A - Z of waste and recycling

From aluminium cans to water filters, the materials A - Z has been compiled to help you recycle more.

We have tried to make the list as comprehensive as possible, but if you feel there is an item missing please let us know at recycling@basingstoke.gov.uk.

A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P S T W Y

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Aerosol cans

Place your empty aerosol cans in your green recycling bin. The lids should be removed and the can should not be pierced or squashed. Aerosols containing products such as insecticides, oven cleaners, paints and automotive sprays - often marked with a skull and cross bones or a black cross on an orange background should be placed in your grey waste bin for disposal.

Aluminium cans

Place your cans in your green recycling bin. Recycling one aluminium can can save enough energy to power a television for three hours.

Aluminium foil

This is made from a different material to aluminium cans and needs to be recycled separately. There are several aluminium foil bins around the borough. Find out here where your nearest recycling site is. If you are unable to recycle your foil at one of these sites, it should be placed in your grey waste bin.

Asbestos

Cement bonded asbestos can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road where it is disposed of in a controlled manner. Please note there is a fee chargeable at Household Waste Recycling Centres. Find out more information on asbestos disposal. Contact Hampshire County Council for further advice by visiting their website - http://www3.hants.gov.uk/waste-recycling/recyclingcentres/waste-at-hwrcs.htm by emailing waste.management@hants.gov.uk or phoning 0300 555 1389.

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Batteries

Following the introduction of the Battery Recycling Directive, household batteries can now be taken to the following shops in Basingstoke where recycling points have been set up:

  • Tesco Supermarket, Chineham
  • Boots the Chemist, Chineham
  • Boots the Chemist, The Malls
  • Robert Dyas, The Malls
  • Tesco Metro, The Malls
  • Jessops Photographic, The Malls
  • Argos, The Malls
  • Debenhams, Festival Place
  • Marks & Spencer, Festival Place
  • Morrison's Supermarket, Worting Road
  • PC World, Brighton Hill Retail Park
  • J Sainsbury Supermarket, Hatch Warren (at the recycling site)
  • Mothercare, Hatch Warren
  • Argos, Hatch Warren Retail Park
  • ASDA Supermarket, Brighton Hill
  • Boots the Chemist, Brighton Hill
  • Homebase, Winchester Road
  • Tesco Express, Carpenter's Down
  • J Sainsbury Supermarket, Mulfords Hill, Tadley (at the recycling site)

Car batteries and household batteries can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road. The site has a designated bin.

Bedding/blankets

A good general rule is that if it can fit in your washing machine, then it can be put into one of the textile banks in the borough - find a list of textile banks here. Alternatively, a local charity shop might be able to accept them or the Basingstoke Community Furniture Project is always looking for good quality household goods.

Bicycles

Bikes in good condition can be sold through websites such as eBay or by placing an advert in your local paper. Alternatively, you might want to freecycle it, this is a community network similar to eBay but does not involve any money.

Books

Books can be donated to charity shops or recycled at a number of book banks around the borough.

Building/construction waste

Small quantities (a car boot full) can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road. Please note there is a fee chargeable at the Household Waste Recycle Centres. If you have a larger amount, consider hiring a skip. For more information and advice contact Hampshire County Council by emailing waste.management@hants.gov.uk or by calling 0300 555 1389.

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Car batteries

Car batteries can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road.

Cardboard

This can be put in your green recycling bin. If you have large items that won’t fit in your green recycling bin, you can either put them out with your bin on the day of collection or recycle them at the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Wade Road. Please flatten or cut up big boxes first.

Cartons

These items are made of cardboard, plastic and aluminium foil which makes them very difficult to separate from cardboard at the Material Recovery Facility in Alton, where the borough's recycling is taken to be sorted. They can be recycled at one of the mixed plastics/carton banks, details of which can be found by visiting the mixed plastics and cartons recycling page. The banks are managed by Printwaste which has separate facilities for recycling these items. Find out more about carton recycling at http://www.ace-uk.co.uk/recycling/how-are-beverage-cartons-recycled.

