Waste A to Z

Find out what goes in which bin

To find information online, please use our accessible search function below.

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 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


metal puree 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


empty tablet blister packBlister packs or 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. 
 
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 (external link)
 

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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


pile of colourful booksBooks
Other

Donate or re-use

If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle (external link) or Gumtree (external link)

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 (external link) 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


pile of colourful bottle topsBottle 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

empty cardboard boxCardboard
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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) 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 (external link)


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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


a four hole egg box with eggsCardboard 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 (external link)


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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

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


selection of 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

stack of cataloguesCatalogues 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

yellow box of breakfast cerealCereal 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

four Christmas crackers in a rowChristmas 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


generic packet of open cigarettesCigarette 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

row of colourful spray bottlesCleaning 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

disposable cup and bowlCompostable 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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


blue shiny metal 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

empty plastic tubesEffervescent 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

pile of white 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

generic 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


rolls of kitchen foilFoil
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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

selection of different 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


clean and empty clear glass jar with black 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


selection of greeting cardsGreeting cards
Blue lidded bin
Most cards are paper based and can be recycled, along with their envelopes, in your blue lidded 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


ice cream tubIce 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

untidy pile of junk mailJunk 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

selection of jar 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


blue liquid soap dispenser bottle Liquid 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


stack of magazinesMagazine 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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


pile of 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

display of lipsticksMake-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 (external link)

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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


open tub of margerineMargarine 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

empty silver food canMetal food tins
Other

Re-use or donate

If in good working condition, donate to a charity shop or pass on via networks such as Freegle (external link) or Gumtree (external link)

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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


pile of newspapersNewspapers
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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


stack of white office 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

decorative perfume bottle selectionPerfume 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

cardboard pizza boxPizza box
Blue lidded bin

It is important that cardboard is clean and dry for recycling, without any food waste left on it. Please tear off any greasy parts and dispose of them, together with food scraps, in the green lidded bin so that they can be recovered through composting and do not contaminate the blue lidded content.

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put waste in loose and not in bags.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


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 (external link)


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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


two clear plastic water 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

plastic dishwasher tablet iconPlastic 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

clear plastic one dozen 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

clear plastic punnet full of strawberriesPlastic 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

plain empty 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

large plastic milk bottle full of milkPlastic 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

brown plastic plant potPlastic plant pots
Other

Re-use

Pass on to friends or family, give away via networks such as Freegle (external link) or Gumtree (external link), donate to local allotments or charity gardening projects (check if they need them first), or take back to garden centres which have a collection or 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website (external link) 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 (external link).

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

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


package of tic tacs with sweets spilling outPlastic 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

stack of 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

pile of colourful shredded paper wasteShredded paper
Other

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

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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


silver foil coffee packetTea 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 (external link)

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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


unused tealight in silver foil 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link)

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)


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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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


dark pink box of tissuesTissues
Other
Please do not place tissues in blue lidded bin.
Normally, green lidded bin would be fine, however, if you have Covid, our advice is to put all tissues in your black bin.
If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, 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.
toothpaste pump in the shape of a toothToothpaste 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

cartoon of a trigger spray bottleTrigger 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)

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 (external link) before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


rolls of colourful 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 (external link)

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page (external link)