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Good quality textiles are accepted at charity shops or in a textile bank
Working telephones can be taken to charity shops that take electrical goods. Broken telephones can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling. See also mobile phones
Televisions 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.
These type of waterproof paper cartons cannot be recycled in the blue-lidded recycling bin. The cartons consist of many layers such as paper, plastic, foil and wax and are very difficult to recycle. Examples include long-life milk and juice cartons, soups, pasta sauce, tomato and picnic/children's drinks cartons. Please place them in your green lidded general waste bin.
Alternatively, they can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in First Avenue, Millbrook, where there is a recycling bank for these types of food and drink cartons.
For tetrapak banks outside the city of Southampton please check neighbouring authorities’ websites for services they offer.
Textiles cannot be recycled in blue-lidded recycling bins. Textiles such as clothing, household linens i.e. tablecloths, sheets, pillowcases, and shoes tied in pairs can be taken to a charity shop for onward sale and reuse, or can be taken to a charity textile bank. Textiles that cannot be re reused, due to their condition, will be recycled into factory rags.
Broken thermometers containing mercury can be placed in the green-lidded general waste bin. Please wrap carefully in paper and place in carrier bag first before putting in the bin.
Aluminium and steel tins and cans up to the size of a large metal sweet or biscuit tin can be recycled in the blue-lidded recycling bin. Tins larger than this will need to go in your green-lidded general waste bin. Paint tins – please see paint tins
Good quality tools can be donated to Tools for Self Reliance who are based in Ringwood Road, Netley Marsh a few miles from Southampton. For more information see their website, telephone 023 8086 9697, or email email@example.com. Items needed include plumbing, carpentry, engineering, electrical tools and good quality Singer hand sewing machines. The tools are refurbished and sent abroad to help local communities.
Small broken toys can be put in your green-lidded general waste bin. Larger items can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre who can recycle any wooden or metal parts. They cannot be recycled in the recycling bins. Good quality toys can be taken to charity shops, playgroups or schools.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyres are not accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres. They can be taken to some tyre fitters and for a small charge they will dispose of them.