Waste and recycling

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Disposing of your household waste and recycling properly will:

  • reduce your environmental impact
  • keep valuable materials out of landfill
  • recover materials to support the economy
  • protect natural resources.

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Detox your Home

Rid your home of dangerous and toxic waste responsibly, with the free Detox your Home program.

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Food and garden waste

Dispose of food and garden waste responsibly.

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Furniture and household items

Furniture, fixtures and fittings, crockery, books and bric-a-brac are made from a range of materials and many of these things can be recycled.

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Household waste

Many household items can be reused or recycled, helping to reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions while conserving natural resources.

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Recycling is one of the easiest things you can do to help the environment.

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Council waste and recycling

Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights can be dropped off for free. Check with your local council for details.

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Recycling Near You

Planet Ark's Recycling Near You site offers information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options for items including computers, batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones.

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