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Acid
Abandoned cars
Aluminium cans
Aerosol cans
Aluminium foil
Appliances
Asbestos
Ash
Batteries
Bedding and blankets
Beds
Beer kegs
Bicycles
Books
Bottles
Brake Fluid
Building materials
Bulky Household Waste Collections
Cans
Caravans
Cardboard
Carpets and Rugs
Carrier Bags
Catalogues
Ceramics
Charities
Christmas Trees
Clothes
Coat hangers
CDs
Collections
Composting
Commercial Waste
Computers
Computer Monitors
Confidential Waste
Cooking Oil
Corks
Crockery and Cutlery
Curtains
Deodorant cans
Dead animals
Dustbins
Egg boxes
Electrical appliances
Engine oil and filters
Envelopes

Acid

Unused household acids used at home may be household hazardous waste. Do not pour them down the drain. Please contact us for advice.

Abandoned cars

Abandoning vehicles at the roadside or in a field is illegal and if you are caught you may be prosecuted. If there is an abandoned car on the public highway you should contact your local council who will arrange to have it taken away. The removal and disposal of abandoned vehicles costs the taxpayer thousands of pounds a year. Up to 80% of a car can be recycled scrap – they should be taken to a scrap metal merchant for recycling and disposal. Look in the Yellow Pages under ‘Car & Commercial Vehicle Dismantlers’ and ‘Scrap Metal Merchants’ for contact details. Car Transplants also recycle cars – see www.car-transplants.co.uk.

Aerosol cans

Nearly all aerosols are CFC-free but most replacements contain other greenhouse gases which are not environmentally friendly. Preferably buy pump sprays instead of aerosols. Do not place in a recycling bank or kerbside collection service, unless otherwise stated, as they can explode when crushed. Dispose of in a rubbish bin, do not crush or place on a fire.

Aluminium cans

Aluminium cans won’t stick to a magnet. Take them to a Household Waste Recycling Centre, place in your kerbside collection or bring them to a can bring bank in your area. Local schools or other groups may also collect cans for recycling. Recycling aluminium cans to make new drinks cans save 95% of the energy needed to make them from raw material. Remember foil milk bottle tops, foil or pie container should not go into your aluminium recycling as these cause problems when reprocessing.

Most local councils accept food and drink cans in kerbside recycling collections.

For more information on aluminium recycling also see Alupro’s website www.alupro.org.uk.

Aluminium foil

This can be recycled at Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Appliances (E.g. toasters, kettles)

Try to reuse the appliance when you no longer need it by selling it to a second-hand shop or by donating it to a charity or jumble sale. Unwanted appliances can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre where they will be reused or recycled as scrap metal. You can call your local council to arrange a bulky household waste collection of large appliances.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a hazardous substance and has health implications. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) provides a free disposal service to Merseyside residents with cement bonded asbestos products.  Do not take to a Household Waste Recycling Centre without an appointment as it will not be accepted.

Ash

Coal ash – please place in your rubbish bin for disposal.

Wood ash – is excellent for placing around the garden as a soil improver, as it contains valuable minerals, or place it in your compost bin or heap, in small quantities.

Batteries

Domestic – millions of these are thrown away each year. They go to landfill sites where they could cause damage to people and the environment if their heavy metals leak out into the soil and water supply. Use the mains power wherever possible and invest in rechargeable batteries to reduce rubbish and save you cash. You can recycle them at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Car Batteries – these can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Bedding and blankets (e.g. bed linen, blankets, pillows, duvets)

Please donate clean unwanted items to local charity shops or voluntary organisations such as The Salvation Army or Oxfam, who will be able to reuse the bedding. Re-use as much as possible e.g. for dust sheets, children’s play materials and animal bedding. They can also be placed in textile recycling banks at our Household Waste Recycling Centres or at bring banks.

Beds

Can be reused by donating to charities. All of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres accept beds and mattresses. Your local Council offers a bulky household waste collection service for large bulky items:

Knowsley

Liverpool

Sefton

St Helens

Wirral

Beer kegs

Beers kegs and casks – these should remain the property of the owning brewer or container owner, whose name is normally found on the upper surface of the container. If you know of abandoned kegs, casks or dispense gas cylinders then contact Keg Watch for FREE (by landline) on 0808 100 1945 or via www.kegwatch.co.uk.

Bicycles

Bicycles are accepted at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. If you have a bicycle you no longer want you could give it to a friend or family member. Bicycles are also collected by Re-Cycle, the Bicycle Charity. The bicycles are sent to developing countries where they are repaired and reused. See www.re-cycle.org for more information.

Books

All of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will accept books.

If you have books you no longer want why not give them to a friend or family member. Likewise, most charities will accept books if they are in decent condition.

