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A-Z of recycling

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


A

Aerosols

  • Recycle empty aerosol cans in your green box or take to your local recycling centre.

Aluminium cans

  • Please put clean cans in your green box or take to your local recycling centre

Aluminium foil and foil trays

  • Not currently recyclable.
  • Please place into your household bin.

Animal bedding (waste) – e.g. sawdust

  • Please compost this in your own compost bin (not a green waste bin, as we cannot accept pet waste of any kind)
  • Fabric or plastic bedding can be given to animal charities if in a good reusable condition.

Asbestos

  • Small amounts of hard-bonded asbestos from a residential property will be accepted at a household waste and recycling centre.
  • The maximum that will be accepted on any day is four sheets, or an equivalent amount so please check before you visit.
  • All asbestos must be double-wrapped in plastic and sealed with tape prior to visiting the site.
  • Do not break up Asbestos sheets as this could release the asbestos fibres which may be a hazard to health.

If you need to deal with more than a few sheets of hard-bonded asbestos or any fibrous asbestos you should contact a specialist contractor. If you need advice about dealing with asbestos on your own residential property please call the City Council on 01228 817 200 or phone a specialist contractor.

Ash

  • Please leave ash to cool before bagging and placing in your household bin.
  • Please do not place ash in your green garden waste bin.
  • Small amounts of ash or cinders from an open fire can help to keep slugs and snails off your vegetable patch and wood ash can be home composted once cooled.

B

Batteries - Car

  • Take car batteries to the household waste and recycling centre for safe disposal.
  • Scrap metal merchants also accept car batteries.
  • Handle with care, car batteries contain acid.

Batteries – Household

  • Household batteries can be recycled at a household waste and recycling centre.
  • Some larger retail stores also accept them.
  • Use rechargeable or solar powered batteries, which last longer.

Bicycles

  • There are a number of local second hand bicycle retailers and charities in Carlisle who may be able to recycle unwanted bicycles.
  • If it is not reusable take it to your local household waste and recycling centre.

Biscuit tins (metal or plastic)

  • Recycle metal tins in your green box and plastic ones in your green bag.
  • Or take to your local recycling point.

Blankets and bedding

  • Charity shops may accept blankets and some bedding in reusable condition.
  • Animal charities may also be able to use them.
  • If it is not reusable, take it to your local household waste and recycling centre.

Books

  • Charity shops may accept books in good condition.
  • Some recycling points also have banks that will accept books.

Bottles and jars

  • Put empty, clean glass bottles and jars in your green box or take to your local recycling point.
  • Put empty, clean plastic bottles/containers in your green bag or take to your local recycling point.
  • Please do not put recyclable material such as glass and plastic in your refuse bin

Bricks and rubble

  • Take bricks and rubble to a household waste and recycling centre.
  • Do not put bricks and rubble in your refuse bin.

Bubble wrap

  • Not currently recyclable. Please place it into your household waste container.

C

Cans (Aluminium & Steel)

  • Put clean, empty cans in your green box or take to your local recycling point. There is no need to sort the aluminium cans from the steel ones or to remove the paper.

Cards

  • Cards with glitter or other embellishments cannot be recycled; please place them into your household waste container. Please tear off the back cover or insides of glittery cards for recycling.
  • Put cards in your green bag or take to a local recycling point.

Cardboard

  • Put cardboard (cereal boxes etc) in your green bag or take to a local recycling point.
  • Save space by flattening cardboard and place cardboard boxes inside each other

Carrier bags

  • These can be recycled at some of the major supermarkets (usually inside the store).
  • Try to reuse plastic bags where possible or choose reusable carrier bags.
  • Do not put plastic bags in your green bag for plastic recycling.

Carpets

  • Take carpet to your local household waste and recycling centre
  • Or, book a bulky household waste collection (charges apply).

Cartons (‘tetrapak’ / juice or food cartons)

  • Drinks and food cartons can be recycled in your green bag (with your cardboard and paper).

Catalogues

  • Use your green bag or take to a local recycling point.

Cellophane / cling film / wrapping

  • Not currently recyclable. place into your household refuse bin.

