Recycling in Nottinghamshire

Find out how to recycle common waste, find out about recycling plastics, paper and card, metal, glass, garden waste and other items.


Reduce your packaging and reuse bags

As consumers, we all have a big influence in what retailers will offer us. This means that if enough people choose products with the least amount of packaging, retailers will start providing products with only the essential packaging.

Re-use your own bags when you are shopping, buy products loose with no packaging and try a local green grocer, farm shop or butcher. Local products have a lower carbon footprint than items from far away.

Buying your fruit and vegetables loose

Most supermarkets now offer loose fruit and vegetables in addition to packaged items. Local greengrocers and markets also provide the opportunity to use your own shopping bag and buy loose seasonal fruit and veg.

Why not make some eco-choices the next time you go shopping and help reduce your plastic footprint.

Reduce food waste

Only buy food that is going to get eaten. This may sound obvious but as much as 20% of the food bought is thrown away without even being opened. If you reduce this to zero then you’ll save hundreds of pounds per year.

Find out how you can save up to £50 per month by throwing away less food, try the latest seasonal recipes from Love Foos, Hate Waste.

Reduce junk mail

You can stop junk mail turning up on your door step by registering with the Mailing Preference Service who will delete your details from the mailing list of companies, reducing the demand for paper at the source.

For unaddressed mail you can opt out of deliveries by e-mailing


Around 8 million nappies need to be disposed of every day in the UK. Nappies sit in a landfill site for an estimated 500 years. You can use washable cotton nappies to not only save hundreds of pounds but also space in your bin and landfill sites.

It costs taxpayers across Nottinghamshire about £100 to dispose of every tonne of rubbish which ends up at landfill. It is thought that before a child is potty trained, they use nearly 6,000 nappies - weighing in at a hefty one tonne a time.

Light bulbs

Low energy light bulbs save electricity and money and last about 8 times longer than normal light bulbs. 

Ink cartridges

These can be recycled at supermarkets and other shops and recycling centres. They can also be refilled and used again. More advice is available on the Recycle Now website


It may be possible to use some items again rather than throwing them away:

Clothes, furniture, toys and books

Charity shops are always grateful to receive unwanted clothes, books, toys and brick-a-brac. Hospitals too are often grateful for donations of good quality toys.

See if there is anywhere that sells second hand books or even furniture rather than buying new every time (and take any old items back to get reused again)

If one of your household appliances breaks down, see if it can be fixed rather than throwing it in the bin straight away and buying a new one.

There are a number of local charities and organisations that may be interested in your second hand furniture and appliances if they are in good condition. Some of these are:

Paper and card

Use scraps of paper as telephone message paper and when using the computer, print on both sides of the paper.


Garden recycling

Composting at home is a great way to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill. Everything from torn up cardboard to fruit and vegetable peelings, and grass cuttings to the contents of your vacuum cleaner, can all go in to help create a nutrient rich compost for your garden.


Contact us

Waste Management
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Brunel Drive
NG24 2EG.


01636 650000

Follow us on TwitterLike us on Facebook‌ Follow us on Pinterest‌ Follow us on Instagram

  • 01636 650000

    Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

    Customer feedback

  • Get in touch:

    Castle House
    Great North Road
    NG24 1BY

Access Extranet