Waste A to Z

Find out what goes in which bin

You can print a copy of our what goes in which bin poster [PDF, 1.5MB]. - but to find information online, please use our accessible search function below. Please note, this poster is for printing purposes only and is therefore not accessible.

If the item you are looking for is not listed, please contact us at waste@eastcambs.gov.uk. We will advise you of the best method of disposal and add it to the online search.

Aerosol cansAerosol cans
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Cleaning care productsAir, home and laundry care packaging
Other
These can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to save up your air fresheners and drop them off at a collection point.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Aluminium tubeAluminium tube like tomato puree
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Armchair
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


AsbestosAsbestos
Other
Asbestos can be a dangerous material which, while being removed and disposed of, must be handled carefully and competently. A specialist licensed contractor should be used to ensure it is removed and disposed of in a controlled and safe manner.
 
Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for the latest advice on asbestos.
 
Cambridgeshire County Council offers residents a disposal service for small quantities of cement-bonded asbestos. Please check the Cambridgeshire County Council for more information.
Coal ashAsh (coal)
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

wood ashAsh (wood)
Other

Wood ash can be used on your garden by adding directly to the soil around plants. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin

Allow to completely cool and then bag it in a paper bag and put in your green bin. It must be bagged or it will blow out when the bin is emptied, and can be a hazard for our bin collectors.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Baby food pouchesBaby food pouches
Other
These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle and turned into products like fleeces, or springy surfaces for playgrounds. 
 
Rinse and store your empty pouches somewhere convenient until you’ve collected a few. Then take them to your nearest collection point and they will be sent off to Terracycle. Find your nearest EllaCycle collection point.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Mini cheese packagingBabybel cheese packaging
Other
There is a Terracycle collection scheme for Babybel packaging. Find out more about The Babybel Recycling Programme.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Bamboo wood skewersBamboo or wood BBQ skewers
Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Bathroom ceramicsBathroom ceramics
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Small batteriesBatteries
Other
Please never place them in your black sack or recyling bin as batteries can cause fires. For more information about safe batteries disposal, visit Take Charge website.
 
RE-USE
Consider using rechargeable batteries. Modern rechargeable batteries hold their charge a lot longer than in the past, and can be charged more quickly.
 
COLLECTION POINTS
There are also collection points in all major retailers that sell batteries like supermarkets and electrical shops.
Bed linensBed linens
Other
Textiles should never be placed in blue lidded bins.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
TEXTILE RECYCLING POINTS
Clean and dry blankets, sheets and duvet covers (even if worn out) can be put in textile and clothing banks in various locations around the district. For example, supermarket car parks. Please note that duvets and pillows should not be put in these banks.
 
Bedding textiles are usually accepted in all clothing banks, even those which are only marked 'clothes and shoes'.
 
 
DUVETS AND PILLOWS
These are usually not acccepted in clothing banks. Please check your local animal charities as they sometimes accept them.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Bed and mattressBeds and mattresses
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


BicycleBicycle
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Bicycle tyreBicycle tyres
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappersBiscuit, cracker and cake wrappers
Other
Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to save up your wrappers and drop them off at a collection point. One of the collection points is located at the Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EE. 
 
Find out more about the pladis Biscuits And Snacks Recycling Programme.  

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Black plastic bagBlack bags
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Black food traysBlack plastic food trays
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

BlanketBlankets
Other
Blankets should never be placed in blue lidded bins.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
TEXTILE RECYCLING POINTS
Clean and dry blankets can be put in textile and clothing banks in various locations around the district. For example, supermarket car parks.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


blenderBlender
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Blister packs / pill packets
Other
Please do not place these in your recycling bin. Blister packs are made of plastic and foil firmly glued together, so they are not easy to recycle. 
 
TERRACYCLE
 
Although these can’t be recycled in your blue lidded bin, they can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to save empty packets up and drop them off at a collection point. 
Find our more about The Medicine Packet Recycling Programme, including collection points at Superdrug Pharmacies.
 
If you still have medicine left, please take it to your pharmacy for safe disposal. Prevent medicine waste and lower NHS costs by only ordering what you need. Find more tips at Medicine Waste UK.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


booksBooks
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Bottle tops and plastic lidsBottle tops and plastic lids
Blue lidded bin

After rinsing and (where applicable) squashing your bottles and jars, please replace the lids on them before putting in the blue lidded bin. This helps the small lids to find their way through the various conveyors in the sorting process, and they can be separated from the containers later on.

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

BrasBras
Other
Bras, like other textiles, should never be placed in blue lidded bins.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
 
There is an Against Breast Cancer bra recycling box at the reseption at The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE. 
 
Some shops selling lingerine have their collection schemes. Check your local charity shops, if they accepts items of underwear.
 
TEXTILE RECYCLING POINT
 
Bras can be put in textile and clothing banks in various locations around the district. For example, supermarket car parks.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Bread and pastry
Other
PREVENT WASTE
If you have surplus, try treezing before or on the use-by date.
 