Christmas trees

  • Support local good causes and check for a charity collection of trees in your area
  • Take trees to the household waste recycling centre
  • Put next to your garden waste bin for collection (remove all decorations first)

Clothes and curtains

  • Charity shops may accept fabric in good condition.
  • Place in a local textiles bank or take to a household waste and recycling centre.

Coffee grinds and filter paper

  • Recycle these in your own home composting bin. Please do not place in your green garden waste bin.

Composting and home compost bins

Computers

  • Local charities may accept computers or recycle at a household waste and recycling centre.
  • Remember to clear your hard drive before donating or disposing of your computer.

Cookers

  • If it is reusable, please contact a local charity (some offer free collections).
  • Alternatively, cookers can be taken to the Household waste and recycling centre or contact Customer Services on 01228 817200 to book on a bulky waste collection (charges apply).

Cooking oil

  • Not currently recyclable. Please pour waste cooking oil into an empty container and dispose of it in your household waste container. Please do not pour oil down your sinks / drains.
  • Other oil (e.g., engine oil) can be disposed of at a household waste and recycling centre.

Crisp packets

  • These are not currently recyclable. Please put them in your refuse bin.

D

DIY waste

  • Household DIY waste can be taken to a household waste and recycling centre. However, if you wish to take it in van or twin axle trailer then you will require a permit to do so. For further information and to obtain a permit please call 0845 055 1118 (permit scheme operated by Cumbria County Council).
  • Please do not place into your household waste container.

Disposing of trade waste is an offence. If you are a business you must organise your own trade waste collection service and make sure that you:

  • segregate, store and transport your waste appropriately and securely, making sure that you do not cause any pollution or harm to human health
  • check that your waste is transported and handled by people or businesses that are authorised to do so
  • complete waste transfer notes, including a full, accurate description of the waste, to document all waste you transfer, and keep them as a record for at least two years.

If a waste carrier takes your waste away, you need to check that they are authorised to accept it.

Duvets and pillows

  • Not currently recyclable.
  • Some animal charities may accept them for pet bedding or take them to a household waste and recycling centre for disposal.

DVDs

  • Some recycling points have banks that accept these (usually in with books) or take them to a charity shop if they are in a reusable condition.

E

Egg boxes

  • Put cardboard in your green bag or take to a local recycling point.
  • You can also add them to your home compost bin to provide aeration and carbon.
  • Plastic boxes can be recycled in your green bag or placed into a plastic bank at a recycling point.

Egg shells

  • Crushed egg shells can be added to your compost bin as they contain lime which helps to reduce acidity.
  • Please do not place any food items in your green garden waste bin.

Electrical Goods

  • Some charities accept electrical goods in working order.
  • You can take electrical items to a household waste and recycling centre for free disposal
  • You can book a bulky waste collection online at www.carlisle.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling (charges apply) or contact Carlisle City Council customer services on 01228 817 200.
  • Small non-hazardous electrical items (such as an iron or toaster) can be placed into your household waste container.

Envelopes

  • Remove any plastic windows (put this plastic in your refuse bin) and the rest of the envelope can be recycled in your green bag along with cartons and cardboard.
  • Or take to a recycle point.

Engine oil

  • Take engine oil to a household waste and recycling centre to be disposed of.
  • Do not pour oil down sinks or drains.

F

Foil

  • Please put in your refuse bin. We cannot recycle foil items.

Food Cartons – see cartons

Food Waste

  • The average family wastes around £500 a year through buying and preparing too much food. Prevent waste by planning weekly menus, preparing suitable quantities, freezing excess food and home composting raw vegetable scraps.
  • Do not put cooked food waste into your home compost bin as this can attract vermin.
  • Do not place any food waste in your green garden waste bin.

Fridges and Freezers

  • Some charities accept white electrical items in a reusable condition.
  • You can take white goods to a household waste and recycling centre.
  • Alternatively, Carlisle City Council will collect domestic fridges and freezers for a charge. You can book a collection online at www.carlisle.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling or call customer services on 01228 817 200.

Furniture

  • Some charities accept unwanted furniture in a reusable condition.
  • You can take furniture items to a household waste and recycling centre.
  • Alternatively, Carlisle City Council will collect unwanted furniture for a charge. You can book a collection online at www.carlisle.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling or call customer services on 01228 817 200.