Bottles

Glass bottles: can be recycled in your local council’s kerbside recycling collection service, at a Household Waste Recycling Centre and at local bottle banks. Please separate glass into colours (blue bottles can go into green bottle banks) and remove the lids. Buy milk in glass bottles and return them for reuse or buy economy size bottles which create less waste.

Plastic bottles: reuse as much as possible (e.g. make plant pots). Most local kerbside collections accept them. You can currently take plastic bottles to all Merseyside’s Recycling Centres – see the Materials Matrix on our HWRC page for more details.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid can be taken to all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres as engine/motor oil.

Building materials/Rubble

Old building material should not be placed in your bin. Second hand building materials such as roof tiles and bricks can be reused. If you cannot reuse them yourself contact second hand building merchants/reclamation yards. This type of waste is accepted at our Household Waste Recycling Centres – if you have a lot then you should think about hiring a skip or taking it to a private transfer station. Materials from private contractors and trade firms is not accepted.

Bulky Household Waste Collections (see also furniture, electrical appliances and computers)

Your District Council can arrange for the collection of bulky waste from your home:

Knowsley

Liverpool

Sefton

St Helens

Wirral

Cans

Both aluminium and steel cans can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. There are also many smaller can banks situated throughout Merseyside – please contact your local council or check the bank locator for your nearest recycling facilities. Your local Council’s recycling collection service may accepts cans.

Caravans

An unsellable caravan can be taken to a scrap yard so that it can be stripped down and reused or recycled. Look in your local telephone directory or search online for your local dealer.

The following organisations may also be of use when trying to dispose of an old caravan:

Copy Clough Caravans – 01254 384316

A&A Caravan Breakers – 01254 233942

Caravan Salvage – 0161 6527074

Caravans Direct – 0161 6653401

The Camping and Caravan Club – 0845 130 7631

Cardboard

Cardboard boxes and packaging, such as pizza and cereal boxes can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Cardboard Items not to be placed into the cardboard containers are: paper, magazines, waxed/grease coated card.

Cardboard boxes can be reused as storage. Smaller boxes and packaging can also be donated to nurseries and primary schools for play material. A small amount of torn up cardboard can be added to your compost bin to remedy very wet sloppy compost and also helps air circulation.

Most kerbside recycling collections accepted cardboard.

Cards, postcards and greetings cards

Can be donated to playgroups and schools or can be cut up and turned into gift tags or home made cards. Your local playgroup, nursery or school may be able to use them. Most kerbside recycling collections accept card.

Carpets and rugs

Carpets that are not reusable can be laid as mulch and local allotments and gardening groups may welcome them. Do not place unwanted carpets in your rubbish bin. Please contact your local Council for a bulky household collection or take to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. Good quality carpets and rugs can be sold second-hand or donated to charitable organisations, voluntary groups or furniture reuse groups.

Carrier bags

Use reusable shopping bags whenever possible. Some shops offer money back or some form of reward to all customers reusing their old carrier bags. Most supermarkets (e.g. Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Safeway and Marks & Spencer) have a ‘bag for life’ scheme – large, tough, reusable shopping bags – and when the bag can no longer be used the supermarket will replace it with a new bag free of charge and recycle the old one. See your local supermarket for details. Some supermarkets also provide carrier bag recycling bins for the public to use.

Catalogues

Catalogues can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, with your kerbside collection or at paper bring banks across Merseyside.

Ceramics

If unbroken, they can be donated to your local charity shop. Please do not place into glass bottle banks, as it cannot be recycled with glass and will mean the contents of the entire recycling bank will have to be thrown away instead. Broken ceramics and china helps drainage when placed at the bottom of plant pots – or it should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in your rubbish bin for safe disposal.

Charities

Local charities accept all sorts of items that people no longer want. See www.charitychoice.co.uk for a list of charities in your area who may accept your unwanted goods.

Christmas cards

Can be placed in the Christmas card recycling boxes located at participating shops and stores throughout Merseyside during the Christmas and New Year period. Try to buy cards made from recycled paper, available in charity merchandise catalogues, charity and fair trade shops, e.g. Oxfam, and large stationers. Cards without glitter can be put in your local kerbside recycling collection.

Christmas Trees

Can be cut up and put in your kerbside garden waste collection. Or trees can be recycled at all Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres as garden and green waste, or contact your local Council to find out about local schemes at Christmas. Most trees will be made into woodchips that can be used as mulch. Consider purchasing a tree with a root so that it can be planted in the garden and used the following year or purchase an artificial tree that can be reused for many years.

Clothes (see also textiles)

Clothes, unless in really bad condition, should never be thrown away. You can donate clean and good condition items to local charity shops or voluntary organisations such as The Salvation Army or Oxfam, who will be able to reuse them. Old clothes can be put into your kerbside recycling collections. Clothes and textiles that are not suitable for donation can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Coathangers

Check to see if any charity shops could make use of them for displaying clothes.

