What & Where

Why Recycle and What Happens To It

Inhalers
Lloyds Pharmacy

NHS England and GSK fund the disposal of inhalers to reduce greenhouse gases given off by the propellant.  73 million inhalers are used in the UK annually, if all were returned for incineration it would save the equivalent of 500,000 tonnes of CO2.

Household Batteries
Budgens
Hamfelds
One Stop

40,000 tonnes of batteries are sold in the UK but only 18,000 tonnes are recycled.  They contain dangerous chemicals such as lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury which if not disposed of correctly could cause water and soil pollution with the potential to harm animals, fish and humans.  Each shop who sells batteries has a box to collect and send off free to have their raw materials recovered.

Light Bulbs
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Low energy light bulbs, LED bulbs and fluorescent tubes are hazardous waste as they contain mercury and should not be put in your household waste bin.  Other light bulbs can be put in your bin.

Flexible Plastic
Large supermarket plastic bag bins

This is plastic which if you pull it hard will stretch.  For example, plastic bags or frozen vegetable bags.  Do try to avoid these bags or reuse them.  Some large supermarkets take these back and they are made into plastic pellets to make other plastic products. These products last in landfill for hundreds of years

Cellophane bags
Landfill only

This is ‘non-stretchy’ plastic which is noisy when you crinkle it.  For example, bags of rice or raisins.  Again, try to avoid these bags as they don’t degrade in landfill.  Try to use refill solutions using existing containers, such as in Cornerweighs.

Electrical and Electronic items
Household Waste Recycling Centre

This is equipment powered by electricity or battery.  It must not be put in your household bin as they often have hazardous chemical in them.  Take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre so the component parts can be separated and used to make other items.

Pesticides and Weed killers
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Insects in the UK have been in decline for many years and where possible we should avoid the use of pesticides as they are non-discriminate in what they kill. Many of these products should not be used on food plants and can be hazardous if instructions are not followed.  Do take any out of date or potentially hazardous items to the Household Waste Recycling centre and use safer alternatives.

Chemicals
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Items such as waste oil and solvents can be very damaging if they enter water courses.  So again, please take these to a Household Waste Recycling Centre