Waste Recycling Site

Recycling directory

Aerosols

Aluminium cans

Baby goods

Batteries

Bedding and blankets

Bicycles

Black sacks/cling film/bubble wrap

Books

Bridal wear

Building materials

Cardboard

Carrier bags

Cars

CDs and DVDs

Christmas cards

Christmas trees

Clothes

Coins

Computers

Curtains

Chemicals

Electrical and electronic appliances

Engine and cooking oil

Envelopes

Fly tipping

Fluorescent light tubes

Food and drink cans (mixed)

Food waste

Fridges and freezers

Furniture

Garden waste

Gas cylinders

Glass bottles and jars

Glasses

Hearing aids

Hypodermic needles

Inkjet printer cartridges

Junk mail

Medicine

Metal

Mobile phones

Nappies

Paint

Paper

Plastic bottles

Polystyrene foam

Postcards

Scrap metal

Shoes

Spectacles

Stamps

Takeaway containers/wrappers

Telephone directories

Toner cartridges

Toys

Tyres

TV screens and computer monitors

Timber/wood

   

Aerosols

Empty metal aerosol canisters can be recycled by taking them to the can bank at Middlesbrough’s recycling bring site or placed into your blue lid recycling bin.

Aluminium cans

See food and drink cans.

Baby goods

Good quality baby goods can be sold privately or donated to your local charity shop.

Batteries

Car batteries can be taken to garages, scrap metal facilities or the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill for safe disposal.

Normal household batteries are extremely toxic to the environment as they contain heavy metals. Do not put them in your bin. Batteries should be placed on top of your blue lid bin. Batteries can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Wherever possible, buy items that use rechargeable batteries. When these lose their efficiency, some manufacturers will take them back for recycling. Please make sure you send the correct brand to the correct manufacturer.

Bosch - offers a 20% discount on new battery packs when old ones are returned.

Draper Tools - will take back spent battery packs in exchange for a 10% discount on new ones.

Duracell - call 0800 716434 for freepost label and jiffy bag.

EverReady - send to Energizer UK, Recycling, Freepost LOL2311, Dunstable, Beds LU5 4YY.

Panasonic - send to Panasonic UK Ltd, Panasonic House, Willoughby Road, Bracknell, Berks RG12 8FT.

Uniross - send to Uniross, RECYCLING, Unit 4, West End Trading Estate, Blackfriars Road, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 4DJ.

VARTA - send to VARTA Ltd, Cropmead Industrial Estate, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7HQ.

Bedding and blankets

Good quality old bedding or blankets can be donated to your local charity shop.

Bicycles

Old bicycles can be sold privately or donated to your local charity shop. Alternatively, if you take your bike to the Haverton Hill Household Waste Recycling Centre it can be renovated for use again.

Black sacks/cling film/bubble wrap

Please put these in your black lid refuse bin – not your blue lid recycling bin.

Books

Old books can be sold privately or donated to a local charity.

The British Heart Foundation offers free collection of good quality items including books, clothing, music, furniture and electrical items.

Bridal wear

Bridal wear can be sold privately or donated to a charity shop.

Building materials

Rubble and other waste from home improvements can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Please note this facility is only open to members of the public, not to businesses.

Cardboard

Residents can recycle cardboard as part of the kerbside recycling collection by putting it into the blue lid recycling bin.

Cardboard can also be taken to Middlesbrough’s recycling bring site or the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill. If you have a compost bin at home, small amounts of cardboard can be put in there.

Carrier bags

Every year 17.5 billion plastic bags are given away in the UK. To avoid using new plastic bags, and being charged for those by larger retailers, take your own plastic or reusable fabric bags with you.

'Bag for life' is a scheme where for a few pence you can get a large, durable and strong bag. If this bag gets damaged and is no longer usable, the supermarket will replace it free of charge and recycle the old one.

Some supermarkets offer plastic bag recycling facilities.

Please note carrier bags should not be used in your blue lid recycling bin.

Cars

If you have an old car it is your responsibility to dispose of it correctly. The illegal dumping of a car is an environmental hazard and can result in a fine.