CDs and DVDs

If you wish to get rid of a small number of CDs and DVDs then charity shops will take them. Or try selling them at carboot sales, recycle swap shops or through online sellers such as e-bay. All of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will accept CDs and DVDs.

Collections

District Councils are responsible for collections of refuse and kerbside recycling both dry recyclate and green waste collections:

Knowsley MBC

Liverpool CC

Sefton MBC

St Helens MBC

Wirral MBC

Composting

Around a third of our household waste can be composted, including fruit and vegetable leftovers, tea bags, leaves, weeds, dead flowers, grass cuttings and general garden waste. Large quantities of autumn leaves are best composted separately. Compost is a rich fertiliser for the garden which will enrich and improve soil structure. Composting makes good use of material that might otherwise be dumped and put into landfill sites. Using compost instead of peat helps save rapidly disappearing areas important for wildlife.

Green garden waste can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre for composting or you can carry out home composting look out for offers by your local Council for compost bins at reduce cost. Go to our composting page for more information.

Commercial waste

You can contact your local Council as they offer some trade waste services or contact a private contractor. Look in a telephone directory or search online for details. Some commercial waste, such as paper and card, could be collected for recycling. Again, search for local recycling companies. Alternatively, call the Environment Agency (0870 850 6506 or www.environment-agency.gov.uk) if you have to dispose of commercial waste.

We do offer a trade waste service at our Huyton, Old Swan and Bidston Recycling Centres – please see our trade waste page for more details.

Computers (see also electrical appliances)

Computers can be reconditioned or parts taken from them and recycled. If your computer isn’t reusable then you can bring it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre where it will be recycled. Make sure you delete all personal information from the hard drive before disposal.

Computer monitors

If your computer monitor isn’t reusable then you can bring it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre to be recycled.

Confidential waste

The Data Protection Act places companies under statutory obligation to ensure the safeguard of information. When companies are disposing of large amounts of confidential waste, especially in paper form, it can be recycled. Check a telephone directory or search online for companies who provide confidential collection and destruction services for sensitive documents and data. Remember to shred any personal information to safe guard against identity theft.

Cooking oil

Cooking oil is accepted at all our Household Waste Recycling Centres. There are also additional containers for leftover plastic bottles.

No oil from businesses is accepted as this is trade waste and a private contractor should be contacted.

Other methods of disposal – Old vegetable oil generated by households should not be poured down the drain. If you have a home composter you can pour small quantities onto it (it’s best to mix it first with paper and cardboard). If not, put one polythene bag inside another (in case of holes), fill with absorbent material and fill slowly with cold oil, then place in the dustbin.

Other uses for it include making an oil and sand mixture to clean garden forks and spades, or you can dilute the oil with paraffin and rub onto outdoor wooden furniture to add life to it.

Corks

Chopped up pieces of natural cork can be composted or you can use pieces of cork in the base of plant pots to help your plants retain moisture.

Crockery and cutlery

Charitable organisations will take most kitchen utensils.

Curtains

Can be accepted at Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres as textiles. Many charities will accept curtains if they are in good condition.

Deodorant cans

Do not place in a recycling bank or recycling collection service, unless otherwise stated, as they can explode when crushed. Dispose of in a rubbish bin, do not crush or place on a fire.

Dead animals

If you find a dead animal on the roadside that could cause an accident, contact your local Council’s cleansing department, who will arrange for the animal to be collected.

Dustbins

Old metal dustbins make ideal compost bins. For more information see Composting. Or why not convert your old bin into a water butt?

Egg boxes

Cardboard egg boxes can be recycled at Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres or via local paper banks. Alternatively, tear them up to use for composting. Try to avoid polystyrene or plastic egg boxes as these cannot be broken down or recycled. Some local butchers and grocers will take egg boxes for re-use.

Electrical appliances (see also fridge/freezers, bulky household items and computers)

You can bring your small electrical items to any Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Electrical items include everything from battery operated appliances to everything you plug into electrical sockets. If your electrical item is in good working condition you may be able to sell items to a second-hand shop. Charity shops often accept some items and appliances but it is advisable to check with them first. Your local Council offers a bulky household waste collection service for larger items, contact them to arrange collection.

Also, consider hiring specialist tools or equipment for one-off jobs, or if you already own the items let friends and neighbours know you are willing to share.

Engine oil & filters

These can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. It is illegal to pour Engine oil down the drain or burn it.

Envelopes

Envelopes can be reused by placing labels over the old address or used as scrap paper. Most kerbside recycling collections accept envelopes. Envelopes can be recycled at Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres in the paper recycling containers. Brown envelopes are made from different fibres and should be recycled in the cardboard skip.