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Batteries
Take your unwanted household batteries to the supermarkets and DIY stores where batteries are sold. They should have a battery recycling container, normally located at the entrance or exit to the store. Batteries can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre. If you are not able to recycle your batteries please put them in the household green-lidded general waste bin.

Car batteries can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for safe disposal.

Bed linen
Good quality bed linen (pillow cases, sheets and duvet covers) are accepted in charity textile banks. They can also be donated to SCRATCH a local charity that helps people in need. SCRATCH are based at 33 Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate, SO14 0SP. Telephone: 023 8077 3132 or email: reception@scratchcharity.co.uk

Biscuit tins (metal)

Any tins or cans up to the size of a large metal sweet or biscuit tin can go in the blue lidded recycling bin.

Bicycles
Working bicycles can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre to be sold on for re-use; broken ones are recycled for the scrap metal. Bikes can also be refurbished and resold by the Society of St James to raise money for the homeless. They run a free monthly collection of unwanted bicycles or you can take them to Jordan House at 166 Millbrook Road East, SO15 1LQ on a Tuesday or Thursday between 09.00 -17.00. Alternatively telephone 023 8033 9751 or email recycle.bikes@ssj.org.uk or see www.ssj.org.uk/services/re-cycle-bikes

Blankets
Good quality blankets are accepted at charity shops, textile banks and by SCRATCH, a local charity that helps people in need. They are based at 33 Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate, SO14 0SP. Telephone: 023 8077 3132 or email: reception@scratchcharity.co.uk

Boat flares
The council is unable to take flares which are classed as explosives and hazardous waste. Contact the place where you originally bought the flares to check whether they accept them back. You can visit the Royal Yachting Association for advice: www.rya.org.uk

Books
Hardback and paperback books cannot be recycled in your recycling bin. This is because of the glue and binding they contain. Also, the paper quality deteriorates over time.
Good quality books are accepted at most charity shops for re-sale.

You can also use a book bank at:

  • Millbrook: Green Park car park, Wimpson Lane, SO16 9NB
  • Shirley: Cannon Street recycling site, SO15 5PQ
  • Bitterne: Woodmill car park, Woodmill Lane, SO18 2JR or Sainsbury's car park, Angel Crescent, SO18 5EE
  • Weston: Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, Weston Lane, SO19 9SJ,
  • Woolston: Oakbank Road car park, SO19 9BA 
  • The Household Waste Recycling Centre in First Avenue, Millbrook also has a Salvation Army book bank for good quality books.
  • The Books For Free project is run by the Third Age Centre and they welcome good quality books to be given away to the public. The Centre is based at 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH. Telephone: 023 8071 1700, email: reception@thirdagecentre.org.uk

Bottles – glass
If you live in a house you should have a grey glass recycling box. Residents in flats should have a grey-lidded glass wheeled bin or a glass pod in their area. Please remove lids and place in your general waste bin.

Bottles – plastic
Plastic bottles can be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. As long as they are bottle shaped and come from your kitchen or bathroom they should be fine. We cannot take bottles from the garden shed that may have traces of poisons or hazardous liquid. Please try to remove lids and place in your general waste bin.

Bricks
Bricks cannot be put in a green lidded rubbish bin or a blue lidded recycling bin. They can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in First Avenue, Millbrook SO15 0LJ.

There is a charge for disposing of bricks.

Builders cannot use the HWRC and must arrange for the disposal of their own waste via a registered waste carrier.

Brochures
Brochures and junk mail can be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin.

Bubble wrap

Plastic bubble wrap and film cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin.

Building rubble
DIY waste cannot be put in the green lidded rubbish bin or blue lidded recycling bins. It can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in First Avenue, Millbrook, SO15 0LJ.

As from Saturday 1 October 2016 there will be a charge for disposing of rubble.

If you have a large quantity you could try hiring a skip or bag in a local DIY store.

Builders cannot use the recycling centre and must arrange for disposal via a registered waste carrier.

Business waste
Businesses must make arrangements to have their waste collected by a licensed carrier. The Council run a Trade Waste and Recycling collection. You can contact them on 023 8083 4325 or email commercial.waste@southampton.gov.uk

Butter tubs
Plastic tubs and pots cannot be recycled in the blue-lidded recycling bin. Please place in your green lidded general waste bin.