues, directories and Yellow Pages Green recycling box or recycling centre
Junk mail Green recycling box or recycling centre

White paper and white envelopes

Warning We don't accept wrapping paper for recycling
Why we no longer collect wrapping paper

Unfortunately we cannot accept any wrapping paper for recycling, the reason for this is that whilst our paper has always been recycled in the UK, large amounts of paper from the UK has historically been exported abroad and over recent years as the demand for recycling in the UK has increased, so has the required level of quality of the material that we send to the paper mills.  Wrapping paper, particularly at Christmas is normally contaminated with glitter, tape, bows or tags where people do not or can’t remove them all prior to recycling, in addition a lot of wrapping paper is also made from low grade paper whereas the paper mills prefer higher quality paper.

If we send loads for recycling that contains too much wrapping paper, they could reject the whole load so none of it is recycled, which is why we have said not to recycle any wrapping paper to reduce the risk of this happening.

Green recycling box or recycling centre
Greetings cards Green recycling box or recycling centre
Small amounts of shredded paper (no more than two carrier bags at a time) Green recycling box or recycling centre
Cardboard (Cut large pieces of cardboard to 45cm square to fit in blue recycling bag)  Blue recycling bag or recycling centre
Brown paper Blue recycling bag or recycling centre
Cardboard cartons (food and drinks containers) Blue recycling bag or recycling centre

Plastic

Material Where to recycle
Plastic packaging - solid plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays used to contain food and drink Green recycling box or recycling centre
Black plastic and polystyrene Rubbish bin or bag, or rubbish waste at recycling centre
Plastic bags and film Use plastic bags to line your food caddy or take them to your local supermarket for recycling. Plastic bag collection points can be found at the following supermarkets: Sainsburys (Odd Down, Green Park Station, and Midsomer Norton), Morrisons (London Road), Tesco (Keynsham and Midsomer Norton)

Spectacles

Unbroken spectacles can go in your green recycling box, or you can take them to one of our recycling centres.