North East Lincolnshire Council

A to Z directory of waste

Here you can view various different types of waste and the best way to dispose of them.

Aerosols – can be recycled with cans in the orange recycling box and the bring sites

  • Small domestic aerosol cans that can be recycled include deodorant, hairspray, fly spray, polish, air fresheners and hair mousse cans etc.
  • Aerosols that have previously contained propane or butane gas, paints, oils etc WILL NOT be accepted
  • Please ensure that all aerosol cans are EMPTY prior to placing in your recycling container. Any aerosols found to contain some form of product will be rejected

Animal faeces – for health and safety reasons the CRC’s sites do not accept large quantities of animal faeces. The CRC’s site will accept small quantities of no more than three bags at a time if mixed with straw. The CRC’s site do not accept pigeon or dog faeces.

Asbestos – can be taken by householders to Grimsby CRC site, disposal must be pre-booked via the Waste Hotline. For further information view our dedicated asbestos advice page.

Ash (coal and wood) – wood ash is recyclable with your garden waste but coal ash should be put in your general waste bin – always let the ash cool down first before placing in any bin. Visit the Recycle now website for more information.

Bathroom suites can be taken to both CRC sites, and can be transported in a trailer if necessary, but cannot include tiles or plasterboard.

Batteries (Car) can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Batteries (Household) can be returned to retailers

Batteries (large, lithium) can be taken to batteries collection points at both CRC sites

Beverage cartons (milk or juice cartons etc) are not currently collected separately; please dispose of with your household waste.

Books can be taken to both CRC sites to some recycling bank sites or good quality books can be donated to local charities and libraries, charity shops and the tip charity bring and buy sale on the last Thursday of the month in summer.

Bottles (Glass) can go in the Green recycling box, most recycling bank sites, and both CRC sites.

Bottles (Plastic) All household plastic bottles. e.g. drinks, washing up liquid, bleach and surface cleaner, shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap and bathroom cleaners etc. No other types of plastic. Please wash and squash and put the lid back on.

Building Waste – bricks and building material cannot be included in household or garden waste bins as it can damage our collection vehicles. Limited building waste can be taken to the CRC sites.

BT Phone Book can be recycled in the Blue Box, or you can opt out by calling BT on 0800 833 400. All three directories can be cancelled in one go at junkbusters

Cans can be washed, squashed and recycled in the Orange recycling box, at most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites,

Car Batteries can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Cardboard – clean card and cardboard can be torn up to fit flat in your blue recycling box with paper and can be taken to both CRC sites for recycling. Beverage cartons are not collected or recycled in North East Lincolnshire

Car parts cannot be disposed of at the CRC sites. These should be taken to a local scrap metal dealer or salvage yard.

Carpet can be taken to the CRC sites or collect through the bulky waste collection service

Carrier Bags – try to reduce your consumption of disposable plastic bags. Otherwise they go in the green wheelie bin

  • Consider purchasing heavy duty plastic bags or, even better, natural fibre ones made from materials such as cotton and jute instead, which can be used over and over again.
  • Try to re-use disposable plastic bags by taking them with you next time you go shopping. Some supermarkets even offer reward points for doing this and many have introduced recycling banks at the entrance to the store for carrier bag recycling
  • Through OPRL and WRAP the UK’s major grocery retailers have come together to tackle one of the last hurdles to making all post-consumer packaging recyclable. In addition to carrier bags which are already collected through front of store recycling bins, you can now also take back a lot of your film packaging to recycle in the same bins.
  • The supermarkets where you can return your plastic film packaging for recycling are Asda, the Co-operative, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
  • Just look out for the following label on packaging to see what you can take back to supermarkets for recycling.
  • CDs +DVD discs. These can be reused to make attractive decorations, coasters, or even clocks! You can also send them to the address provided on www.recyclenow.com

Chemicals (Household) i.e. fertilisers, wood preservatives and pesticides can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Christmas Cards can be recycled in the Blue box. Some retailers offer Christmas card collections. To reduce the waste impact of your Christmas cards, re-use them as gift tags or send some electronic ‘e-cards’ instead

Christmas Trees you can recycle your real tree at the community recycling centres. Alternatively if your tree has a root-ball and has been watered regularly, why not re-plant it?

Christmas Wrapping Paper (Not waxed) can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling sites and both CRC sites. Reuse or buy recycled paper where possible.

