A-Z of recycling and waste

Tips for recycling and getting rid of your waste.




  • acids are hazardous waste
  • see our hazardous waste page for more information
  • do not pour them down the drain


Aluminium and steel aerosols:

  • put in your blue bin
  • please remove the plastic nozzle
  • aerosols should be completely empty before being discarded
  • never attempt to puncture, crush or burn aerosol cans

Aluminium cans and foil

  • making a new aluminium can from an old one uses 95% less energy than manufacturing it from raw materials
  • place in blue bin


  • contact 01302 736000 for a free collection if the appliance can be reused 
  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • buy second hand, reconditioned items, and choose ‘A’ rated efficiency goods - Doncaster Refurnish have a wide selection
  • Small household electrical items (no larger than your green box) can be presented with your blue bin in a carrier bag or box.



  • place ash in your refuse bin
  • no hot ashes



  • millions of batteries are thrown away every year even though they contain heavy metals that are harmful to the environment
  • take car and household batteries to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • buy rechargeable batteries

Bedding /blankets

  • donate clean items to your local charity shop or voluntary organisation
  • some can be put in a textile bank


  • if suitable for reuse, eg: no tears ,stains or scratches, call 01302 736000 for a free collection
  • if not suitable for reuse call 01302 736000 for a bulky collection service (there is a charge for this service) or take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • mattresses are not suitable for reuse and can be disposed of by using our bulky collection service (there is a charge for this service) or can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.


  • take to a charity or second hand bookshop, book banks or give to a friend
  • take to a Household Waste Recycling centre and put into the media bank on site

Building materials/rubble

  • 5x25kg bags, 5 items or a mixture to a total of 5, from small internal DIY projects carried out by the resident can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. This quantity can be disposed of once every 6 months
  • for large amounts you should hire a skip
  • commercial waste is NOT accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres

Bulky items



  • recycling steel cans conserves raw materials used in their manufacture. Making new cans from recycled cans creates an energy saving of 75 per cent
  • recycle cans in your blue bin or at any Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • also see Aluminium


  • take to a scrap merchant to be recycled



  • recycle in your blue bin, we cannot accept cards with glitter, ribbons attached
  • some stores collect Christmas cards for charity
  • make into gift tags or donate to your local playgroup for craft sessions

Carpets and rugs

Carrier bags

  • reuse carrier bags - as bin liners
  • recycling is available at selected supermarkets
  • some stores also offer a financial incentive if carrier bags are reused
  • buy a ‘bag for life’ - they last longer - when this bag reaches the end of its life the store will replace the bag and the old one can be recycled
  • use to present small electrical items and textiles for collection with your blue bin

Cassette tapes

  • donate to the library service
  • as a last resort place in your refuse bin



  • see wood.


  • give to friends, family or charity shop
  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre and put into the media bank on site


Christmas trees

  • over the festive season visit our website, contact customer services or check the local paper to find out what Christmas tree recycling schemes are running
  • take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • purchase a tree with a root and plant it in the garden
  • artificial trees can be reused year after year.


Coat hangers

  • donate to a charity shop or pass them on to family or friends


  • Composting page
  • making compost at home is one of the best ways of protecting the environment. Typically one third of household waste consists of organic matter such as kitchen and garden waste which is biodegradable - once sent to landfill this material starts to decompose without oxygen which produces methane, a highly dangerous landfill gas which contributes to global warming.


Cooking oil

  • small quantities of cooking oil can be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • pouring oil down the drain is illegal and is harmful to the environment - if it reaches rivers and streams it causes pollution and kills local wildlife

Commercial waste

  • view the council’s trade waste and recycling page or consult your local telephone directory for companies accepting commercial waste
  • commercial waste is NOT accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres

CRTs - cathode ray tubes or fluorescent tubes


Dead animals

  • please call customer services on 01302 736000 who may arrange for it to be collected


  • see White goods.


  • give to friends, family or charity shop
  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre and put into the media bank on site


Egg boxes

  • recycle cardboard egg boxes in your blue bin or place in a composter
  • schools or playgroups may find these boxes useful for craft purposes
  • try to purchase eggs in cardboard boxes rather than plastic

Electrical appliances

  • small electrical appliances (no larger than the green box), can be presented in a carrier bag next to your blue bin or green box for collection
  • contact Doncaster Refurnish if items can be reused - call 01302 73600 for a free collection
  • if items cannot be reused there is a charge for this service.
  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • when buying appliances consider buying second hand or reconditioned items
  • see also Appliances.


