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Recycling A-Z

Find out what items go into your blue recycling bin, green garden or grey household bin, and which items can be taken to recycling sites.

Don't forget to rinse and squash to make room in your blue recycling bin.


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Adhesives and glues
These cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Advent calendar
Remove the plastic insert and recycle the cardboard in the main part of your blue recycling bin.

Aerosols (empty)
Empty aerosols can go in the main part of your blue recycling bin or taken to one of our Recycling sites.

Air bed
Air beds are made from plastics that cannot be recycled. You can dispose of in your grey household bin or taken to the Recycling Village at Middlefields. Visit our Recycling sites for location. 

Air freshener (electric)
Place in the main part of your blue recycling bin. They can also be recycled at our Recycling sites.

Air freshener (plastic)
Plastic air fresheners cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Alarm clocks
Fully working alarm clocks can be donated to local charity shops. If your alarm clock is electrical and is broken, please put them in the main part of your blue recycling bin. These can also be recycled at one of our Recycling sites which has an electrical good section.
If your alarm clock is not electrical, please put in your grey, household bin.

Aluminium cans
All aluminium cans go in the main part of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our Recycling sites

Aluminium foil
Foil cannot be recycled but can either be reused or disposed of in your grey household bin.

Animal bedding
Hay, straw and sawdust cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Pet blankets, towels and beds made from fabric cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin. Please take to our textile banks at one of our Recycling sites.

Animal and pet waste
Animal and pet waste can only be disposed of in your grey household bin.

Asbestos
Do NOT move asbestos without first contacting the council on 427 7000 and getting the correct advice.
Do NOT take asbestos to a recycling centre, and Do NOT place asbestos in any bin provided. It needs to be disposed of by an authorised contractor


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Balloons
Balloons must be disposed of in your grey, household bin.

Bathroom products (shampoo, bubble bath, moisturiser, razors, toothbrushes, cotton buds, cotton wool, toothpaste tubes)
All plastic shampoo, bubble bath, moisturisers and cardboard toothpaste boxes can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our Recycling sites. Don't forget to rinse plastic bottles first.
Razors, cotton buds, cotton wool and toothpaste tubes cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in your grey household bin.

Bathroom suite
If you are having a new bathroom professionally installed, the contractor should remove your old suite free of charge. This type of waste includes baths, sinks and toilets.
If you don't have a contractor you can take the suite to the Recycling Village for disposal or alternatively arrange for a council House and Business Clearance or a Bulky waste collections

Bath/beach towels
Bath towels cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin.
If these are in good condition, donate to a local charity, or recycle at a textile bank at one of our Recycling sites
If the towel is in poor condition, please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Batteries and car batteries
Household batteries can be taken to a number of shops that can take them back in store Recycling sites. Car batteries can be recycled at your local Halfords store, or disposed of at the Recycling Village.
Do NOT put batteries in your blue recycling bin. See Rechargeable batteries.

Bedding and duvets
Do NOT put bedding or duvets in your blue recycling bin. Dispose of at one of our textile Recycling sites or at the Recycling Village, or if in a good condition donate to a local charity.

Beds
Beds and mattresses can be disposed of at the Recycling Village or collected via a Bulky waste collections or ring 427 7000 for more information.

Bikes
Unwanted bikes can be donated to a local charity. If the bike is broken then you can put this in the metal container at the Recycling Village.

Birthday cards
Birthday cards with glitter, glue, metallic or 3D decoration cannot be recycled. Please dispose of these in your grey household bin. 

Plain birthday cards can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin.  

Biscuit/sweet wrappers
Do NOT put biscuit or sweet wrappers into your blue recycling bin. Dispose of in your grey household bin only.

Biscuit tins (metal and plastic)
Biscuit tins can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin. They can also be recycled at one of our Recycling sites.

Black plastic food trays/microwave meals 
Black plastic food trays cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Black sacks
Do NOT put any type of black sack into your blue recycling or green garden bins. Do NOT use black sacks to separate recycling or garden items. Items in the blue recycling and green garden bins must be loose. Black sacks cause problems at the sorting facility. Black sacks can only go in your grey household bin.

Blades (food processor blades/knives)
Do NOT place in your recycling bin. Wrap carefully and dispose of in your grey household bin.

