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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 imageFoil

    Please see Aluminium Foil

  • Sample imageFood Waste

    Try to reduce the amount of food waste that you produce by planning meals, making your portions smaller (if you tend to throw away alot of cooked food) and freezing spare portions.
    You can compost your vegetable peelings and cooked food in your compost bin (but not meat and fish). Please see the recyclenow link below for information on how to do this.
    Some food waste, for example fruit skins, can't be put in your brown bin as they may have been subject to pesticides which could contaminate the rest of the waste.
    For tips on how to reduce the amount of food waste you produce, and for recipie ideas, shopping lists and menus please see the love food hate waste link below.
    Residents in the Rothwell area can put all their food waste in their food waste bin for weekly collection.

    Love food hate waste

    Recyclenow Home Composting

  • Sample imageForeign Coins

    Most charity shops will accept them. Alternatively why not keep them to pass on to friends and relatives for their holidays.

  • Sample imageFridges and Freezers

    If your fridge or freezer is in working order, please consider donating it to a local re-use organisation:
    • 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

    If it does not work, please take it to your local recycling site and leave it in the designated storage area. Ask the site staff if you don't know where this is.

    If you are unable to take your fridge or freezer to your local recycling site, please ring 0113 2224406 to book a bulky waste collection.

    Fridges and freezers will be sent to a recycling plant where harmful CFC gases will be removed for incineration. The plastics and metals will be recycled into new products.

  • Sample imageFurniture

    If your unwanted furniture is good enough to be used by others, donate it to a local re-use organisation. Mattresses, armchairs and sofas should all have a fire label, and be free of stains.
    • 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

    You can also take it to the Revive Leeds re-use shop at the Seacroft recycling site, or put your furniture in the re-use container at your nearest recycling site.

    If your furniture is not good enough to re-use, please take it to your nearest recycling site. Wooden, MDF and chipboard furniture can be recycled in the timber skip, and metal furniture in the scrap metal skip. Mattresses and other soft furniture should be put in the non-recyclable waste skip.

    If you are unable to take your furniture to your local recycling site, please ring 0113 2224406 to book a bulky collection.

  • Sample imageFluorescent Tubes

    You can take your fluorescent tubes to your nearest recycling site. Please put them in the appropriate collection container. These will be recycled and the mercury that they contain will be recovered.