A-Z of recycling

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Paint
Empty paint tins, whether water based or solvent, can be put in the green lidded general waste bin. Any liquid paint left in the tin is classed as hazardous waste. Tins containing liquid paint can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Southampton or Netley. There is a maximum of 5 litres per household per month.

Paper
All kinds of paper can be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. The exceptions are any waxy type of paper such as butter wrappers, greaseproof paper or Tetra Pak type cartons. We are also unable to take shredded paper or tissue paper as it cannot be processed by the recycling machinery.

Paraffin
Paraffin, diesel and petrol will not be accepted at any Household Waste Recycling Centres in Hampshire. They are flammable, hazardous wastes and no sites are licensed to accept them. Re-use where possible. If not, a local garage or motoring society may be able to take it (a small charge may apply). They could also be taken to a car breakers, but ring first to check.

Perfume and/or aftershave bottles, cosmetic product jars
We are unable to recycle these glass bottles and jars as they are often made from Pyrex or ceramics and contain contaminates such as plastic or metal. Please put these items in your green-lidded general waste bin.

PET
PET can only be recycled when it is bottle shaped. All other shapes and forms of PET cannot be recycled, please put these items in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Pet waste

Put in green-lidded general waste bin. Bedding from vegetarian animals (guinea pigs, rabbits etc.) can go in a home composter. Faeces from meat eating animals such as cats and dogs should go in a green lidded rubbish bin, not a home composter, as they can contain parasites.

Petrol
Petrol, diesel and paraffin will not be accepted at any Household Waste Recycling Centres in Hampshire. They are flammable, hazardous wastes and no sites are licensed to accept them. Reuse where possible. If not, a local garage or motoring society may be able to take it (a small charge may apply). They could also be taken to a car breakers, but ring first to check.

Pillowcases
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

Pillows
These are not accepted in charity textile banks due to hygiene reasons. These can go in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Pizza boxes
Pizza boxes and similar cardboard packaging can go in the blue-lidded recycling bin but please remove all the food first.

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

There is a charge for disposing of plasterboard.

Plastic bottles - drinks, toiletries, cleaning products
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. Please try to remove all lids and place in your general waste bin. We cannot recycle bottles from the garden shed that may have traces of poisons or hazardous liquid. Plastic cups, such as vending cups, cannot be recycled in the blue-lidded recycling bin. Please place in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Plastic food trays and pots
Plastic and polystyrene 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 trays.

Plastic packaging
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.

Plastics recycling video


Poisons
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 five litres per household per month.

Polystyrene
Polystyrene cannot be recycled in the blue-lidded recycling bin. The only type of plastic we can collect are plastic bottles. Please place in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Postcards
These can be placed in the blue lidded recycling bin. If they have a postage stamp on them you may consider removing the stamp and donating them to charity. Many charity shops will accept stamps which are then sold to dealers to raise funds. Some charities such as the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Ambulance take donations of stamps and can be taken to their office at 4 Kings Park road, Southampton, SO15 2AS. Telephone: 023 8033 3377 or email: enquiries@hiow-airambulance.org.uk

Printer cartridges
Some printer cartridges are accepted at charity shops for recycling. Unused printer cartridges can be taken to Jamie’s Computer Club based at Unit 32, Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate in Mount Pleasant Road. These are sold to raise funds for St. James Charity for the Homeless. Telephone: 023 8063 2198.