Clinical Waste we offer a weekly collection service to registered addresses, for further information please visit Clinical Waste Collections

Clothes can be taken to textile banks some recycling sites or both CRC sites. Clean rags can also be donated at St Andrews Hospice shops, who send them for recycling.

Coins can be donated to many charities such as Oxfam

Composting up to a third of domestic waste thrown away is organic matter suitable for home composting. Grass, fruit, vegetable peel, teabags, eggshells, paper, cardboard and many more items can all be diverted from household waste bins, and transformed into compost. You can buy a subsidised home composter.

Computers & Monitors Some charities can accept them for re-sale or they can be taken to both CRC sites

Cooking Oil Less than two litres of cooking oil can be left for collection in your household waste bin. It must be either in a sealed container or solidified. Alternatively you could use it to make seed cakes to feed the birds. If it is more than two litres then the cooking oil should be taken to our Grimsby CRC site. It is unlawful to dispose of oils of any description down a drain.

Dog Waste When out and about in North East Lincolnshire any council bin designed for general non-recyclable waste can be used for dog waste. At home the green domestic non-recyclable wheeled waste bin can be used but the Council requires the waste to be wrapped (double wrapped is preferable) and for it to be in small quantities.

Drink Cans can be rinsed, squashed and recycled in the Orange Box or at most recycling banks and both CRC sites

DVD + CD discs These can be reused to make attractive decorations, coasters, or even clocks!

Electronic and Electrical Equipment some charities can accept them for re-sale such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites

Engine Oil can be taken to Grimsby CRC site up to a maximum of 5 litres / 1 gallon. It is unlawful to dispose of oils of any description down a drain

Fertilisers (Household Chemicals) can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Fire Extinguishers are not accepted at the CRC sites

  • Nitro Fire Protection Ltd are willing to accept them for a small disposal fee. Go to the Nitro fire website for contact details.

Fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs can be taken to Grimsby CRC site.

  • These contain mercury and must not be disposed of in general household waste. Special containers are provided for fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs at the CRCs.

Food – visit Love Food Hate Waste for ideas and recipes to help you waste less food
You can also make compost at home, using raw fruit and vegetable waste. Cooked or uncooked food can be broken down in a “Green Cone” it is a relatively small unit suitable for most gardens/small patch of ground. The council subsidises both compost bins and Green Cones. Please refer to the Garden Waste section of the website for details.

Food Cans can be washed, squashed and recycled in the Orange Box or at most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites

Fridges & Freezers Some charities can accept them for re-sale such as Community Chest, or they can be taken to both CRC sites. The Authority also offers a bulky waste collection.

Furniture Some charities can accept them for re-sale such as Community Chest, or they can be taken to both CRC sites. The Authority also offers a bulky waste collection.

Garden Waste (not soil), small cuttings, leaves, bark, weeds, fallen fruit, twigs & small branches and grass can go in household garden waste bins, larger items can be taken to both CRC sites.

Gas Bottles (Liquid Petroleum) can be returned empty to suppliers for re-use, or taken to Grimsby CRC site.

Glass bottles can be washed and put in the Green recycling box, most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites.

Glass (window / plate) do not put in the recycling box.

  • Both Pyrex and window glass melt at a higher temperature and so contaminate the recycling process. Instead they can be placed in the green refuse bin or taken to both CRC sites

Glasses many opticians collect old glasses, which can be re-used to help in Third World countries or send old pairs of glasses to Vision Aid Overseas

Grass cuttings can be placed in the brown garden waste bin

Hairdryers (small electrical equipment) is accepted for re-sale by some charities such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites

Hedge cuttings can go in garden waste bin, larger items can be taken to both CRC sites

House Fittings – many local charities accept these to help those in need.

Household Waste – every property in North East Lincolnshire is provided with a green coloured household waste bin or has shared access to a communal waste bin. To find out the day your waste is collected on, or to report a lost or stolen bin, please call our Waste Hotline.

Ink Cartridges Try to use refillable ink cartridges, top it up, and off you go again. Cartridges can be recycled by:

  • Donating them at your nearest Tesco store
  • Requesting freepost envelopes by sending an email to freepost@redcross.org.uk or visiting the British Red Cross website.

Jars (Glass) can be washed and put in the Green recycling box, most recycling bank sites, and both CRC sites.

Jars (Coffee jar lids only) Womens Aid collects coffee jar lids at their Grimsby shops.

