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A to Z of waste and recycling

A to Z of waste and recycling

Welcome to our A to Z of waste and recycling. Is there something you are about to throw away that could be reused or recycled?

Use the alphabet below to navigate through our list to find information on how to reuse and recycle a range of items:

A   B    C    D    E

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Acids - acids used at home can be hazardous and can be deposited in the chemical stores at one of the Household Recycling Centres to ensure they are disposed of safely. Remember - don't pour acids down the drain.

Aerosols - these can be recycled in your green box or taken to one of the can banks around North Lincolnshire. Please make sure that aerosols are completely empty, remove the lid and plastic nozzle if possible before recycling.  Never attempt to puncture, crush or burn an aerosol can.

Aluminium cans and foil - cans and clean foil can be recycled in your green box or taken to one of the can banks around North Lincolnshire. We are unable to accept foiled pouches.

Animal bedding and faeces - you can place small amounts of animal bedding and faeces in your general waste bin. Alternatively, you can take up to one black bag, once a week, to your local Household Recycling Centre. This is felt sufficient for a normal household with a small number of household pets, such as a dog, cat, rabbit or rodents. Animal bedding and faeces from herbivorous animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs can be home composted. If you have a large number of household pets or large animals such as horses you will need to contact a private licenced disposal site or alternatively treat it in a septic tank which can be emptied and taken off site. 

Asbestos - small amounts of household asbestos can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre in Scunthorpe, restrictions apply and requests need to be made in advance. Please see our asbestos disposal page for more information.

Ash - ash from a solid fuel fire cannot be recycled or composted and should be disposed of in your general waste bin. Wait until the ash has cooled before putting into your bin. Wood ash can be recycled in a home composter.

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Batteries
- household batteries can be recycled in your green box. Please put batteries into a clear plastic bag and place it on top of the cans and glass so that it is visible. Please do not include car batteries, these must be taken to the Household Recycling Centres to be recycled. A separate container for collecting household batteries is also available at the Household Recycling Centres.

Bedding and blankets - these can be recycled in your red textile bag along with your kerbside boxes.  You can also take them to the Household Recycling Centre or to one of the textile banks around North Lincolnshire. Please also see quilts as these cannot be recycled in your textile bag. You could give unwanted bedding and blankets to your local charity shop.

Bicycles - unwanted bicycles in any condition can be taken to the Carlton Education Centre as they will repair them to full working order. Even parts of old bicycles are welcome as these can be reused. Please contact them before dropping off your bicycle on 01652 637489 

Carlton Education Centre is located at:
31 Fleetgate
Barton upon Humber
North Lincolnshire
DN18 5QA

Bicycles can also be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres. Bicycle tyres and inner tubes can be recycled with tyres at no extra cost.

Bin - see our recycle at home page for more information on what we accept in each of your bins and boxes.

Blue box - to find out more see our blue box page.

Books - books can be recycled in the book banks at the Household Recycling Centre no matter what their condition. Books collected are sold in the British Heart Foundation shops.

Any 'un-sellable' items will be recycled.

Any unwanted books in a good condition can also be taken to your local charity shop. Damaged books can be taken apart and recycled - if you separate the pages from the cover and spines, the pages can be recycled in your blue box and the cardboard cover in your burgundy bin.

Bric-a-brac - you can donate your unwanted bric-a-brac/reusable items for reuse at the Household Recycling Centres. Items accepted include: chest of drawers, wardrobes, book cases, sofas (carrying a fire label), children's toys, garden furniture, CDs, DVDs (all items must be clean with no major damage). Simply present your items to a site attendant who will determine whether it is suitable for the reuse scheme. You can also donate your items through the furniture reuse scheme.

Brita water filter cartridges - Brita have situated recycling bins in high street stores such as Argos and Tesco where their products are sold. Please visit the Brita website to locate your nearest recycling point. Other water filter product are available, however not all will be recyclable. Please check with individual manufacturers.

Brown bin - to find out more see our brown bin page.

Bulky items - we run a bulky collection service for bulky household items such as TVs and furniture. See the bulky collection page for more information.

