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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 imageSawdust

    Sawdust produced from untreated timber can be re-used as animal bedding. Small quantities can also be added to your compost bin/heap. It can be recycled in your brown garden waste bin, or taken to your nearest recycling site and put in the garden waste container.
     
    Sawdust produced from MDF, chipboard or other treated timber should be bagged up and put in your black rubbish bin.
     
    Sawdust containing animal waste should be put in your black rubbish bin.

  • Sample imageSofas

    If your unwanted sofa is good enough to be used by others and has a fire label, you can donate it 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 take it to the Revive Leeds re-use shop at the Seacroft recycling site, or put your sofa in the re-use container at your nearest recycling site.

    If your sofa is not good enough to re-use you can take it to your nearest recycling site for disposal. If you are unable to do this, you can book a free bulky waste collection by calling 0113 2224406.

  • Sample imageScrapstores

    You can donate a wide range of items (e.g. cards, papers, textiles etc.) to these centres for use in community craft activities and projects.
     
    The Leeds scrapstores are:
     
    Scrap Creative Reuse Ltd is a social enterprise group which collects unwanted objects, rejects and damaged stock from businesses to distribute to community groups and schools. You can contact them on 0113 2441576 or visit their website on the link below.
     
    Replay
    A project by Leeds Play Network involving the collection of unwanted materials from businesses for use in children's craft activities. You can contact them on 0113 2016790 or visit their website on the link below.

    Scrap Creative Reuse Ltd

    Replay

  • Sample imageSharps

    Please see Hypodermic Needles

  • Sample imageShoes

    If your shoes are good enough for someone else to use, please donate them to your nearest charity shop.
     
    If your shoes are not re-useable, please tie pairs together and bag them up before taking them to your nearest bring site with a textile bank or to your nearest recycling site. They will be repaired for re-use in developing countries.

  • Sample imageSideboards

    If your unwanted sideboard is good enough to be used by others, please donate it 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 take it to the Revive Leeds re-use shop at the Seacroft recycling site or put your sideboard in the re-use container at your nearest recycling site.

    If it is not good enough to re-use you can take it to your nearest recycling site and put it in the timber container for recycling. If you are unable to do this, you can book a free bulky waste collection by calling 0113 2224406.

  • Sample imageSpectacles

    Please see Glasses (Spectacles).

  • Sample imageStamps

    Many charities collect used postage stamps. Please keep a margin of paper around the stamps when you tear them off envelopes.
     
    Do a quick search on the internet to find a charity to support with your used postage stamps.

  • Sample imageSyringes

    Please see Hypodermic Needles

  • Sample imageShredded paper

    We do not collect shredded paper in the green recycling bins. This is because our contractors Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) are unable to process it due to the small fibers which can interfere with the machinery creating costly maintenance issues. In addition, because of its small size, much of the shredded paper can fall out of the process along with other small particles which are unsuitable for recycling and inevitably end up being disposed of rather than recycled.

    We recognise that many residents shred documents as a security measure and to protect against identity theft. You can minimise the amount of shredded paper that you produce by only shredding the parts of documents that contain your personal details e.g. name, address etc. We recommend that you place shredded paper into your home composter (please do not use the brown garden waste bin) as it rots down quickly to create good garden compost. Alternatively, it can be reused as pet bedding. If you aren’t able to compost or reuse it then please place it in your black rubbish bin.