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Handbags

Handbags can be taken to a charity shop. They can also be placed in charity clothing or shoe banks. There are a number of specialised clothes for cash shops in the city that also take clothing accessories: search the internet for cash for clothes companies.

Hard plastics
Items made of plastic such as patio furniture, toys and buckets can be taken to Household Waste and Recycling Centres throughout Hampshire.

Hats and scarves
Hats and scarves can be taken to a charity shop. They can also be placed in a charity clothing and shoe bank. There are a number of specialised clothes for cash shops in the city that also take clothing accessories: search the internet for cash for clothes companies.

Hazardous waste
Items such as pesticides, lawn treatments, white spirit, varnish, poisons (such as rat poison) and antifreeze 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 per household per month.

Hearing aids
A number of Hearing Aid shops will take these back for recycling such as Leightons, Specsavers and Boots Hearing Care centres.

Hypodermic needles
If you require a Clinical Waste collection you can arrange it through your doctor’s surgery or healthcare centre and it begins after they have made a referral to Environmental health.

You may wish to use this service if you need to dispose of:

  • Used syringes and needles
  • Used medical dressings contaminated with body fluids or blood
  • Used sanitary products waste, for example incontinence pads, colostomy and urine bags
  • Other waste from a person who is suffering from an infectious disease

Due to the infectious nature of some clinical waste, it is classified as hazardous waste under the law and requires safe disposal.