Most products require some packaging for health or product information reasons but you can try to avoid buying items with excess packaging.
Packaging components include –
- Paper and board
- Plastics – rigid and flexible
- Metals – tinplate and aluminium
Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres recycle some packaging as do most kerbside local collections, e.g. Amazon cardboard packaging.
Try to reduce the amount of waste packaging by:
- Buying lightly or non-packaged products
- Avoiding wasteful or gimmicky packaging
- Refusing extra bagging
- Using products with refillable containers whenever possible.
Try and reuse plastic containers before throwing them away e.g. ice cream tubs for storage containers, yoghurt pots for plant seedlings. Local playgroups and schools may want plastic containers for play materials.
Paints, varnishes and wood stains can contain hazardous chemicals or solvents including heavy metals. Do not pour paint down a drain. Local community groups, playgroups or charities will often welcome donations of useable paints. Many DIY superstores will take back unwanted paint, call them to check. If you have many pots they can be classed as hazardous waste – please click here to find out more.
If you only have a couple of part full tins of paint then leave the lid off (if it’s safe to do so) – eventually they will dry and harden and can be put into your normal non-recycling bin.
Residents can contact re-use venture Recipro who may accept re-usable paint – 08442 253 000 or http://www.recipro-uk.com/.
Some of our Recycling Centres can accept paint.
Paper can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Local councils collect paper as part of their kerbside recycling collection and there are also many recycling banks located throughout Merseyside.
Plastic bags: 500 million plastic bags are used in the UK every week and every plastic bag thrown into landfill takes 500 years to decay. Tesco and Safeway supermarkets now have banks for recycling plastic bags/carrier bags. Some stores also have reward schemes for reusing bags. Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Safeway and Marks & Spencer have ‘a bag for life’ scheme. These are reusable shopping bags, when the bag can no longer be used the supermarket will replace it with a new bag and recycle the old one. See your local supermarket for details. However, when shopping why not take your own bag or reuse your old carrier bags as liners for rubbish whenever possible.
Plastic Bottles: Plastic bottles are accepted at all of our Household Waste Recycling Centres – check our HWRC page– and most local kerbside recycling collections.
Plastic Containers: try and reuse plastic containers before throwing them away e.g. ice cream tubs for storage containers, yoghurt pots for plant seedlings. Local playgroups and schools may want plastic containers for play materials. Items such as tubs, trays and pots aren’t recycled on Merseyside.
Large plastics: All of our Household Waste Recycling Centres accept hard plastics, which includes – crates, empty barrels, empty drums, buckets, car bumpers, childrens’ toys, bins, water and gas pipes, empty paint pots, plant pots, plastic pallets, plastic trays, drainage pipework, drainage chambers, plastic furniture.
Plasterboard and gypsum can be taken to any of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.
If expanded polystyrene is part of the packaging of electrical appliances, you can ask at the time if the appliance is delivered and if the company can take back the packaging to be reused or recycled.
CDP Services in Wirral can recycle polystyrene packaging chips (also called loosefill or peanuts). They can be contacted via: CDP Services Wirral Ltd, PO Box 42, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 8FP, Tel: 0151 653 8042.
Collecting Stamps can help raise money for charities.
Playgroups and schools may want postcards for play materials. Or, they can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres in the cardboard skip.
Printer cartridges can be recycled at all Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Can be donated to hospital radio stations, playgroups, schools and charity shops. Unwanted CDs can be reused as drinks coasters, or make excellent scarecrows if hung shiny side up, as the reflected light from the CDs scares the birds. Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres accept CD’s.
Recycling Credits is a system of payment for the recycling of household waste. MRWA administer the recycling credit scheme on behalf of the District Councils in Merseyside and will pay Recycling Credits to approved third parties (with the main criteria being non-profit making organisations).
Just because you no longer need something doesn’t mean you should throw it away. There are lots of suggestions for reuse:
- Donate to local charities and community groups
- Car boot sales are a great way of getting rid of unwanted items – a list of regular UK car boot sales can be found at www.carbootjunction.com (click to find a list of Merseyside car boot events)
- Contact a local recycle network such as Freecycle.
For more tips visit www.recycleformerseyside.com.
See also Tyres.
Small amounts can be accepted at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. If you have a large amount to dispose of then consider hiring a skip.
Can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. If you have a large amount it will be worthwhile taking it directly to a scrap metal merchant, see phone listings for local dealers.
These collect waste such as fabric remnants, wood offcuts, unwanted paint, paper etc. from commercial and industrial sources. Community groups can then use various materials for creative play – contact Merseyside Play Action Council (MPAC) Recycling Project on 0151 707 2090 or http://www.merseyplay.com/ who may be able to reuse or recycle items.
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.
Most schools require uniforms so don’t throw old ones away. Check with the school to see if they raise funds by selling old uniforms. If they are beyond repair then they can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or a local bring bank.
Shoes can be put into shoe banks which are located around Merseyside (including Household Waste Recycling Centres). Please remember to tie pairs together. You can also donate shoes to charity shops.
Unwanted glasses can make a real difference to people in developing countries, so please donate yours to the many opticians who take part in these schemes.
Steel cans can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, placed in your kerbside collection or take to a can bank in your area.
Many charity shops take working phones, check with them first.
If you have a working television that you no longer want why not take it to a charity shop or see if a friend or family member would like it? You can also bring televisions (working and non-working) to all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.
All Household Waste Recycling Centres on Merseyside accept beverage cartons and Tetra Paks.
Can be accepted at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.
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 them.
This can be recycled at all of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Tools for Self Reliance (www.tfsr.org) is a charity run by volunteers who refurbish tools to be sent abroad. They deliver aid to groups of artisans in poor communities, and ensure that the right tools get to the right hands.
Workaid (www.workaid.org) is a charity which helps tackle poverty in developing countries by supplying tools for those who are in need.
Feed the Children (www.feedthechildren.org) is working with Nottcutts Garden Centres, they collect tools to help the children in developing countries.
Car boot sales are also a great way of selling unwanted tools – check out www.carbootjunction.com for information on your local car boot events.
If you have toys and games you no longer want why not give them to a friend or family member. Likewise, most charity shops, children’s homes, playschools, hospitals and jumble sales will accept toys and games if they are in decent condition. Large plastics can be taken to all Household Waste Recycling Centres – take a look at our Materials Matrix to see which is the closest to you.
Tyres can no longer be landfilled. Recycled tyres are used as a fuel base for power stations and crumbing for compounds used in making safer playground surfaces.
Tyres can be accepted at all Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Some tyre outlets (ATS, National Tyre Service Quick Fit etc.) accept old tyres for a small charge for recycling or safe disposal. Look in a telephone directory or search online for their details and contact them for advice.