Burgundy bin - to find out more see our burgundy bin page.

Business Waste – to find out more see our commercial waste pages.

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Cans
- aluminium and steel cans can be recycled in your green box or in one of the can banks around North Lincolnshire.

Car batteries - car batteries can be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres where they are collected for recycling.

Cardboard - cardboard can be recycled in your burgundy bin or at the Household Recycling Centres.

Cards - greetings cards can be recycled in your burgundy bin or at the Household Recycling Centres.

Carpets and rugs - good quality rugs may be able to be donated to your local charity shop. If you cannot find a use for your unwanted carpets and rugs they can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres at Scunthorpe or taken to any of the other Household Recycling Centres and disposed of in the general waste skip. Carpets and rugs can also be collected from your home as part of a bulky collection service.

Cartons - food and drink cartons, for example, for soup, juice and milk, can be recycled in your burgundy bin or at the Household Recycling Centres.

Carrier bags - please do not put carrier bags in your burgundy bin as we cannot recycle them. Carrier bags can be taken for recycling at some supermarkets across the area including Asda, Morrisons and Tesco Extra. 

CDs and DVDs - unwanted CDs and DVDs can be recycled in the British Heart Foundation recycling banks at the Household Recycling Centres. Items collected are sold in the British Heart Foundation shops.  

Ceramics - unwanted ceramics or china can be donated to your local charity shop. Broken ceramics or china could be used for drainage in plant pots. Alternatively it can be disposed of in your general waste bin or at the Household Recycling Centres.

Chemicals - chemicals used at home can be hazardous and can be deposited safely at one of the Household Recycling Centres in the chemical store. Remember - do not pour chemicals down the drain as they may damage the environment.

Christmas Lights - you can recycle your old Christmas lights in a standard supermarket carrier bag and present along with your kerbside boxes.

Civic amenity sites - please see Household Recycling Centres.

Clinical waste - there are two types of clinical waste currently collected from domestic households. The first is waste relating to incontinence and similar conditions. This is not classed by the NHS as hazardous and as such can be placed into your general waste bin. If you or a member of your household suffers with incontinence please contact the Customer Helpline to enquire about getting a larger bin.
The second type of clinical waste relates to dressings and wounds. Such waste will contain blood and other bodily fluids. This is classed by the NHS as hazardous and as such should not be put into your general waste bin. If you or a member of your family has dressings or similar waste please contact the Customer Helpline.

Clothing - unwanted clothing can be recycled in your red textile bag along side your kerbside boxes. You can also take it along to the Household Recycling Centre or one of the textile banks across North Lincolnshire or donated to your local charity shop.

Commercial waste - please visit our commercial waste pages for more information.

Composting - please visit our composting page for more information on composting at home and how to purchase a reduced price compost bin.

Computers - you can take your unwanted computer to the Household Recycling Centres for recycling. For peace of mind please delete all personal information before passing on your computer.

Confidential waste - households do produce some confidential waste including bank statements and receipts. While waste collections are inherently safe we can not be responsible whilst it is at the kerbside.  Once waste is transferred to collectors it becomes their property. We recommend shredding your confidential waste paper before putting it into your blue box and wrapping it in sheets of newspaper to stop it from being blown out or place in a carrier bag. This could also be composted at home. See our confidential waste page for further information for businesses.

Cooking oil - cooking oil can be put into the special containers provided at all Household Recycling Centres. We cannot accept cooking oil from trade premises. Remember - pouring oil down the drain can cause blockages, is illegal and is damaging to the environment.

Curtains - unwanted curtains can be recycled in your red textile bag along with the kerbside boxes. You can take them to the Household Recycling Centre or to any of the textile banks across North Lincolnshire area. You could also donate them to your local charity shop.

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Dead animals
- if you find a dead animal at the side of the road, please call the Customer Contact Centre with a detailed location and if it is on the public highway we will arrange to remove it.