For food-saving ideas and inspiration, visit Love Food Hate Waste's website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Bric-a-bracBrick-a-brac
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Bricks
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Broken drinking glassBroken drinking glass
Black sack

Please wrap it in bubble wrap, plastic bags or paper for safety.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Bubble wrapBubble wrap
Other
RE-USE
 
Offer spare bubble wrap tp charity shops that can use it for wrapping sold items. Or offer to other for example using Freegle.
 
RECYCLE AT SUPERMARKET
 
Bubble wrap can be recycled along with plastic film and carrier bags at supermarkets' collection points.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


BucketBuckets
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Building rubble, soil and bricksBuilding rubble, soil and bricks
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Other
SPECIALIST DISPOSAL
If you have building work done by a company, any waste resulting from it, is classed as business waste and needs to be dealt with by the company.

Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


bulky itemsBulky items
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Butter wrapperButter wrapper
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Cakes and pastriesCakes and pastries
Other
PREVENT WASTE
If you have surplus, try treezing before or on the use-by date.
 
For food-saving ideas and inspiration, visit Love Food Hate Waste's website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


CameraCameras
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
candlesCandles
Other
RE-USE
If you do not wish to add to landfill, you can re-use your old candles.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Car or motorcycle batteryCar or motorcycle battery
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

Car partsCar parts
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

Cardboard
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin

Small amount of cardboard can be added to green bin to stop food and garden waste sticking to the bottom and side of the bin. Please make sure there are no tape or stickers left on cardboard.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cardboard egg boxesCardboard egg boxes
Other
RE-USE
They biodegrade and can be used for growing seeds.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


carpetCarpet
Household Waste Recycling Centre
Old carpets will only be accepted, if you are fitting new carpets yourself. If you are having a carpet fitted professionally, the company should remove the old one for you.

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

CartonsCartons including Tetra Pak
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Cat litterCat litter
Black sack

Please double bag cat litter and make sure bags are not too heavy by mixing with lighter waste.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Catalogues and directoriesCatalogues and directories
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Ceramics, crockery and chineCeramics, crockery and chine
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack

Please wrap it in bubble wrap, plastic bags or paper for safety.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cereal boxCereal boxes
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Cereal packet plastic inner linerCereal packet plastic inner liner
Other

Please check your local supermarket, as some supermarkets have collection points for these. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


ChairsChairs
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Chemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine and garden chemicalsChemicals - white spirit, wood stain, paint, turpentine and garden chemicals
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

Chest of drawersChest of drawers
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Chewing gumChewing gum
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Chocolate and confectionery wrappersChocolate and confectionery wrappers
Other
Plastic chocolate wrappers and chocolate or sweet pouches can be recycled by Terracycle. You need to save up your wrappers and drop them off at a collection point.
 
Find out more about the Confectionery Recycling Programme.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Christmas crackerChristmas crackers
Other
REDUCE WASTE
Choose re-usable crackers. You can find cardboard and fabric re-usable crackers online, with or without snaps (a great option, if you have nervous pets). You can add your own re-usable fabric party hats, a joke, chocolate coins or a small gift chosen for each person.
 
If you buy single-use crackers, please note that metallic card, glitter, ribbons or wire decorations cannot be recycled in blue lidded bin.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Christmas decorationsChristmas decorations
Other
RE-USE
Pass on any unwanted decorations in good condition to others via Facebook, Freegle, Gumtree or Freecycle, or donate to charity shops (preferably just before Christmas, so they can be sold on quickly).
 
GREEN BIN / HOME COMPOSTING
Natural decorations like holly, mistletoe and poinsettias (without the pot) can be put in the green bin or home composted. Remove ribbons from natural wreaths and check for florists wire. Paper chains can be composted, if they are not glittery or metallic (the paper parts are too small to be sorted for recycling correctly).
 
BLACK SACK
Tinsel, baubles and other plastic decorations can not be recycled.
Wreaths or other natural decorations containing florists wire, ribbons or other plastic or metal embellishments that are hard to remove should be put in the black sack.
Plastic fake Christmas treeChristmas trees (fake, plastic)
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Real Christmas treeChristmas trees (real)
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Cut up and put pieces in the bin with the lid fully closed. In January, we collect  real Christmas trees that are cut into pieces that are not higher or wider than the bin. Check you bin collection dates for the exact dates we collect in your area.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cigarette buttCigarette butts
Black sack
Cigarette butts should never be discarded on the ground - it is illegal and you could be fined for littering.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Cigarette packetCigarette packet
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Cleaning spray bottleCleaning spray bottles
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

cling filmCling film
Other

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Clothing in good conditionClothing
Other
Textiles and shoes should never be placed in blue lidded bins.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
TEXTILE RECYCLING POINTS
Clean and dry clothes (even if worn out) can be put in textile and clothing banks in various locations around the district. For example, supermarket car parks. 
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Coat hangersCoat hangers
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Coffee filterCoffee filters
Other
REDUCE WASTE
avoiding coffee filter waste by using a re-usable coffee filter made of metal mesh (make sure it’s compatible with your particular coffee maker).
You could also experiment with a different method of brewing coffee that doesn’t require paper, for example a cafeteria. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Coffee groundsCoffee grounds
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


coffee pods or capsulesCoffee pods / capsules like Nespresso and Tassimo
Other
REDUCE WASTE
More traditional ways of making coffee, like a cafetiere or french press avoid waste, resulting in only coffee grounds which can be composted or added to your green bin. They're cheaper too!
 