Bones (leftover meat bones or dog bones)
Bones cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Books
Do NOT put books in your blue recycling bin. If they are in good condition donate to a local charity shop, or donate at one of our Recycling sites

Bottles and jars
These go in the main section of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our Recycling sites. Don't forget to rinse first.

Bottle tops
Plastic and metal tops can be recycled. Please remove these from any plastic bottles first.

Bricks/builder's rubble
Do NOT place bricks/rubble in your green garden or blue recycling bin. Take these to the Recycling Village or ring 427 7000 to arrange a House or business clearances and request a free quotation.

Brochures
Dispose of in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin or at one of the paper banks at one of our Recycling sites

Bubble wrap
Dispose through your grey household bin only. Bubble wrap cannot be recycled.


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Cables
Ask your family or friends if they could use any unwanted cables or recycle through Universal Recycling contact 0800 294 2901. Cables cannot be recycled through the Council blue bin recycling collection.

Cameras
Digital cameras can be recycled through the main part of your blue recycling bin. Alternatively you can resell the camera through an auction like Ebay or a classified site. Cameras can be passed to family and friends or donated to a local charity shop.

Camping gas cylinders
Please dispose of in your grey household bin. If the cylinder is leaking, contact the manufacturer.

Cans
Dispose of cans in the main part of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our Recycling sites. Don't forget to rinse first.

Cardboard/cardboard boxes/packaging/cereal boxes
All cardboard items can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin. If you have lots of cardboard items, visit the one of our recycling sites, including Recycling Village. Please take out any polystyrene or other packaging, and cardboard that has had any food or grease inside (a pizza box) cannot be recycled. See takeaway.

Carpet/underlay
This can be collected by a Bulky waste collections ring 427 7000 for more information. Alternatively take items to the Recycling Village. Do NOT put carpet or underlay in your blue recycling bin.

Carrier bags
NO plastic bags of any kind can go in the blue recycling or green garden bin. Do NOT use plastic bags to separate any materials within the recycling or garden bins.
The materials are sent to a sorting facility where the items which can't be identified are removed from the sorting line. Staff cannot for health and safety reasons open and identify whether these bags are full of recyclable materials or full of food scraps, nappies etc. There are three different types of plastic bags biodegradable, degradable and compostable. The problem is that identifying these bags is very difficult and can cause a number of problems when recycling.

Cartons (juice, milk and food)
Place in the main part of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our Recycling sites. Don't forget to rinse.

Catalogues
Please dispose of any catalogues in the black caddy of your blue recycling bin.

Cat food pouches
Cat food pouches cannot be recycled and they should be disposed of in your grey household bin.

Cat litter
Please dispose of in your grey household bin ONLY.

CDs
Unwanted CDs can be donated to charity or disposed of through your grey household bin.

CD cases
Do not place CD cases in your blue recycling bin. Dispose of in your grey household bin.

Cellophane
Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Ceramics and crockery
These cannot be recycled. Wrap and dispose of carefully in your grey household bin.

Cereal boxes
Place cereal boxes in the main part of your blue recycling bin. Cereal boxes can be disposed of at one of our Recycling sites.

Chargers
Place charges in the main part of your blue recycling bin. They can also be recycled at our Recycling sites which has a WEEE (electrical good) area.

Chemicals (including oil, paint and pesticides)
Do not put chemicals or paints in your blue recycling bin or your grey household bin.

See Hazardous Waste or ring 427 7000 for advice.

Children's car seats
These can be disposed of at the Recycling Village. Do NOT place any car seats in the blue recycling bin.

China cups/plates/ornaments
Donate to a local charity if in good condition or wrap carefully and dispose in your grey household bin. China cannot be recycled.

Chipboard
Can be taken to the Recycling Village and disposed of in the wood container. Staff on site can advise.

Christmas trees
This is seasonal only and dates will be confirmed closer to December. Keep checking: Bins and recycling for a list of locations within the Borough.

Cling film
This cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in your grey household bin.

Clinical waste
This includes adult nappies, sanitary products, soiled dressings and bandages, or any item that may be soiled by blood or bodily fluids. Please wrap carefully and dispose of in your grey household bin.

Clothes / children's clothing
Donate to a local charity or take to one of the Recycling sites or to the Recycling Village. If you can't get access to these, then alternatively use the grey household bin.
Do NOT place clothes in the blue recycling bin. The council service does not recycle clothes or textiles.