Disposable nappies - disposable nappies are made from a mixture of materials (plastic, textiles, adhesive strips) and cannot be recycled. These should be bagged and disposed of in your general waste bin. The alternative to disposable nappies is of course reusable nappies, please see real nappies for more information.

Duty of care - please see businesses duty of care page.

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Education
- see our school and community group page for more information

Egg boxes - cardboard egg boxes can be recycled in your burgundy bin, in the cardboard skip at the Household Recycling Centres or they can be placed in your home compost bin. Egg boxes which are plastic coated cannot be recycled and should be reused or disposed of in your general waste bin.

Eggshells - we do not accept eggshells in the brown bin. They can be placed into your home compost bin or alternatively disposed of in your general waste bin.

Electrical items - you can recycle your small electrical items at the kerbside, see our  bins, boxes and bags page for more information.
Large electrical appliances can be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres for recycling. Bulky electrical items e.g. fridges, TVs and washing machines can be collected from your household as part of a bulky collection service. If the item is still in a good condition, see our furniture reuse schemes page for more information on how it could be reused by someone else.

Engine oil - engine oil from your household can be put into the special containers provided at the Household Recycling Centres for disposal.

Envelopes - plastic windows and adhesive strips on envelopes contaminate the recycling process. Residents are asked not to recycle envelopes in the blue box or paper banks. However, if you are willing to remove the sticky adhesive strip and plastic window, the remainder of the envelope can be recycled.

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Flytipping - see our flytipping pages for information

Fluorescent tubes - under legislation fluorescent tubes are now classed as hazardous waste. You can take these along to any of the Household Recycling Centres.
Energy saving light bulbs can also be recycled at the Household Recycling Centres.
We also provide commercial premises and schools with a special collection for these items.  See our fluorescent tubes page for more information.

Foil - clean aluminium foil can be recycled in your green box. You can also take it to the Household Recycling Centres or to one of the can banks across the area. Plastic coated foil e.g. crisp packets and pet food pouches cannot be recycled.

Food - uncooked fruit and vegetable waste including peelings can be placed into your home compost bin. Any other food waste should be disposed of as general waste  and not in your brown bin. You could consider buying a special food waste digester which can compost all garden and kitchen food waste including cooked food, fish, bones, bread and vegetable peelings. Please also see our Love Food Hate Waste page for ideas on using up leftovers and cutting down on your food waste.

Food and drink cartons - see cartons.

Fridges and freezers - these can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres for recycling or they can be collected as part of a bulky collection service. If the item is still in a good condition, see our furniture reuse schemes page for more information on how it could be reused by someone else.

Fruit - uncooked fruit and vegetable waste including peelings can be placed into your home compost bin. If you are unable to compost at home you will need to dispose of this in your general waste bin and not in your brown bin.

Furniture - if the item you want to dispose of is still in a good condition please see our furniture reuse schemes page for information on how it can be reused by someone else. Damaged items can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres for disposal or recycling or alternatively we can collect the items as part of a bulky collection service.

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Garden waste
- garden waste can be recycled in your brown bin or at the Household Recycling Centres. You can also compost your garden waste at home in your home compost bin.

Gas cylinders - gas cylinders/bottles should be returned to the supplier for reuse. As a last resort gas bottles from your household can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre in Scunthorpe. Businesses cannot dispose of them.

If you are unsure which company supplied your gas cylinder, we have a handy guide to help you find the company that own the gas cylinder and who to contact to recover it.
Gas cylinder retrieval instructions [PDF, 15Kb]

Gas cylinder retrieval checklist [PDF, 138Kb]

Glass - glass bottles and jars can be recycled in your green box or in one of the glass banks across the area. You can leave the cap on glass bottles such as wine, spirit and olive oil when recycling.  Sheet glass cannot be recycled at the kerbside, if you have any sheet or window glass this can be taken to your local Household Recycling Centre.

Glasses - see spectacles.

Green box - to find out more see our green box page.

Green/grey bin - to find out more see our green/grey bin page.

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Hazardous waste - care should be taken when disposing of hazardous waste. Please see chemicals and acids for more information. If in doubt whether an item can be disposed of at the Household Recycling Centres please call our Customer Contact Centre.

