A-Z of Recycling

We've put together a list of items and where in the borough they can be recycled.
Construction and demolition waste, also known as inert waste, can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centres with a free annual inert waste permit (external link).

A

Aerosols including deodorant and body spray, hairspray, air freshener and polish – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Aluminium cans – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Aluminium foil and foil trays – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Anti-freeze - Local recycling centre
Appliances - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Asbestos - Local recycling centre (excluding Skelmersdale)- collect bag from centre first
Ash from BBQs including disposable BBQs - Local recycling centre or when cold they can go in the grey general waste bin

B

Baking tray / tin - Local recycling centre
Batteries – Some shops will accept them or your local recycling centre
Bicycles - Local recycling centre, bulky waste collection, check with your local charity shops, The Bike Works (external link) take donations for repair and resale to the community
Board games – Check with your local charity shops
Books – Check with your local charity shops or grey general waste bin
Boots - Textile banks or check with your local charity shops.
Bottles and jars – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Branches and twigs – Brown recycling wheelie bin
Bread wrappers / bags – Grey general waste bin or recycled at some local supermarkets
Bric-a-brac - Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.
Bricks - Inert Waste- permit needed for local recycling centre
Brushes, rollers and mops - Local recycling centre or grey general waste bin (ensure lid is closed)
Building material - Inert Waste- permit needed for local recycling centre
Bubble wrap – Grey general waste bin
Buttons - Check with your local charity shops

C

Cans (food and drink cans) – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Car batteries - Local recycling centre
Carbon monoxide monitor - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Cardboard – Green recycling wheelie bin
Carpets and rugs - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Cartons (e.g. Tetrapaks) including UHT, soya and goat's milk, fruit juice and sauces - Local recycling centres excluding Skelmersdale
Carrier bags - Many supermarkets now have recycling points for carrier bags or grey general waste bin
Cassettes – Grey general waste bin
Catalogues – Green recycling wheelie bin
Cat litter – Grey general waste bin
CDs - Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.
Chipboard – Inert Waste- permit needed for local recycling centre
Children’s toys – Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.
Christmas and birthday cards – Green recycling wheelie bin. Foil and plastic types to be placed in your grey general waste bin.
Christmas trees - Local recycling centre, bulky household waste collection or brown recycling wheelie bin if it is cut into small pieces.
Clingfilm – Grey general waste bin
Clocks and watches – Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.
Clothing, textiles and shoes - Textile banks or check with your local charity shops.
Coat hangers – Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.
Coffee grounds – Composted or grey general waste bin.
Cooking pans, trays and utensils - Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops if they are clean and in good condition.
Cooking oil - Local recycling centre
Computers and PCs - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Cookers - Local recycling centre or bulky waste collection
Crockery and cutlery – Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.
Crisp packets – Terracycle drop-off scheme (external link) or grey general waste bin.
Curtains - Textile banks or check with your local charity shops.

D

Directories - Green recycling wheelie bin
Dishwashers - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Disposable nappies – Grey general waste bin, they cannot be recycled. Try reusable nappies- more information can be found here (external link).
DIY waste - Inert Waste- permit needed for local recycling centre
Domestic appliances - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Drinks cans – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Drinks cartons - Local recycling centre
Duvet- Grey general waste bin, local recycling centre, or check with local animal charities if donations are being taken
DVDs - Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.
DVD players - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection

E

Egg boxes (plastic) – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Egg boxes (cardboard) - Green recycling wheelie bin
Egg Shells – Composted or grey general waste bin
Electrical goods - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Energy saving light bulbs - Local recycling centre
Engine oil - Local recycling centre
Envelopes - Green recycling wheelie bin once plastic window has been removed

F

Fat / Oil for cooking – Local recycling centre
Fluorescent tubes – Local recycling centre
Flowers and plants (without soil) – Composted or brown recycling wheelie bin
Foil - kitchen and aluminium – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Food waste – Grey general waste bin
Fridges and freezers - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Frozen food bags – Grey general waste bin
Furniture - Local recycling centre, bulky household waste collection, or if in good condition sell online or donate to your local charity shop