Coat hangers
Plastic, wood or wire coat hangers cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin. Some supermarkets will recycle coat hangers or donate them to a local charity shop.  

Coffee grinds and filters
These can go in your compost bin or grey household bin. Do NOT put these in your green garden or blue recycling bin.

Computers/laptops
A computer cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin and must be taken to the Recycling Village and disposed of in the WEEE (electrical good) area. The council can also pick this up as a Bulky waste collectionsring 427 7000 for more information.

Confidential documents
Shredded paper cannot be recycled. Dispose of through your grey household bin. If you have lots of confidential information these can be disposed of through a specialist company. Check the telephone directory or search engine.

Cookers
The Recycling Village takes all white goods. If you can't get to the Recycling Village ring 427 7000 to arrange a Bulky waste collections.

Cooking oil/fat
If you have any cooking oil from deep fat fryers, cooled oil can be placed in a sealed plastic bag and disposed of at the Recycling Village, staff on site can advise. Cooking oil cannot be placed in the grey household, green garden or blue recycling bin.

Corks
Place in your grey household bin, do not put into your blue recycling bin. Corks cannot be recycled.

Crisp/snack food packets
Dispose of in your grey household bin.

Crockery
Donate to a local charity if in good condition or wrap carefully and dispose of in your grey household bin. Do NOT place any crockery in the blue recycling bin.

Curtains
These can be donated to a local charity or alternatively taken to one of the textile banks at Recycling sites. As a last resort these can be placed in your grey household bin. Do not put in your blue recycling bin. South Tyneside do not recycle textiles as part of our recycling service.

Cutlery
Donate to a local charity shop if in good condition or use your grey household bin.


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Detergents
The cardboard boxes and plastic bottles can be disposed of in the main part of your blue recycling bin.

Directories
These can be recycled through the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our recycling points.

DIY waste (bathroom fixtures/fittings, bricks, cement, doors, fence panels, floor tiles, rubble, roofing, sheds, tiles, wood)
Do NOT place these items into your grey, blue or green bins. Ring 427 7000 and arrange a council Home or Business clearance or to arrange a Bulky waste collections.

Dog/animal mess
Wrap any dog and animal mess and use your grey household bin to dispose. Do NOT put any animal mess into your blue recycling or green garden bin. Pet waste cannot be recycled and contaminates the whole load of recyclables.

Drinking glasses
Drinking glasses cannot be recycled and should be wrapped carefully and disposed of in your grey household bin.

Dust
Dispose of in your grey household bin.

Duvets and pillows
Duvets and pillows cannot be recycled through your blue, recycling bin. Please take to one of the Recycling sites that has a textile bank.

DVD's
If in good condition you can donate to a local charity, take to the Recycling Village or one of our Recycling sites that has a book and media bank. If not, please dispose of in your grey household bin.

DVD players/video recorders
To recycle electrical goods, please take to one of the Recycling sites that has a WEEE (electrical good) area.  


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Egg cartons/boxes
Only cardboard egg boxes can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin. Food leftovers cannot be recycled. Egg boxes made out of other materials like plastic must go in your grey household bin.

Egg shells
Egg shells can be added to a compost bin, or disposed through your grey household bin. Do not place in your green garden or blue recycling bin.

Elastic bands
These go in your grey household bin.

Electrical goods (small)
Most small electrical goods can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin. This includes toasters, power tools, kettles, games consoles, radios, irons, phones etc. Large electrical goods can't go in the blue recycling bin. See a full list of  Electrical recycling

Electrical goods (large)
Large electrical goods including washing machines, fridges, freezers, televisions, monitors, computers, microwaves, batteries, fryer, printer or vacuum cleaners can be taken to the Recycling Village or collected through a Bulky waste collections ring 427 7000. Do NOT place these items in the blue recycling bin.

Engine oil
Do NOT put in your blue recycling bin or in the grey household bin. Ensure that the oil is in the original container and clearly labelled before taking it to the Recycling Village, and ask staff for advice.

Envelopes
All envelopes except padded or jiffy envelopes can be recycled through the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin. This includes envelopes with windows. Jiffy envelopes can be either reused or put in your grey household bin.


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Fabric
If you cannot find a use for unwanted fabric donate to a local charity or take to one of the textile Recycling sites in the Borough or to the Recycling Village. Fabric cannot be recycled through your blue recycling bin.