Home composting - see composting.

Householders' duty of care - all householders in England have a legal responsibility to ensure all of their waste is disposed of properly. Under the waste 'Duty of Care' regulations, all householders need to make sure their rubbish is passed to authorised carriers only. Householders not taking reasonable measures to do so could face fines of up to £5,000.

If you're using an outside company, other than North Lincolnshire Council to remove household, garden or construction waste, you can check they are registered waste carriers by telephoning the Environment Agency 08708 506506 or online on the Environment Agency website and request an instant Waste Carrier Validation Check.

Always ask for a waste carrier's number or check their details with the Environment Agency. Remember that household waste can be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres or you may be able to use our bulky collection service.

If in doubt, check with the Environment Agency because if this waste is fly-tipped, it's the householder that is now liable for the £5,000 fine. More information on this legislation can be found on the Defra website or you can telephone the Customer Helpline.

Household Recycling Centre - for details of the locations and what can be accepted see our Household Recycling Centres page.

Household Recycling Centre permits - permits may be available for residents transporting household waste in private vans and commercial type vehicles, visit the vehicle permit page for further details.

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Inhalers
- can be recycled at participating pharmacies. For more information or to find your nearest pharmacy visit complete the cycle.

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Junk mail
- put a stop to unwanted direct mail, see our stop junk mail page for more information. Junk mail can be placed in your blue box for recycling.

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Keys and locks
- keys and locks can be recycled as scrap metal at the Household Recycling Centres.

Kitchen and toilet roll tubes - these can be recycled in your burgundy bin or at the Household Recycling Centres. If you compost at home these can be placed in your home compost bin.

Kitchen waste - residents are no longer able to dispose of uncooked fruit and vegetable waste in the brown bin, this can be put into your home compost bin. If you are unable to compost at home this should be put into your general waste bin for disposal.
Any cooked food or raw meats should be placed into the general waste bin, as they cannot be composted. You could consider buying a special composter which can compost all of your garden and kitchen waste including cooked and uncooked food.

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Larger recycling bins
- see our larger recycling bins page for further details.

Light bulbs - standard household light bulbs cannot be recycled because of the glass they are made from.  However, energy saving light bulbs can last up to eight times longer, use a quarter of the electricity and can be recycled at the Household Recycling Centres when they reach the end of their life.

Littering - see our littering pages.

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Magazines
- unwanted magazines can be recycled in your blue box or in one of the paper banks across the area. You may be able to donate your unwanted magazines to your local doctor's surgery or hospital for use in the waiting room.

Medical waste - see clinical waste

Medicine - return any unwanted medicines to your local chemist.

Metal - metal tins and cans can be recycled in your green box or in one of the can banks across the area. Scrap metal from your household can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres for recycling.

Mirrors - if in one piece, you could donate unwanted mirrors to a local charity shop. Broken mirrors should not be placed in the green box and should instead be put into your general waste bin. Larger mirrors can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres.

Mobile phones – you can be recycle your mobile phone with your kerbside boxes, see our bins, boxes and bags page for more information.

Musical instruments – can't be recycled but you could donate them to your local charity shop, advertise them for sale or offer them free to a good home. Oxfam is one charity shop that has a network of specialist music shops. which will accept donations of unwanted musical instruments and sheet music. Alternatively these could be recycled along with the reusable items at the Household Recycling Centres.

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Nappies
- please see disposable nappies and real nappies.

Needles - if you use syringes or needles as part of a medical condition you should speak to your GP practice about returning used needles for safe disposal. If you find a discarded needle in a public place, do not handle it - report it to the Customer Contact Centre. If found on private land see our advice.

Newspapers - newspapers can be recycled in your blue box or in one of the paper banks across the area.

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Oil
- see engine oil or cooking oil.

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Paint
- If you have excess paint you may be able to donate it for reuse at the Household Recycling Centre in Scunthorpe. Give your paint to an site attendant who will decide if it is suitable for the reuse scheme. If it is not suitable you will be able to leave it at the site for disposal. It can also be disposed at any other Household Recycling Centre.

