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A to Z of rubbish

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Aerosols

  • Before recycling, make sure the aerosol is completely empty and do not crush
  • Place aerosols in the main part of your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Air beds

  • Air beds are made from plastics that currently can't be recycled
  • You can dispose of them in your rubbish bin
  • Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Air fresheners (aerosol)

  • See aerosols

Air fresheners (electric)

  • Place the glass bottle part in the caddy
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the glass recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • The plug-in part should be disposed of in your rubbish bin

Air fresheners (plastic)

  • Plastic air fresheners are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Alarm clocks (electrical)

  • Fully functional alarm clocks can be donated to local charity shops or an online reuse network
  • Broken alarm clocks can be disposed of in the rubbish bin
  • Please remove any batteries and put them in a clear bag. Full bags of batteries can be placed in your caddy
  • You can also take broken alarm clocks to any household waste recycling centre/tip and place in the container for small electrical items

Aluminium cans

  • Before recycling, wash and squash cans
  • Place cans in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Aluminium food trays and foil (pie and quiche trays, sweet mince pie cases)

  • Before recycling, if required rinse to remove food residue
  • Place in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin

Animal bedding

Please check whether pet beds and bedding can be donated to a charity or try an online reuse network, or, for the following items:

  • Hay, straw and sawdust
    • Aren't currently recycled
    • Do not put in your garden waste bin
    • However, they can be composted in your home compost bin
  • Other bedding
    • Pet blankets, towels and beds made from fabric
      • These are not currently recycled
      • Dispose of them in your rubbish bin
      • Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
    • Plastic animal beds
      • Place animal beds in the rigid plastics container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Animal and pet waste

  • Please bag all pet waste before disposing of it in your rubbish bin
  • Animal and pet waste is not currently recycled

Asbestos

  • Asbestos removal is extremely hazardous. North Tyneside Council do not collect asbestos. Private companies can make arrangements to take asbestos away at a charge
  • Asbestos can be deposited at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip. It must be double bagged and the resident will be required to show proof of their address (utility bill etc)
  • For further advice on the safe disposal of asbestos, contact Envirolink on 0345 2000 103

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Bath towels

  • Can be donated to some charity shops
  • Bath towels can be recycled at some charity bring banks and the household waste and recycling centre
  • Please do not place bath towels in your grey recycling bin

Batteries (domestic)

  • There are battery disposal points available in some public buildings
  • As well as this, many retailers and supermarkets have battery disposal points
  • Place small domestic batteries in a clear plastic bag and when full place on top of any glass in the caddy

Batteries (motor vehicle)

  • Motor vehicle batteries can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Birthday cards

  • Place birthday cards in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Birthday cards with glitter decoration cannot be recycled but you could tear them up and add them to your home compost bin
  • Please do not place cards in your garden waste bin

Bedding

  • Bedding can be donated to charity shops
  • Alternatively, it can be recycled at some charity banks and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Some animal rescue centres also accept bedding for reuse as animal bedding

Beds

  • See furniture

Bicycles

  • Bicycles can be donated to local charity shops or an online reuse network
  • Bicycles can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip from where they are collected for reuse or recycling by charities

Bicycle tyres

  • Bicycle tyres are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, you can dispose of them in your rubbish bin
  • Alternatively, you can place them in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Black plastic food trays, e.g. ready meal trays

  • Black plastic food trays are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, you can dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Biscuit tins (metal and plastic)

  • Place biscuit tins in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Biscuit wrappers

  • Biscuit wrappers are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Bones

  • Bones are not currently recycled
  • ​Do not place them in your home compost bin or garden waste bin
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Books

  • Books can be donated to local charity shops
  • Alternatively, they can be taken to some charity banks
  • Books can be placed in your grey recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Bottles and jars

  • Before recycling please rinse
  • Place bottles and jars in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Bras

  • Bras can be donated in bra banks. For every tonnage of bras collected the money raised is used to help fund research into Breast Cancer. The council has made a bra bank available at its HQ in the Cobalt Business Park. To find your nearest bra bank visit Bra Bank recycling point.

