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Wallpaper

Wallpaper cannot be put in the blue-lidded recycling bin. This is mainly due to the glue coated back surface or may contain paint and other chemical products. Dispose of in your green-lidded general waste bin.

Washing machines
Non-working and broken electrical and washing machines can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling, free of charge. The council runs a Bulky Items collection service if you are unable to dispose of it yourself. There is a charge for this service. Good quality washing machines and other white goods are accepted at a number of charity shops for reuse.

Water filters
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 in office hours.

Waxed cartons
These type of waterproof paper cartons cannot be recycled in the blue lidded recycling bin. The cartons may consist of many layers such as paper, plastic, foil and wax and become very difficult to recycle. Examples include long-life milk and juice cartons, soups, tomato and pasta sauces and picnic/children's drinks cartons. 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.

WEEE goods
(Waste Electronic and Electrical Goods)
Non-working and broken electrical and electronic items can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling, free of charge. Small portable electrical 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. The council runs a Bulky Items collection service if you are unable to dispose of it yourself. Good quality WEEE items are accepted at a number of charity shops for reuse and also 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

Items such as computers, printers, faxes and 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. Please check first if your computer meets the minimum specification needed. Telephone: 023 8063 2198.

Wood and timber
Very small pieces of wood can go in your green-lidded general waste bin. Larger pieces of wood cannot go into either the blue lidded recycling bin or rubbish bins at home. They are accepted at the Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please see a member of staff for advice.

Wrapping paper
Wrapping paper cannot be recycled in the blue-lidded bin because it is made of poor quality paper. Also, some wrapping paper is made from metallised plastic and is not paper at all. Glossy paper that is used to wrap food, such as chocolate bar wrappers, can also not be recycled. Please place in your green-lidded general waste bin.