Catalogues

These can be put in your green recycling bin. Please ensure they are clean, dry and loose.

Charities

There are a number of charities that collect old and unwanted items. These items are either sold in charity shops or recycled to raise money for the work that they do. Many local charity shops in the borough are happy to accept your donations. Just search for the item you would like to recycle in this A-Z or find your nearest charity shop.

Clinical waste

There is a special collection for clinical waste. Contact the council on 01256 844844 for more information. Please do not dispose of clinical waste in your grey waste bin.

Clothing

Good quality clothing can be sold on by charities that use the money to fund their activities. Clothing which is of a poorer quality may be recycled into industrial cleaning rags or stuffing for car upholsteries. Local charity shops will accept donations during opening hours. Alternatively, use one of the textile/clothing banks in the borough. Over 70% of the world’s population uses second hand clothes. Find out here where your nearest recycling site is.

CDs/DVDs/Videos

Local charities will accept these items which they will then sell through their shops. Find out where your nearest charity shops are here. Alternatively, you can recycle them via community networks similar to eBay, which do not involve money. Two such networks are Freecycle and Freegle,

Coat hangers

Provided they are in good condition, unwanted coat hangers can be taken to any charity shop, where they will be reused. Broken coat hangers should be disposed of in the waste bin.

Computers/IT equipment

Items which meet certain specifications may be reused and donated or sold to charities or community groups either here or overseas. Reboot Reading (0118 957 6800), Jaime’s Computer Club (023 8063 2198) and Computer Aid operate such schemes. Alternatively, you may wish to Freecycle them, this is a community network similar to eBay, but does not involve money.

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Directories

Place these in your green recycling bin. You can now recycle Yellow Pages through your green recycling bin.

E

Electrical goods

Items which are working and in good condition can be donated to the Basingstoke Community Furniture Project. Find out more about the Community Furniture Project. Bulky items can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or collected by the council's bulky waste collection service. Small electrical items can be recycled at one of the recycling banks around the borough.

Envelopes

These can be put in your green recycling bin. Windows do not need to be removed

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Fridges/freezers

Items which are in working condition can be donated to the Basingstoke Community Furniture Project. If it no longer works and needs to be recycled you could check if your electrical retailer will take your old appliance when they deliver your new one. Please dispose of these items responsibly, as they contain harmful gases which contribute to the damage to the ozone layer.

Furniture

Items in good condition can be donated to the Basingstoke Community Furniture Project, which offers a collection service. You may also like to Freecycle your furniture. This is a community network similar to eBay, but does not involve money. Furniture can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road or collected through the council’s bulky waste collection service.

Foreign currency

You can take your unwanted foreign currency to:

G

Garden waste

Home composting is the best option for your garden waste. Alternatively the council can collect your garden waste and compost it for you through the garden waste collection service. The Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road will take garden waste and it will also be composted. It takes just 20kg of garden waste to produce one sack of Pro-Grow compost.

Gas bottles

These can be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road. Alternatively a local outdoors shop might be able to reuse them.

Glass bottles/jars

Glass bottles and jars can no longer be put into your grey bin, unless they are broken. Unbroken glass bottles and jars can be recycled in your kerbside box, or at one of the glass recycling sites in the borough. Please remove the lids first. Please do not use these bins for Pyrex, window glass or drinking glasses - these can be placed in your grey waste bin, securely wrapped. Never put glass in your green recycling bin.

Gift wrap

Wrapping paper is not suitable for recycling as it is often layered with foil and plastic which cannot be recycled. Wrapping paper can be disposed of in your grey waste bin.

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Hearing aids

Age UK accepts working, non-digital hearing aids, which are cleaned and tested before sending to India. They can be sent to Hearing Aid Appeal, Help the Aged, FREEPOST LON13616, London, EC1B 1PS.

Please note that hearing aids that have been issued by the NHS belong to the NHS and they should be returned if they are no longer needed. The NHS refurbishes the hearing aids and re-issues them. This includes non-digital aids that are still needed for some patients. If they are no longer needed then the NHS send them to charities.

If your hearing aid no longer works, the battery can still be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road in Basingstoke.