Brochures

  • Place brochures in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bins
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Bubblewrap

  • Bubblewrap is not currently recycled
  • You can dispose of it in your rubbish bin
  • Alternatively, it can be kept and reused to package fragile items or gifts

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Cans

  • Before recycling, wash and squash your cans
  • Place cans in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cardboard

  • Before recycling, fold and squash cardboard
  • Place cardboard in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place it in the mixed recycling bin
  • It can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip 

Carpets

  • Can be donated to a local charity or shared through an online reuse network
  • Carpets can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip but can not be recycled
  • Also see our web page for collection of special or bulky items. There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirolink on 0345 2000 103.

Carrier bags

  • Carrier bags are not currently recycled
  • However, you can keep them to reuse (check local supermarkets for schemes)

Cartons, e.g. chopped tomatoes, sauces, long life milk cartons

  • Before recycling, wash and squash
  • Place cartons in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cassette and video tapes

  • Please do not put these in the grey recycling bin. Cassette/ video tape can get tangled in the machinery during the recycling process
  • You can reuse/ recycle them through charities including at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Otherwise, you can dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Catalogues

  • Place catalogues in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bins
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

CDs

  • CDs are not currently recycled
  • However, unwanted CDs can be donated to charity shops or through charity banks including at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

CD cases

  • Do not place CD cases in your grey recycling bin
  • You can place them in the hard-plastic container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cellophane

  • Cellophane is not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of it in your rubbish bin

Cereal boxes

  • Before recycling, remove the inner bag and fold and squash the cardboard box (the inner bag is not recyclable)
  • Place cereal boxes in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Chargers

  • Place chargers in the main part of your grey recycling bin
  • ​For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • If they are beyond repair, please take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip and place in the container for small electrical items

Christmas trees

  • Natural Christmas trees can be chopped up and placed in your garden waste bin, recycled at a designated collection point or taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • ​Artificial Christmas trees are not currently recycled

Christmas decorations

  • Baubles (glass and plastic) and tinsel are not currently recycled
  • Christmas tree lights are not currently recycled. If they are beyond repair, please take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip and place in the container for small electrical items

Clothing

  • Clothing can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
  • Alternatively, it can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Coffee grounds and filters

  • Coffee grounds and filters are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Computers

  • Computers, small peripherals, such as keyboards and printers can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

If you’re getting rid of computer equipment, make sure you protect your personal details and destroy the hard drive before disposal. To do this, take the computer apart, remove the hard drive and smash it with a hammer or drill holes in it to ensure no one can access your data.

Cookers

  • Cookers can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Also see our web page for collection of special or bulky items. There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirolink on 0345 2000 103.

Cooking oil

  • Unused cooking oil/vegetable oil can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycle Centre/tip
  • Used cooking oil/vegetable oil cannot be recycled
  • Instead, you can carefully pour into a plastic container and dispose of it in your general household waste bin
  • Empty oil bottles must be thoroughly washed before placing in your grey recycling bin

Curtains

  • Curtains can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Cutlery

  • Metal cutlery can be donated to charity shops
  • Alternatively, it can be disposed of in the metals container at the household waste and recycling centre/tip, and plastic cutlery can be placed in the plastic containers

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Duvets and pillows

  • Duvets and pillows are not currently recycled
  • Some animal rescue centres accept duvets to reuse as bedding for the animals
  • However, duvet covers, pillow cases, sheets and blankets can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Egg boxes

  • Before recycling, fold and crush
  • Place egg boxes in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Egg shells

  • Eggs shells are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Electrical appliances (large) – washing machines, dish washers etc

  • Large electrical appliances can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Also see our web page for collection of special or bulky items. There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirolink on 0345 2000 103.

