Recycle: Please empty and rinse cans because leftover foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables. Labels can be left on.
Recycle in your kerbside recycling collection or in the metal container at your local recycling centre.
Recycle: Place cardboard in your kerbside recycling collection or in the cardboard container at your local recycling centre. Remove any plastic inserts and polystyrene, as well as packaging tape.
Remove glitter, decorations and batteries from cards and recycle cards in your kerbside recycling collection or in the paper container at your local recycling centre.
Instead of sending a greetings card, try sending an e-card online. Cards can also be reused in craft activities such as making gift tags, bookmarks and scrapbooks.
Compost: Small amounts of cardboard can be added to your home compost bin. Adding cardboard helps to reduce smells and adds air pockets which increase the effectiveness of the composting process.
Reuse: Carpets and rugs in good condition can be sold second-hand or donated to charity.
Recycle: Carpets can be taken to any recycling centre or may be collected by your local council as part of bulky waste collection.
Recycle: Larger Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Waitrose stores have recycling banks for plastic carrier bags. Some local councils may include them in their recycling collections.
CDs DVDs, tapes, and games can be given to family and friends, or to your local Freegle or Freecycle group.
Donate: CDs, DVDs, tapes and games in good condition can be donated to a charity shop or local reuse organisation.
Dispose: Place discs, tapes and plastic cases in your general waste collection.
Ceramics such as tiles, toilets and basins are not accepted at all recycling centres.
Recycle: You may dispose of up to one wheelbarrow of ceramics in any six-month period at:
Never pour chemicals down the sink, toilet or drain. Check the manufacturer's disposal advice - it may be on the label or their website - or call us for advice on 0345 603 7625.
Reuse: Buy a Christmas tree with roots so it can be replanted. Donate unwanted presents to charity or list on websites like Freecycle, eBay or Gumtree.
Recycle: Real Christmas trees can be recycled at any recycling centre. Some local councils will collect Christmas trees for recycling.
Paper Christmas decorations can be recycled in cardboard banks at recycling centres.
Dispose: Put any damaged or unusable Christmas decorations in your rubbish bin, wrapping any glass or sharp items in newspaper first, or place in the non-recyclables container at a recycling centre.
Clinical waste includes:
It can cause disease and should not be put in your household rubbish. For advice on disposal, contact your local GP, hospital or health care provider.
Your local council should collect any clinical waste you produce as a household, but they may charge.
Reuse: Give good-quality clothes and shoes to charity or sell second hand, for example, on eBay.
Recycle: Clean clothes, shoes and boots can be recycled at any recycling centre. You can also check if your local council will collect textiles from your home.
Dispose: Wellington boots (wellies) cannot be recycled. Put them in your household rubbish.
Find out more about your options for getting rid of unwanted clothing and shoes.
It's a criminal offense to try to dispose of business and commercial waste at a recycling centre.
Find out how to dispose of business and commercial waste.
Before throwing away a computer, take all steps to remove your personal data.
Unwanted computers, printers and fax machines that work can be:
Schools wanting to dispose of monitors may need to register with the Environment Agency under the Hazardous Waste Regulations.