Green bins

 

The easiest way to recycle is using your Green Bin at home. While you can recycle most things, there are some items that can’t be put in the Green Bin - so it’s important to know what you can and can’t recycle.

 

CAN

Paper
Junk mail, office paper, newspapers

Cardboard
Flattened brown card, glossy printed card, egg boxes, toilet/kitchen roll inner tubes

Metal Cans & Foil
Cleaned drink cans, food cans, pet food cans, pie dishes, soft foil.

Aluminium Aerosols
Empty deodorant, cleaning material, hair products

Plastic Types 1,2 & 4
These numbers can usually be found on the product packaging.

Types 1 & 2 usually contain liquids such as drink bottles, shampoo bottles and milk bottles. Type 4 is usually stretchy. If you pull it and the writing warps, then it’s probably type 4.
CAN'T

Tetra Packs
(See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).

Glass Bottles
(See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).

Textiles
(See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).

Electrical Items
(See section 'Recycle Points' on how to recycle).

Plastic Types 3, 5, 6 & 7
These plastics include some margarine tubs, yogurt pots, food cartons & polystyrene. (See section 'Recycling Points' on how to recycle).
 

Recycle Points


Local Tip (Household Waste Sorting Sites)
The most efficient way to recycle is via your local tip, or as they are now called, Household Waste Sorting Sites. These are one-stop shops for disposing of waste in a clean and safe way. Here is a list of what can recycled at your tip:

 

Cardboard, garden waste, scrap mental, wood, paper, cans, aerosols, foil, plastic bottles, plastic bags, glass, rubble, soil, textiles, shoes, books, engine oil, TVs, monitors, fridges, freezers, electrical appliances, mobile phones, batteries, light bulbs, printer cartridges, tyres, paint, gas bottles


If your items can’t be recycled, then your local tip can dispose of them safety and cleanly. Hurray!

 

The two closest sorting sites in North West Leeds are:


Kirkstall Road Household Waste Sorting Site
Meanwood Road Household Waste Sorting Site

Glass Bottles
Because glass bottles can’t go in your green bin, they either need to be taken to the tip, or one of the numerous bottle banks in the area. Throwing glass bottles into the banks is also quite good fun and a great way to relieve some pent up stress. See our Leave Leeds Tidy Map for your nearest bottle bank.

Textiles
There are a number of textile recycling points in Leeds, see our map for their locations. Alternatively, donate your unwanted clothes to a charity shop. If they can’t be sold on in the shop, then the charity shops can make money by recycling them on your behalf. Easy peasy!

 

Electronic Devices

You could earn money for recycling your mobiles and other electronic devices through Leeds University Union, your gadgets will then be stripped down for reuse or refurbishment, and you can also donate money to the RAG Community Fund.

Plastic Bags, Tetra Packs, Batteries & Print Cartridges
All of these can be recycled at Leeds University Union, in the main foyer. You can also donate used printer cartridges to various charities and help them raise money. Just visit the website below for a list of charities you can donate to. Good times!

 

Click here to visit the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle website.

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