A-Z of recycling and waste

Tips for recycling and getting rid of your waste.

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A

Acids

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

Aerosols (aluminium and steel)

  • aerosols should be completely empty before being discarded
  • never attempt to puncture, crush or burn aerosol cans

Aluminium cans and foil

  • put in your blue bin

Asbestos

Ashes

  • put cold ashes in your black bin

B   

Batteries

  • take household batteries back to the shop you bought them from
  • take car batteries to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) but not Hatfield
  • buy rechargeable batteries

Bedding /blankets (not including quilts/duvets and pillows)

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

Beds 

  • if a bed base / frame is 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  or take to a HWRC
  • Please note - divan bed bases must display a 'Fire Label' without which they are not suitable for reuse
  • mattresses are not suitable for reuse and can be disposed of by using our bulky collection service or can be taken to a HWRC

Books

  • take to a charity or second hand bookshop, book banks or give to a friend
  • take to a HWRC and put into the media bank 

Bulky items

C

Cans and tins

  • put in your blue bin or take to a HWRC

Car Batteries

  • take to a HWRC - not accepted at Hatfield

Caravans

  • take to a scrap merchant to be recycled

Cardboard

  • thin and corrugated cardboard can be put in your blue bin
  • take to a HWRC

Cards

  • put in your blue bin - we cannot accept cards with glitter, ribbons attached

Car parts

  • take to a scrap merchant
  • car parts are not accepted at the HWRCs irrespective of what they are made from

Carpets 

  • take to a HWRC

Carrier bags

  • 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

  • put in your black bin

Ceramics 

  • donate to a charity shop
  • take to a HWRC

CDs 

  • give to friends, family or charity shop
  • take to a HWRC and put into the media bank 

Chemicals

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

Christmas trees

  • take it to a HWRC
  • you can also put real trees in to your green bin - as long as the size of the trunk is smaller than an adult wrist size. 

Cookers

  • book a paid for non-recyclable bulky collection by calling 01302 736000
  • take to a HWRC

Clothing 

  • take to a HWRC and put in a textile bank
  • donate to your local charity shop

Coat hangers

  • donate to a charity shop or pass them on to family or friends
  • put in your black bin
  • take to a HWRC

Comics

  • put in in your blue bin
  • take to a HWRC

Composting

Computers   

  • if it works - see if a family member or a friend can make use of it 
  • take to a HWRC

Computer monitors

  • if it works - see if a family member or friend can make use of it 
  • if in working condition take to a HWRC and let staff know so it can be put in the ReUse container
  • if broken take to a HWRC and put in or outside the TV container

Construction & Demolition Waste

  • 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 HWRC. All visits are closely monitored
  • no loose waste will be accepted
  • for large amounts you should make other arrangements for disposal eg: hire a skip/skip bag, take to a private, licensed disposal facility
  • commercial waste is NOT accepted at HWRCS

Cooking oil

  • small quantities of cooking oil can be taken to a HWRC
  • 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 and recycling

CRTs - cathode ray tubes 

  • are hazardous waste
  • take to a HWRC

D

Dead animals

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

Dishwashers

  • book a paid for non-recyclable bulky collection by calling 01302 736000
  • take to a HWRC

Diesel 

  • diesel is hazardous waste and must not be poured down the drain, put in your black bin or taken to a HWRC
  • view our hazardous waste page for information on our hazardous waste collection service

Do-It-Yourself type waste (eg tiles, doors, bathroom suites, fitted kitchens/wardrobes)

  • 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 HWRCAll visits are closely monitored
  • no loose waste will be accepted
  • for large amounts you should make other arrangements for disposal eg: hire a skip/skip bag, take to a private, licensed disposal facility
  • commercial waste is NOT accepted at HWRCS

DVDs

  • give to friends, family or a charity shop
  • take to a HWRC and put into the media bank

 

 E

Egg boxes - cardboard

  • put in your blue bin

Engines

  • old engines, drained of oil, can be taken to a scrap merchant
  • engines / car parts are not accepted at the HWRCs

Engine oil

  • engine oil can be taken to any HWRC
  • 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
  • refer to manufacturers instructions for the disposal of empty oil containers
  • engine oil is illegal to burn or dispose of down a drain

Envelopes

  • put in your blue bin with the exception of padded envelopes which go in your black bin

F

Fire extinguishers

Discharged fire extinguishers can be accepted a HWRC  however the following points must be noted: 

  • only small fire extinguishers (up to 1kg) for home/vehicle and/or caravan use can be accepted. Larger size fire extinguishers will be deemed to be from a commercial setting
  • all empty extinguishers must have their handles taped together
  • CO2 extinguishers require a blanking cap if a swivel horn is not attached
  • extensively corroded extinguishers will not be accepted

Flower pots

  • take them to any HWRC
  • put in your black bin

Fluorescent tubes

  • are hazardous waste
  • take to a HWRC

Foil

  • put in your blue bin

Footwear

  • take to a charity shop
  • take to a HWRC and put into a textile bank

Freezers

  • book online or call 01302 736000 to get it collected from home (there will be a charge for this service)
  • take to a HWRC   
  • PLEASE NOTE: if the freezer can be deemed to be commercial in nature, you will only be allowed to dispose of it at a HWRC 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).

Fridges 

  • book online or call 01302 736000 to get it collected from home (there will be a charge for this service)
  • take to a HWRC   
  • PLEASE NOTE: if the fridgecan be deemed to be commercial in nature, you will only be allowed to dispose of it at a HWRC 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 HWRCs - please arrange disposal with an appropriately licensed disposal outlet

Fridge freezers

  • book online or call 01302 736000 to get it collected from home (there will be a charge for this service)
  • take to a HWRC   
  • 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 HWRC 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).

Furniture - non-upholstered (eg dining tables, book cases, wardrobes)

  • 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 HWRC

Furniture - upholstered (eg sofas, three piece suites)

  • 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 HWRC
  • PLEASE NOTE - upholstered furniture must display a 'Fire Label' without which they are not suitable for reuse

G

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 HWRC - LPGs can be taken to Armthorpe, Balby, Carcroft and Rossington ONLY.

Glass

  • all glass bottles and jars can be placed in your green box. Lids should be removed and put in your blue bin
  • put broken glass bottles and jars into your black  bin
  • take toughened glass (eg: shelves, oven ware) to a HWRC

 H

Hazardous waste

Household batteries

  • take back to the shop you bought them from
  • take to a HWRC

 Household Waste Recycling Centre

I

Ink pens

  • put in your black bin

J

Jars

  • 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 331
  • put in your blue bin

 K

Kitchen food waste, including peelings

  • place in your black bin

L

Laptops

  • if it works - see if a family member or a friend can make use of it
  • take to a HWRC

Light bulbs

  • put in your black bin with the exception of fluorescent tubes and energy saving bulbs
  • fluorescent tubes and energy saving bulbs can be taken to a HWRC.

Liquid food cartons/Tetra Paks

  • to recycle these items please take to a HWRC

 

M

Magazines

  • put in in your blue bin
  • take to a HWRC

Mattresses

Metal - includes cutlery,pans,oven trays,padlocks etc

  • take to a HWRC or a scrap metal merchant
  • vehicle parts are NOT accepted at any HWRC

Microwave ovens

  • book a paid for non-recyclable bulky collection by calling 01302 736000
  • take to a HWRC

Milk bottles

  • please wash and squash all plastic milk containers and put  them in your blue bin
  • return glass milk bottles to the where you bought them from

Mobile phones

  • several mobile phone recycling companies may pay money for your old mobile phone
  • give to a friend, a family member or a charity shop
  • take to a HWRC

N

Nappies

  • put disposable nappies in your black bin

Newspaper

  • put in in your blue bin
  • take to a HWRC

O

Oil

  • see Engine oil or Cooking oil

Ovens

  • book a paid for non-recyclable bulky collection by calling 01302 736000
  • take to a HWRC

P

Packaging

  • Depending on the packaging, you may be able to put it in your blue bin 
  • if it cannot be recycled put it in your black bin
  • take to a HWRC

 Paint 

  • 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, sawdust or cat litter and left to air-dry to it to solidify it before being disposed of at a HWRC
  • 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
  • solvent-based thinners/brush cleaners, e.g. White Spirit, Methylated Spirit, can be disposed of through the council's hazardous waste collection service - do not pour them down the drain

Paper (including loose shredded paper)

  • put in your blue bin
  • take to a HWRC

Paraffin

  • paraffin hazardous waste and must not be poured down the drain, put in your black bin or taken to any HWRC
  • view our hazardous waste page for information on our hazardous waste collection service