RE-USE
It is possible to buy re-usable metal coffee capsules which you can fill with your choice of coffee grounds.
 
COMPOSTABLE PODS
There are now some brands which offer compostable coffee capsules:
 
Those made from 'bagasse' sugar-cane fibre or wood pulp can be accepted in the green bin e.g. Halo.
Those made from bio-plastic or PLA can not be put in the green bin or home composting bin.
 
RECYCLE
Some types or brands of coffee pods (and other difficult-to-recycle items) are collected for recycling by a company called TerraCycle.
 
A new nationwide scheme called Podback also offers a recycling service.

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


coinsCoins
Other
RE-USE
Foreign and old money can be given to some charity shops, Including:
- Cancer Research Shops (paper money only)
- Oxfam Shops
- Save the Children Fund
- Sue Ryder
- EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices)
Compostable 'plastic' bags, cups, cutlery or packagingCompostable 'plastic' bags, cups, cutlery or packaging
Other
REDUCE WASTE
If you are choosing cups or cutlery for an event, the best option is to use re-usable items and wash them up or use a glass hire.
The best disposable options are ordinary plastic cups, which can be recycled in blue lidded bins and cheap plain paper plates without a design (more expensive or decorative ones have a plastic lamination) which can be composted, and wooden cutlery which can also be composted.
Packaging can be avoided in some cases by buying products loose from local refill shops or by buying in larger packs.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Compostable or biodegradable 'plastic' corn starch caddy liners (for example, BioBag), bio-plastic cups (or compostable paper cups, which have a layer of bio-plastic) and cutlery (for example, Vegware or Edenware), and other compostable plastic packaging (for example, Two Farmers crisp packets, Riverford salad bags and some magazine sleeves) cannot be accepted in the green bins, even if they are EN13432 certified or display the compostable seedling logo, as they do not compost quickly enough for our fast composting process. 
 
Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill so these items will have the opportunity to break down to some extent  Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Computer screen / monitor/ hard drive / CPU
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Contact lenses and packagingContact lenses and packaging
Other
These can’t be recycled in your blue lidded bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to save up your soft lenses, blister packs and peel-off foil and drop them off at a collection point.
 
Find out more about the ACUVUE Contact Lens Recycle Programme.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cooked foodCooked food
Other
PREVENT WASTE
If you have surplus, try treezing before or on the use-by date.
 
For food-saving ideas and inspiration, visit Love Food Hate Waste's website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cooker / ovenCooker / oven
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Cooking oilCooking oil
Other
NEVER POUR FATS DOWN THE DRAIN
Items wronlgy flushed down the drains and fats create blockages known as fatbergs. Find out more about their impact at Anglian Water website.
 
COMPOST AT HOME / GREEN LIDDED BIN
Use kitchen towel to absorb cooled liquid fat from cooking pans and trays and If you have a home compost heap or bin you can place it there, or in your green lidded bin.
 
HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRE
Larger amounts of oil can be allowed to cool, poured into a bottle and taken to a Household Recycling Centre.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Plastic corkCork - plastic
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Real corkCork - real
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cotton wool pads
Other
CHOOSE RE-USE
 
Washable make-up remover pads are available, which can be used repeatedly. 
 
For babies, use washable baby wipes, which are like a small flannel which is used once and then washed.
 
Although cotton wool is technically compostable, some of the products it is used to remove are not suitable for composting. Some make-up remover pads may also contain plastic. Please dispose of them in your black sack.
 

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Crisp packetCrisp packets
Other
These can’t be recycled in your blue lidded bin but they can now be recycled by Terracycle. You need to rinse and save up your packets and drop them off at a collection point. For every packet collected, 
 
Find out more about the Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme. There is a collection point at the reception at The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.
 
Some supermarkets started collection of crisp packets, along other packaging, so it is worth checking, if you can take your crisp packets when going shopping.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Crisp tubes
Other

Crisp tubes can not be recycled in your blue lidded bin, but Pringles tubes can be recycled via Terracycle. Find your nearest collection point for the Pringles Can Recycling Programme. Please note that other brands are not accepted.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Take-away cupsDisposable drink cups
Other
Other
Drink canDrink cans
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Pillows and duvetsDuvets and pillows
Other
If in good, clean condition with a B.S. 7175 fire label, pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree. Most charities will not accept them.
 
Pillows and duvets can not be accepted in textile banks.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Compost at home
If you are a confident home composter with a large compost bin or heap, and are certain that your duvet or pillow is made from totally natural fibres (for example: 100% cotton outer with either feather or wool filling), you could compost it at home. It is likely to take a long time to break down though!

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Effervescent tablet tubeEffervescent tablet tubes
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Egg shellsEgg shells
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Electric toy carElectric toys
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Electric whiskElectric whisk
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Electrical itemsElectrical items
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Paint cansEmpty paint cans
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

Paper envelopesEnvelopes
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Dog and catFaeces - dog poo and cat poo
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Fairy lightsFairy lights
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Cooking fat in a panFat
Other
NEVER POUR FATS DOWN THE DRAIN
Items wronlgy flushed down the drains and fats create blockages known as fatbergs. Find out more about their impact at Anglian Water website.
 