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Juice cartons

They can be recycled at one of the mixed plastics/carton banks, details of which can be found by visiting the mixed plastics and cartons recycling page. The banks are managed by Printwaste which has separate facilities for recycling these items.

Junk mail

The Mail Preference Service (MPS) is a free service funded by the direct mail industry to enable consumers to have their names and home addresses in the UK removed from or added to lists used by the industry. Find out more about the Mail Preference Service. Any junk mail you receive can be placed in your green bin for recycling.

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Kitchen waste

Home composting is a good way of dealing with your kitchen and garden waste. Find out more about home composting. A wormery may be a good choice if you have a small garden. This produces an excellent liquid fertilizer which can be applied to plants and flowers. Find out more about wormeries here. If you are unable to compost at home, please use your grey waste bin for kitchen waste. To keep your bin clean, it is a good idea to wrap waste in a bag or sack.

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Low energy light bulbs

Also known as Compact Fluorescent Tubes (CFLs). They can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road but also in the Recolight Banks located at the recycling sites at the J Sainsbury Supermarkets in Hatch Warren and Tadley, Homebase and Tesco in Chineham.

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Magazines

You may want to give these to your local dental surgery, hairdresser or community group. They can be recycled through your green recycling bin, at one of the recycling sites in the borough or at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road

Margarine tubs

These can't be placed in the recycling bin because there are limited resources available in the UK for the sheer volume of these materials to be collected and sorted at the Material Recovery Facility. They can be recycled at one of the mixed plastics/carton banks, details of which can be found by visiting the mixed plastics and cartons recycling page. The banks are managed by Printwaste which has separate facilities for recycling these items.

Medicines

Your local pharmacy will dispose of medicines safely and free of charge. Do not flush medicines down the toilet as it can pollute the water supply.

Mobile phones

Many charities collect these and recycle them. You can take your old mobile phones to:

  • St Michael's Hospice - take them to one of their shops, or for more information, visit St Michael's Hospice website.
  • Bag It Up who recycle clothes and textiles, mobile phones and other items on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will take your old mobile phones.. For more information visit the Bag it up website.
Motor oil

This can be safely disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road.

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Nappies

Choosing reusable nappies can save you money and help protect the environment. Find out more information on real nappies. Disposable nappies should be tied up in bags and disposed of in your grey waste bin.

Newspapers

Can be recycled through your green recycling bin, one of the paper banks at your local recycling site or at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road.

O

Oil

Motor oil can be safely disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road. Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to recycle cooking oil at present in Hampshire and advise residents to dispose of any unwanted oil in a secure container and place in their grey waste bin.

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Paint

The Re>Paint initiative at the Community Furniture Project in Basingstoke will accept surplus, useable paint and donate it to charitable and voluntary groups as well as people living on a low income. Alternatively paint can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road.

Paper

Most types of clean and dry paper can be put in your green bin, including newspapers, magazines, letters, envelopes, junk mail, Yellow Pages and telephone directories. Paper can also be recycled through one of the mixed material bins at a recycling site. Unfortunately we cannot accept shredded paper in your green recycling bin. However, shredded paper can be composted.

Petrol

Petrol is classified as hazardous waste and must be disposed of carefully and responsibly. Hazchem Waste Disposal, located at Lasham is the nearest hazardous waste contractor to Basingstoke. Its contact details are http://www.hazchemwastedisposal.co.uk/ and telephone number 0844 692 0000.

Plastic bottles

These can be recycled in your green recycling bin or through one of the mixed material bins at a recycling site in the borough. Please ensure they are empty, clean and with the lids removed (lids should be placed in the grey waste bin).

Plastic bottle tops

Plastic bottle tops can be recycled at the Lush shop in Festival Place or taken to one of the mixed plastic and carton banks located at nine of our recycling sites. For more details, please visit the Waste Connect website.

