To dispose of a fire extinguisher call CylinderCare on Tel: 0800 091 0000, visit www.wastecare.co.uk/services/cylindercare or contact your local fire brigade.
These can be returned to some garden centres for re-use. If broken, clay pots can be placed at the bottom of new planter pots to help improve drainage. Please do not put plastic or clay pots into kerbside garden collections or green waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centres as this contaminates the load.
Fluorescent tubes can be taken to all our Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Aluminium foil can be brought to all Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres and deposited in Scrap Metal containers. Most kerbside recycling collections do not accept foil.
The Royal national Institute for the Blind (RNIB) will take British coins (new or out of date). Call their Fund Raising Enquiry Line on T: 0345 345 0054 for more details. Oxfam also raise money from recycling coinage – visit Oxfam’s Stamps and Coins Unit at www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/donate-goods/what-you-can-donate/donating-stamps-and-coins.
The disposal of fridges and freezers are governed by the Ozone Depleting Substances Regulations. Fridges and freezers contain CFCs as a coolant – this needs to be removed and disposed of safely. The metal can also be taken for recycling too. All Household Waste Recycling Centres will take refrigerators.
Your local Council also offers a service for bulky household waste, contact them to arrange collection.
If your old appliance still works, someone else may want it. Try contacting a local re-use group such as http://uk.freecycle.org/ or you could sell it online.
If the item of furniture is in a good condition it may be able to be reused – try contacting a local re-use group such as http://uk.freecycle.org or selling it online. Alternatively, if it is in a reasonable condition, unwanted furniture will be accepted and sometimes collected by charity shops. Have a look in a telephone directory or search online for a full list of your local charity shops.
Garden waste, such as grass cuttings, weeds, prunings and leaves, can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Most councils run a kerbside collection scheme for garden waste.
Home compost bins are available which will enable you to compost at home and some local councils offer a green waste kerbside recycling collection service. For more information see Composting.
Charities and environmental groups may welcome unwanted tools, as may local re-use groups such as http://uk.freecycle.org.
Household Waste Recycling Centres do not accept gas bottles or cylinders. Gas bottles should be returned to the retailer or your original supplier where they will be reused or be refilled – check the bottle for a phone number. If that doesn’t help try here for advice – www.uklpg.org/advice-and-information/cylinder-recovery/
Do not place gas cylinders in your rubbish bin because they may explode if they are crushed.
Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Please rinse bottles before placing in the container. Most local kerbside recycling collections accept glass jars and bottles.
We do not accept window glass at these centres.
Glass jars can be reused as storage containers or can be filled with home made preserves or pickles. Empty wine bottles also make good candle holders and vases. When possible glass bottles should be colour separated into clear, green and brown and put into the correct containers. If you have blue bottles these should be placed into the green glass recycling bank.
Try to buy refillable and returnable bottles where possible. For example buy milk and fruit juices from your local milkman who will collect empty bottles. Other glass products (e.g. pyrex, drinking glasses, crystal, mirrors or window panes) should not placed into glass recycling banks as these types of glass contaminate the recycling process. Small amounts of this type of glass can be disposed of in your rubbish bin, but please wrap in newspaper. Unwanted mirrors, drinking glasses, plates, bowls or crystal items which are in good condition can be donated to a charity shop or sold to a second hand shop.
Some opticians take old spectacles to send overseas to third world countries.
Gypsum and plasterboard can be taken to any of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Must be disposed of carefully. Please click here to find out more about our hazardous waste service.
There are Recycling Centres across Merseyside where householders can take unwanted items for recycling and disposal. Remember just because you no longer want something doesn’t mean it has no value. For details of your nearest Centre and what items are accepted follow this link.
All Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres accept printer cartridges. Refilling ink cartridges using a refill kit is much cheaper than buying a new cartridge so look in your phonebook for local providers. Many charities also now collect used ink cartridges, including to Scope http://www.scope.org.uk and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation www.roycastle.org.
Try to reuse them (for example preserving food or as containers for pins, screws). All Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres will accept glass jars, and most kerbside recycling collection services accept glass jars.
Most junk mail can be recycled at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre, in your kerbside paper collections, or in local paper banks.
To find out more about junk mail visit our ‘Junk the Junk Mail’ page.