Why recycle?

  • Recycling reduces landfill - when we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites goes down.
  • Recycling conserves resources - when we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources
  • Recycling saves energy - using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc.
  • Because recycling saves energy, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helping to tackle climate change
  • Recycling helps protect the environment - recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution.

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.

Local recycling

Recycling with your silver bin

Find out when your next recycling collection is, what can go in your silver bin, what happens to your recycling and how you can report problems.

Please remember your recyclable material should be clean, dry, empty and loose. Please do not put your recyclable items in plastic bags.

Local recycling centres

We have a number of recycling centres in the district run by Nottinghamshire County Council where you can recycle garden waste, paper and card, glass, electrical items, batteries, food tins and drinks cans, mixed textiles and clothes, foil and scrap metal and wood and timber

Often the centres also run paint recycling schemes.

Recycle glass

We have lots of bottlebanks around the district for recycling your bottles and jars, mostly in pub and supermarket car parks to make it easy.

When we recycle glass, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. It also saves energy as using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc.

School recycling

There are lots of ways schools can look at reducing the amount of waste they throw away every day. Waste prevention is a better environmental option and usually cheaper than either recycling or waste disposal.

Here’s some ideas

  • Encourage students to bring a waste-free packed lunches and reusable water bottles
  • Have refill points available for students to refill their water bottles rather than bringing plastic bottles
  • Teachers can make double-sided photocopies where possible and print only when necessary
  • Try and keep electronic copies of files instead of printing everything out
  • If paper has only been written or printed on one side why not use it as scrap paper for messages, notes and lists. Keep a tray for one-sided paper to reuse
  • Encourage staff and students to use recycling bins correctly
  • Create extra recycling points for items such crisp packets, bottle tops and ink cartridges
  • Create a school garden and learn about composting using food waste from the school kitchen
  • Build a plastic bottle greenhouse for the school garden
  • Create recycling art from waste for example bottle top mosaics

 Find out about our school recycling service

Our Environmental Services Team can visit local schools to present talks on recycling and can help schools organise community litter picks.

Electrical items

We can collect larger electrical items for recycling.

  • Arrange a collection for large items

Any electrical items, large or small, can also be recycled at your local Household Recycling Centres.

If your large electrical item, such as a washing machines, is still working and in a useable condition, a local re-use organisation may be able to refurbish them and give them a new lease of life and a new home.

It’s still working - what else can I do?

If you have an electrical item that is still in good working condition, you could consider selling it, passing it on to someone else or donating it - some charity shops accept working electrical items for resale.

Reuse is always better if possible, so for most electrical goods try selling sites such as gumtree, ebay and freecycle. Remember to take care of your personal data and reduce the risk of it being used by someone else.

Electrical items can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres across the district.

Remember these products all contain valuable components that can be reused and/or recycled so please keep them out of the bin!

There are also popular recycling schemes available for items such as batteries, computers, mobile phones and printer cartridges.

Ways to minimise your e-waste

  • Re-evaluate – do you really need that extra gadget? Do you need the latest version?
  • Extend the life of your electronics – buy a protective case, keep devices clean, follow manufacturers guidance, avoid overcharging etc
  • Do your research and choose environmentally friendly and energy saving electronics products
  • Donate old working items to charity or recycling schemes
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Recycle broken items at local Household Recycling Centres

Battery recycling

We collect batteries for recycling from households across the district.  

Once you’ve filled a bag with batteries – they can be any size of household battery (no car batteries, please) – simply leave your filled bag on top of your GREEN BIN where our collection teams can clearly see it and we will take it away.

Most large shops and supermarkets which stock batteries provide recycling bins in store which can be used should you not wish to store used batteries at home.

All local recycling centres accept old batteries. 

Why not move to rechargeable batteries as they can be used over and over again Some of the best batteries will last for at least 200 charges before their capacity decreases.

Safety advice for storing batteries

Batteries do not present a risk to health and safety if handled correctly. However, residents should be aware that some batteries contain hazardous substances that can leak out and others can cause fires if broken apart, they come into contact with water or they are heated.

Therefore, the following common sense measures should be applied to limit the risk posed by the storage of waste batteries: 

  • Ensure that other materials are not mixed with the batteries
  • Ensure that batteries do not have exposed trailing wires that can cause short circuits
  • Ensure that batteries have the terminals covered with tape
  • Ensure that the container is positioned in a cool, dry place
  • Ensure that the container is stored away from combustible materials

Organise and recycle your clothes

Lots of us are guilty of holding onto clothes which we no longer wear, for one reason or another. The average UK household has around £4,000 worth of clothes in their wardrobe – but around 30% of clothing in wardrobes has not been worn for at least a year.

If you have extra time on your hands one weekend why not have a have a really good look in your wardrobe - there may be some clothes that you have forgotten about, which are still perfectly wearable. If clothes no longer fit, you might be able to adjust them.

If you really know you are not going to wear certain garments, have a clear out

Organising your clothes can be a pretty good way to find outfits quicker, make your wardrobe look tidier and save money buying clothes you may not need.

Here are some ideas for how to dispose of unwanted clothes

Sell – create a pile of clothes for selling online though websites such as eBay and Facebook

Donate – create a pile of clothes for donating to charity shops

Reuse or repurpose – for example using old t-shirts as cleaning clothes or using pretty fabric as eco-wrapping for gifts

Recycle at a district textile bank

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

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