Reuse: Some bicycle shops will repair and service your bike, or even buy it from you. Unwanted bicycles and parts can be taken to bicycle charity Re-Cycle. Good quality bikes can be given away for free on websites like Freegle, Freecycle and Gumtree.
Some larger supermarkets provide a hanger recycling bank, check at you nearest store.
Trade and commercial hardcore waste is not accepted at recycling centres. You will need to make your own arrangements for disposal.
Reuse: Hardcore from DIY can be offered free for users to collect from you on sites like Freegle, Freecycle or Gumtree.
Recycle: Recycling centres accept up to three wheelbarrow loads of domestic hardcore for each household in any in any 28-day period. That's about one car boot load, with seats up, of hardcore, including bricks, rubble and soil.
It's more convenient to dispose of soil, hardcore and other large quantities of DIY waste using a local skip or bulk bag hire service.
Recycle: Low-energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain mercury can be recycled at any recycling centre. Do not place bulbs in glass recycling banks because the metal filaments contaminate the recycling process.
Dispose: Old-style (filament) light bulbs cannot be recycled. Wrap them in newspaper and put in your rubbish bin or bag.
Recycle: Junk mail can be recycled at any recycling centre or put in your recycling waste.
Reuse: Donate mattresses in good condition with fire safety labels to larger charity shops or furniture reuse schemes. Find your nearest charity shop that will collect using Reuse Essex, or list your item on Freegle or Freecycle for someone to collect.
Recycle: Your local council may collect mattresses as part of their bulky waste collection scheme, but they may charge. You can also take mattresses to a recycling centre.
Check if your local council collects plastic bottles and mixed plastic as part of home recycling collections. They may also have local recycling banks for plastic bottles.
You can also take plastic bottles like drinks bottles, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles and milk bottles to any recycling centre.
Other plastics, such as hard plastics like toys and DVD cases, and carrier bags that cannot be reused or donated, should be put in your home rubbish bin.
Reduce: Try to avoid polystyrene food and drink packaging by using reusable cups and food containers. Also, please consider using scrunched-up newspaper instead of buying polystyrene for packaging fragile items.
Reuse: Please try to reuse polystyrene packaging when possible.
Dispose: Polystyrene cannot currently be recycled. If you cannot reuse polystyrene it should be placed in your kerbside rubbish bin.
You can buy refill kits for many printer cartridges online or in shops that sell printer cartridges. Some may also refill the cartridge for you.
Recycle printer cartridges by donating them to charities such as through Recycle for Charity or taking them to stores that run recycling schemes.
If the cartridge is not damaged or broken, you can also take it to a recycling centre.
Trade and commercial soil disposal
If you're a trade or commercial operator, we cannot accept your disposals at recycling centres. You must make your own arrangements.
Take vehicles to a scrap metal dealer or vehicle dismantler for disposal.
Car owners are entitled to free take-back of their old vehicles under the End of Life Vehicles Directive. Car manufacturers have national networks of places called authorised treatment facilities that accept their brand when they reach the end of their use. Contact a local garage to find out more.
A certificate of destruction will be issued to owners when the authorised treatment facilities receives the vehicle. This certificate shows the vehicle will be treated appropriately and enables de-registration from the DVLA database.
Window frames can be offered to reclamation and salvage companies, or advertised for free collection on websites like Freecycle, Freegle or Gumtree.
Only some recycling centres in Essex accept window frames made from wood or uPVC. You can take one wooden or uPVC window frame in any six-month period to the recycling centres at: