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 A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal

Find your nearest recycling sites and brings sites

What can I put into my green bin?

Tick the box to display all items that you can put in your green bin  
  • Sample imageBaby Goods

    Please remember that good condition baby clothes, toys and equipment can be passed on to friends, relatives, neighbours or donated to your local charity shop. Your local nursery or playgroup may also be pleased to receive them.
     
    If you are throwing out old baby clothes, toys and equipment, please donate them to a local re-use organisation. They will re-use them, helping those in need.
    • Emmaus Leeds 0113 2484288
    • Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store 0113 2739727
    • St Judes 0113 2450800
    • Safe Haven 0113 3451218
    • SLATE 0113 2704005
    • Sydney Bridge 0113 2175388
    or visit the Revive Leeds re-use shop at Seacroft recycling site.

    Seacroft recycling site details

  • Sample imageBags

    Remember to take out a shopping bag or few carrier bags with you so that you don't need to accept anymore.

    Save money by using carrier bags as bin liners at home.

  • Sample imageBatteries

    Please try to avoid using household batteries by buying solar powered equipment or using rechargeable batteries.
     
    Single cell household batteries e.g. AA or AAA can be taken to collection points at any retailers where batteries are sold and to many council premises e.g. libraries, sports centres, One Stop Centres, schools etc. They can also be recycled at some bring sites and all recycling sites.
     
    For more information on battery recycling, please see the link below.
     
    You can take your car batteries to your nearest recycling site.

    Recyclenow Batteries

  • Sample imageBedding and Blankets

    Please consider donating your unwanted good quality bedding, duvets, sheets and blankets to local charities.
     
    • Emmaus Leeds 0113 2484288
    • Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store 0113 2739727
    • St Judes 0113 2450800
    • Safe Haven 0113 3451218
    • SLATE 0113 2704005
    or visit the Revive Leeds re-use shop at Seacroft recycling site.

     
    Duvets, blankets and sheets that are not good enough to be used again can be donated to the RSPCA (0113 2420463) or to the Dogs Trust (0113 2814920) for use as bedding for rescue animals.
     
    You can also put these items into a textile bank at your nearest bring site and recycling site.

  • Sample imageBeverage Cartons

    Cartons for milk, soft drinks, fruit juices and soup are generally made of Tetra Pak packaging. This packaging is not an ordinary cardboard as it has been coated with sealant and therefore cannot be recycled with normal cardboard.

    There are 5 sites in Leeds where you can take your Tetra Pak carton packaging for recycling. These are:

    • Sainsburys White Rose Centre
    • Owlcote Shopping Centre
    • Wetherby (Thorp Arch) Recycling Site
    • Yeadon (Milner's Road) Recycling Site
    • Meanwood Road Recycling Site

    The paper fibre within the packaging is recycled to make new paper products.  The mix of plastic and aluminium within the packaging is used to generate electricity or separated for recycling of the individual materials.

  • Sample imageBicycles

    Please try to pass your unwanted bicycle to friends, relatives or neighbours so they can be used and enjoyed by someone else.
     
    You can donate them (even if they need repairs) to the local charities:
     
    • Emmaus (0113 2484288)
    • St Judes (0113 2450800)
     
    You can take them to the Revive Leeds re-use shop at Seacroft recycling site.   Alternatively, you could put them in the re-use container at your nearest recycling site where they will be collected and repaired by a local charity.
     
    If your bike is not good enough to used by someone else, please put it in the scrap skip at your nearest recycling site. It will be used in a metal smelter to make new metal products.

  • Sample imageBooks

    Please remember to use your local library - this will help you to reduce the amount of unwanted books you have.
     
    Books can be taken to any charity shop for resale or you can put them in the book banks at your nearest recycling site. 
     
    The books put into bookbanks are sold in charity shops or recycled into new paper and cardboard products.

  • Sample imageBottles and Jars

    Please remember that washed and clean glass jars can be used again for storing homemade jam, pickles, herbs and other foodstuffs. Wine and beer bottles can be re-used in home brewing.
     
    Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at your nearest bottle bank, bring site or recycling site. Most glass is sent for remelt and is recycled into new products.
     
     

  • Sample imageBricks

    Please remember that bricks can be cleaned and used for a wide variety of projects around the house or garden e.g. for paths, edging, raised beds, compost heaps or barbeques.
     
    Bricks and rubble can be taken to your nearest recycling site and put in the skips marked Bricks and Rubble. These items will be used for roads and surface cover on landfill sites.
     
    Please note that for one off visits, we can only accept up to five rubble sacks (25kg standard type) or one small car boot load per week of soil, inert or rubble waste at the recycling sites.

  • Sample imageBrochures

    You can recycle your unwanted brochures by putting them in your green recycling bin or taking them to your nearest bring site or recycling site.

    This item goes in green bin

  • Sample imageBubblewrap

    Remember that bubblewrap is useful in the garden as it can be used to protect plants from frost.
     
    Bubblewrap can be recycled by putting it in your green recycling bin or taking it to your nearest bring site or recycling site. It is recycled into new plastic products.

    This item goes in green bin

  • Sample imageBuilding Materials

    Many building materials (bricks, large pieces of stone, doors and windows) can be reused within your home and garden. Alternatively, you could sell them to a local architectural salvage yard. Please see link below.
     
    Brick and rubble can be taken to your nearest recycling site and put in the skips marked Brick and Rubble. These materials are used for cover and roads on landfill sites.
     
    Please note that for one off visits, we can only accept up to five rubble sacks (25kg standard type) or one small car boot load per week of soil, inert or rubble waste at the recycling sites.

    Online salvage yards

  • Sample imageBulky Waste

    Please consider donating large furniture items that are in reasonable condition and working electrical appliances to local re-use organisations (please note mattresses and three piece suites will need a fire label). These organisations will come and collect them from your home and their contact details are:
     
    • Emmaus Leeds 0113 2484288
    • Leeds and Moortown Funiture Store 0113 2739727
    • St Judes 0113 2450800
    • Safe Haven 0113 3451218
    • SLATE 0113 2704005
    • Sydney Bridge 0113 2175388

     

    Freecycle is also another way to pass your unwanted items to others who may need them.

    If your unwanted items are not suitable to be used again, you can take them to your nearest recycling site. If you are unable to do this, you can book a collection at a cost for selected items - please see our "Get rid of unwanted items" page below to find out how. These items will be recycled where possible.

    Get rid of unwanted items

  • Sample imageBeds

    Please donate your unwanted beds, which are still in reasonable condition and have a fire label to a local re-use organisation. They will come and collect it from your home, and their contact details are below:
     
    • Emmaus Leeds 0113 2484288
    • Leeds & Moortown Furniture Store 0113 2739727
    • St Judes 0113 2450800
    • Safe Haven 0113 3451218
    • SLATE 0113 2704005
    • Sydney Bridge 0113 2175388

     

    If your bed is in poor condition, please take it to your nearest recycling site for disposal. If you are unable to do this, you can book a bulky waste collection by ringing 0113 2224406. These materials will be disposed of to landfill.