If the vehicle is drivable you can take it to Autotune at Lamport Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 5QL. You need to hand in the car keys along with the vehicle registration document, and you will receive £10 in return.

If the vehicle is not drivable you can take the car keys and vehicle registration document to the council’s contact centre at Middlesbrough House.

If you know of an abandoned vehicle please report it to the council’s Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

CDs and DVDs

Old CDs and DVDs can be donated to charity shops.

Christmas cards

After Christmas various charities and shops will collect old Christmas cards. Try outlets such as WHSmith, T.K. Maxx, Tesco and the Post Office. You can also place non glitter cards in your recycling bin.

Christmas trees

These can be recycled by taking them to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Clothes

Unwanted items of clothing can be donated to a charity shop.

The British Heart Foundation offer free collection of good quality items including - books, clothing, music, furniture and electrical items.

Coins

Old British or foreign coins can be donated to the RNIB, call 0845 345 0054 for more details. Coins can also be taken to any Oxfam shop.

Computers

When you buy your new computer, ask the manufacturer or shop if they accept old computers for recycling. Several companies including Dell and PC World operate a recycling scheme for old computers.

If you cannot find a new home for your old computer please take it to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill, where a local small business will try to re-manufacture them.

Alternatively, try selling it privately, or donating it to a friend or family member.

If you have a few computer items to get rid of, why not donate them to a charity. The Donate a PC website acts as a forum for charities to get in contact with you to arrange collection of your old PC.

If the company you work for or own is upgrading their computers and wants to donate the old computers to charity, you may be able to contact Michael Taylor, Oxfam’s Corporate Account Manager on 01865 313484 or via mitaylor@oxfam.org.uk

Curtains

Curtains in good condition can be sold privately or donated to a local charity shop.

Chemicals

Chemicals need to be disposed of safely and correctly. For information on correct disposal call the manufacturer of the product, the council (01642 726001), or the Environment Agency (03708 506 506). Some chemicals such as pesticides, creosote and paint can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Electrical and electronic appliances

Large appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines etc. can be collected by Middlesbrough Council by booking a bulky item collection online, however there is a charge for this service. 

The Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill will also accept cookers, washing machines and fridges etc. Some of these will be repaired while others will be recycled.

The British Heart Foundation offer free collection of good quality items including - books, clothing, music, furniture and electrical items.

Engine and cooking oil

This can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Envelopes

These can be simply reused by placing a sticker over the address. Otherwise you could compost them, or place them in your blue lid recycling bin.

Fly tipping

Fines for fly tipping could be up to £20,000 with a six-month prison sentence. If the case is taken to a Crown Court the fine can be unlimited and if hazardous waste is dumped, a prison sentence of up to five years can be imposed.

If you know of a fly tipping site or have seen fly tipping in action please report it online. Alternatively you can call the council’s Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

Fluorescent light tubes

Please take these to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Food and drink cans (mixed)

Food and drink cans can be put in your blue lid recycling bin. They may also be recycled at Middlesbrough’s recycling bring site.

Food waste

No food waste or takeaway food packaging can go in the blue lid recycling bin. Please bag them and put them in your black lid refuse bin.

Fridges and freezers

If you have an old fridge or freezer that needs disposing of, it can be collected by Middlesbrough Council by booking a bulky item collection online, however there is a charge for this service.

If you prefer, you can take the items yourself to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill for disposal.

Furniture

Unwanted furniture can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill. The furniture will be graded, repaired and sold by a local charity.

Good quality furniture can be sold privately or donated it to charity such as FRADE who have a shop in Middlesbrough (426 Marton Road, TS4 2PT). Call 01642 245927 for free collection of items in re-usable condition. They also accept electrical appliances in working order. Alternatively you may donate furniture to Teesside Hospice (find out how to donate or call 01642 811140). The British Heart Foundation offers free collection of good quality items including - books, clothing, music, furniture and electrical items.

The Council can also arrange to collect and dispose of your furniture for a charge. Please arrange a collection online.

