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Below is a list of information on how to dispose of different materials, or use our simple breakdown table.

Aerosols (metal)

Do not squash or pierce aerosols – they can explode. Aerosols can be recycled via:

Aluminium (metal)

These can be recycled via:

Armchair

These can be disposed via:

Asthma inhaler

The inhaler recycling scheme, run by GlaxoSmithKlein is called " Complete the Cycle" and allows people to take their empty and out of date inhalers to participating pharmacies for recycling or energy recovery.

To find your nearest participating pharmacy visit http://www.completethecycle.eu/

Bags (plastic carrier)

These can be used to contain additional recycling or be recycled via:

Bags (council-provided clear plastic)

These can only be used for mixed containers and not paper and card:

Bathroom fittings and furniture

Before disposing, can it be donated for reuse, for more information

Batteries - car (electrical)

These can be recycled via:

Batteries - all other types (electrical)

These include nickel-cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries, can be recycled via:

Beds

Before disposing, can it be donated for reuse, for more information

Benefits of food and garden recycling

  • If food is secured in your brown wheelie bin / food bin rodents will not rip open black sacks, keeping you street cleaner.
  • It is recycled into compost and spread on Kent farms.
  • It costs nearly half the amount to recycle rather than send to landfill.
  • If sent to landfill it produces environmentally damaging gases.

Benefits of paper and card separation

  • Zero processing cost.
  • Reprocessing remains in England and EU.
  • Higher quality of recycling material.
  • Once recycled can be made into a wider range of products.

Blue reusable recycling bag

Used for the recycling of paper and card only.

Boilers (metal)

These can be recycled via:

Books (paper and card)

These can either be donated to charity shops or recycled via:

Bottles and jars (glass)

Glass bottles and jars (please remove the caps and lids) can be recycled via:

Bottles (plastic)

These can be recycled via:

Bottle tops (plastic or metal)

These can be recycled via:

Branches and twigs (garden waste)

With a diameter of no more than 5cm (2inches), these can be recycled via:

Brass (metal)

All unwanted metal can be recycled via:

Bricks and building rubble

These can be recycled via: 

Brochures (paper)

These can be recycled via:

Brown food bin

Brown food bins are used for the kerbside collection of food waste for properties not suitable for a brown wheelie bin

Brown reusable bags

Are used for the kerbside collection of garden waste only.

Brown wheelie bin

Are used for the kerbside collection of garden and food waste.

Bubble wrap

This cannot be currently be recycled, although can be used again for posting or to wrap valuable items for storage.

Bulky items

Some non-electrical bulky items can be reused or recycled. This information can be found via:

Caddy liners

Used to help with food waste recycling. Can be purchased from:

  • All 16 Medway libraries at a cost of £1.50 for a roll of 26. Our frequently asked questions on the sale of compostal liner trial can now be viewed here (pdf 36kb).  
  • Most larger and some smaller retailers
  •  www.caddyliners.com

Caddy (kitchen)

All residents with a brown wheelie bin will receive a small kitchen caddy to assist with food waste recycling before Weekly collections commence. This is to remain inside, please do not put out for collection

Cabinets

These can be disposed via:

Cans (metal)

These can be recycled via:

Carbon monoxide detector (alarm)

Some smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are made with radioactive content. Please contact the manufacture, which will either take the product back or advise best method of disposal.

Cardboard

These can be recycled via:

Cards (paper)

These can be recycled via:

Carpets

These can be taken to, or collected by:

Carrier bags (plastic)

These can be recycled via:

Cars and car parts

Unwanted vehicles can be surrendered via:

Car parts (metal/plastic/glass) can be taken to:

Cartons (food and drink tetra-pak)

These can be recycled via: 

Catalogues

These can be recycled via:

Cat litter

This can be disposed of via:

Cellophane

We can not currently recycle cellophane. Please dispose via:

Cereal boxes

These can be recycled via:

CDs and DVDs 

These can be donated to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Chemicals – household/garden

These can be taken to the Cuxton household waste and recycling centre only (please see the staff at the site first).

