Household Waste and Recycling

A-Z of which Bin to put it in

What to Recycle

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The following information will help ensure that your recycling, food waste and rubbish is collected on the right day and to help avoid confusion. We have also created a YouTube video that provides you with information about the new waste and recycling arrangements on the Isle of Wight. To view the video, please click here.

The following A-Z list should help you to decide which container to put you recycling and waste items in. If there is an item not listed here that you would like included in the A-Z list please click here to send a message to service and we will update this page.

A

  • Aerosol cans (green bin/green gull sack)
  • Aluminium cans (green bin/green gull sack)
  • Aluminium foil (green bin/green gull sack)
    clean food trays, foil wrapping on biscuits and milk tops can be recycled. Important: This does not include foil wrapped crisp packets or pet food pouches.
  • Asbestos* Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste. HWRC (Lynnbottom only) (*You must request a disposal permit from IW Council before disposing of asbestos. Contact IW Council by clicking here to send a message to service to request one.)
  • Ash - cold (Black bin/gull sack)
    Small amounts of cold ash or cinders from an open fire can help to keep slugs and snails off your vegetable patch once cooled. NEVER put hot ashes into a bin.

B

  • Baby wipes (Black bin / Black Gull Sack)
  • Batteries – car (Lynbottom or Afton Marsh HWRC)
    Car batteries may be taken to the HWRC for recycling. Do handle with care as car batteries contain acid. You can also ask the garage to take back the old one when you purchase a new battery.
  • Batteries – household (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh HWRC)
    Regular batteries can be recycled at  Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre or many local supermarkets and shops. Instead of replacing batteries, why not buy rechargeable batteries? There’s no need for disposal and you can use them again and again, which will save you money.
  • Bikes (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh HWRC)
    You can donate unwanted bikes for re-use or recycling. Please see a member of staff at  Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre.
  • Blankets (Kerbside collection service)
    Charity shops collect old blankets and duvets or you can use the kerbside collection service. Otherwise, drop off at any HWRC.
  • Books (paper/card box/blue Gull Sack or Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh HWRC)
    You can take second hand books to a local charity shop or donate them for re-use or at any HWRC.
  • Bric a brac (Re-Use if in good condition or Genral Waste if broken)
    Charity shops are always on the lookout for crockery, pictures, ornaments etc. And you might be able to make some money by selling items at a car boot sale. Otherwise you can take these items to  Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre.
  • Building materials - domestic ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Building materials can be taken to Lynnbottom HWRC. You can recycle hardcore material such as rubble, concrete and soil*.  *Commercial and trades persons will need to pay for disposal and under no circumstances can trade waste be dispose of in household waste disposal areas.
  • Bulky household items (Re-use or  Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    The council & Amey offer a Bulky Waste pick-up service and will pick up quality items and give them a new home.
  • Buttons (Re-use)
    Keep them yourself to update old clothes or donate them to your local charity shop.

C

  • Cans Food, drinks and pet food cans (Green bin/gull sack)
  • Cardboard and card packaging (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
    You can re-use large cardboard sheets in the garden as a weed suppressing mulch by covering them with compost. Shredded cardboard also makes great animal bedding.
  • Carpet ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre) 
  • Carrier bags (Green bin/gull sack)
    You can re-use plastic carrier bags by keeping a stash of bags in your car boot or one in your handbag. You can say ‘no’ to unwanted plastic carrier bags and use a bag for life instead. Bags for life are readily available at most supermarkets and large chain stores, they come in a variety of styles and designs and can be used over and over again.
  • Cat litter (Black bin)
  • Catalogues (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
  • CDs ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    You can donate CDs for re-use at your local charity shop or why not use them as drinks coasters?
  • Chemicals – hazardous (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Important: You should ensure that container lids are secured, and if possible, that containers have a label.
  • Christmas trees – Real (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre or pre-booked Kerbside Collection Service*)
    *Your Christmas tree can be recycled via your kerbside garden available via a booking system in January only each year
  • Christmas Trees Artificial  (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Clothes (Kerbside collection service)
    Place in a bag (not black) alongside your recycling bin. Lynbottom HWRC provides textile banks where people can deposit their unwanted clothes, sheets and pairs of shoes. Clothing in good condition can also be taken to charity shops or taken or local jumble sales. You can also leave out any unwanted textiles for kerbside collection on recycling day in a coloured (not black, grey etc) or carrier bag next to your green bin.
  • Coat hangers (Green bin/green gull sack)
  • Coins
    Foreign coins and out of date British currency can be taken to your local charity shop. Many banks will collect them too - ask your local branch for details.
  • Commercial waste (Lynnbottom Commercial Waste Centre)
  • Computers ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Why not ask your local school if they would like a computer donated to them. Alternatively you could try to donate a PC website by clicking here or the computers for charities website by clicking here. Be sure to clear your hard drive, etc. before donating your computer.
  • Cookers ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Crisp packets (Black bin/black gull sack)

