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A-Z of recycling

Aerosols

Aerosols can be recycled with other cans, as long as they are empty and not squashed. You can recycle them in your blue bag, at your local recycling bank, or nearest recycling centre.

Batteries

Many battery retailers now provide take back schemes in store, or you can recycle them along with car batteries at your nearest recycling centre. For household battery recycling points across Carmarthenshire enter your location on our partner ERP's website

Bicycles

Consider selling/giving away, these can also be taken to a recycling centre.

Books

Pass them on e.g. at www.bookcrossing.com, donate to charity shops or recycle at a charity bank at your nearest recycling centre.

Cardboard

Greetings cards, cereal boxes, ready meal sleeves, toilet roll tubes and cardboard boxes can all be recycled. You can place them in your blue bag, (flatten large boxes, bundle together and place alongside your blue bag) or place in the cardboard skip at your nearest recycling centre. Please do not put cardboard in paper recycling banks, they are recycled separately.

Carpet

You can take any waste carpet to a recycling centre.

Cartons

Juice cartons can be placed in your blue bag or you can recycle them at a recycling centre, where they will be recycled with the cardboard.

Catalogues/Directories

These can be recycled with paper. You can place them in your blue bag, or put them in a paper bank at your local recycling bank or you can recycle them at a recycling centre.

CD’s/DVD’s/Books

If suitable donate them to a charity shop, school or jumble sale. Sell them - trade them with a local dealer or on the internet. Some companies on the internet will recycle them though you may need to pay a small charge.
You can also take them to a local media bank at your local recycling bank or household waste recycling centre.

Electrical Items

Known as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). Consider repair or selling on your items first if suitable. Some stores offer a ‘take back’ service when you are buying new goods, alternatively you can recycle them at a recycling centre. Smaller items can be recycled at your local recycling bank. Larger items can be collected for a fee via Gwyn i Wyrdd or our bulky waste service.

Envelopes

Once any plastic windows are removed, these can be recycled with other paper. You can place them in your blue bag, or put them in a paper bank at your local recycling bank or you can recycle them at a recycling centre.

Food Waste

Please make an effort to reduce your food waste and recycle what you do have. You can do this by home composting and/or using your green food waste bin every week.

Furniture

Consider first – could it be repaired or refurbished instead? Could someone else make use of it? You could also sell or give items away on the internet or via local papers, e.g. Freecycle and many local charities. You can also take items to a recycling centre or we provide a bulky waste collection service.

Garden Waste

Home composting is the best way of recycling this waste. If that is not possible you can take it to a recycling centre for central composting, or for households on the food collections you can purchase pre paid starch bags from us, these will be collected the same time as your food bin any week of the year.

Glass Bottles & Jars

Glass can be recycled at your local recycling bank or recycling centre. Please do not put glass in your blue bags. If you are unable to take it to a recycling centre place it in your black bags instead. 

If you need assistance to recycle glass contact Age Cymru Sir Gâr on 01554 784 080 or email info@agecymrusirgar.org.uk

Ink Cartridges

Many charities accept these for recycling as a way of making an income. You can also recycle them at a recycling centre.

Junk Mail

To recycle it, first remove any plastic films including any envelope windows it can then be recycled in your blue bag or in a paper bank at your local recycling site or recycling centre. You can stop junk mail by registering with the Mail Preference Service. To stop unaddressed mail or leaflets, Royal Mail has an opt out service.

Light Bulbs

Traditional light bulbs are not recyclable, however low energy bulbs and fluorescent tubes are. Some electrical retailers provide take back schemes or you can recycle them at a recycling centre.

Mattresses

These are broken up, and the individual materials recycled where possible. Take these to your nearest recycling centre for recycling.

Mobile Phones

Many charities accept these for reconditioning or recycling as a way of making an income. You can also recycle them at your nearest recycling centre.

Newspapers & Magazines

You can recycle newspaper and magazines along with office type paper and junk mail (see above advice) in your blue bag or in a paper bank at your local recycling site or recycling centre. Please do not include tissues and kitchen roll, these items are often dirty and will contaminate the other paper. Shredded paper is messy, please do not put it in the paper banks. Please bag it in a carrier bag before placing in your blue bag to stop it hindering the machinery at the sorting plant.

Oil

Engine oil and cooking oil are liquid and hazardous waste, so are not collected by the council via our kerbside collections. However both can be recycled. Pouring oil down the sink or drain causes sewer blockages and pollution of our waterways. Take it to a recycling centre where there are separate recycling containers for both oils.

Paint Tins

Empty paint tins can be recycled at a recycling centre. Please do not put them in your blue bags. You can buy recycled paint see www.newlifepaints.co.uk

Paper cups & plates

Avoid if possible! If the items are not soiled with food, they can be recycled with other cardboard. If food and grease is ingrained in the card then it could be shredded and put in a home compost bin. Plastic items can be washed and used again. Clean items can be recycled with other plastics in your blue bag or at a recycling centre.

Plasterboard

Even plasterboard can now be recycled, volumes are restricted to the equivalent of 3 black bags full in any calendar month per household at your nearest recycling centre.

Plastic packaging

There are 50 different groups of plastics and hundreds of variations. In Carmarthenshire we collect what we call ‘mixed plastic’. By this we mean any rigid plastic food and drink packaging. We also accept film type plastic but not carrier bags. Mixed plastics and plastic film can be recycled in your blue bag or at a recycling centre.

Plastic - Other 

Household and garden plastics - skips for recycling ‘hard plastics’ as we call them are provided at recycling centres. These are for items such as plastic toys, garden furniture, plant pots and drain pipes.

Polystyrene

This can be recycled at a recycling centre.

Scrap Metal

Sell to a scrap merchant or take to a recycling centre for recycling.

Shoes

These can be recycled in clothing banks or dedicated shoe banks at your local recycling site or recycling centre. Please tie them together if laced or place paired in a carrier bag before putting into a bank.

Spectacles

Check with your local optician or chemist to see if they recycle them for charity.

Textiles

Recycle in the textile banks at your local recycling site or recycling centre. If you cannot get the bag into the container, please split the bag and put the items in loose and make sure they are all clean first.

Tyres

These can be recycled at your local recycling centre for a charge. Alternatively a local garage may also take them for a fee.

Windows

Frames and glass can be recycled in separate skips at a recycling centre.

Wood

This can be recycled at a recycling centre. Tree branches can be placed in the green waste skip, for used wood e.g. painted and varnished, there are separate timber skips.

Wrapping Paper

Non-foil type wrapping paper can be recycled in your blue bag.

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Page updated on: 24/07/2017

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