Fibreglass
Fibreglass from floorboards, skirting boards etc. is classed as DIY waste and can be disposed of at the Recycling Village. Staff on site can advise.

Fireworks
Used fireworks should be disposed of in your grey household bin. Ensure they are wrapped carefully.

Fire extinguisher
Contact the supplier to collect. Do NOT place in ANY of the bins provided.

Flares
No flares can be placed in the blue recycling bin, grey household waste or the green garden bin. If you have out of date flares and need to arrange their safe disposal, you should contact the supplier you bought them from to see if they will take them back.  Clearly this is not possible if you buy them online and you should bear this in mind. There are specialist hazardous waste disposal companies that will dispose of your unwanted TEP, but there will be a cost for such a service. Again, you should keep this in mind if ordering flares online.

Flowerpots
Flowerpots should not be placed in your green garden collection or blue recycling bin. Dispose of in your grey household bin.

Flowers and plants
Flowers and plants can be placed in your green garden bin or compost bin. No flowers or plants can be recycled through your blue recycling bin. You can take and plants or flowers to the Recycling Village. Visit our Recycling sites for information around location and times.   

Fluorescent tubes
Dispose of at the Recycling Village. Staff on site can advise. These do not go in your blue recycling bin. Staff remove the hazardous mercury so the metal and plastic can be recycled. See light bulbs.

Food containers (food trays, yoghurt pots etc.)
Rinse all of the materials and place in the main part of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our recycling points.

Food tins
Dispose of in the main part of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our recycling points. Don't forget to rinse first.

Food waste/leftovers
NO food waste of ANY kind is to go in your blue recycling bin. Some food can be added to a compost bin otherwise all food leftovers must be disposed of through your grey household bin.

Fridge or freezers
Large appliances can be collected through a Bulky waste collections or taken to the Recycling Village.
Alternatively, if the furniture is in good condition you can donate to a local charity or sell them through ads or classifieds.

Fruit punnets (plastic)
Plastic fruit punnets, before recycling, rinse to remove all food residue. Plastic fruit punnets can be placed in the main part of your blue recycling bin. They can also be recycled at our Recycling Village.

Fruit punnets (wooden)
Wooden fruit punnets cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.   

Furniture
Large items of furniture can be taken to the Recycling Village. If you have difficulties taking these items to the Recycling Village these can be collected through a Bulky waste collections. Alternatively, if the furniture is in good condition you can donate to a local charity or sell them through ads and classifieds.

Do NOT fly-tip or leave items outside in back lanes or on footpaths. This is illegal and causes a number of problems for the Borough.


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Garden (grass cuttings, plants etc.)
Use a compost bin or dispose through your green garden bin if you are on the service. See a full list of Garden waste items

Gas bottles and cylinders
Gas cylinders remain the property of the issuing company. Please return them to the address shown on the label. Camping gas and helium bottles can disposed of at the Recycling Village.

Gazebo
Dispose of in your grey household bin or taken to the Recycling Village for disposal.

Glass
Glass bottles and jars can be rinsed and placed into the main part of your blue recycling bin or taken to the Recycling Village. Remove all corks, metal lids or plastic tops before recycling.
Window pane glass, mirrors, glass from picture frames, photo frames, broken glass tumblers, light bulbs, spectacles, ceramics or glass ovenware such as Pyrex dishes cannot be recycled through the blue recycling bin.
NEVER put broken glass into your recycling bin. Dispose of this carefully through your grey household bin.

PLEASE wrap glass carefully in newspaper and ensure that the lid is closed fully. This is to prevent injury to the collection crew.  

Glasses spectacles
Spectacles cannot be collected through the recycling collection. However, many high street opticians will take back unwanted pairs for re-use in the developing countries. Glasses can be disposed of in your grey household bin.

Glitter
Glitter cannot be recycled. Please do NOT put any item with glitter in the blue recycling bin as glitter will contaminate the whole load of recyclables this includes cards, cardboard, plastic bottles etc.

Grass
Grass can be placed in your green, garden bin or composted in a compost bin. Do NOT put grass in the blue recycling bin. Grass can also be taken to the Recycling Village.


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Hair/hair extensions
Dispose of in your grey household bin. Do not use the blue recycling bin.

Hangers
These cannot be recycled, either reuse at home or donate through a local charity.