Junk Mail – even envelopes with windows can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites . Use the Mail Preference Service or The Royal Mail “Opt out” service to receive less

Kitchen Equipment (toasters, kettles etc. ) small electrical equipment is accepted for re-sale by some charities such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites

Kitchen Oil less than two litres of cooking oil can be left for collection in your household waste bin. It must be either in a sealed container or solidified. If it is more than two litres then the cooking oil should be taken to our Grimsby CRC site . It is unlawful to dispose of oils of any description down a drain. Alternatively you could use it to make seed cakes to feed the birds.

Kitchen Waste you can make your own compost at home, using raw fruit and vegetable waste. You can buy a subsidised Green Cone

Knives can be dropped off at your local Police Station

Laptops (small electrical equipment) is accepted for re-sale by some charities such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites

Light Bulbs – energy saving, may be taken to the Community Recycling Centre where the operatives will take them for disposal with the fluorescent tubes, as they contain a hazardous metal called Mercury. You can also ask the retailer of the bulb to take back the used one. A lot of retailers now accept your used low energy light bulbs including Sainsbury’s, Robert Dyas and Homebase, and lots of local businesses will be willing to take back electrical equipment.
The older, incandescent light bulbs can be put in the residual waste bin.

Lino can be placed in small amounts the green refuse bin, or at both CRC sites or collected through the bulky waste collection scheme

Lithium batteries can be taken to batteries collection points at both CRC sites

Liquid Petroleum Gas Bottles can be returned empty to suppliers for re-use or taken to Grimsby CRC site.

Magazines can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites.

Manure can not be taken for disposal at the CRC site as it is not licensed to take it. Horse owners may like to contact local farmers or allotment groups to see if they would like to take any, or they will need to compost it themselves, A web search will provide composting information.

Mattresses can be collected by many mattress suppliers when they deliver a new one, collected through the bulky waste collection scheme or taken to both CRC sites.

Medicines should be returned to your doctor or pharmacy

Metal (Scrap) can be taken to both CRC sites

Mirrors can be placed in the green refuse bin or taken to both CRC sites

Mobile Phones – shops which sell mobile phones will take them by back or you could donate to a charity who can earn money by recycling them

Monitors (Computer) small electrical equipment is accepted for re-sale by some charities such as British Heart Foundation or they can be taken to both CRC sites

Nappies – modern washable nappies are a much better alternative to disposables. Disposable nappies should be placed in the green refuse bin, excess household waste can be taken to both CRC sites.

Needles (syringes / clinical waste) – we offer a weekly collection service to registered addresses.

New build development – Every property in North East Lincolnshire is provided with a green coloured 240L household waste bin or has shared access to a communal waste bin. Customers can use our report it or apply for it section if they need a new or replacement green bin, recycle boxes and if you’re signed up to the Garden Waste system a brown bin.

Newspapers – can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites.

Oil (Kitchen) less than two litres of cooking oil can be left for collection in your household waste bin. It must be either in a sealed container or solidified. Alternatively you could use it to make seed cakes to feed the birds. If it is more than two litres then the cooking oil should be taken to our Grimsby CRC site. It is unlawful to dispose of oils of any description down a drain.

Oil (Vehicle) up to 5 litres / 1 gallon can be taken to Grimsby CRC site . It is unlawful to dispose of oils of any description down a drain

Packaging try to avoid when possible and remember your own shopping bags. To report over packaging of a product, please get in contact with Trading Standards on 01472 325770.

Packets Womens Aid collects packets from biscuits at their Grimsby shops.

Paint can be accepted at both Community Recycling Centre (CRC) sites, or put in the residential dustbin as long as it is kept in the general waste stream. Householders opting to use their residential dustbin to dispose of partly used or empty paint tins, are advised to first add small quantities of sand or soil to each tin (as an absorbent), and refit the lid.

Paper can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling sites and both CRC sites .

Pesticides can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Phone Books can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling sites and both CRC sites. All three directories can be cancelled in one go at junkbusters
Or by calling BT on 0800 833 400, Yellow Pages on 0800 671 444 or emailing
info@thomsonlocal.com with a name, address and phone number, Thomson requires cancellations to be re-confirmed every year

Plastic Bags Try and reduce your consumption of disposable plastic bags, or they go in the green wheelie bin

  • Consider purchasing heavy duty plastic bags or, even better, natural fibre ones made from materials such as cotton and jute instead. These can be used over and over again.
  • Try and re-use disposable plastic bags by taking them with you next time you go shopping. Some supermarkets even offer reward points for doing this and many have introduced recycling banks at the entrance to the store for carrier bag recycling
  • Some supermarkets take back plastic bags and plastic film, see the On Pack Recycling Label website for more information.