Paper - paper can be recycled in your blue box or in one of the paper banks across the area.

Plant pots - plant pots can only be recycled in the hard plastic container at the Household Recycling Centre

Plasterboard - can no longer be sent to landfill. Plasterboard can only be taken to the Household Recycling Centre at Scunthorpe for disposal for which there is a charge. See our plasterboard page for more information.

Plastic - some plastics can be recycled in your burgundy bin and in the plastics banks across the area. Please see our burgundy bin page for more information on the types of plastic we can accept.

Plastic film - Most major supermarkets now accept plastic films for recycling along with carrier bags. Place the film in the plastic carrier bag recycling points at your local supermarket.

The following plastic films can be included: carrier bags, bread bags, plastic wrappers from multipacks of can’s and plastic bottles, plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towels and plastic magazine (home delivery) and newspaper wrap. Unfortunately you are not able to recycle bubble wrap, clingfilm, crisp packets, foil pouches or film lids from food trays with the carrier bags.

Polystyrene - we currently do not have any arrangements for recycling polystyrene, this should be disposed of in your general waste bin or at the Household Recycling Centres. There is a company in Scunthorpe - Moulded Foams Ltd that will accept small amounts of polystyrene from members of the public for recycling. Moulded Foams, 5/7 Menasha Way, Queensway Industrial Estate, Brigg Road, DN16 3RT or call Moulded Foams on 01724 868153.

Printer cartridges – Cartridges can be taken for recycling at some supermarkets across the area.  Some charities will also accept used printer cartridges for recycling, ask in your local charity shop if they accept them. You can also take your empty printer cartridges to the Household Recycling Centres, please return your cartridge where possible with it's packaging (this will help reduce damage to the cartridge). 

Pyrex glass - Pyrex glass cannot be recycled as it will explode when it is heated up in the furnace as part of the recycling process. Instead, broken Pyrex dishes should be wrapped and disposed of in your general waste bin.

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Questions
- if you have any questions about your waste and recycling, please see our frequently asked questions page or call the Customer Contact Centre on 01724 297000.

Quilts - you cannot recycle quilts in your textile bag or in the textile banks across the area. Quilts can be donated to your local charity shop or animal shelter. If you can't find a new home for your old quilts they can be disposed of as general waste at the Household Recycling Centres.

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Real nappies
- real nappies are reusable and instead of throwing them away after use, they are washed and reused. Research has shown that there is no significant difference in the environmental impact of disposable and reusable nappies. Our and many other local councils don't promote either type of nappy and advise that it's parental choice which nappy to chose.
The Women's Environmental Network and The Real Nappy Information Service have information about real nappies and laundering services across the UK.

Recycling education - recycling officers are happy to visit local schools and community groups to talk about recycling. For further details see our education page.

Rubble - rubble can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres, charges for which will apply. Please see our rubble page for more information.

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Schools recycling scheme
- please see the schools waste recycling page for more information.

Scrap metal - you can take scrap metal to the Household Recycling Centres for recycling, or you may wish to take your scrap metal directly to a scrap merchant for recycling.

Shoes - these should be tied in pairs or in a carrier bag and placed in your red textile bag. You can also take these to the Household Recycling Centres or put into one of the textile banks across the area.

Soil - soil can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres, charges for disposal apply. Please visit our brick, soil and rubble page for more information.

Spectacles - All of our Household Recycling Centres can accept spectacles in their cases for reuse.  We have teamed up with Vision Aid a charity dedicated to eye care for developing countries to reuse your old spectacles.

Stamps - stamps can be collected and donated to charities. The charities will sell on the stamps to dealers and use the money to fund their projects. Charities that collect stamps include Oxfam, RSPB, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and RNIB. Local charity shops will often accept donations of stamps so why not ask your local shop.

Steel cans - steel tins and cans can be recycled in your green box or in one of the can banks across the area.

Syringes - if you use syringes or needles as part of a medical condition you should speak to your GP practice about returning used needles for safe disposal. If you find a discarded needle in a public place, do not handle it - report it to the Customer Contact Centre.  If found on private land see our advice.