G

Garden chemicals - Local recycling centre
Garden waste – Brown recycling wheelie bin or composted
Gas bottles – Local recycling centre
Gift wrap – if paper, green recycling wheelie bin, if the wrap is glittered, foiled or plastic then it should go in the grey general waste bin
Glasses and spectacles – Check with your opticians
Glass bottles from health and medical products - Blue recycling wheelie bin
Glass jars- Blue recycling wheelie bin 
Glasses (drinking glasses) – If reusable, check with your local charity shops; if not reusable, put in grey general waste bin
Glue – Local recycling centre
Grass cuttings – Brown recycling wheelie bin or composted.
Guttering - Local recycling centre

H

Hairdryers - Local recycling centre
Hardcore – Inert waste- permit needed for local recycling centre
Healthcare waste – Non-contagious waste such as dressings, incontinence pads or dialysis waste can be double bagged and placed in your grey general waste bin. Any sharps or needles or contagious dressings must to be disposed of through a clinical waste collection. For more information on clinical waste collections please click here.
Hedge Clippings – Brown recycling wheelie bin

I

Irons - Local recycling centre

J

Jewellery – Check with your local charity shops, give away or sell online
Jiffy bags – Grey general waste bin.
Junk mail - Green recycling wheelie bin- stop receiving junk mail by contacting the Mail Preference Service (external link)

K

Kitchen waste – Grey general waste bin
Kitchen roll tubes – Green recycling wheelie bin
Kitchen roll / tissue (used) – Grey general waste bin

L

Lamps – Local recycling centre, donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Leaflets – Green recycling wheelie bin
Leaves – Brown recycling wheelie bin
Light bulbs - Local recycling centre

M

Magazines – Green recycling wheelie bin
Margarine tubs – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Mattresses - Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Medicine - return unwanted or out of date medicine to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal
MDF – Inert Waste- permit needed for local recycling centre
Microwaves - Local recycling centre, bulky household waste collection, sell or give away online
Mirrors – Local recycling centre, donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Mobile phones - Local recycling centre or ask for trade-in service at phone shop
Milk bottles (plastic and ) - Blue recycling wheelie bin; return bottles to milkman where possible for reuse
Musical instruments - Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops.

N

Nappies - Grey general waste bin, they cannot be recycled. Try reusable nappies- more information can be found here (external link).
Needles- Any sharps or needles or contagious dressings must to be disposed of through a clinical waste collection. For more information on clinical waste collections please click here.
Newspapers – Green recycling wheelie bin

O

Oil (cooking oil or engine oil) - Local recycling centre
Ovens – Local recycling centre or bulky household waste service

P

Packaging – If cardboard, green recycling wheelie bin. If plastic, grey general waste bin.
Pans – Grey general waste bin or check with your local charity shops.
Paper - Green recycling wheelie bin
Paper, shredded - Green recycling wheelie bin
Paint - Try to use up all paint. You can dispose of unused paint at your local recycling centre or donate leftover paint to your local Community Repaint Scheme (external link)
Paint cans - Local recycling centre
Pesticides - Local recycling centre
Pet litter – Grey general waste bin
Phone directories - Green recycling wheelie bin
Pillows - Local recycling centre
Pill trays with foil – Grey general waste bin
Plant pots and seed trays - If non-black plastic then recycle in the blue recycling wheelie bin; if black plastic then use grey general waste bin; check with your local garden centre for plant pot take-back schemes
Plants without soil – Brown recycling wheelie bin or composted
Plasterboard - Inert Waste- permit needed for local recycling centre
 
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays - the following items can be recycled in your blue recycling wheelie bin:
Plastic bottles including drinks and detergents
Plastic bakery trays
Plastic dessert pots
Plastic egg boxes
Plastic fruit punnets
Plastic hand soap dispensers
Plastic ice cream tubs
Plastic margarine tubs
Plastic ready meal trays
Plastic sauce pots
Plastic spray bottles from detergent and cleaning products
Plastic tubs from laundry capsules
Plastic tubs from personal care products (for example creams and hair gels)
Plastic yoghurt pots (rinse and remove foil lids)
Plastic noodle pots
Plastic vitamin and supplement pots
 
