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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 imagePaint

    It can be difficult and dangerous to dispose of unwanted paint. It should not be poured down the drain or put in your black rubbish bin.

    You can donate unwanted paint and varnish that is still useable to Seagulls, a local community paint re-use organisation.  
     
    You can also take your unwanted paint to your local recycling site and put it in the distinctive pink Seagulls paint collection container.
     

    Seagulls Paint Reuse

  • Sample imagePaper

    Paper can be recycled in your green bin, at your nearest bring site or a recycling site.
     
    Please note that we are not able to accept shredded paper for recycling (please see shredded paper). 

    This item goes in green bin

  • Sample imagePeat

    Peat bogs are rare habitats that are being destroyed to produce peat, so pleasing try to avoid buying or using it. 
     
    If you have unwanted peat, it can be added to your compost heap or spread on your garden.

  • Sample imagePesticides

    Please see Chemicals

  • Sample imagePillows

    Please see bedding and blankets

  • Sample imagePlasterboard

    You can take plasterboard to your nearest recycling site.
     
    Please put it in the container for plasterboard.
    Please note: Only 5 bags of plasterboard (25kg capacity builder bag type) can be taken to a recycling site at any one time.

  • Sample imagePlastic Bottles

    You can put the following types of plastic in your green recycling bin - types 1 (PET/PETE), 2 (HDPE/PE-HD) and 4 (LDPE/PE-LD ).  These numbers are be found in a triangle on plastic items.  These items include plastic bags, plastic shampoo bottles, soft drink bottles, detergent bottles and plastic milk containers.
     
    Please wash, remove the lids and squash all bottles before putting them in your recycling bin.

    This item goes in green bin

  • Sample imagePlastic Carrier Bags

    Please try to use a reusable shopping or grocery bag to avoid needing plastic carrier bags when you go shopping.
     
    You can use old carrier bags as bin liners rather than buying bin liners.

    This item goes in green bin

  • Sample imagePlastic Cups

    Please try avoid using plastic cups by using drinking glasses instead.

    They can be put in your green recycling bin if the cups are are made from plastic types 1 (PET/PETE), 2 (HDPE/PE-HD) and 4 (LDPE/PE-LD ).  These numbers can be found in a triangle on the cup. 

  • Sample imagePlastic Packaging

    see Plastic Trays, Plastic Bottles, Plastic Yoghurt Pots
     
    Please try to buy loose fruit and vegetables and meat and fish from the butcher/fishmonger rather than buying over-packaged goods as part of your weekly shop.  A large proportion of plastic packaging is difficult to recycle.

  • Sample imagePlastic Trays

    Please try to buy loose fruit and vegetables, and meat and fish from the butcher/fishmonger to avoid buying over packaged food.

     
    A wide range of plastics are used to make plastic trays for packaging fruit, vegetables, meat etc. If they are made from plastic types 1 (PET/PETE), 2 (HDPE/PE-HD) and 4 (LDPE/PE-LD ), you can recycle them in your green recycling bin.  These numbers can be found in a triangle on the packaging.

  • Sample imagePlastic Wrap

    A large proportion of plastic wrap packaging is difficult to recycle as it is not clear which type of plastic it is.
     
    Large supermarkets now provide collection containers for a wide range of plastic packaging e.g. bags and film from pasta, dried fruit, paper products, salad, fruit and vegetable products etc. They will be recycled into new plastic products.

  • Sample imagePlastic Yoghurt Pots

    Please try to re-use these where possible (plant pots, for school projects etc.). 
     
    Some yoghurt pots are made with very thin plastic strengthened with cardboard. The cardboard can be removed and recycled in your green recycling bin.

    Most yogurt pots and margarine tubs are made from type 5 plastic, so should be disposed of in your black bin.

  • Sample imagePolystyrene chips

    Please try to re-use these if possible or pass them on to someone who will.

    If you are not able to do this, please put them in your black rubbish bin.

  • Sample imagePop Bottles

    If your pop bottle is plastic, you can wash and squash it and put it in your green recycling bin. 
     
    Please take glass pop bottles to your nearest bring site or recycling site.

  • Sample imagePrams, Pushchairs and Cots

    If these items are good enough to be used by someone else, please donate them to a local re-use organisation:
     
    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
     
    You can also donate it to the Revive Leeds re-use shop at the Seacroft recycling site.

  • Sample imagePrinter Cartridges

    Please see inkjet cartridges

  • Sample imagePlastics - types 1, 2 and 4

    You can put the following types of plastic in your green recycling bin - types 1 (PET/PETE), 2 (HDPE/PE-HD) and 4 (LDPE/PE-LD ). These numbers are be found in a triangle on plastic items. These items include plastic bags, plastic shampoo bottles, soft drink bottles, detergent bottles and plastic milk containers.

    Please wash, remove the lids and squash all bottles before putting them in your recycling bin.

    This item goes in green bin

  • Sample imagePhotographs

    Photographs and photographic paper cannot be recycled due to the plastic laminate on them being difficult to remove at paper pulping plants. If plastic is mixed into the process the recycled paper become unusable. Please dispose of these items in your black bin.