Pesticides

Pet bedding - all types

  • put in the black bin
  • small amounts can be taken to a HWRC in sealed bags
  • it cannot go into the green bin or green waste skip as the material collected through both outlets goes to make 'consumer grade' compost and it's production is governed by the Animal By-Products Regulations to ensure no diseases, such as Foot and Mouth, are present in the end product

Petrol

  • petrol is hazardous waste and must not be poured down the drain, put in your black bin or taken to any HWRC
  • view our hazardous waste page for information on our hazardous waste collection service

Plastic

  • put plastic bottles only in your blue bin. Please take the bottle lids off before putting them in your blue bin. The bottle lids can also go in the 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
  • put pots, tubs and trays in your black bin
  • plastic items made from rigid plastic, eg: garden furniture, planters,buckets, can be taken to a HWRC - but NOT to Conisbrough
  • plastic vehicle parts are NOT accepted at HWRC

Plasterboard

  • only accepted at Armthorpe HWRC
  • plasterboard with tiles, insulation of any type and/or artex will NOT be accepted
  • plasterboard with artex on can only be disposed of via a pre-booked asbestos appointment - view our asbestos page for more information
  • 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 HWRCAll visits are closely monitored

Polystyrene

  • put in your black bin
  • take to a HWRC

Printers - domestic only

  • if it works - see if a family member or a friend can make use of it
  • take to a HWRC

Printer cartridges

  • take to a HWRC

 Q

Quilts/Duvets and Pillows

  • clean, good quality quilts/duvets may be taken at your local charity shop or to voluntary organisation
  • put in your black wheelie bin
  • take to a HWRC
  • pillows can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre as these are not usually accepted  by charity shops or voluntary organisations

R

Records

  • records and CDs can be donated to your local charity shop
  • put in your clack bin
  • take to a HWRC and put in the media bank

Rugs

  • take to a HWRC

S

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

Small electrical appliances (no larger than the green box)

  • put in a carrier bag next to your blue bin for kerbside collection. Due to COVID-19 the collection of small appliances is currently suspended 
  • if suitable for re-use, call 01302 736000 for a free bulky collection
  • if unsuitable for re-use, call 01302 736000 for a 'paid for' bulky collection
  • take to a HWRC

Soil

  • we do not collect soil through the kerbside bin collections, apart from small quantities attached to the roots of plants
  • at the HWRC we only accept a maximum of 5 x 25kg sacks of soil from works carried out by the resident at the property. All visits are closely monitored 
  • no loose soil will be accepted
  • for large amounts you should make other arrangements for disposal eg: hire a skip/skip bag, take to a private, licensed disposal facility
  • commercial waste is NOT accepted at HWRC

Solvents

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

Solvent-Based Thinners/Brush Cleaners

  • these are hazardous wastes
  • solvent-based thinners/brush cleaners, e.g. White Spirit, Methylated Spirit, can be disposed of through the council's hazardous waste collection service 
  • do not pour them down the drain

 

 T

Televisions

  • if in working condition take to a HWRC and let staff know so it can be put in the ReUse container
  • if broken take to a HWRC and put in or outside the TV container

Textiles (eg towels, curtains, sheets, quilt covers, pillow cases)

  • good quality textiles can be taken to charity shops to be re-used
  • put in a  bag placed next to your blue bin. Due to COVID-19 the collection of textiles is currently suspended 
  • take to a HWRC
  • put in a textile bank
  • towels can be donated to local animal shelters

Toner cartridges

  • not accepted through kerbside bin collections or at any HWRC
  • toner cartridges are usually classed as trade waste

Toys & games

  • donate to a charity shops
  • give to friends or family
  • take to a HWRC
  • put in your black bin

Tyres

  • take to a HWRC
  • 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

Tumble dryers

  • book a paid for non-recyclable bulky collection by calling 01302 736000
  • take to a HWRC

V

Vehicles

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

Videos tapes

  • put in your black bin

W

Water cartridges/ water filters

  • 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
  • For non BRITA filters please contact the manufacturer to see if they provide a similar service to BRITA. If not then old filters can be disposed of in your black wheelie bin or in the "waste not suitable for recycling" skip at any Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Washing machines

  • book a paid for non-recyclable bulky collection by calling 01302 736000
  • take to a HWRC

 Wood 

  • take to a HWRC.
  • 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. 

Wrapping paper

  • put in your black bin

Y

Yellow Pages

  • put in your blue bin

 

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Last updated: 17 November 2021 07:56:49