  • old engines, drained of oil, can be taken to a scrap merchant

Engine oil

  • engine oil can be taken to any Household Waste Recycling Centre 
  • engine oil should be presented at HWRCs in no more than 10 litre containers due to the weight and the lifting required to pour the oil into the collection tank. To ensure capacity is available to all residents for as long as possible only 25 litres of engine oils can be deposited at any time
  • engine oil is illegal to burn or dispose of down a drain
  • please note empty engine oil containers can only be disposed of if they form part of a bag of residual waste and are not loose


  • buy envelopes made from recycled paper or sustainable sources
  • please remove any plastic windows from envelopes before placing them in your blue bin
  • reuse by covering the original address with a label or use as scrap paper to jot down a shopping list


Flower pots

  • take them to any Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • reuse or return to garden centres if in good condition
  • if broken place in the bottom of other pots to improve drainage

Fluorescent tubes

  • see CRTs Cathode Ray Tubes.


Foreign currency

  • many airports and airlines offer a collection point, this money is sent to numerous charities
  • many travel agents have a collection box at the exchange counter

Fridges and freezers

  • book online to get it collected from home
  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre   PLEASE NOTE: if the fridge/freezer can be deemed to be commercial in nature, you will only be allowed to dispose of it at a Household Waste Recycling Centre if you are prepared to complete a Household Waste Declaration to state it is from your domestic residence and show proof of your residency in Doncaster. (without which the Council is unable to have such items removed from site).
  • ammonia fridges are not accepted on any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres - please arrange disposal with an appropriately licensed disposal outlet


  • the council works in partnership with Doncaster Refurnish, a community enterprise offering affordable furniture to people in Doncaster on a low income - if it’s re-usable call 01302 736000 for a free collection
  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre


Garden waste (not including soil)

Gas cylinders (LPGs)

  • please return all gas cylinders to retailers or suppliers so they can be reused
  • if you cannot return a cylinder do not place it in the bin, please take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre - LPGs can be taken to Armthorpe, Balby, Carcroft and Rossington Household Waste Recycling Centres ONLY.


  • all glass containers are easily recycled, every tonne of glass recycled saves 1.2 tonnes of raw material, such as sand, limestone and soda ash
  • all glass bottles and jars can be placed in your green box or taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please remove the lids and put the lids in your blue bin.
  • broken glass bottles and jars can go into your black wheelie bin
  • sheet glass (eg: shelves) can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre


Hazardous waste

Household Waste Recycling Centre


Ink pens

  • try and use refillable cartridges



  • See glass bottles and jars.

Junk mail

  • to stop junk mail contact the Mailing Preference Service to be taken off the database. Write to 70 Margaret Street, London, W1 8SS, or phone 020 7291 3310
  • recycle junk mail in your blue bin


Kitchen food waste


Light bulbs

  • energy saving light bulbs last much longer than a standard bulb and use much less energy, which will save you money.
  • for more details and a free energy saving light bulb to trial - contact the energy efficiency team on 01302 737053
  • light bulbs (with the exception of fluorescent tubes) can be disposed of in your black bin.



  • see newspapers.

Medicine bottles

  • unused medicines should be returned to your local pharmacy
  • do NOT pass any medication to other people


Milk bottles

  • try a doorstep delivery
  • return glass bottles to shops which sell milk in glass bottles
  • please wash and squash all plastic milk containers and place them in your blue bin for recycling
  • Do not place glass milk bottles in your  green box or a glass bank

Mobile phones

  • return to a mobile phone shop
  • several mobile phone recycling companies may pay money for your old mobile phone
  • some large supermarkets offer a take back scheme or you can send to a local charity



  • disposable nappies take hundreds of years to break down in landfill sites
  • try to use cotton or terry towelling nappies as they can be reused over and over again
  • put disposable nappies in your black bin




  • see Engine oil or Cooking oil



  • Depending on the packaging, you may be able to put it in your blue bin, or take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • if it cannot be recycled place it in your black bin
  • try to buy goods which have little or no packaging eg buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than pre-packed, and buy refills for products where available


  • paints can contain hazardous chemicals which must not be poured down the drain - view our hazardous waste page
  • in order to comply with Environment Agency guidelines all water-based liquid paint must be made solid by adding sand, soil or sawdust and left to air-dry to it to solidify it before being disposed of at a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
  • it is recommended that solvent based paints be disposed of through the council's hazardous waste collection service
  • as paint is a difficult waste stream to dispose of, residents are advised to seek to minimise waste paint by following ‘coverage guidance’ when buying paint and ensuring it is kept in the correct conditions.
  • many DIY stores will also take back unwanted paint
  • local community groups or charities will sometimes be able to make use of paint