Hazardous waste (antifreeze, fertiliser, fire extinguishers, oven cleaners, oil, paint, petrol, thermometer, weed killer etc.)
All types of Hazardous waste including paint, pesticides, batteries, poisons, battery acid, paint stripper, household cleaners and chemicals, weed killer, medicines, tablets and fluorescent tubes should not be disposed of through your blue recycling or green garden bins. Petrol cans should NOT be put in the blue recycling bin. If you have any harmful substances seek advice from the Council contact centre on 427 7000.

Hearing aids
Unwanted hearing aids can be sent to the Hearing Aid Appeal, run by Help the Aged. The hearing aids are tested and cleaned and sent to India. Send to: Hearing Aid Appeal, Help the Aged, FREEPOST LON 13616, London, EC18 1PS or visit: www.helptheaged.org.uk

Hedge trimmings
You can recycle hedge trimmings in your green garden bin or these can be taken to the Recycling Village.


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Inhalers
You can remove the hard plastic casing and place it in the main part of your blue recycling bin. You can dispose of the plastic outer casing in the plastic outer casing in the plastic container at our Recycling Village.

Ink cartridges
Ink cartridges can be recycled at our Recycling Village. Do not recycle in your blue recycling bin.

Insulation
Take to the Recycling Village and dispose of in the general waste skips. Do not put insulation in your blue recycling or green garden bins.


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Japanese knotweed
If you suspect that you have Japanese knotweed on your property you should take care not to allow it to spread. Japanese knotweed should NOT be disposed of in your green garden, blue recycling or grey household bin.

Jars
See glass

Jewellery
Donate unwanted jewellery to a local charity or dispose of in your grey household bin.

Junk mail and magazine inserts
Junk mail can be recycled in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin, or in the paper banks at one of our Recycling sites.


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Keys
Keys cannot be recycled via your blue recycling bin. Therefore, dispose of in your grey household bin.  

Kitchen towels/tissues
Used kitchen towels and tissues cannot be recycled in your blue bin. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.


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Laminate flooring
Dispose of in laminate wood container at the Recycling Village. Staff on site can advise. Alternatively ring 427 7000 to arrange a House and Business clearances removal and request a free quotation.

Laminated paper, posters or cardboard
Laminated materials cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in your grey household bin.

Lawnmower (electric, manual, petrol)
Electric and manual lawnmowers can be taken to the Recycling Village or collected through the council Bulky waste collections. Petrol lawnmowers can only be accepted if the tank is empty/fully drained. We do not accept petrol as it is hazardous.

Leaves
Use a compost bin or your green garden bin. Do not place leaves in plastic bags in your green garden bin.

Linen
Take to a textiles bank at one of our recycling sites, donate to a local charity if in good condition or take to the textiles bank on site at the Recycling Village. Do NOT put linen in your blue recycling bin.

Light bulbs
Standard light bulbs and energy saving light bulbs cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin. Please wrap and dispose of in your grey household bin. You can also dispose of them at the Recycling Village, staff on site can advise.


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Magazines/papers/catalogues
Magazines and papers go in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin, or take to one of our Recycling sites.

Mattresses
Take these to the Recycling Village or arrange a Bulky waste collections. Do not leave outside your property in a back lane. Fly-tipping is illegal.

Meat trays (plastic and aluminium)
Please rinse any food residue. Meat trays can be placed in the main part of your blue recycling bin. You can use selected Recycling sites across South Tyneside.

Medicine
Empty glass medicine bottles or cardboard boxes go in the main section of your blue recycling bin. Any foil packets can be disposed of in your grey household bin. Unused medicines can be returned to a local pharmacist.

Metal
Scrap metal can be recycled at the Recycling Village, please ask staff on site for advice. If you obtain a company to remove scrap metal ensure they have an appropriate license. Do not put scrap metal into your blue recycling bin.

Metal pots and pans
Metal pots, pans, lids and trays cannot be recycled in your blue bin. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Milk bottles
Glass and plastic milk bottles go in the main section of your blue recycling bin. Remove the lid first and don't forget to rinse.

Milk containers (plastic)
Please rinse any milk residue. Place milk containers in the main part of your blue recycling bin. They can also be recycled at our Recycling Village.

Mirrors
Mirror glass cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin, make sure any broken glass is wrapped carefully before placing in the bin.