Chest of drawers

These can be donated to a charity organisation or disposed via

Christmas trees

Can be recycled via:

Clingfilm

We can not currently recycle cellophane. Please dispose via:

Clinical waste

Visit our clinical waste page for more information.

Clothing

Can be donated directly to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Collection day

The day you present your waste at the boundary of your property. To find out your collection day please visit:

Collection time

Please present all your waste by 7am on the day of your collection.

Compostable liners

Used to help with food waste recycling. Can be purchased from:

  • All 16 Medway libraries at a cost of £1.50 for a roll of 26. Our frequently asked questions on the sale of compost liner trial can now be viewed here (pdf 36kb). 
  • Most larger and some smaller retailers
  •  http://www.caddyliners.com/

Computers and monitors (electrical)

These can be reused or recycled via:

Cooking fat (oil)

Can be recycled via:

  • Household waste recycling centres
  • If you are unable to take your used fat to any of the Household waste recycling centres, try putting it in a sealed container, adding bird seed to it, leaving to solidify, and using it as a bird feeder
  • If you do want to just dispose of it, put it in a sealed container and allow to cool, and then into your normal rubbish bin
  • Do not pour fat down the drain as this can cause blockages in your own pipes and in the main sewerage system.

Copper (metal)

Can be recycled via:

Cork

Can be disposed of via:

Countrystyle group

The destination for food and garden waste. Situated in Sittingbourne, Kent, the collected material is processed via in-vessel composting. The end product is used in composting products and mainly used on Kent Farms. Unfortunately the end product produced is not available for residential re-sale.

Cupboards

Can be disposed via:

Detectors (fire and carbon monoxide)

Some smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are made with radioactive content. Please contact the manufacture, which will either take the product back or advise best method of disposal.

Directories (paper)

Can be recycled via:

Disposable nappies

Can be disposed of via:

You can save money and help the environment by using washable cloth nappies. For more information visit the reusable nappies page.

Dog and cat faeces

Can not be recycled and must be disposed of via:

Drain pipes

Can be disposed of via:

Drinks bottles

Glass – can be recycled via:

Plastic – can be recycled via:

Dump (tip)

Medway has three sites where a wide range of items can be taken to be recycled, reused or disposed of. For more information on the materials accepted, locations and opening times, please visit the:

Duvets and pillows

In good condition, can be donated to charity organisations, or disposed of via:

DVDs and CDs 

These can be donated to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Egg boxes

Cardboard boxes can be recycled via:

Plastic boxes can be recycled via:

Egg shells

Can be recycled via:

Electrical items (large)

Should not be placed in with black bag rubbish and can be recycled via:

Electrical items (small)

Should not be placed in with black bag rubbish and can be recycled via:

Energy saving light bulbs

Can only currently be recycled via:

Engine oil

Can be recycled via:

Envelopes

Can be recycled via:

Fabrics (textiles)

Can be recycled via:

Fat - see cooking

Fax paper

Can be recycled via:

FCC

Company who manage all three Household waste and recycling centres.

Fire alarm (detector)

Some smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are made with radioactive content. Please contact the manufacture, which will either take the product back or advise best method of disposal.

Fizzy drink bottles (glass or plastic)

You can rinse and squash them, if plastic, to help provide better containment, then recycled via:

Flats and estates

If you live in a block of flats and use bulk containers, please continue to recycle using your existing system. Over the next few months, new containers and further information will be delivered to each block of flats. Please bear with us while we make these changes. Until then, keep your reusable bags safe, or use them to transfer your recyclables to your bin store. If your flats don't have large recycling containers in your bin store area, contact us using the contact details below for further information on how you can recycle.

Flies and maggots (how to avoid?)

Maggots come from flies that lay eggs. If you wrap your food waste securely in compostable liners or newspaper, place it inside your brown wheelie bin and close the lid, flies cannot lay the eggs that produce maggots. Regularly rinsing out your bin will also help reduce this.