  • every tonne of paper recycled requires 40 per cent less energy and water to produce than paper manufactured from virgin wood pulp. It can also reduce air pollution by 74% and water pollution by 35%. It also saves trees and therefore reduces the destructive effects on the environment
  • buy recycled paper
  • recycle paper (including shredded paper) in your blue bin, or at a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • also see Newspapers and magazines and wrapping paper



  • bottles - recycle plastic bottles in your blue bin, or at a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please take the bottle lids off before putting them in your blue bin.
  • carrier bags - See Carrier bags.
  • drinks cups - ‘Save-a-Cup’ supply special collections for plastic vending cups - see their website at www.save-a-cup.co.uk or contact customer services on 01302 736000
  • plastic fast food trays and ice cream tubs can be reused as storage containers
  • plastic items made from rigid plastic, eg: garden furniture, planters,buckets, can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre - but NOT to Conisbrough.
  • plastic vehicle parts are NOT accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres


  • if polystyrene is part of the packaging when appliances are delivered you can ask for the packaging to be returned to the company for reuse or recycling


  • in your blue bin
  • make into gift tags or donate to your local playgroup

Printer cartridges



  • good quality quilts or bedding can be taken to your local charity shop or voluntary organisation



  • records, tapes and CDs can all be donated to your local charity shop, community group or playgroups for reuse or craft materials


Sharps waste

  • needles, the needle part of a syringe, scalpel and other blades, broken glass ampoules and the "patient end" of an infusion set please see the Healthcare waste page

Shoes and boots


  • we do not collect soil in the green wheelie bin apart from small quantities attached to the roots of plants
  • at the Household Waste recycling Centres we only accept a maximum of 5 x 25kg sacks of soil from works carried out by the resident at the property. This quantity can be disposed of once every 6 months. 
  • if you have a more soil than this to dispose of you will need to arrange another method of disposal  such as a skip


  • don’t throw old pairs away - if you still like the frames many new lenses can be fitted to them
  • most opticians have a take back scheme - contact them directly to find out more


  • some charity shops will accept stamps which are then sold to stamp dealers to raise funds

Steel cans

  • see Cans





  • Tins, such as biscuit tins and sweet tins can be placed in the blue bin for collection

Toilet rolls

Toner cartridges

  • see Printer cartridges.

Toys & games

  • donate to local hospitals (only want new), charity shops, community groups, children’s homes and playgroups

Trade waste and recycling


  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • Doncaster residents can dispose of up to 4 same-size car ot 2 motor bike tyres from a household source at a HWRC in any one visit. Tyres will not be accepted if still on rims. Tyres with a hub rim of over 20 inches will not be accepted. Tyres from bicycles should be separated from the main frame of the bike. Commercial tyres will not be accepted.
  • under SI202/1559 of the Landfill Directive, whole tyres were banned from landfill in 2003 and shredded tyres in 2006. Under the legislation tyres are not classified as household waste. This means that the council does not have a duty to provide a free disposal point for such waste.
  • unwanted tyres must not be placed with your household rubbish.


Vegetable peelings


  • if you suspect a vehicle to be abandoned then phone the FLAG Hotline number 01302 736050 to have it removed


  • donate to charity shops and local community groups


Water cartridges

  • BRITA has launched a new in store recycling scheme - recycling bins are now situated in a range of high street stores such as Robert Dyas, Argos and Cargo. Other major retailer collection points will be following soon
  • BRITA branded bins will be located next to the existing water filter category in store.
  • customers can recycle any BRITA consumer product filter cartridge, including those for the new BRITA water filter taps
  • for further information contact the BRITACare department on 0844 742 4800

Washing machine

  • see White Goods.

White goods

  • white goods include dishwashers, dryers, washing machines and cookers
  • in working order call the Contact Centre on 01302 736000 for a free collection or take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre  
  • for items unsuitable for repair a collection service is available - there is a charge for this service
  • some retailers will collect broken, unwanted white goods when delivering new items
  • buy 1A efficiency rated machines.

Wood and chipboard

  • take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please note that there are restrictions in place for wood produced as part of small, internal DIY projects and garden projects carried out by the resident eg: laminate flooring, kitchen units. 


  • donate to charity shops and residential homes

Wrapping paper

  • donate to charity shops and residential homes
  • wrapping paper is not recyclable as it may contain a thin metal coating and have sellotape attached. Please dispose of in your black wheelie bin


Yellow Pages



  • reuse or take to a charity shop

Useful links

Last updated: 12 June 2019 14:14:47