Electrical appliances (small)

  • Small electrical appliances (no bigger than a toaster) can be placed in your grey recycle bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Fabric (textiles)

  • Fabric can be donated to charity or through an online reuse network
  • Alternatively, it can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Flowers and plants

  • Flowers and plants can be placed in your garden waste bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Alternatively, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Fluorescent tubes

  • Fluorescent tubes can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Food

  • Food is not currently recycled
  • Please dispose of it in your rubbish bin

Fruit punnets

  • Plastic fruit punnets cannot be recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Fruit and veg peelings

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Furniture - arm chairs, beds, sideboards etc

  • Intact furniture can be donated to charity or through an online reuse network
  • Broken furniture can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Also see our web page for collection of special or bulky items. There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirolink on 0345 2000 103.

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Garden Waste

  • You can recycle via your garden waste bin
  • It can be composted in your home compost bin
  • It can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Glass bottles and jars

  • Before recycling, rinse out thoroughly
  • Place glass bottles and jars in your caddy bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, use the glass recycling bins
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Glass panes or window glass

  • Do not place glass panes or window glass in your grey recycling bin
  • You can dispose of them in the flat glass container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Grass cuttings

  • You can recycle via your garden waste bin or by composting in your home compost bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Greetings cards

  • Place cards in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Cards with glitter decoration cannot be recycled but you could tear them up and add them to your home compost – please do not place cards in your garden waste bin

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Hedge trimmings

  • You can recycle via your garden waste bin or they can be composted in your home compost bin
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Household cable

  • Household cable can be placed in your grey recycling bin
  • It can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Inhalers

  • Some pharmacies collect old inhalers for recycling – please check with your local pharmacy
  • You can remove the hard plastic casing and place in your rubbish bin

Ink cartridges (printer)

  • Ink cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Junk mail

  • Place junk mail in the grey recycling bin
  • For shared facilities, place it in the mixed recycling bins
  • It can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Keys

  • Keys cannot be recycled via your grey recycling bin
  • Therefore, dispose of them in the metals container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Leaves

  • These can be recycled in your garden waste bin or composted in your home compost bin
  • Alternatively, they can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Lightbulbs

  • Light bulbs can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Mattresses

  • Mattresses can be donated to charity or through an online reuse network
  • Mattresses can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • See also our web page for special and bulky collections. There is a charge for this service. Charges vary depending on the size, type or quantity of bulky waste. For further information or to arrange a collection please contact Envirolink on 0345 2000 103

Meat trays - aluminium

  • Before recycling, rinse off any food residue
  • Aluminium meat trays can be placed in the main part of your grey bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, use the mixed recycling bins

Meat trays - black or plastic

  • Black or any plastic food trays cannot be recycled
  • Therefore, dispose of these in your rubbish bin

Medicines

  • Unused medicines can be returned to a chemist (pharmacist) to be safely disposed of
  • Empty glass medicine bottles can be placed in the caddy
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the glass recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal cans

  • Before recycling, wash and squash
  • Place metal cans in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal cutlery/trays

  • Place metal cutlery / trays in your grey recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal keys

  • Place metal keys in your grey recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Metal pots and pans

  • Metal pots and pans can be placed in your grey recycling bin
  • Can be disposed of in the metals container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Milk containers - plastic

  • Remove any lids
  • Before recycling, rinse out and squash
  • Place plastic milk containers and lids in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Mirrors

  • Mirrors can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
  • Alternatively, dispose of them in the flat glass container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip 

Mobile phones

  • Mobile phones can be donated to a charity or through an online reuse network
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Nappies

  • Nappies are not currently recycled
  • Please dispose of them in your rubbish bin
  • Alternatively, why not try Real Nappies? To find out how North Tyneside residents can get £30 cashback for choosing reusable nappies, visit the fill your pants website or email recycle@northtyneside.gov.uk

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Paint

  • Part-empty paint tins can be donated and reused by local charities 
  • Empty metal paint tins can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip in the scrap metal container
  • Do not dispose of paint in your rubbish bin, and it must not be poured down the drain where it can cause damage and blockages
  • There is useful advice available from suppliers on how to safely dispose of excess paint, for example this guide