Flower pots (plastic)

Can be recycled via:

Foil (metal)

Clean foil can be recycled via:

Food waste

Can be recycled via:

Fridges and freezers (electrical)

Can be recycled via:

Furniture

Some items can be donated to a charity organisation, recycled or disposed of via:

Garden furniture

Some items can be donated to a charity organisation, recycled or disposed of via:

Garden waste (non-food)

Can be recycled via:

Gas cylinders

Can be recycled via:

Please ask a member of site staff on arrival

Gas fires

Can be disposed via:

Gift wrap (paper)

Gift wrap has come a long way, but while today's foil gift wrap and plastic-based wrap make gifts look good, it causes problems for the recycling processes. Because it’s not just paper, we are unable to recycle it.

  • It may contain sticky tape, which cannot be recycled
  • It could be dyed and contain additives; for example, glitter or plastics.
  • It is very thin paper and doesn’t contain enough good quality fibres to be recycled. Pure paper gift wrap (instead of foil) is much better for the environment as it can be recycled in your blue reusable bag, but ensure sticky tape, ribbons and tags are removed.

Glass (from mirrors and windows)

Glass from mirrors and windows cannot be recycled. This type of glass differs from that used in bottles and jars, and currently cannot be processed by the UK recycling industry. Please be considerate when disposing of it via:

Glass bottles and jars

Can be recycled via:

Glasses

You can donate them to a range of charities at most opticians.

Grass cuttings

Can be recycled via:

Greeting cards (paper)

Can be recycled via:

Hairdryer / Straightener

Can be recycled via:

Hardcore (bricks/rubble)

Can be recycled via:

Hazardous waste

Chemicals, either identified or unidentified:

Herbicides (chemicals)

These can be taken to the Cuxton household waste and recycling centre only (please see the staff at the site first).

Home composting

Household cleaners (chemicals)

These can be taken to the Cuxton household waste and recycling centre only (please see the staff at the site first).

Household plastic packaging

Consisting of pots, tubs, trays and bottles, can be recycled via:

Hypodermic needles

Can be disposed via:

Inhaler pump (asthma)

The inhaler recycling scheme, run by GlaxoSmithKlein is called " Complete the Cycle" and allows people to take their empty and out of date inhalers to participating pharmacies for recycling or energy recovery.

To find your nearest participating pharmacy visit. http://www.completethecycle.eu/

Inkjet cartridges

Can be recycled by downloading a freepost label:

Inspirer (EU project)

European match funded project trialling food waste recycling to some properties not suitable for brown wheelie bins in Luton, Strood, Brompton and Chatham.

In-vessel composting

This is the process in which your food and garden waste is composted down at the Countrystyle Group, Sittingbourne.

  • Food and garden waste is shredded.
  • Then sent to in-vessel bunkers for one week, maintaining temperatures of 70 degrees centigrade.
  • The product is then left to mature for 6-8 weeks.

The end product is used in composting products and mainly used on Kent Farms. Unfortunately the end product produced is not available for residential re-sale.

Ironing board

Can be disposed via:

Jars (glass)

Can be recycled via:

Juice bottles (plastic/glass)

Can be recycled via:

Juice cartons

There are currently five locations in Medway where special recycling banks have been provided for drinks cartons (such as 'Tetra Paks'):

Junk mail (paper)

Can be recycled via:

You can reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by:

Kitchen foil (metal)

Clean metal foil can be recycled via:

Kitchen caddy

All residents with a brown wheelie bin will receive a small kitchen caddy to assist with food waste recycling before Weekly collections commence. This is to remain inside, please do not put out for collection

Kitchen towels (paper)

If clean, be recycled via:

If contaminated by food waste:

Remember to choose recycled paper products wherever possible

Kitchen waste (food/bones etc)

Can be recycled via:

Leaves

Can be recycled via:

Light bulbs (electrical)

Traditional light bulbs can not be recycled. Please dispose of these via:

Energy saving light bulbs can be recycled via:

Loo rolls (paper)

Can be recycled via:

Remember to choose recycled paper products wherever possible

Magazines (paper)

Can be recycled via:

Maggots and Flies (how to avoid)

Maggots come from flies that lay eggs. If you wrap your food waste securely in compostable liners or newspaper, place it inside your brown wheelie bin and close the lid, flies cannot lay the eggs that produce maggots. Regularly rinsing out your bin will also help reduce this.