D

  • DIY waste ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)

E

  • Egg cartons - Paper/Card (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
    Cardboard egg cartons can be reused for compost to provide aeration; playgroups and schools can use them for craft projects; and they can also be used as seed pots and planted straight into the ground as they are biodegradable.
  • Egg Cartons - Polystyrene (Black bin/Black Gull Sack)
  • Egg shells (Food caddy)
    Cleaned and crushed egg shells can be added to your compost as they contain lime, which helps to reduce acidity in the soil.
  • Electrical items ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled. If your large electrical items, such as washing machines, are still working and in a useable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish them and give them a new lease of life and a new home. Some electrical items, like iPads and iPods can also be sold online. Electrical items should not be disposed of in your general waste.
  • Energy saving lightbulbs ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Engine oil ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Envelopes (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
    Envelopes in good condition can be re-used by putting a re-use label over the old address and writing the new postal address on. If you remove the plastic windows from envelopes they can be home composted.

F

  • Fax junk mail (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
  • Florescent tubes/bulbs ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Foam/polystyrene chips (Black bin/black gull sack or HWRCs)
    Did you know you can re-use them where possible, for example, for packaging, beanbags or drainage in plant pots.
  • Foil (Green bin/green gull sack)
  • Food (Food caddy)
    Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:
          • Cooked and uncooked food
          • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
          • Meat and fish, including bones and skin
          • Cheese and other dairy products
          • Eggs and egg shells
          • Bread, cake and pastries
          • Teabags and coffee grinds
  • Find out how to waste less food by visiting the www.lovefoodhatewaste.org website by clicking here.
  • Foreign currency
    Foreign coins and out of date British currency can be taken to your local charity shop. Many banks will collect them too - ask your local branch for details.
  • Fridges and freezers - domestic ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    If your large electrical items are still working and in a useable condition, your local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish them and give them a new lease of life.
  • Furniture ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre or re-use collection from home)
    You can donate quality furniture for re-use at a number of charities across the Island but check they will take delivery first. A free collection service for re-useable items such as tables, chairs, beds, fridges and freezers is available to book via the council, or you can pay £25 to remove up to four bulky items per order.  

G

  • Garden Waste ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre or pre-booked kerbside collection service)
  • Gas cylinders (Return to retailer or HWRCs)
    These should be returned to the issuing company. Their address is usually shown on the label on the cylinder.

  • Glass (plate) ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)

  • Glass (Pyrex) ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)

  • Glass bottles and jars (Green bin/green gull sack)

  • Greeting cards (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
    You can recycle greetings cards in your paper and card recycling bin at home. But why not re-use the front of your best cards for gift tags?

H

  • Hazardous waste ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Hazardous waste is any form of waste which can harm human health or the environment, or is difficult to handle. Each of the items on the list below is classed as hazardous waste:
      • TV and computer monitors
      • Fridges and freezers
      • Fluorescent light tubes
      • Infectious clinical waste
      • All waste containing asbestos
      • Waste oils
      • End of life vehicles
      • Lead acid (automotive) batteries
  • You must separate out any hazardous waste from your general household waste before taking it to the HWRC. Ask advice and do not put any hazardous waste in with the general waste skips.  

I

  • Ink cartridges and toners (Re-use)
    There are many charities which welcome unwanted ink cartridges including The Footprint Trust. You can also find local stores who will refill ink cartridges so you can re-use them.

J

  • Jewellery
    Unwanted jewellery can be given to charity shops. Or if you want to make some extra cash you could try selling it online.
  • Junk mail (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
    Paper and card can be put into your mixed recycling bin. 

K

  • Knitting needles ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    An organisation called Tools for Self-Reliance send knitting needles and crates of sewing machines to developing countries. To find out more about how you can help this charity visit the tfsr.org.uk website by clicking here.