G

Garden Waste

  • Home composting your garden waste produces a great soil conditioner for your garden.
  • All organic garden waste (waste that rots) can be placed in your green garden waste bin
  • You can recycle garden waste at a household waste and recycling centre.

Gas bottles/cylinders

  • Do not place into your recycling containers or bins.
  • Take empty gas bottles to a local supplier or to a household waste recycling centre.

Glass

  • Only domestic glass bottles and jars should be recycled. Place clean and empty glass bottles or jars into your green box or take them to a glass bank at a recycling point.
  • Pyrex, green house glass, fish tanks or similar can be recycled at a household waste and recycling centre.

Greetings cards

  • Cards with glitter or other embellishments cannot be recycled; please place them into your household waste container. Please tear off the back cover or insides of glittery cards for recycling.
  • Put cards in your green bag or take to a local recycling point.

H

Hazardous Waste

  • For information on the disposal of hazardous waste please contact Carlisle City Council on 01228 817200 or email: [email protected].
  • Hazardous waste should not be placed into your household waste container.

I

Inhalers

  • You can recycle the plastic outer casing in a green bag or in a plastic bank at a recycling point – place the empty cylinder into your household waste container.

Ink cartridges/printer cartridges and toners

  • Some cartridges can be returned to the supplier for refilling.
  • Some charities collect empty cartridges – check online for one near you.
  • Alternatively place the empty cartridge into your household waste container for disposal.

J

Junk Mail

  • You can substantially reduce the amount of unwanted junk mail you receive by contacting the mailing Preference Service and getting yourself excluded from most of the selected mailing lists. Log on to www.mpsonline.org.uk, write to MPS, Freepost 29, LON20771, London, W1E 0ZT or call 0845 7034 599. Always tick the box at the end of a charity appeal or other mailing if you do not wish your name to be passed to other agencies.
  • You can also place junk mail in a green box or in a paper bank at a recycling point.
  • Or shred junk mail and place it into a home compost bin.

K

Kitchen paper towels

  • A small amount of kitchen paper can be put into your home compost bin.

Kitchen waste

  • Vegetable/fruit peelings can be added to your home compost bin.
  • Do not place kitchen waste into your green garden waste bin.

L

Light bulbs

  • Light bulbs cannot be recycled and should be placed into your household waste container.
  • Fluorescent tubes can be recycled at a household waste and recycling centre.

M

Magazines

  • Magazines in good condition may be wanted in doctors', dentists' waiting rooms, hairdressers, nursing homes etc.
  • Recycle them in your green bag or take them to a paper bank at a recycling point.

Mattresses

  • You can dispose of a mattress at a household waste and recycling centre free of charge.
  • Alternatively, Carlisle City Council will collect it for a charge. You can book a collection online at www.carlisle.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling or call customer services on 01228 817200.

Metal (other than tins or cans)

  • You can take scrap metal to a household waste and recycling centre to be recycled.
  • If you use a scrap metal merchant to collect your unwanted metal, make sure they are legally compliant and that they have the appropriate ‘waste transfer’ paperwork in place or you could be liable if your waste is illegally flytipped.

Medical equipment and medicines

  • Return NHS medical equipment back to the hospital that provided them.
  • Some charities may accept medical equipment you have purchased for reuse.
  • Unwanted medicines can be returned to any pharmacist for disposal.

Mobile phones

  • Some charities collect and recycle old mobile phones.

N

Nappies

  • Disposable nappies cannot be recycled and should be placed into your household waste container.
  • A baby will need over 4,000 nappy changes. Disposable nappies can take up to 500 years to break down.
  • Real Nappies are a much more environmentally friendly and cost effective alternative. For help and advice about real nappies contact Cumbria County Council’s helpline on 0300 003 1118 or email: [email protected]

Needles and syringes

  • Dispose of as per instructions, usually by sealing in a container and returning to supplier.
  • Do not place needles or syringes into any recycling or household waste container.
  • If you find any needles or syringes on the street do not touch them and report it to Carlisle City Council customer services on 01228 817200 or email: [email protected]

Newspapers

  • Place into a green bag or take to a paper bank at a recycling point.

O

Oil – see cooking or engine oil

Office Fittings

  • Some charities may accept unwanted but reusable office furniture and fittings.

