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A to Z of Recycling

If you are unsure of how to dispose of an item, this list should help you.

If you cannot find your item on the list, please email Recycling and we will do our best to assist you.

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.


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Aerosol cans

Clear recycling sack

Most empty aerosol cans such as deodorants, hair sprays and cleaning products can be recycled in your clear sack. Just make sure the cans are empty and any loose plastic lid is removed.

Aerosols for products such as insecticides, oven cleaners, paints and automotive sprays - often marked with a skull and cross bones or a black cross on an orange background - are not accepted in your kerbside recycling collection and should be placed in your normal household waste bin for disposal.

Do not pierce or squash aerosols.

Aluminium cans

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centre

Aluminium foil

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Asbestos

Efford HWRC

There should be no more then 15 sheets of cement bonded asbestos and it should be double bagged and securely sealed. Please contact Efford Household Waste Recycling Centre (01590 672891) before you bring asbestos to the site.


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Batteries

Household batteries:

  • New Forest District Council information offices and leisure centres
  • Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Nearly all shops that sell batteries now have a collection point

Car batteries:

Bedding

Clothing banks

Charity collections

Books

Oxfam Book Bank
75% of the books from these banks are sold in Oxfam shops. The remaining books are sent for recycling.

Bottle tops

New Forest Mencap are collecting milk bottle tops for recycling, raising extra income for the charity.
Please see New Forest Mencap's website for more details.

Bulky

If you have a large item such as a piece of furniture or a fridge that you wish to dispose of, we offer the bulky household waste collection service for a small charge.


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Cans

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

Cardboard

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

Catalogues

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

CDs

Household Waste Recycling Centre

Oxfam book bank

China and crockery

Black rubbish sack
Broken or unwanted china and crockery must be double wrapped and put into your black rubbish sack.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Charity shops

Christmas trees

Christmas tree drop off points
The locations and opening times will be published in November each year on the website

Clinical waste

Clinical waste collection

Clothing

There are over 100 charity clothing banks in the New Forest. Even if you have clothing that is paint-stained or very old, they will still be able to sell it for recycling.

Good quality clothing can be donated to local charity shops to help them raise funds for their cause.

Coins

Oxfam collects coins in their shops to help raise funds for their charity work. They will accept specialist coins, foreign currency and obsolete currency (such as the Franc).

Computers

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Oxfam
Oxfam accepts donations of unwanted but working computers from companies that they can sell to raise funds for their work. 07933 396651

Action Aid
ActionAid Recycling provide a laptop recycling service to raise funds for their work. Telephone: 0845 3 10 200 to arrange a collection.

Jamie's Computers
Jamie's Computer is a registered waste management organisation, that provides commercial and domestic computer disposal services. Machines suitable for re-use are refurbished and sold on to local homes and businesses, providing an ethical and economic alternative.  A social enterprise division of Southampton homelessness charity, The Society of St James, we provide a unique learning opportunity to socially excluded adults.  Telephone: 023 8063 2198

Computer Salvage Specialists
Computer Salvage Specialists is the leading provider of recycling services to the commercial and industrial sectors.  Telephone: 01635 552666

Cookers

Household Waste Recycling Centres

New Forest District Council's Bulky collection service
Please telephone customer services for further information on 023 8028 5000


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Directories (including Yellow Pages)

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

Drinks cartons

Please place in your black rubbish sack for energy recovery

DVDs

Household Waste Recycling Centre

Book bank

Charity shops


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Electrical items

Household Waste Recycling Centres
Items such as toasters, radios, shavers, hairdryers and calculators can be recycled at any HWRC

See also household appliances.

Envelopes

Clear recycling sack (you don't have to tear the window out)

Recycling centres

Energy saving light bulbs

Household Waste Recycling Centres


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Fluorescent light tubes

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Fridges and freezers

Household Waste Recycling Centres

New Forest District Council's bulky household waste collection

Charity shops
Some charity shops collect working fridges and freezers if they are in good condition.

Take back schemes
When buying a new appliance, check whether the retailer can take away your old one for recycling

Furniture

Household Waste Recycling Centres

New Forest District Council's bulky household waste collection

Internet exchange websites and some charities will accept good quality furniture.  
A few local exchange groups and charities can be found at Charities and other local groups. Please note that not all of the charities will accept furniture.


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Garden waste

Garden waste

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Home Composting

Gas bottles

Household Waste Recycling Centre

Gift wrap

Black rubbish sack

Glass

  • Household glass collections
  • Bottles and jars can be taken to your local recycling centre and put in the bottle bank. It does not matter what colour it is, they can all go into the same bank.
  • Other glass (e.g. pyrex dishes, window panes and drinking glasses) must not be placed in the bottle banks at it will contaminate the contents and may result in the whole load being thrown away. Please securely wrap small items of broken glass and place in your black rubbish sack. Larger pieces can be taken to the HWRC.