COMPOST AT HOME / GREEN LIDDED BIN
Use kitchen towel to absorb cooled liquid fat from cooking pans and trays and If you have a home compost heap or bin you can place it there, or in your green lidded bin.
 
HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRE
Larger amounts of oil can be allowed to cool, poured into a bottle and taken to a Household Recycling Centre.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Fire extinguisher Fire extinguisher (household only)
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

FishFish
Other
PREVENT WASTE
If you have surplus, try treezing before or on the use-by date.
 
For food-saving ideas and inspiration, visit Love Food Hate Waste's website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Flexible plastic tubeFlexible plastic tube
Other

These can be recycled for via the Terracycle Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Aluminium foil and traysFoil
Blue lidded bin
Clean foil, including foil trays from takeaways or ready-meals can be put in your blue bin. If possible, please save up small pieces of foil and scrunch into a tennis-ball sized ball before putting in the bin - this is because very small items can get lost throughout the sorting process, and this will help ensure they can be recycled effectively.

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Food wasteFood waste
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Fridge freezerFridge / fridge freezer / freezer
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Peaches and their stonesFruit pits or stones
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Frying panFrying pans / saucepans
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Wooden sideboardFurniture
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Garden strimmerGarden strimmer
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Garden wasteGarden waste
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Gas bottlesGas canisters and gas bottles
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Glass bottlesGlass bottles, including medicine bottles
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


glass jar and metal lidGlass jars and lids
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


GrassGrass cuttings
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Greaseproof paperGreaseproof paper
Other
RE-USE
 
You can wash and re-use ordinary greaseproof paper a couple of times before it needs to be replaced.
 
Look out for reusable greaseproof paper (for example, Magic Non-Stick Liner), which you can cut to the shape of your favourite baking tins and then wash after each use. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Greeting cardsGreeting cards
Blue lidded bin
Most cards are paper based and can be recycled, along with their envelopes, in your blue lided bin.
 
Any embellishments such as ribbons or glitter cannot be recycled so should be removed first by simply tearing off that section. Batteries should also be removed from musical cards and disposed of at battery recycling points.

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Hair straightenersHair straighteners
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


HairdryerHairdryer
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


HandbagsHandbags
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Hard board punnetHard board fruit punnet
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Hearing aidHearing aids
Other
SPECIALIST DISPOSAL
Hearing aids are often collected for charity at a variety of places including:
- Doctors surgeries
- Hospital audiology departments
- Private hearing specialists
- Some charity shops - for example: Help the Aged and Age Concern
Donated hearing aids are repaired, refurbished and sent overseas for re-use in developing countries. Batteries for hearing aids are also wanted.
 
Hedge trimmerHedge trimmer
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Hedge trimmingHedge trimmings
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Ice cream tubs and lidsIce cream tubs
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

InhalerInhalers
Other

Inhalors can not be placed in black sacks or recycling bin.

Please take them to your pharmacy so they can de disposed safely.

For more information about inhalor recycling, visit Recycle Now website.

Instant porridge sachetInstant porridge sachets
Other
REDUCE WASTE
Why not make your own instant porridge! Buy oats loose at a refill shop, or in a paper bag and measure out yourself - 1/2 a cup of oats to 1 cup of milk, and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave.
 
Instant porridge sachet which appear to be made of paper, usually have a thin layer of plastic, in order to measure out the milk needed. This means they are not recyclable.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


IPodIPods or MP3 players
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


IronIron
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Ironing boardIroning board
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


JewelleryJewellery
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Jiffy envelopeJiffy envelopes
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Junk mail
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

KettleKettle
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Desktop computerKeyboard - laptop
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Keyboard - musical instrumentKeyboard - musical instrument
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Kitchen paper rollKitchen roll
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

LampLamps
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


White goodsLarge electrical appliances
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Latex glovesLatex or rubber gloves
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Lawn mowerLawn mower
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


LeavesLeaves
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Leftovers on a plateLeftovers
Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

LidsLids
Blue lidded bin

After rinsing and (where applicable) squashing your bottles and jars, please replace the lids on them before putting in the blue lidded bin. This helps the small lids to find their way through the various conveyors in the sorting process, and they can be separated from the containers later on.

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Light bulbsLight bulbs
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

Liquid soap dispenser bottleLiquid soap dispenser bottle
Other

REDUCE WASTE

You can avoid the need to dispose of liquid soap bottles by using solid bars of soap.

Although plastic bottles are recyclable, the dispenser pump must be removed, as this contains a small metal spring and is not currently recyclable via the blue bin.

The pumps are accepted in the Terracycle Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme but should otherwise be placed in the black bin.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Magazine wrappersMagazine wrapper
Other
Ordinary polythene or cellophane plastic magazine wrappers can be recycled at some supermarkets at their plastic film recycling points.
 