Mobile phones
Donate to a local charity or dispose of in the main part of your blue recycling bin.


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Napkins
Use the grey household bin to dispose of any napkins. Do NOT put in your blue recycling bin.

Nappies
Do NOT place nappies into your blue recycling or green garden bin. These must be placed into your grey household bin. Nappies cannot be recycled. Nappies will contaminate all the other recycled materials in the load.

Needles/syringes
Do NOT place into your grey household, blue recycling or green garden bin. All used needles, empty syringes, empty insulin cartridges and lancets must be put in a sharps bin. Sharps bins are yellow plastics containers designed for the safe disposal of such items. For further advice on how to get sharps bin and how to dispose, please contact your doctor, pharmacist or the NHS.

Newspapers
These can be recycled in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin, or at one of our Recycling sites.


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Oil - engine
Households can dispose of engine oil through the Recycling Village. When you bring engine oil to the Village, we advise that you keep it in its original containers. Ask staff on site for more information.

Oil - cooking
If you have large quantities of cooking oil, there are a number of companies who operate waste cooking oil collections. Use a telephone directory or search engine on a computer to find companies who collect oil for recycling. Check with the Environment Agency that any company you use is licensed to collect and transport waste oil.

Ovens
Ovens can be taken to the Recycling Villageor collected through the council Bulky waste collections.


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Padded/jiffy envelopes
Padded envelopes cannot be recycled in the blue recycling bin. These can be reused or disposed of in your grey household bin.

Paint/paint thinners
Paint and paint thinners are classed as Hazardous Waste. If you have excess paint at home, try and use it up, either by yourself or give it to friends and relatives. Clean and dry metal tins can be disposed in the metal banks at the Recycling Village, but plastic or contaminated tins must be disposed of in the general waste skip at the Recycling Village. Solvent based paint, paint thinner and white spirit should be disposed as hazardous waste, and not poured down the drains.

Paper
Paper, newspapers, brochures, catalogues and junk mail can all be recycled in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin, or at one of our Recycling sites. Shredded paper can be disposed of in your inner caddy but it must be wrapped in newspaper or weighed down. 
Laminated paper, foil, glitter or foil wrapping paper cannot be recycled in the blue recycling bin and must be disposed of in the grey household bin.

Paper bags
Paper bags can be recycled in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin providing they are not damp or any food or drink traces have been left inside.

Paper towels
Paper towels cannot be recycled due to the materials they are made from. Use your grey household bin.

Pens/stationery
Dispose of any pens or stationery through your grey household bin.

Petrol
See Hazardous Waste

Pets
NO pet waste of any kind can go in the blue recycling bin. Please wrap and dispose of in your grey household bin.
Fish tanks/aquariums - do NOT place these in the blue recycling bin. Wrap carefully and dispose of through your grey household bin. The glass used is thick and cannot be melted and reused.
Pet bedding - please dispose of through your grey household bin.

Photographs
Photographs cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Pillows
Take to a textile bank at one of our recycling sites or to the Recycling Village. Pillows cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin.

Pizza boxes
Pizza boxes cannot be recycled as they often contain unwanted food residue or grease that may contaminate other materials. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Plants
You can place these in your green garden bin or be composted in your compost bin. Alternatively, you can take to the Recycling Village.
Plants cannot be recycled in your blue recycling bin. This will contaminate all of the materials.

Plastic plant pots/trays
Plastic plant pots cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey, household bin. 

Plant pots/hanging baskets
Do NOT place plant pots in the green garden bin. Dispose of in your grey household bin.

Plastic
Plastic bottles and food containers can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin. These include water bottles, pop bottles, milk bottles, shampoo bottles, margarine tubs, yoghurt pots etc. Do not place items in plastic bags to separate them. Please remove the plastic lids and these can go into your blue recycling bin.
Plastic chairs or tables can be taken to the Recycling Village. Do NOT place these items in your blue recycling bin.

Plastic bags
No plastic carrier bags of any kind should go in your blue recycling or green garden bin. Please re-use bags or recycle at allocated banks outside supermarkets.
Do NOT use plastic bags to separate materials in the blue recycling or green garden bin. Items must be kept loose. Plastic bags cannot be recycled through the South Tyneside Council scheme.