 


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Household appliances

Household Waste Recycling Centres

New Forest District Council's Bulky household waste collection service

 


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I

Ice cream containers

Black rubbish sack

Ink cartridges

See Printer Cartridges


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J

Junk mail

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

Mailing Preference Service is a free service that can remove your details from up to 95% of direct mail lists.


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Kitchen waste

Black rubbish sack

Around a third of household rubbish can be composted at home, find out more about home composting

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Light bulbs

Black rubbish sack (please wrap securely)

Low-energy light bulbs

Household Waste Recycling Centre or stores that operate a take-back scheme


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M

Margarine tubs

Black rubbish sack

Magazines

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

Metal

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Mobile phones

Charity

See Charities and other local groups for a list of charities who will collect mobile phones for recycling. Please check with the charity first that they are still collecting them.

Motor oil

Household Waste Recycling Centre


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Newspapers

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres


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P

Paint

Household Waste Recycling Centres accept water based paint

Marchwood Household Waste Recycling Centre accepts hazardous paint products (look for the orange and black hazard symbol)

Paper

Clear recycling sack
Shredded paper cannot be placed in the clear recycling sack but it can be recycled in the paper bank at your local recycling centre.

Recycling centres

Pesticides

Marchwood Household Waste Recycling Centre

Plant pots

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Many garden centres have an area where you can take and donate plant pots.

Plastic bottles

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

Plastic carrier bags

Many supermarkets now have recycling collection points for plastic bags.

Plastic food trays

Black rubbish sack

Polystyrene

Black rubbish sack

Printer cartridges

Charity

Some charities will collect used ink cartridges for recycling.


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Q

Quilt covers

Clothing banks

Household Waste Recycling Centres


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R

Rubble

Household Waste Recycling Centre


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S

Shoes

Textile bank or Shoe bank

 Shredded paper

Recycling centres

Compost

Smoke alarm

Unwanted or broken smoke alarms can be taken to the household waste recycling centre.

Soil

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Sporting equipment

Try to resell it or give it to a charity shop if it is in good condition

Household Waste Recycling Centre
Depending on the condition of the equipment, it may be resold

Stamps

Some charities collect stamps to raise money for their work. Help save volunteer time by cutting around the stamp, leaving about 1cm of envelope to border the stamp (before recycling the rest of the envelope in your clear sack). It helps some charities to separate them into British stamps and overseas stamps (Jersey and Guernsey are classed as overseas).

RNIB

Collected stamps should be sent to:
RNIB Stamp Recycling
PO Box 185
BENFLEET
SS7 9BH

Oxfam

To donate stamps in the New Forest visit the Oxfam store in Lymington (73 High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AL). 01590 671580

Help the Aged

Simply send your stamps to them.

Steel cans

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres


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Televisions

Household Waste Recycling Centres

New Forest District Council's Bulky household waste collection.
Please telephone customer services for further information. 023 8028 5000

Tetra-Paks

Black rubbish sack

Textiles

There are over 100 charity Clothing Banks in the New Forest. Even if you have clothes that are paint-stained or very old, they will be able to sell them for recycling. Not all clothing banks can accept heavy materials such as curtains and quilts so please check the details on the bank before donating.

Charity shops will resell good quality items to raise funds for their cause.

Thermometer

Thermometers containing mercury can be taken to Marchwood household waste recycling centre. Please deliver the item in a secure container to site staff, who will dispose of it as hazardous household waste.

Tools

Tools for Self Reliance

Tools for Self Reliance is a small UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa. Quality second-hand tools can be donated which are then refurbished and shipped to Africa.

Tyres

ATS Euromaster
You can take your old tyres for disposal (there is a small charge per tyre).  Find your nearest branch.


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U

Underwear

Clothing Banks


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V

Videos

Household Waste Recycling Centre


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Wallpaper

Black sack for energy recovery.

Wallpaper cannot be recycled as it can be vinyl coated, fabric backed and coated in adhesive. Due to it's strength, it also resists pulping at the papermill.

Washing machines

Household Waste Recycling Centres

New Forest District Council's bulky household waste collection
Please telephone customer services for further information on 023 8028 5000

Water filters

Brita offers a take back scheme in many high street stores. Visit the Brita website to find your nearest collection point (this is an external link)

White spirit

Marchwood Household Waste Recycling Centre

Wood

Household Waste Recycling Centres 

Wrapping paper

See Gift Wrap


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Y

Yellow Pages

Clear recycling sack

Recycling centres

Yoghurt pots

Black rubbish sack


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Updated: 31 Jan 2017
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