Compostable 'plastic' wrappers can not be recycled in blue lidded bin and they do not break down quickly enough in the fast composting process used for green lidded bin material. Please put it in your black bin.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


MagazinesMagazines
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Make-upMake-up packaging
Other
Plastic bottles and pots, glass jars and cardboard boxes can all be rinsed out and recycled in your blue lidded bin.
 
TerraCycle® has e recycling programme for all brands of empty makeup packaging. This includes compacts, tubes, eyeliner pens, mascara wands, lipsticks, lip glosses and lip balms. Many Boots and Tesco stores are drop-off locations. Find out more about the Maybelline Makeup Recycling Programme.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Margarine plastic tubMargarine tub
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Cooked meatMeat and bones cooked
Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Meat of fruit tray soaker padMeat of fruit tray soaker pad
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

MedicinesMedicine
Other
REDUCE WASTE
Prevent medicine waste and lower NHS costs by only ordering what you need. Find more tips at Medicine Waste UK.
 
Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.
 
Take unused medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal. Never dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet.
Metal food tinsMetal food tins
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


MicrowaveMicrowaves
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Round mirrorMirror glass
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack

Mirror glass can not be recycled with container glass (bottles and jars). Small amounts can be put in your black sack. Please make sure you wrap it in bubble wrap, film or paper for safety.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Mobile phonesMobile phones
Other
RE-USE
Various charities collect mobile phones, some in their shops and, if you have several, by post. Just search for 'recycle mobile phone for charity' online for details.
Visit Recycle Now for more information.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


MopMops
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Motor oil bottlesMotor / engine oil
Household Waste Recycling Centre
Never pour used engine oil down the drain. It will cause pollution and it is also an offence. Engine oil is classed as a hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. If you spill engine oil, use sand or earth to absorb it – never hose it down.
 
Avoid mixing used engine oil with other materials as this makes it difficult to separate and recycle.
 
Contact a local garage or take to the Household Recycling Centre.

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

Musical instruments
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
 
Used orchestral instruments – strings, woodwind, brass and percussion can be donated to children via Sistema England.
 
If in good working condition, pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
Nail varnish bottlesNail varnish bottles
Black sack
Nail varnish bottles can’t be recycled. Even though the bottles are made of glass, the nail varnish inside is very difficult to remove, and the bottles are too small to be captured correctly during the recycling process. 
 
Throw your empty nail varnish bottles, including the brush, into your rubbish bin.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Disposable nappiesNappies - disposable
Other

Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Consider re-usable nappies - modern styles are easy to use and wash.

Find out more about a discount offer available for residents in East Cambridgeshire.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Newspapers
Other

Newspaper can be used for wrapping food waste to go in your green lidded bin, and for lining a kitchen caddy, if you have one.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Nut shellsNut shells
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Packaging chipsPackaging chips - polystyrene
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Paint tinsPaint
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household Waste Recycling Centre
Paints are sorted and distributed to charities, community groups or individuals who need it by the Community RePaint scheme.
 
Community RePaint is a scheme run by the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) that sorts unwanted leftover paint and makes it available to charities, community groups, schools, organisations and individuals at low cost.

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


PaperPaper
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

PensPens and correction fluid pots
Other
Terracycle
It is possible to recycle pens (including highlighters, markers and correction fluid pots) via Terracycle collection points at some schools and stationers. Wooden pencils and crayons are not accepted. Find out more about the Writing Instruments Recycling Programme..

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Perfume bottlesPerfume bottles
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Cat food pouchPet food pouches
Other
These type of pouches are made from layers of plastic and aluminium which are very difficult to separate out, and therefore they can not be recycled in your clue lidded bin. 
 
However, Co-operative stores now accept soft plastic packaging, including clean pet food pouches, in their in-store recycling bins. You can find out if your local Co-Op is part of the scheme and more about what they accept on the Co-Op Soft Plastic Recycling page.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


PhotosPhotographs
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Dirty pizza boxPizza box
Blue lidded bin
It's important that cardboard for recycling is fairly clean and dry. Remove any food, and tear off any parts which are greasy (the greasy cardboard and food can be put in your green lidded bin).

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Plastic bottlesPlastic bottles and tops
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Plastic bottles from chemicals
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Plastic carrier bags
Other
REDUCE WASTE
Please use re-usable bags. there are planty designs and sizes widely available.
 
RE-USE
If you don't have a use for plastic bags yourself, some charity shops and small independent shops will be grateful for them.
 
RECYCLE AT YOUR SUPREMARKET
A lot of supermarkets have collection points for various plastic bags including carrier bags.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Plastic cutleryPlastic cutlery
Other
REDUCE WASTE
Avoid disposable plastic cutlery by keeping a set of cutlery in your bag, or in your car glove box (don’t forget to wash it between uses and return it there!). For parties, choose finger-food, hire cutlery or buy extra from charity shops.
 
This type of plastic cannot be recycled in blue lidded bin. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Plastic dishwasher tablet tub
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Plastic egg boxPlastic egg boxes
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Plastic trays and punnetsPlastic food trays and fruit punnets
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Fruit netPlastic fruit / veg nets
Other
REDUCE WASTE
Avoid nets by buying fruit and vegetables loose.
 