Sweet wrappers - sweet wrappers and crisp packets are often thought to be made of foil, however,  the majority of crisp packets and sweet wrappers are plastic coated. We cannot recycle foil that is plastic coated. Some chocolates are wrapped in foil that is not plastic coated and this material can be recycled in your green box or in one of the can banks across the area.
Top tip - try the scrunch test to check if it is foil or plastic coated foil - if it stays scrunched it is not plastic coated foil and can be recycled.

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Tea lights – tea lights can be recycled in your green box or in one of the can banks around North Lincolnshire, please remove any traces of wax.

Telephone directories - telephone directories, including your Yellow Pages, can be recycled in your blue box or in one of the paper banks across the area.

Televisions - TVs can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres or collected as part of a bulky collection service. If your TV is still in good working order see our furniture reuse schemes page for more information on how it can be reused by someone else.

Tetrapak - see cartons.

Textiles - unwanted clothes and textiles can be placed in your red textile bag alongside your kerbside boxes. You can take them to the Household Recycling Centre or any of the textile banks across the area. They can also be taken to your local charity shop.

Tins – tins can be recycled in your green box or in one of the can banks around North Lincolnshire.

Tip - see Household Recycling Centres.

Toner cartridges - see printer cartridges.

Trade waste - see our commercial waste pages.

Tyres - tyres can be taken to Belton, Barton and Scunthorpe Household Recycling Centres. Charges for disposal apply. Only car and motorbike tyres can be deposited, we do not accept lorry or tractor tyres. See our tyres page for more information.

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Van permit
- see Household Recycling Centre permits.

Vegetable peelings - residents are no longer able to dispose of uncooked fruit and vegetable waste including peelings in the brown bin. Please put all of your uncooked fruit and vegetable waste in your home compost bin. If you are unable to compost at home you will now need to put all of your fruit and vegetable waste in your general waste bin.

Videos - these can also be disposed of in your general waste bin.

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Walking aids - If these are on loan please return back to the owner such as hospital or surgery.  If you have purchased these take it to the Household Recycling Centre and show it to a site attendant who will decide if it is suitable for the reuse scheme.  If it is not suitable you will be able to leave it at the site for disposal.

Water - rain water is better for your garden plants than tap water. Buy a water butt from your local water company or DIY store. Rain water can be collected to water your garden, wash your car or wash down your paths. Water meters can be installed to monitor water usage in your home and help you to save money and water.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations - from 1 July 2007 the WEEE regulations requires that all UK producers of electrical equipment must make arrangements to reuse or recycle our unwanted electrical items. Residents can now recycle their small electrical items alongside their kerbside boxes, for more information on this see our small electrical items page.
Large electrical items can be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres for recycling. Or, if the item is still in a good condition see our furniture reuse pages for more information on how it can be reused by someone else.

What happens next - see our what happens next page to find out what happens to your recycling.

Wheelchairs - If these are on loan please return back to the owner such as hospital or surgery. If you have purchased these take it to the Household Recycling Centre and show it to a site attendant who will decide if it is suitable for the reuse scheme.  If it is not suitable you will be able to leave it at the site for disposal.

White goods - please visit our electrical items pages.

Wrapping paper - this can not be recycled in your blue paper box or at any paper bring banks as the majority of wrapping paper contains very little paper and is often layered with foil, glitter and plastic which are contaminants and make it not possible for the paper to be recycled.  Paper collected in North Lincolnshire is reprocessed into newsprint which requires high quality material.

Wood - unwanted wood can be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres for recycling.

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Yellow pages
- your old yellow pages can be recycled in your blue box or in one of the paper banks across the area.

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Zips
- you could give your unwanted zips and sewing accessories to your local charity shop. 

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Recycle for North Lincolnshire

Contact details

wastemanagement@northlincs.gov.uk

Customer Contact Centre:

01724 297000

Waste Services Depot
Cottage Beck Road
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1TS 

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4pm

Last updated: 03/01/2017
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