Plastic trays (microwave)
Plastic food trays cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Plywood
Dispose in the wood container at the Recycling Village. Staff on site can advise.

Polystyrene cups/food trays/packaging
These items must be disposed of through your grey household bin.

Pond algae and plants
You can place these in your green garden bin or to these can be composted in a compost bin. Alternatively, these can be taken to the Recycling Village.
No plants can be recycled in your blue, recycling bin.  

Pots and pans
If pots and pans are in good condition donate to a local charity. Any pots and pans can be disposed of at the Recycling Village in the metal container skip. Do NOT put these in the blue recycling bin.

Pyrex dishes
Pyrex dishes cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey, household bin.


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Quilts
Place in your grey household bin or donate to a local charity. Do not put quilts or any bedding in your blue recycling bin. Check local textile banks to see if quilts can be collected.


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Radiators
Metal radiators can be put into the metal containers at the Recycling Village. Radiators cannot be disposed of through the blue recycling, green garden or grey household bins.

Rags
Dispose of in your grey household bin.

Rechargeable batteries
Rechargeable batteries can be bought from most shops that sell electrical appliances. Household batteries can be disposed of in the container at the Recycling Village, ask staff for advice.
The below companies will accept their own brand nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries for recycling:
Energizer UK, FREEPOST LOL 2311, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4YY
Panasonic, The Resale Department, Panasonic UK Ltd, Panasonic House, Willoughby Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8FT

Silver Oxide Cells are most commonly used in watches and calculators. Most jewellers will accept these for recycling due to the silver content.

Records and tapes
Unwanted records and tapes can be donated to charity or disposed of in your grey household bin.

Roof tiles
Tiles can be disposed of at the Recycling Village ask staff on site to advise. If you are using a contractor to carry out the works, then they will need to arrange for their disposal.

Rubble
Rubble can be disposed of at the Recycling Village. Do not put rubble in your green garden bin. If you are using a contractor to carry out the works, then they will need to arrange for the disposal of the material.


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Sawdust
Sawdust cannot be recycled. Please put this in your grey household bin or compost bin.  

Sofa/settee
You can donate old sofa/settees to a local charity or sell them through a classified or online advert. Alternatively, you can arrange for a Bulky waste collections ring 427 7000 for more information.
Please do not leave these items in back lanes. Fly tipping is illegal.

Shoes
Shoes which are in good condition can be donated to a local charity, taken to a clothes bank outside supermarkets or at the Recycling Village. Alternatively shoes can be disposed of through your grey household bin.
Do not put shoes in your blue recycling bin.

Shredded paper
Shredded paper can be recycled in your blue recycling bin BUT the shredded paper must be wrapped in newspaper or weighed down (under catalogues/brochures).

Shrubs
You can place these in your green garden waste bin or be composted in your compost bin. Alternatively, these can be taken to the Recycling Village. 

Soil
Small amounts of soil are acceptable in the green garden bin as long as the soil is loose and not bagged. Large amounts of soil makes the bin too heavy for our operatives. If you have building work then use a contractor or find out more about the Home and Business clearances for a free quote.

Spectacles
See glass

Sports equipment
You can donate any unwanted sports equipment that is still in good condition to a local charity. This includes balls, bats, golf clubs, skates, bikes etc. Sports Equipment can be disposed of through your grey household bin or taken to the Recycling Village.

Steel cans
Dispose of through the main part of your blue recycling bin, or at one of our Recycling sites.

Straw and hay
These can only be disposed of in your grey household bin.

Syringes
Do NOT place directly into your grey household or blue recycling bin. All used needles, empty syringes, empty insulin cartridges and lancets must be put in a sharps bin. Sharps bins are plastics containers designed for the safe disposal of such items.
For further advice on where to get these and the disposal please contact your doctor, pharmacist or the NHS.


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Takeaway boxes/containers
Most takeaway boxes and containers cannot be recycled. Paper and cardboard containers should only be recycled if they are completely free of food/grease. Takeaway cardboard boxes contain grease which contaminates other items in the recycling bin.
Polystyrene containers go in your grey household bin.

Tapes/cassette
Donate to a local charity or take to one of the book and media recycling banks throughout the Borough including the Recycling Village.

Tarmac
We cannot accept tarmac in any bin or at the Recycling Village. Tarmac is classified as industrial waste and we are not legally required to accept it. To arrange for the disposal of tarmac you should contact a legitimate commercial waste management or a skip hire company that is licensed to accept it. Suitable companies can be found by looking in a telephone directory or use a search engine.