P

Paper
Place in your green bag or in a paper bank at a recycling point.

Paint

  • Empty paint tins can be recycled at a household waste and recycling centre.
  • Some community groups or charities may accept tins or paint for local projects.

Photographs

  • Photographs cannot be recycled – please place them in your household waste container.

Pizza boxes

  • Place empty pizza boxes into or beside your green bag or in a cardboard bank at a recycling point.

Plastics

  • Most household plastic can be recycled in a green bag or taken to a plastic bank at a household waste and recycling centre.
  • Recycle items such as plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, food trays and tubs.
  • No toys, plant pots, polystyrene, plastic carrier bags, cling film or bubble wrap.

Polystyrene and polythene packaging

  • Not currently recyclable – please place into your household waste container.

Pottery

  • Charities may accept certain items or place it into your household waste container.

R

Recycle Points

  • Recycling Points are managed by Carlisle City Council. They are located conveniently all over the Carlisle area, often in supermarkets or village halls and provide a range of recycling facilities.
  • Recycling banks are emptied regularly, but you can report an overflowing bank by emailing; [email protected]
  • Please do not leave general household waste at a recycling point as this is flytipping and you could be fined.

S

Shoes

  • Some charity shops accept shoes in good condition.
  • They can be taken to a clothing bank at our larger recycling points.

Spectacles

  • Most opticians will accept old spectacles for reuse abroad.

Sawdust, Straw and Hay

  • Not currently recyclable, but you can compost all these materials in a home composting bin.
  • Do not place into a green garden waste bin.

T

Telephone directories

  • Place them into a green bag or a paper bank at a recycling point.

Textiles

  • Take textiles and reusable clothes to a clothing bank at a recycling point – remember to bag them first.

Toner cartridges

  • Check the instruction leaflet as some can be returned to the manufacturers for recycling.
  • Alternatively some charities may accept them for recycling.

Tools

  • Some charities may accept tools in good working condition for reuse.
  • ‘Tools for Self-Reliance’ are a charity that collects and refurbishes hand tools (except gardening tools), for free shipment to help others abroad. Contact the Carlisle branch on 01228 529369 for further details.

Tyres

  • Garages are responsible for the waste they create and they will dispose of the tyres you replace at their site.
  • Alternatively you can recycle used tyres at a household waste and recycling centre free of charge.

 

U

Unwanted Mail

  • Visit the mail preference service free or charge to remove your address from most unsolicited mail, email: [email protected] or visit www.mpsonline.org.uk

V

> Vending cups

  • Not currently recyclable – try to take a reusable cup instead if possible. Some cafes will give you a discount for bringing your own cup.

Vegetable / cooking oil

  • Cannot be recycled.
  • Please pour used oil back into the container and dispose of it in your household waste container.

W

Wallpaper

  • Wallpaper is not currently recyclable due to the vinyl or metal coatings, paste and textured materials.
  • Please dispose of wallpaper in your household waste container.

White Goods

  • Some charities accept unwanted white goods in a reusable condition.
  • You can take white goods to a household waste and recycling centre free of charge.
  • Alternatively, Carlisle City Council will collect unwanted domestic items, such as fridges and freezers for a charge. You can book a collection online at www.carlisle.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling or call customer services on 01228 817200.

Wood

  • Wood can be taken to a household waste and recycling centre for recycling.

Wool

  • Not currently recyclable but it can be composted in a home composting bin.
  • Take care to wash hands after handling raw fleeces.

Wrapping Paper

  • Wrapping paper often contains plastic and/or metals so unfortunately it cannot be recycled.
  • Please place wrapping paper into your household waste container.

X

Xmas Trees

  • Please put your real Christmas tree (not artificial) in or beside your green garden waste bin if you have one or take it to a household waste and recycling centre for recycling.

Xmas Cards

  • Cards with glitter or other embellishments cannot be recycled; please place them into your household waste container.
  • Plain cards can be recycled in a green bag or taken to a paper bank at a recycling point.

Y

Yellow Pages

  • You can place yellow pages and other paper catalogues in your green bag for recycling or take it to a paper bank at a recycling point.

Z

Zero Waste

  • This may not be achievable, but we would like residents to recycle as much of their waste as possible - over half the contents of your household bin can be recycled!

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