- Avoid single use plastic. These products should be avoided wherever possible – use reusable drinks bottles, flasks, coffee cups, cutlery, straws and stirrers.
- Aerosols – aerosols can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin. Please make sure that aerosols are completely empty with the lid and plastic nozzle removed if possible. Never attempt to puncture, crush or burn an aerosol can.
- Aluminium cans and foil – cans and clean foil can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin.
- Batteries which can be recharged produce less waste because they can be reused many times. They also use less energy because recharging batteries is more energy efficient than the cost and energy of making new batteries.
- Bags – encourage your shoppers to bring their own shopping bags with them when they go shopping.
- Books – damaged books can be recycled by separating the pages from the cover and spine, the pages can be recycled in your blue lidded paper bin and the cardboard cover in your red lidded recycling bin.
- Bulky collections – (See our Commercial bulky collection page and Commercial WEEE page).
- Clinical waste – (see our Clinical Waste page).
- Cans – aluminium and steel cans can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin.
- Car batteries – contact a reputable disposal company.
- Cardboard – cardboard can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin. We do not accept cardboard containers with a metal base; these will need to go into your general waste bin.
- Cards – greeting cards can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin but please remove any parts that contain plastic, glitter, batteries, electronics or any other embellishments before recycling.
- Cartons – food and drink cartons, for example, soup, juice and milk, can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin.
- Computers – (see our Commercial WEEE page)
- Coffee pods and capsules – the single-use pods used in many coffee machines can be recycled through a nationwide coffee pod recycling service called Podback set up and funded by the leading coffee pod systems. Podback offers a local drop-off service through Collect + by Yodel, and kerbside collections are available in some local authority areas. Currently, pods from 11 coffee brands including Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR and CRU Kafe can be recycled through Podback. For more information on the service available in your area visit www.podback.org
- Confidential paper waste – (add link to confidential paper waste page).
- Duty of care – see our Right Waste Right Place leaflet for more information.
- Egg boxes – cardboard and plastic egg boxes can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin, but polystyrene egg boxes cannot easily be recycled.
- Electrical items – (See our Commercial WEEE page)
- Envelopes – plastic windows and adhesive strips on envelopes contaminate the recycling process. Customers are, therefore, asked not to recycle envelopes in their blue lidded recycling bin unless they are willing to remove the sticky adhesive strip and plastic window before recycling the remainder of the envelope.
- Food waste – for advice on food storage solutions, portion planning, recipe ideas and cutting down on food waste visit the Guardians of Grub page.
- Foil – clean aluminium foil can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin. We are unable to accept foiled pouches – please use this link to find out where these can be recycled locally. recycle now locator tool
- Fridges and freezers – (See our Commercial WEEE page).
- Fruit – uncooked fruit waste, including peelings, can be placed into a compost bin.
- Fluorescent tubes – under legislation fluorescent tubes are now classed as hazardous waste. We offer separate collections of these, see our fluorescent tubes page for more information.
- Furniture -See our Commercial bulky waste page).
- Guardians of Grub – see our Guardians of Grub page for advice on food waste reduction.
- Green waste – composting provides a soil fertiliser whilst reducing disposal costs and creating a valuable usable product.
- Glass – glass bottles and jars can be recycled in your green lidded recycling bin. You can leave the cap on glass bottles such as wine, spirits and olive oil when recycling.
- Inkjet cartridges – check if your toner cartridges can be returned to the manufacturer for refilling and reuse or refill them yourself.
- Junk mail – stop unsolicited mail and help the environment by reducing paper waste. The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) is a free service which enables customers to have their names and home addresses, in the UK, removed from mailing lists used by the industry. To register visit www.mpsonline.org.uk or telephone 0845 7034599. Junk mail can be recycled in your blue lidded recycling bin.
- Kitchen waste – see our Guardians of Grub page.
- Kitchen and toilet roll tubes – both can be recycled in your red lidded bin.
- Light bulbs – buy long-lasting, low energy light bulbs are more energy efficient and last longer.
- We offer a separate collection for low energy light bulbs.
- Standard light bulbs cannot be recycled and should be placed in your general waste bin.
- Magazines – unwanted magazines can be recycled in your blue lidded recycling bin.
- Metal – metal tins and cans can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin.
- Newspapers – unwanted newspapers can be recycled in your blue lidded recycling bin.
- Oil – not all methods of cooking use oil, try alternatives to frying – grill, bake, steam, poach or slow cook instead. Measure out how much cooking oil you use rather than pouring liberally into the pan, some foods release fat when they cook so start by adding a small amount and only add more if you need to.
- Go paperless – opt out of junk mail lists, sign up for e-statements, pay bills online, digitalize your documents, use a tablet or phone for notes, digitalize your signature, don’t print anything unnecessarily and ensure we have your email address so that we can email your annual Duty of Care documents to you.
- Paper – paper can be recycled in your blue lidded recycling bin. Wrapping paper can also be recycled in your blue box if it passes the scrunch test (if it stays scrunched it can be recycled). Any paper with glitter will need to be disposed of in the general waste bin, along with any sticky tape.
- Plastic – plastic bottles, pots, tubs & trays can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin. Hard plastics are not accepted.
- Plastic film – most major supermarkets now accept plastic film for recycling. The following plastic films can be included: carrier bags, bread bags, plastic wrappers from multipacks of cans and plastic bottles, plastic wrappers from toilet roll and kitchen towels and plastic (home delivery) magazine and newspaper wrap. Unfortunately bubble wrap, clingfilm and film lids from food trays are not accepted.
- Polystyrene – we currently do not have any arrangements for recycling polystyrene, this should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
- Printer cartridges – check if your toner cartridges can be returned to the manufacturer for refilling and reuse or refill them yourself.
- School uniform – good quality second hand school uniform can be donated for other children in your school to use.
- Single use plastic should be avoided wherever possible – use reusable drinks bottles, flasks, coffee cups, cutlery, straws and stirrers.
- Soap/shampoo – hand/body wash and shampoo can be replaced with bar soap and shampoo bars, eliminating the need for a disposable plastic bottle and the non-recyclable pump that comes with it.
- Scrap metal – take scrap metal directly to a scrap merchant for recycling. You will need to have a
- Steel cans – steel and aluminium cans can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin.
- Tetrapak – see cartons
- Tins – tins can be recycled in your red lidded recycling bin.
- Toner cartridges – check if your toner cartridges can be returned to the manufacturer for refilling and reuse or refill them yourself.
- Vegetable peelings – uncooked vegetable waste ,including peelings, can be placed into a compost bin.
- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – see our Business WEEE page.
- Waste Carriers License – see the Environment Agency website for advice on whether you need a Waste Carriers License for your business.
- Wipes can be replaced by reusable, washable cloths.
- Zero waste to landfill – none of the commercial waste collected in North Lincolnshire is sent to landfill.