These cannot be recycled in your blue lidded bin.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Noodle potPlastic instant noodle pots
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Milk bottlePlastic milk bottles
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

plastic plant potsPlastic plant pots
Other
RE-USE
Pass on to friends or family, give away via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree, donate to local allotments or charity gardening projects (check if they need them first), or take back to garden centres which have a collection/pick-up area for them.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Blue lidded bin
Smaller plastic plant pots (smaller than about the size of an A3 piece of paper) which are not black can be recycled via your blue bin, if they are clean. Please rinse off soil or compost.

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Very dirty pots and all black pots are not recyclable, please put in your black sack.
 
Unfortunately, recycling sorting equipment cannot detect the colour black and therefore black plastic items can not be recycled. This is an issue across the UK and work is being done to find a solution to reduce black plastic recyclability issues.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Little plastic boxPlastic sweetener or Tic Tac box
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Plastic washing-up bowlsPlastic washing-up bowls
Other

RE-USE

If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Polystyrene packagingPolystyrene packaging
Black sack

Please break larger pieces into smaller ones, so they fit in black bags. Please mix them up with heavier waste.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Polystyrene takeaway food packagingPolystyrene takeaway food packaging
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

StampsPostage stamps
Other
 
RE-USE
Many charities collect postage stamps, where they can be sold in bulk. Ask your local charity shop or call a national charity to see, if you can post to them. Cut around postage stamps and leave a good margin, do not steam off.
PostcardsPostcards
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Disposable face maskPPE (personal protective equipment)
Other
CHOOSE RE-USE
Washable fabric face masks, and even gloves, can be washed and re-used over and over again. You can buy them online, or make your own using instructions online.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
All medical waste and disposable PPE (such as face masks and gloves) should be disposed of using your black sack, or a litter bin, if outside. If there are no litter bins outside, take the waste home.
 
If you are suffering from Coronavirus symptoms, any medical waste and PPE should be bagged separately and left for 72 hours (three days) before put out for collection.
Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.
 
You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Printer cartridgesPrinter cartridges
Other
RE-USE
You may be able to return your printer cartridges to a shop or manufacturer to be refilled. 
 
DONATE
There are charities which collect used cartridges, or organisations that collect on their behalf. Search 'recycle printer cartridges' online for various schemes which you can send your cartridges to Freepost.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


PrinterPrinters
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


ProjectorProjectors
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Milk bottle safety sealPull tab / safety seal - like milk bottle or tablet bottle seals
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Pyrex jugsPyrex crockery
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack

Please wrap it in bubble wrap, plastic bags or paper for safety.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


RadioRadios
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Metal razor bladeRazors and razor blades
Other
REDUCE
You can switch to traditional razors, which use a permanent metal handle with separate steel blades. The blades last a long time and can be recycled. You can put them into a steel food tin, pinch the tin and turn the top over using pliers to seal them in, and put in the scrap metal section at a Household Recycling Centre. 
 
TerraCycle®
They have a recycling scheme for disposable rasors. Also, some supermarkets and beauty shops have envelopes available.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Real / washable / cloth nappy
Other
Textiles should never be placed in blue lidded bins.
 
Considering re-usable nappies? Find out more about a discount offer available for residents in East Cambridgeshire.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
 
If in good condition, pass on to friends or family or via networks such as Facebook, Freegle or Gumtree. You could also consider donating them to a cloth nappy library.
 
TEXTILE RECYCLING POINTS
 
Clean and dry cloth nappies can be recycled in clothing/textile banks around the district. Clean cloth nappies are accepted in all clothing banks, even those which are only marked 'clothes and shoes'.
ReceiptsReceipts
Black sack
Due to their size, receipts are difficult to sort correctly and often end up contaminating the sorted glass. Additionally, some thermal receipts also contain BPA plastic which is associated with health risks, and therefore should not be used in recycled paper products.
 
Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Ring bindersRing binders
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Door matRugs, mats and door mats
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Sanitary productsSanitary pads / pantyliners / tampons
Other

REDUCE

Disposable sanitary pads and tampons cannot be recycled and most contain plastic. Consider reusable alternatives - many different styles of washable pads and period pants are now available, as well as alternatives such as menstrual cups. Find out more on the Trial Period website.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Sat navSat nav
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Pet beddingSawdust / wood shaving / straw pet bedding
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Soiled sawdust or wood shavings from rabbit/guinea pig/hamster/gerbil cages can be put in your green bin. If you have large amounts, please put in a paper bag, as the sawdust can blow out over the bin collectors when tipping the bin.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Scrap metalScrap metal
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

ShoesShoes
Other
Textiles and shoes should never be placed in blue lidded bins.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
TEXTILE RECYCLING POINTS
Clean and dry clothes (even if worn out) can be put in textile and clothing banks in various locations around the district. For example, supermarket car parks. 
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Shredded paperShredded paper
Compost at home

Small amounts of shredded paper can be added to your home compost bin.

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Small amounts of shredded paper layered with food waste and garden waste can be also added to your green lidded bin. 

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Blue lidded bin
Please put shredded paper in an old envelope or paper bag to prevent it blowing out when the bin is emptied and littering the street. 
 
Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Soil and stonesSoil, stones and turf
Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.

Washing-up spongeSponge scourer or washing-up brush
Other
REDUCE WASTE
 
Compostable alternatives exist made e.g. from loofah plants – these can be put in the green bin when worn out.
 
Wooden washing-up brushes are available but the bristles are synthetic so they still need to be put in the black bin.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


SuitcasesSuitcase
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Wooden tableTable
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Tea metallised packetsTea and coffee packets
Other
Tea and coffee packets are usually made from metallised plastic, and can not be recycled in blue lidded bins. You can do the scrunch test - foil will not spring back when scrunched, but plastic will.
 
Co-Operative food stores nationwide now accept soft plastic packaging, including wrappers from tea and teabags, ground coffee, etc., in their in-store recycling bins. You can find out if your local Co-Op is part of the scheme and more about what they accept on the Co-Op Soft Plastic Recycling page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Tea bags and coffee groundsTea bags and coffee grounds
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Tealight caseTealight cases
Blue lidded bin
Thin aluminium cases from tealights, which do not have any wax remaining in them, can be put in your blue lidded bin for recycling.
Tealight cases still containing candles or wax should be put in your black sack. 

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


TelephoneTelephone
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Telephone directoriesTelephone directory
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


TelevisionsTelevisions
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


TilesTiles
Other
RE-USE
Leftover unused tiles can be donated to some charity shops (check first) or passed on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Tissue paperTissue paper
Other
RE-USE
Save and re-use any tissue paper. It can be used for wrapping presents or putting some of it in the top of a gift bag to hide the gifts.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Please make sure that any sellotape has been removed, before putting your tissue paper in the green lidded bin.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Tissues
Other
Please do not place tissues in blue lidded bin.
Normally, green lidded bin would be fine, howebver, due the pandemic our advice is to put all tissues in your black bin at this time.
If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), please:
- keep your personal waste (including tissues and cloths or wipes used to clean exposed surfaces) in a separate bin bag
- when the bag is full, tie the top, place the whole bag into another bin bag and tie the top of that
- store the bag for at least 72 hours before putting for collection
Toaster
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


ToothbrushToothbrushes / toothbrush heads
Other
RE-USE
Please re-use your toothbrushes for cleaning shoes and getting in those hard-to-reach cleaning spots.
 
TERRACYCLE
Although toothbrushes can’t be recycled in your blue bin but they can now be recycled by Terracycle along with empty toothpaste tubes. You need to save them up and drop them off at a collection point. 
Find our more about the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme including local collection points.
 
REDUCE WASTE
There are toothbrushes with replacable heads. 
There are also bamboo or wood toothbrushes available but they often have plastic bristles. Fully biodegradable toothbrushes use natural bristles. These cannot be placed in your green bin and need to be placed in black sacks.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Toothpaste tubeToothpaste pump
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Toothpaste tube (soft squeezy tube)
Other
These can’t be recycled in your blue bin, but they can now be recycled by Terracycle along with plastic toothbrushes and replaceable heads from electric toothbrushes. You need to save them up and drop them off at a collection point. 
 
Find out more about the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme including local collection points. All brands are accepted, not just Colgate.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


TorchTorch
Other
Electrical items should not be placed in bins or black sacks at home.
 
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


TowelsTowels - cloth
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop, Women's Aid or homeless shelter (check what they will accept first) or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
If in clean but worn condition, check if animal shelters would like them for pet bedding.
Re-use worn-out towels at home for wipes or rags.
 
TEXTILES RECYCLING BANKS
Clean and dry towels in any condition can be put in textile banks.
Towels are accepted in all clothing banks, even those which are only marked 'clothes and shoes'.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack

Dirty, oily or wet towels can not be re-used or recycled.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


ToysToys
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Treated timberTreated wood / timber / plywood
Other
RE-USE
Large useable pieces in good condition can be passed on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Trigger sprayTrigger spray
Blue lidded bin

Leave triggers on your empty spray bottles and put them in your blue lidded bin, these can be recycled along with bottle caps.

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Tumble dryerTumble dryer
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Turkey carcass
Other
Make turkey stock, broth or gravy. If you don't have time right away, put the carcass in a freezer bag, label it and freeze it for later.
Once you have used your turkey carcass, it can go in your green bin to be composted.
 
For food-saving ideas and inspiration, visit Love Food Hate Waste's website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


TyresTyres
Other
RE-USE
Stacked car tyres can make useful planters for plants that need warmth as the black rubber absorbs the heat. This is not recommended for vegetables or edible plants. You can also make tyre swings and outdoor furniture - search online for ideas.
 
SPECIALIST DISPOSAL
Car tyres can not be accepted for recycling or disposal by East Cambs District Council. If you have tyres to dispose of, contact your local garage who may be able to take them for you either for free or for a small charge. Alternatively, search for specialist tyre disposal services online.
Untreated timberUntreated wood
Other
RE-USE
 
You could make a wood pile in your garden as a wildlife habitat.
 
You can burn untreated wood in a wood burner or open fire after seasoning for a year. If you have a lot of wood from a fallen tree for example, and don't have a wood burner, consider passing on via  Freegle or Gumtree.
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Branches and pieces of bark up to the thickness of a broom handle can be accepted in the green lidded bin. Larger pieces can be added, if they are split first.
 