Margarine tubs (plastic)

Can be recycled via:

Mattresses

Can be disposed via:

Metal

Food and drink cans, can be recycled via:

Other scrap metal can be recycled via:

Milk bottles (plastic/glass)

Can be recycled via:

Mirrors (glass)

Glass from mirrors and windows cannot be recycled. This type of glass differs from that used in bottles and jars, and currently cannot be processed by the UK recycling industry. Please be considerate when disposing of it via:

Missed recycling and rubbish collections

If your recycling was put out on time and in the correct place then please report the missed collection within 24 hours to us so that we can come back to clear it. Please contact us on 01634 333333.

Mobile phones (electrical)

Can be donated to a charity or recycled via:

Musical instruments

Can be recycled via:

Nappies

Can be disposed of via:

You can save money and help the environment by using washable cloth nappies. For more information visit the reusable nappies page

Needles (hypodermic)

Can be disposed via:

Newspapers (paper)

Can be recycled via:

Oil (engine/cooking)

Can be recycled in separate containers via:

Ottoman

Can be disposed via:

Packaging

Consisting of pots, tubs, trays and bottles, can be recycled via:

Other types of packaging should be disposed of via:

Paint

We are unable to collect liquid paint. Before disposal please ensure paint has hardened, for more information visit this webpage. Paint can be disposed off by:

Please ask a member of staff once on site.

Paper

Can be recycled via:

Pesticides

These can be taken to the Cuxton household waste and recycling centre only (please see the staff at the site first).

Pet food

Can be recycled via:

Or disposed of via:

Petrol

This cannot be disposed of at any of the household waste recycling sites and should only be disposed of by a specialist licensed company like Eco-Oil ltd.

Plastic

Consisting of pots, tubs, trays and bottles, can be recycled via:

Hard plastics, such as garden furniture, children's toys, drain pipes and flower pots can be disposed of via:

Plastic carrier bags

Can be recycled via:

Try to avoid plastic bags by using a 'bag for life' or cloth/canvas bag when you go shopping

Plastic bottles

Can be recycled via:

Polystyrene

Polystyrene cannot currently be recycled and should be disposed of via:

With our contractors Veolia and FCC, we are constantly looking for new developments and technologies, but until we can identify a secure, cost effective market for polystyrene we cannot include it. 

Prams

can be disposed via:

Printer cartridges

Can be recycled via:

'Pyrex' dishes

This type of glass differs from that used in bottles and jars, and currently cannot be processed by the UK recycling industry. Please be considerate when disposing of it via:

Questions

If you have any questions you would like addressing, please make contact via:

Phone: 01634 333333

Email: info@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Council, Civic Headquarters, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR

Radiators (metal)

Can be disposed via:

Real nappies

You can save money and help the environment by using washable cloth nappies. For more information visit the reusable nappies page

Reusable recycling bags

We can supply three reusable bags for

Rubble

Household rubble can be recycled via:

Schools recycling

Please contact:

Phone: 01634 333333

Email: info@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Council, Civic Headquarters, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR

Shoes

Can be donated directly to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Shopping bags (plastic)

Can be recycled via:

Shredded paper

  • You can cut down the amount you have by only shredding paper that carries data such as Bank and National insurance details. Names and addresses can be found in phone books and on envelopes, so is not generally regarded as sensitive information.
  • You could always tear off the part with bank details etc, and only shred that part, then place it in an envelope or two for recycling.
  • If you have a brown wheelie bin for garden waste, you can place it loose in there with the garden/food waste. 
  • You can compost it in a discounted home compost bin
  • You can also help cut down the amount of information you get with your name and address on it by registering with the Mail Preference Service.