Plastic carrier bags

We recommend residents use a Bag for Life, which are available from supermarkets. These are a durable option which helps reduce the amount of rubbish you produce. They are also often replaced free of charge when they are no longer suitable for use. Reusing plastic carrier bags and saying no to unnecessary bags (SNUB) will also help. Plastic carrier bags can be recycled at Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets. Alternatively they can be placed in your grey waste bin.

Plastic food trays

These can't be placed in the recycling bin because there are limited resources available in the UK for the sheer volume of these materials to be collected and sorted at the Material Recovery Facility. They can be recycled at one of the mixed plastics/carton banks, details of which can be found by visiting the mixed plastics and cartons recycling page. The banks are managed by Printwaste which has separate facilities for recycling these items.

Polystyrene

Along with other types of mixed plastic, we are not able to recycle these because of the limited facilities in the UK. If you have large quantities which will not fit in your grey waste bin, please take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road.

Printer cartridges

Many charities collect these and return them to the manufacturer for refilling. You can take your old inkjet printer cartridges to:

  • St Michael's Hospice - take them to one of their shops, or for more information, visit St Michael's Hospice website
  • Bag It Up who recycle clothes and textiles, mobile phones and other items on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will take your old mobile phones. For more information visit the Bag it up website.

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Scrap metal

This can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road.

Shredded paper

Please do not put this in your green recycling bin or the paper banks at recycling sites as small pieces of paper cannot be sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility. Alternatively, shredded paper can be composted in your home compost bin.

Shoes

Good quality items can be donated to your local charity shop or put in a shoe bank. Please ensure they are in pairs.

Spectacles

Unwanted spectacles are often sent to developing countries by Vision Aid Overseas, a charity dedicated to helping people in the developing world who have poor eyesight. Find out where you can donate your unwanted spectacles.

Stamps

Many charities collect stamps which they often sell to dealers abroad. Stamps should be cut off the envelope leaving at least a 5mm border around them. Naomi House will take your used stamps.

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Televisions

Items which are working and are in good condition can be donated to the Basingstoke Community Furniture Project. They can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or collected by the council's bulky waste collection service.

Tin cans

These can be recycled in your green recycling bin. Please ensure they are clean, dry and loose.

Toys

Good quality items can be donated to a local charity or the Basingstoke Community Furniture Project. Alternatively, you may wish to freecycle them, this is a community network similar to eBay, but does not involve money.

Tyres

Tyres can no longer be disposed of in landfill sites, and will not be accepted at the Household Waste Recycling Centre. They should be taken to a local garage or tyre and exhaust centre where they will be disposed of safely (a small charge may apply). When you purchase new tyres the garage may take the old ones. They could also be taken to a car breakers, but ring first to check.

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Wallpaper

Wallpaper cannot currently be recycled as it is difficult to pulp and is often contaminated with paste. If you have new, unused rolls, your local charity shop may take it. Otherwise, put it in your grey waste bin. Large amounts of wallpaper from your home can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Water filters

Brita water filters can now be recycled through special in-store recycling bins found at high street stores such as Argos and Robert Dyas. The bins can take all Brita water filters including those for Brita jugs and the new water filter taps. For more information, please visit the Brita website. All other brands of water filter should be put in your grey waste bin.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

This can be anything from fridges to hairdryers - basically anything that has a plug or takes batteries. You can take any WEEE to one of the WEEE recycling banks around the borough, or to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Wade Road. Visit our recycling page for more information on recycling WEEE, and a list of banks.

Wood

Wood should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for disposal, not placed in your black household bin.

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Yellow Pages

These can be recycled in your green bin or the mixed recycling banks at recycling bring sites. . If you find that you no longer use your Yellow Pages and prefer to search online, you can cancel your Yellow Pages delivery by calling the Directory Sales team on 0800 671 444.

Yoghurt pots

These can't be placed in the recycling bin because there are limited resources available in the UK for the sheer volume of these materials to be collected and sorted at the Material Recovery Facility. They can be recycled at one of the mixed plastics/carton banks, details of which can be found by visiting the mixed plastics and cartons recycling page. The banks are managed by Printwaste which has separate facilities for recycling these items.

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If you have an enquiry about recycling, send a message to the Waste and Recycling Team

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