Plastics - the following items cannot be recycled in your blue recycling wheelie bin:
Carrier bags
Buckets
Pipes
Toys (Local recycling centre or check with your local charity shops)
Polystyrene packaging
Clingfilm
Inner wrap from cereals
Bread wrappers
Frozen food bags
Black plastic plant pots
Bubble wrap
Crisp packets and sweet bags
Electrical items
Pill trays with foil
Food sachets (e.g. powdered sauces)
Toothpaste tubes (recycle with Terracycle's local drop off scheme (external link))
 
Plastic carrier bags – Many supermarkets now have recycling points for carrier bags.
Plastic chairs – Local recycling centre, donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Plastic toys – Local recycling centre, donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Polystyrene – Grey general waste bin.
Pots and pans – Check with your local charity shops.
Prams and pushchairs – Donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Printer cartridges – Local recycling centre
Pyrex glass including jugs and cooking dishes - Not recyclable so check with your local charity shops

Q

Quilts – Local recycling centre

R

Radiators – Local recycling centre
Radios - Local recycling centre, donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Records, audio tapes, CDs – Check with your local charity shops.
Refrigerators – Local recycling centre
Rubble – Inert waste- permit needed for local recycling centre

S

Sanitary products – not currently recyclable so they will need to be put into your grey general waste bin. There are reusable alternatives available in your local health food store or find advice online.
Scrap metal – Local recycling centre
Sewing machines – Local recycling centre, donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Shoes – Textile banks or check with your local charity shops.
Small electrical appliances – Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Sofas – Local recycling centre, bulky household waste collection, donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Soil - Reuse it or offer it to someone who can. This cannot be put into your brown recycling wheelie bin.  Excess soil is too heavy to be emptied from a wheelie bin and not considered household waste. You will need to contact a specialist company to dispose of this type of waste.
Spectacles – Opticians
Stamps – you may be able to donate them to charity.
Steel cans – Blue recycling wheelie bin

T

Takeaway food containers (plastic and foil) – Blue recycling wheelie bin
Tea bags – Grey general waste bin or compost
Television sets – Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Tetrapaks - Local recycling centre
Textiles – Textile banks or check with your local charity shops
Timber – Inert Waste
 
Tins – from food and drink place in blue recycling wheelie bin including:
Infant milk and formula tins
Baby food tins
Pet food tins
 
Tissue / Toilet roll - Grey general waste bin.
Toilet roll tubes – Green recycling wheelie bin
Tools – Garden hand tools can be taken to your local recycling centre
Toothpaste tubes – recycle with Terracycle's local drop off scheme (external link)
Towels – Textile banks or check with your local charity shops
Trees – If just trimmings, brown recycling wheelie bin.  Large branches can be taken to your local recycling centre
Toys and games – Donate to a charity, sell or give away online
Tyres – Local recycling centre

U

Umbrella- Grey general waste bin, local recycling centre

V

Vacuum Cleaners – Local recycling centre
Vegetable peelings – Grey general waste bin compost
Video recorders – Local recycling centre, donate to a charity, sell or give away online

W

Washing machines – Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Watches - if in working order, check with your local charity shops.
Water Butts – Local recycling centre
WEEE – Local recycling centre or bulky household waste collection
Weeds – Brown recycling wheelie bin or composted.
Wellington boots – Textile banks or check with your local charity shops.
Window glass – Local recycling centre
Wood – Local recycling centre

X

Xmas tree - Local recycling centre, bulky household waste collection or brown recycling wheelie bin if it is cut into small pieces

Y

Yellow pages – Green recycling wheelie bin
Yoghurt pots – Blue recycling wheelie bin

Z

Zip lock bags- Grey general waste bin