Paper - Newspapers

  • Place paper in grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip 

Pet waste

  • See animal and pet waste

Photocopier cartridges

  • Photocopier cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money  
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Photographs

  • Photographs are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin 

Pizza boxes

  • Pizza boxes are not currently recycled as they often contain unwanted food residue that may contaminate other materials
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin 

Plants

  • Can be recycled via your garden waste bin or composted in your home compost bin 
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Plastic bags

  • Plastic bags are not currently recycled
  • However, you can reuse them (check local supermarkets for schemes)

Plastic bottles

  • Remove caps and lids
  • Before recycling, wash and squash
  • Place plastic bottles, caps and lids in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Plastic plant pots

  • Plastic plant pots are not currently recycled
  • However, you can reuse them for replanting or growing seeds
  • Alternatively, dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Plastic trays - for example Microwaveable food trays, supermarket vegetable packaging

  • Not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin 

Polystyrene packaging

  • Not currently recycled
  • ​Therefore, please dispose of it in your rubbish bin 

Polythene packaging

  • Not currently recycled
  • ​Therefore, please dispose of it in your rubbish bin

Pond algae and plants

  • You can recycle them via your garden waste bin or place them in your home compost bin
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Pots and pans

  • See metal pots and pans

Printer cartridges

  • Printer cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Pyrex dishes

  • Pyrex dishes are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin

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Records and tapes

  • Unwanted records and tapes can be donated to charity shops
  • Records and tapes are not currently recycled
  • Therefore, please dispose of them in your rubbish bin

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Sawdust

  • Sawdust is not currently recycled
  • However, it can be composted in your home compost bin

Shoes

  • Shoes can be recycled at some charity banks or through online reuse networks
  • Alternatively, they can be donated to charity shops

Shredded paper

  • Allow one bag of shredded paper in the main part of your grey recycling bin (must be in a bag, no black bags please)
  • Otherwise, please dispose of in your rubbish bin
  • You can also dispose of it in the general waste container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Shrubs

  • Shrubs can be recycled via your garden waste bin or composted in your home compost bin
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Spectacles

  • Many opticians collect unwanted glasses and donate them to charities – contact your local optician for further information
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Straw and hay

  • Straw and hay is not currently recycled
  • Therefore, do not put it in your garden waste bin
  • However, it can be composted in your home compost bin

Sweet tubs

  • Place plastic sweet tubs in your grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Tea bags and leaves

  • Tea bags and leaves are not currently recycled
  • However, they can be composted in your home compost bin

Telephone directories

  • Place your telephone directories in the grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Textiles

  • Textiles can be donated to charity shops or through an online reuse network
  • Alternatively, they can be recycled at some bring sites and the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

Toner Cartridges

  • Toner cartridges can be donated to charities who will use them to raise additional money
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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Vegetable oil

  • See cooking oil

Vegetable peel

  • Vegetable peel is not currently recycled
  • However, it can be composted in your home compost bin

Video cassette tapes

  • Cassette tape can get tangled in the machinery during the recycling process
  • If you want to recycle them remove the tape first
  • Then place in the plastic container at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip
  • Otherwise, you can dispose of them in your household waste

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Wallpaper

  • Wallpaper is not currently recycled because of the vinyl coatings or textured effects often applied to make it water resistant and durable
  • Please dispose of it in your rubbish bin

Wooden fruit punnets

  • Wooden fruit punnets cannot be recycled
  • Please dispose of them in your rubbish bin

Wool

  • Wool can be donated to local charity shops
  • Wool is not currently recycled
  • However, it can be composted in your home compost bin
  • Please do not place in your garden waste bin

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Yellow Pages

  • Place your Yellow Pages in the grey recycling bin
  • For shared recycling facilities, place them in the mixed recycling bin
  • They can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre/tip

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