Sideboards

Can be disposed via:

Sinks

can be disposed via:

Spectacles and sunglasses

You can donate them to a range of charities at most opticians.

Split body (collection vehicle)

Our recycling vehicles have a “split body.” One side for paper and card, and separate side for all other recycling.

Styrofoam (polystyrene)

Polystyrene cannot currently be recycled and should be disposed of via:

As there is a cost factor associated with any sort process, to add a material like Polystyrene into it, which currently has no fixed market, it makes sense to not include it, helping to keep ever-growing costs down. With our contractors Veolia and FCC, we are constantly looking for new developments and technologies, but until we can identify a secure, cost effective market, we cannot include polystyrene.

Tables (not glass)

Can be disposed via:

Takeaway food containers

Foil - if clean

Paper – if contaminated with food waste:

Paper if clean:

Plastic - if clean

Polystyrene – Go to polystyrene

Tapes (Video and Audio)

Can be donated directly to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Telephone directories (paper)

Can be recycled via:

Televisions and monitors (electrical)

Can be recycled via:

'Tetra Pak' style cartons

These can be recycled via: 

Textiles

Can be donated directly to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Tiles

Can be recycled via:

Timber and wood

Can be taken to:

Tin cans (metal)

Can be recycled via:

Toilet paper (paper/card)

Can be recycled via:

Twin stream recycling

The vehicle that collects recycling has a split body, which means we can collect two material streams at the same time. Paper and card is kept clean one side, with all other recycling going in the other side.

Tyres

These can be taken to the Capstone household waste and recycling centre only (please see the staff at the site first).

Unaddressed mail (paper)

Can be recycled via:

You can reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by:

Underlay

Can be disposed via:

Vegetable peelings (food waste)

Can be recycled via:

Veolia environmental services

Main contractor for waste and recycling collection and disposal. They manage

Videos and Audio cassettes

Can be donated directly to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Wall units

Can be disposed via:

Wardrobes (not mirrored)

Can be disposed via:

Washing up liquid bottles (plastic)

Can be recycled via:

Water filters

Find a list of nearby locations where BRITA filters can be deposited.
All others can be disposed of via:

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

Is anything electrical or electronic. If it has a plug or uses batteries it is electrical. WEEE should not be placed in with black bag rubbish and can be recycled via:

Weekly collections

  • Recycling, garden & food waste will be collected weekly from 28 October 2013
  • Rubbish collections will remain weekly
  • Your collection day will not change, but your collection time may. Please have all waste out by 7am.

Wheelbarrow

Can be disposed via:

Work top, up to 6ft (1.83m)

Can be disposed via:

White reusable recycling bag

Used to recycle all glass bottles and jars, food and drink cans, clean foil and household plastic packaging (bottles, tubs, trays and pots). Do not use for paper or card which must go in the blue reusable recycling bags.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper has come a long way, but while today's foil wrapping paper and plastic-based wrapping paper make gifts look good, it causes problems for the recycling processes. Because it’s not just paper, we are unable to recycle it.

  • It may contain sticky tape, which cannot be recycled
  • It could be dyed and contain additives; for example, glitter or plastics.
  • It is very thin paper and doesn’t contain enough good quality fibres to be recycled. Pure paper gift wrap (instead of foil) is much better for the environment as it can be recycled in your blue reusable bag, but ensure sticky tape, ribbons and tags are removed.

Xylophones (and other musical instruments)

Can be donated directly to a charity organisation or recycled via:

Yellow Pages (paper)

Can be recycled via:

Yoghurt pots (plastic)

Can be recycled via:

Zimmer frames (metal)

Can be donated to a charity organisation, or recycled via: