Recycling H-Z


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Hazardous rubbish
These include paints, pesticides, household cleaners, battery acids, weed killers, rat poison, paint stripper, asbestos, etc. Please read the manufacturers' disposal instructions carefully, or you can contact us to gain advice on the best way to dispose of the product. Alternatively take them to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for correct disposal. If you are unsure about where to put it please ask one of the site staff. Alternatively contact your local council or the Environment Agency (08708) 506506


Inkjet, laserjet and toner cartridges
Many stationery organisations have a 'return policy', meaning you can take your used cartridges back to where you purchased them from.
Contact your local school or favourite charity and ask them whether they collect cartridges for recycling.


Junk mail
Junk mail is a major source of rubbish that you as a householder are able to control. More and more companies are sending mail to your household without your consent. You are able to have your name removed from, or added to, most mailing lists in the country.

For full details and registration form write to:
Mail Preference Service
DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS
MPS Registration line - 0845 703 4599

You can also stop the Door to Door Royal Mail leaflet deliveries by writing to:
Royal Mail
Beaumont House,
Sandy Lane West,
Oxford OX4 6ZZ

Why not send mail back through the post marked 'return to sender' with a letter asking to be taken off their lists. Or just recycle the paper along with your other papers at your local recycling bank or via your doorstep recycling service if you have one.


Mail Preference Service
MPS Registration line - 0845 703 4599

Metal (scrap)
Scrap metal can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Medicines and tablets
Medicines and tablets are very dangerous. If you have left over medicines you should consult your local chemist or pharmacy on how best to dispose of them. Keep medicines and tablets out of reach of young children.

Mobile phones
Many charities now collect old mobile phones for recycling. If you still have all the spare pieces like handsets, chargers and batteries contact your favourite charity and ask them if the will accept it. Please ensure that the phone is not still under contract.


Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, catalogues, all telephone directories and all other white paper
Over 30% of the contents of your rubbish bin is paper which could be recycled. All Community Recycling Points * and the Household Waste Recycling Centres provide facilities for paper recycling. You can also recycle your paper through your fortnightly kerbside collection scheme.

Listed below are the type of paper which are generally accepted for recycling check the instructions on your local paper bank, blue bag or contact your local recycling office for full details:

  • Computer printouts
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers are ideal candidates for recycling. The entire newspaper, including inserts, is acceptable, except for things like plastic, product samples and rubber bands
  • All telephone directories
  • Mail order catalogues, please remove any cardboard covers
  • White and coloured office paper
  • Yellow Pages
What can't be recycled?
  • Carbon paper
  • Cardboard (please recycle at the kerbside or if you have a large amount, take to the Household Waste Recycling Centres.
  • Food contaminated paper
  • Oil soaked paper
  • Plastic laminated paper such as fast food wrappers, juice boxes, and pet food bags
  • Sanitary products or tissues
  • Stickers
  • Thermal fax paper
  • Waxed paper and waxed cardboard milk & juice containers
  • Padded envelopes
  • Shredded Paper
Take unwanted books to your local charity shop so they can be re-used, or donate them to local charities etc. Save unwanted paper at work - reuse it as scrap paper for writing notes or use it for internal photocopying or faxing. Photocopy on both sides of a piece of paper - it will cut paper consumption at work by half.

The cost of using real nappies can be half that of using disposables. Further savings can be achieved by using the same real nappies for your second or third child. Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK and most go to landfill. Cut your household rubbish by up to half and help the environment by choosing real nappies. They come in lots of modern and 'funky' styles that fasten easily with poppers, velcro or nifty little plastic grips so the nappy fits your baby snugly. For further information please contact GO REAL on 0845 850 0606 or visit


Oil (motor oil)
It is illegal, dangerous and wasteful to dispose of oil down the drain as it may be discharged into local rivers or streams.
One litre of oil can contaminate hundreds of litres of water. Each year do-it-yourself motorists illegally dispose of more than 45,000 tonnes of used motor oil down the drain, but this doesn't have to be the case!


Producers have a responsibility to reduce the amount of packaging used on products. Consumers have a vital role to play - it is our choice to demand goods with less packaging or even make different purchasing decisions that will help to change packaging in the future. Consider buying loose products for which packaging is not necessary.

Paper (Also see Newspaper)
You can recycle your paper at all the Community Recycling Points in the borough, at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or by using the kerbside blue bag collection service for paper.

Plastic bottles
Plastic bottles can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or to some of the Community Recycling Points located in the Borough.

The most common are:
  • HDPE - Opaque bottles e.g. Milk bottles, shampoo, etc.
  • PET - Transparent bottles e.g. fizzy drink bottles (which have a hard moulded spot in the centre of the base.)
  • PVC - Transparent bottles e.g. mineral water bottles, which have an obvious seam running across the base
Re-use plastic wherever possible:
  • Instead of picking up free carrier bags, why not take your old ones with you or buy a bag for life most supermarkets now have 'bags for life', which are strong and durable. Some supermarkets have collection points for carrier bags
  • Reuse carrier bags as bin liners
  • Reuse carrier bags as 'poop scoops' for safe removal of dog fouling
Did you know?
  • Fleece tops can be made from plastic bottles
  • Plastic vending cups can be made into a pencil
  • Plastic bags can be made into garden furniture, decking and fencing

Why not try to buy products that can be refilled. Many detergents, for example, have the option of using refills. Double check that the refills can be recycled.


Scrap metal
Scrap metal can be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres. Simply place all scrap metal in the skip provided.

Tie old shoes together and place them in a local Textile Bank.

Soil and rubble
If you have soil and rubble which is unwanted, you can take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for correct disposal. The Household Waste Recycling Centre is not intended for the disposal of large amounts of construction/demolition rubbish (quantities of more than a tonne will not be accepted). This includes any rubbish produced by works other than normal day to day living e.g. minor house alterations, garden makeovers etc. We advise you to use a skip service or authorised waste contractor to dispose of the rubbish.

Remember - if you bring waste to the site in a commercial type vehicle you will not be allowed to tip your waste. If you tip trade waste at a household waste site you are breaking the law. Don't throw away old building materials, you can advertise second hand materials in the free adverts sections of local papers. What is rubbish to you, someone else could really benefit from. Look in the Yellow Pages for Reclamation Specialists or Architectural Salvage; we have a number of very good local yards in and around to Redcar & Cleveland.

There are many charities such as Vision Aid which benefit from your old spectacles. Contact your local optician or favourite charity to find out more details.

Many charities benefit from the donation of stamps. Contact your favourite charity to see if they can benefit from reusing them. RNIB collect postage stamps to help cover the costs of training new guide dogs for the blind.


Contact your local charity shop, hospital or clinics and ask them if they would benefit from good quality toys. Why not pass unwanted toys to friends or neighbours for reuse by their children? Why not advertise toys in the free adverts section of your local paper?

If you buy new tyres the company who fit them will take them off you and correctly dispose of them. Never burn old tyres as they give off poisonous fumes. You can take your old tyres to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.


You can take any wood to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

A-G of Recycling

The information contained in the A-Z guide on waste is believed to be correct at the time of preparation (August 2003). Where private companies have been listed this does not act as an endorsement by Redcar & Cleveland Council, nor criticism of those excluded. We aim to update the A-Z guide regularly, so local information is very much appreciated.

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