L

  • Lightbulbs ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre) 

M

  • Magazines (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
    You can share your magazines with friends and family or donate them to your local doctor, dentist or hairdresser.
  • Mattress ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Medicines and tablets
    Medicines and tablets are classed as hazardous waste. If you have any left-over medicines you should consult your local chemist, pharmacy or hospital on how best to dispose of them.
  • Metal scrap (Lynnbottom or HWRCs)
  • Mobile phones (Re-use or HWRCs)
    Many of the main supermarkets and chain stores provide Freepost envelopes in store so you can post old mobile phones for recycling. Most mobile phone providers will also do this when you upgrade your handset or purchase a new phone. There are also many charity collections operating or you could sell your old mobile phone online.

N

  • Nappies (Black bin/black gull sack)
    Real nappies are a much more environmentally friendly and cost effective alternative.
  • Newspapers ((Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)

O

  • Oil (cooking) (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Oil (engine) (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Organic waste (Food caddy)
    Food waste that can be recycled at home includes:
          • Cooked and uncooked food
          • Raw and cooked fruit and vegetables
          • Meat and fish, including bones and skin
          • Cheese and other dairy products
          • Eggs and egg shells
          • Bread, cake and pastries
          • Teabags and coffee grinds
  • Find out how to waste less food by visiting the www.lovefoodhatewaste.org website by clicking here.

P

  • Packaging
    Many items we buy come with lots of packaging. You can reduce packaging waste in lots of ways, for example, by buying loose products or products with minimal, reusable or recyclable packaging. Check individual items to see if they can be recycled using your at-home recycling service, or at HWRCs.
  • Paint ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Old paint can be re-used, of you have a community project that would like to see if some of the paint brought to the recycling centres would
  • Paper (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
  • Pet bedding (Black bin/black gull sack)
  • Plasterboard* (Lynnbottom only)
    *You must obtain a disposal permit from IW Council before disposing of plasterboard. Contact IW Council by clicking here to send a message to service to request one.
  • Plastic bags (Green bin/green gull sack)  You can "shop smart" and say no to unwanted plastic carrier bags; use a bag for life instead. These are readily available at most supermarkets and large chain stores, they come in a variety of styles and designs and can be used over and over again.
  • Hard plastics ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Hard plastics include:
          • Milk and beer crates
          • Packing crates
          • Car bumpers
          • Children’s toys and games
          • Pipes
          • Buckets
          • Hard plastic containers and patio furniture
          • Polystyrene/foam chips (Black bin/black gull sack)
  • Why not re-use them where possible, for example, for packaging, beanbags or drainage in plant pots.
  • Pottery ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
    Some charity shops will take certain pottery items. Or you can re-use broken pottery in the bottom of plant pots for drainage.  

S

  • Scrap metal ( Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)
  • Spectacles (Re-use)
    Some opticians and charity shops will accept old spectacles for repair and shipment to developing countries.
  • Stamps (Re-use or paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
    Many charities accept used stamps as they can benefit from re-using them.

T

  • Telephone directories (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
  • Textiles (Re-use, kerbside collection or HWRCs)
    Clothes in good condition can be re-used. Clothes can passed onto friends and relatives, taken to charity shops or to a jumble sale, or you may be able to sell clothes online.
  • Tissues (Black bin/black gull sack)
    Tissues can be put in home compost bins
  • Tools (Re-use or HWRCs)
  • Toys and games (Re-use or HWRCs)
    Unwanted toys and games can be donated to your local doctor's surgery or community centre where they can be re-used. Many games console stores will also trade older computer games for new ones and then sell them on to new customers. Most charity shops will also accept donations of toys and games.
  • Tyres (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)

V

  • Vending cups (Green bin/green gull sack)
    Wash out and re-use vending cups for parties or picnics, or put a hole in the bottom and use them for growing seedlings.
  • Video cassettes (Lynnbottom or Afton Marsh Household Recycling Centre)

W

  • Wrapping paper – paper based (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack) 

Y

  • Yellow Pages (Paper & card insert/blue gull proof sack)
  • Yoghurt pots (Green bin/green gull sack)
    If you do not want to throw them away, you could clean them and re-use them as mini storage containers or planters for kitchen herbs. If you do not want to throw them away, you could clean them and re-use them as mini storage containers or planters for kitchen herbs.