Garden waste

Waste put out as part of the the council's fortnightly kerbside recycling collection scheme will be composted. Garden waste can also be composted at home. Residents can purchase a compost bin through the WRAP home composting scheme; for more information please visit the home composting page.

If you don't have much space, you could try buying a wormery, which uses worms to break down your waste.

Gas cylinders

These will normally be returnable to the supplier.
Calor Gas 01926 318616
BOC 0800 111333
or call the cylinder retrieval scheme on 0845 050 0056.

The canisters can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Do not put gas cylinders in your blue lid bin.

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles or jars can be placed in your blue lid recycling bin.

Glass bottles and jars can also be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill and at Middlesbrough’s recycling bring site. Please remember to separate your glass correctly when putting it into the recycling bins.

Glasses

See spectacles.

Hearing aids

Unwanted hearing aids can be donated to charity Sound Seekers via any Specsavers Hearing Centre.

Hypodermic needles

If you find any hypodermic needles please do NOT touch them or attempt to clear them away. Contact the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001 to arrange for safe and correct disposal.

Inkjet printer cartridges

Some charities may collect inkjet cartridges. You could also try refilling your empty cartridges. There are various companies that can provide this service or you can purchase a home kit.

Junk mail

To be taken off junk mailing lists contact:

Mail Preference Service, Department 97, Freepost 22, London WIE 7E2.

You can also stop the door to door Royal Mail leaflet deliveries by writing to: Royal Mail, Beaumont House, Sandy Lane West, Oxford OX4 6ZZ.

Medicine

Any unneeded and unused medication can be taken to your local pharmacy for correct and safe disposal.

Metal

Scrap metal can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Mobile phones

Many charities recycle mobile phones, including Oxfam and the Red Cross. Please contact your chosen charity for more information.

Nappies

Disposable nappies take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. Please do not put disposable nappies in your recycling bin or clear recycling sacks. Disposable nappies can only go into your black lid refuse bin for disposal.

Paint

Any unused paint can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Paper

Newspaper, magazines, office paper, catalogues, Yellow Pages and junk mail can all be recycled in your blue lid bin.

Alternatively you can take your paper to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill or to Middlesbrough’s recycling bring site.

Plastic bottles

These can be placed in your blue lid recycling bin or recycled at Middlesbrough’s recycling bring site.

Polystyrene foam

This can't be put in the blue lid recycling bin. Please put any polystyrene foam packaging or containers such as egg boxes or takeaway food containers in your black lid refuse bin.

Postcards

Some charities collect old postcards which are sold on to collectors to raise money. You may also be able to remove the stamps from used postcards and donate these to charity (see Stamps).

Scrap metal

Scrap metal can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Shoes

Shoes can be taken to your local charity shop or to Middlesbrough’s recycling bring site, which has a shoe bank.

Spectacles

Vision Aid Overseas, a UK-registered charity dedicated to helping people in developing countries whose lives are blighted by bad eyesight, will take unwanted spectacles.

Send your donation to:

Vision Aid Overseas, 12 The Bell Centre, Newton Road, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9FZ.

For more information visit the Vision Aid Overseas website.

Stamps

Several charities will collect stamps including the RNIB, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Oxfam. Contact your local charity branch for further information.

Takeaway pizza boxes/fish and chip shop wrapping/takeaway food containers

These items can't be accepted in the blue lid recycling bin for collection, even if they are cardboard or paper based, as they contain food waste remnants.  Please put these in your black lid refuse bin.

Telephone directories

All telephone directories can be recycled in your blue lid bin.

Toner cartridges

Several charities collect and recycle toner cartridges; contact your local branch for further information. Cartridges can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

Toys

If you have any unwanted toys, why not donate them to friends or neighbours, or try to sell them privately. Alternatively contact your local charity shop.

Tyres

Car tyres can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

TV screens and computer monitors

Computer monitors and TV screens contain dangerous chemicals such as mercury and need careful disposal. Any unwanted screens and monitors can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill. Alternatively, the items can be collected by Middlesbrough Council by booking a bulky item collection online, however there is a charge for this service.

Timber/wood

Old wood can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill.

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