Tea bags
If you use tea bags for compost make sure the tea bag is compostable. Only 20-30% of all tea bags are compostable. Tea bags cannot be recycled. Do NOT put tea bags into the green garden or blue recycling bins.

Telephone directories
Place in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin.

Tetra pack cartons
Plastic cartons can be disposed of in the main part of your blue recycling bin, or at one of our recycling points.

Textiles/clothes/curtains
Donate to a local charity if in good condition or take to a textile container at one of the Recycling sites in the Borough. These items are NOT to be placed in the blue recycling bin.

Tiles
See roof tiles.

Timber
Solid timber can be recycled in the designated containers at the Recycling Village. Staff on site can advise.

Tins
These go in your main part of your blue recycling bin, or take them to one of our Recycling sites.

Tin wrappers
Tin wrappers can be kept on the tins when they are put in the blue recycling bin. Part of the recycling process of tins will remove these.   

Tissues (hankies, kitchen towel, napkins and other absorbent products)
The fibres used to make tissues cannot be recycled into new products. These go into your grey household bin. Do NOT put used or unused tissues/kitchen towels in your blue recycling bin.

Tools
Consider donating to a local charity. Small electric power tools can be placed in the main part of your blue recycling bin. Large appliances can be taken to the Recycling Village and disposed of in the electrical WEEE area.

Toothbrushes/shavers
Electrical toothbrushes and shavers can be disposed of in the main section of your blue recycling bin. Hard plastic toothbrushes and shavers must be disposed of through your grey household bin.

Toys, soft toys and games
Small electrical toys can be put in the main part of your blue recycling bin. Cardboard boxes which contain games can be recycled in the main part of your blue recycling bin (but not the small dices, playing cards or playing pieces).
Donate to a local charity shop if in good condition or take to the Recycling Village. Do not put soft toys in the blue recycling bin.

Tyres
Bicycle and car tyres can be taken to the Recycling Village. Staff on site can advise.


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Vacuum cleaner
Please take to the Recycling Village. Vacuum cleaners cannot be placed in any recycling, garden or household bin.

Vegetables/vegetable peelings
Use a compost bin or dispose of through your grey household bin. Do NOT place vegetables or vegetable peelings into the green garden or blue recycling bin. Food cannot be recycled through the South Tyneside recycling scheme.

Vegetable oil
Used oil cannot be recycled. You can carefully pour into a plastic container and dispose of it in your general household bin. Empty oil bottles must be thoroughly washed before placing in the main part of your blue, recycling page.  

Vending cups
To avoid generating plastic waste, avoid using disposable cups and use glasses, mugs or cups of water or coffee. Dispose of through your grey household bin. Do NOT use the blue recycling bin.


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Walking sticks
Unwanted walking sticks can be donated to a local charity.

Wallpaper
Used or unused wallpaper goes in your grey household bin. Do NOT place wallpaper in the blue recycling or green garden bins.

Washing machine
Take to the Recycling Village or arrange a Bulky waste collections ring 427 7000 for more information.

White goods
Large white goods such as a washing machine or a fridge freezer can be collected through the Bulky waste collections on 427 7000 or taken to the Recycling Village.

Window frames wood/UPVC
Wooden and UPVC frames can be taken to the Recycling Village or ring 427 7000 to arrange a Home and business clearances removal and request a free quotation.

Wood
Do NOT place any wood in the blue recycling bin. Wood can be taken to the Recycling Village and disposed of through the correct container. Staff on site can help.
We can accept all wood and timber for recycling apart from laminate flooring and treated timber.

Wool
Wool cannot be recycled. Please dispose of in your grey household bin.

Wrapping paper
Traditional brown paper can be recycled in the inner caddy of the blue recycling bin. Please remove any sticky tape before recycling. 
Any other wrapping paper - foil, glitter or laminated cannot be recycled as this causes problems at the recycling facility. Wrapping paper can be disposed of through your grey household bin.


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Yellow pages
Place in the inner caddy of your blue recycling bin.

Yoghurt cartons
Rinse and dispose of in the main part of your blue recycling bin.


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Zimmer frame
Please return to the issuer or donate to social services, a health centre or a hospital.


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