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Filter cartridges

Water filters cannot be put in the blue-lidded recycling bins. However you can find your nearest recycling points for Brita filters on their website by entering your postcode or telephone 0844 742 4800 during office hours.

Fire extinguishers
Fire extinguishers can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre if you are unable to pass it back to the manufacturer. If it contains Halon, a hazardous gas which is now prohibited, please visit www.yell.com to find a company which deals with Fire Extinguishing Equipment. Only fire extinguishers from home are accepted and not from businesses.

Fireworks
Put fully spent fireworks in your green-lidded general waste bin. Soak misfired or partly spent fireworks in a container of water for 24 hours in an area where they cannot be tampered with and contact the supplier/manufacturer for advice on disposal. If you are unsure if the firework is fully spent, follow the disposal procedure for misfired or partly spent fireworks.

Fish tank chemicals
Hazardous chemicals are accepted at selected Household Waste Recycling Centres which includes Southampton and Netley. Please take them in a sealed container and speak to a member of staff. There is a maximum of 5 litres of hazardous chemicals per household per month.

Flower pots and trays – plastic

Plastic flower pots and trays cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. These can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre where there is a container for hard plastics, or recycled in one of the mixed plastic recycling banks at a 'bring' site or they need to go into your green lidded general waste bin.

Flour bags
Paper flour bags can be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin.

Fluorescent tubes
Small, standard and long life bulbs can be put in the green-lidded general waste bin. Please place in a carrier bag or wrap carefully in paper first. Fluorescent tubes should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre and will be placed in a special container. Please see a member of staff on arrival.

Foil
We are unable to take cooking foil or trays for recycling in the blue-lidded recycling bin.

Food wrap
Plastic packaging cannot be recycled in the blue-lidded recycling bin. These include items such as bread wrappers, magazine wrappers, bubble wrap, carrier bags and cling wrap. Please place in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Food tins

Tins and cans can be put into your blue-lidded recycling bin.

Food trays and pots (plastic)
Plastic food trays and pots cannot go in the blue-lidded recycling bin. These include items such as plastic vegetable trays, meat trays, ready meal trays, fruit punnets and take-away, fast food trays. They can be recycled in one of the mixed plastic recycling banks at a 'bring' site or they need to go into your green lidded general waste bin.

Food trays and pots (polystyrene)
Polystyrene food trays and pots cannot go in the blue lidded recycling bin. These include meat and fish trays and cups and trays used for hot take away food and drink

Food waste

Please place kitchen waste such as leftover food in your green-lidded general waste bin. Double wrap food before placing in the bin. Kitchen waste is not accepted in the blue-lidded recycling bin or the garden waste bin. Vegetable peelings and fruit skins can be composted. The Council works with a national company to provide cheaper home composters, see the Get Composting website and enter your postcode. You could also take advantage of a special food waste digester offer which the council are subsidising. The Green Johanna can compost meat, fish, cooked and uncooked food. Please see www.greatgreensystems.com or call 0800 731 2572.

Fridges and freezers
Good quality fridges and freezers are accepted at a number of charity shops for re-use.

Fruit peelings
Fruit and vegetable peelings can be put into the green-lidded general waste bin. They cannot go into the garden waste bins. This is due to legislation such as the Animal By-Product Regulations and issues regarding cross contamination of meat foodstuffs and other bacteria such as salmonella and E-coli. Food waste has to be treated using a completely different method to that used for composting general garden waste to ensure that it is safe for re-use. Vegetable peelings and fruit skins can be composted. The Council works with a national company to provide cheaper home composters, see the Get Composting website and enter your postcode. You could also take advantage of a special food waste digester offer which the council are subsidising. The Green Johanna can compost meat, fish, cooked and uncooked food. Please see www.greatgreensystems.com or call 0800 731 2572.

Furniture
Residents can take old furniture to a household waste Recycling Centre free of charge. The council also runs a Bulky Items collection service. It costs £10 for the first item and £5 for each additional item up to 10 items in total on one collection.
Good quality furniture is accepted at a number of charity shops for re-use and also SCRATCH a local charity that helps people in need. Some pick up free but check first.

DEBRA Furniture and Electrical Charity shop
Debra will collect any unwanted furniture and electrical items, and, unlike many other charity shops in Southampton,  are able to accept furniture that is missing fire labels or needs restoring.
12-13 East Street, Southampton, SO14 3HE.
Telephone: 023 8022 2044
Email: Southampton@debra.org.uk

SCRATCH are based at 33 Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate, SO14 0SP.
Telephone: 023 8077 3132 or email: reception@scratchcharity.co.uk

Oxfam Furniture Shop
Romsey Road, Shirley, SO16 4BZ. Telephone: 023 8077 9580 or
email: oxfamshopf4061@oxfam.org.uk

British Heart Foundation Southampton Furniture & Electrical Store
91-101 Queensway, Southampton, UK, SO14 3HJ Telephone: 023 8008 2089

Sue Ryder Shop
Unit 9, Portswood Centre, Portswood Road, SO17 2NH Telephone: 023 8067 9969 or email: furniture.9223@suerydercare.org

SPACE
Small portable wooden furniture items can also be taken to Southampton repair café which runs on the first Saturday of every month to see if they can be fixed.