Sawn timber is not suitable for composting, as it may have been pressure treated or contain nails.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Household Waste Recycling Centre

Large branches thicker than a broom handle can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre.

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Vacuum bagsVacuum bags
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.

Vacuum cleanerVacuum cleaner
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Vegetable and fruit peelingsVegetable and fruit peelings
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Video tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDsVideo tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs
Other
RE-USE
 
If in good condition, pass them on - ask family and friends, if they would like them, go online to give them away at sites like Freegle or Gumtree, and check locally - a community project near you may have a use for them.
 
For more information and creative ideas visit Recycle Now website.
 
If broken and not re-usable, put in your black bin.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Vinyl recordsVinyl records
Other
RE-USE
 
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop (check they are accepted first), sell or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
Made from PVC, vinyl records are often 're-purposed' into new stylish ornaments, wall art or tableware - so even scratched records may be wanted by somebody.
 
Vinyl records can not be recycled. If broken, put in your black sacks.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Roll of wallpaperWallpaper
Other
RE-USE
 
Unused surplus rolls of wallpaper can be donated to some charities (check first) and Scrapstores, or re-use at home for children's artwork.
 
Wallpaper not suitable for re-use should be put in the black sacks.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Wardrobe
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Washing machine
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.
 
BULKY COLLECTION SERVICE
We offer a bulky domestic waste collection service for household items (not from businesses). For more informtion, visit our bulky service page

 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


WatchesWatches
Other
RE-USE / DONATE
If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Water filterWater filters
Other
REDUCE WASTE
 
Some kinds of water filters produce less waste than traditional plastic cartridges. Phox water filters can be refilled with sachets, or an activated Binchotan charcoal stick filter can be recharged, lasting up to six months.
 
RECYCLE POINTS
 
Water filters cannot be recycled as part of your recycling collection scheme nor at household waste recycling centres. However, if you use a BRITA branded water filter you can recycle the used filters at most Argos and John Lewis stores where boxes are provided for the collection of used cartridges.
To find your nearest participating store, visit the BRITA website.
 
For other water filter brands, please contact the manufacturer to find out if they provide a similar service. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


WeedsWeeds
Other
Most weeds can be added to your home compost bin, if you have one. However, avoid adding those which have seeded, as well as pernicious weeds like ground elder or bindweed, which will survive the low temperatures in your heap and will then be spread around your garden when you use the compost. For more home composting tips visit Garden Organic.
 
All weeds except the particularly pernicious Japanese Knotweed can be safely put in your green lidded bin. The high temperatures the compost reaches during the municipal composting process will kill off any seeds.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Wipes
Other
Wipes are not recyclable, compostable or flushable (even the vast majority of those which are marked 'flushable' should not be), since most are made of a mix of paper and plastic fibres.
 
Compostable wipes, made of viscose or compostable plastics, are not accepted in the green lid bin, as they may not break down quickly enough for our fast composting process, and can also not be differentiated from other wipes. You should also not put any wipes with human waste on them in an ordinary home compost bin. 
 
CHOOSE RE-USABLES
 
Consider using washable alternatives, there are various brands of washable baby wipes which are easy to use (and more effective than disposables), and cotton dishcloths can be washed and re-used for most other applications.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Wool packaging
Compost at home

Wool packaging insulation, such as from meat deliveries, can be put in a home composter. It takes quite a long time to break down.

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

Wool insulation (or from jumpers) is not suitable for the green bin. This is partly because these kind of fibres can jam the shredding machinery used before composting, and also that wool can take several months to break down. The process used for green bin material takes 6-8 weeks.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Old jeansWorn-out clothes
Other
REDUCE WASTE
 
Have a go at repairing your clothes. It's easier than you may think, and many techniques (for example, Sashiko, a style of Japanese visible mending) are very fashionable.
 
Find out more about reducing your impact on the environment at Love Your Clothes.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Black sack

If clothes are soiled or wet, please place them in your black sacks.

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Wrapping paperWrapping paper
Other
RE-USE
 
Save undamaged wrapping paper and gift bags at birthdays and Christmas, and store to use again.
 
You can also re-use other papers as wrapping, for example pages from an old road atlas, or decorative wallpaper.
 
For members of your household, try wrapping in fabric or fabric bags with real ribbons, which can be used over and over again for year, plus they create no mess!

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Metallic wrapping paperWrapping paper - metallic or glittered
Other
Do the scrunch test - if your wrapping paper springs back rather than staying scrunched, it is probably made of metallised plastic, and can not be recycled.
 
Heavily glittered paper should also not be recycled as the plastic glitter and glue cause problems with the recycling process.
 
RE-USE
 
Save undamaged wrapping paper and gift bags at birthdays and Christmas, and store to use again.
 
You can also re-use other papers as wrapping, for example pages from an old road atlas, or decorative wallpaper.
 
For members of your household, try wrapping in fabric or fabric bags with real ribbons, which can be used over and over again for year, plus they create no mess!
 
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


X-ray imageX-rays
Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.