Plastic Bottles All household plastic bottles. e.g. drinks, washing up liquid, bleach and surface cleaner, shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap and bathroom cleaners etc. No other types of plastic. Please wash and squash and put the lid back on.

Plastic Containers We no longer recycle types 1, 2 and 3 in our area.  Please place in your green wheelie bin.

Plastic Cups (Vending) avoid where possible! Solid mugs are better than flimsy plastic every time. The Save a Cup scheme will recycle your office’s vending cups if they still have disposables. We no longer recycle types 1, 2 and 3 in our area.  Please place in your green wheelie bin.

Printer Cartridges Try to use refillable ink cartridges, or recycle through schemes such as Tesco’s.

Pyrex has no separate recycling method and should be put in your green refuse bin. Do not put in the recycling box as Pyrex melts at a higher temperature and so would contaminate the recycling process.

Quilts can be placed in the textile banks located at some recycling bank sites. Some animal rescue centres will take them (if they have sterilising facilities) to use as animal bedding.

Rabbit waste the CRC site can accept three bags of rabbit waste per day as long as it is mixed with straw, hay or sawdust.  Please note: no dog or horse waste is accepted.

Rags are accepted at St Andrews Hospice shops, from where they are sent for recycling. Please note they must be clean.

Rubbish let’s start thinking of our waste as resources – not rubbish! Any excess household waste can be taken to both CRC sites .

Rubble can be taken to both CRC sites but only in limited amounts, please check the CRC page for more details

Scrap Metal can be taken to both Community Recycling Centres.

Shoes can be placed in the specific shoe banks located at some recycling bank sites

Spectacles Many opticians collect old glasses, which can be re-used to help in Third World countries or Vision Aid Overseas also operate a re-use scheme.

Stamps can be taken to any Oxfam or St. Andrew’s hospice shop or posted to either Oxfam or RSPB.

Syringes we offer a weekly collection sharps collection service to registered addresses.

Textiles can be placed in the textile banks located at some recycling bank sites and both CRC sites. Clean rags can also be donated at St Andrews Hospice shops, who send them for recycling.

Tin Cans can be washed, squashed and put in the Orange recycling box, or take them to most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites

Thompsons Directory can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling bank sites and both CRC sites. All three directories can be cancelled in one go at junkbusters
Or by emailing info@thomsonlocal.com at Thomson with a name, address and phone number. Thomson requires cancellations to be re-confirmed every year

Trade Waste – if you operate a business and produce ‘trade’ waste you must ensure that you make the appropriate arrangements for disposal under the Duty of Care as set out in the Environmental Protection Act. Trade Waste is managed by Bell Waste Control who can be contacted on 01724 277299

Toasters (small electrical equipment) is accepted for re-sale by some charities such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites

Toys & games could be donated to local charities or doctor’s surgeries

TVs (small electrical equipment) are accepted for re-sale by some charities such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites for recycling

Tyres up to 4 tyres can be taken to both CRC sites

Underlay & carpets can be placed in small amounts the green refuse bin, or at both CRC sites or collected through the bulky waste collection scheme

Vacuum Cleaners (small electrical equipment) is accepted for re-sale by some charities such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites for recycling

Varnish (household chemicals) can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Vending Cups avoid where possible! Solid mugs are better than flimsy plastic every time. The Save a Cup scheme will recycle your office’s vending cups if they still have disposables. If plastic, please dispose of in your green wheelie bin.  We no longer recycle plastics stamped with a 1, 2 or 3.

Vehicle Batteries can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Wallpaper should be put in your household waste bin (green bin) or taken to the CRC in either Grimsby or Immingham.

Waste (Household) every property in North East Lincolnshire is provided with a green coloured household waste bin or has shared access to a communal waste bin. To find out the day your waste is collected on, or to report a lost or stolen bin, please call our Waste Hotline.

Waste (Trade) if you operate a business and produce ‘trade’ waste you must ensure that you make the appropriate arrangements for disposal under the Duty of Care as set out in the Environmental Protection Act. Trade Waste is managed by Bell Waste Control who can be contacted on 01724 277299

White goods some electrical equipment are accepted for re-sale by some charities such as Community Chest or they can be taken to both CRC sites for recycling. We also offer a Bulky Waste Collection

Wood Large items of wood, timber and MDF should be taken to both CRC sites. Small branches and twigs can go in household garden waste bins, or be composted.

Wood preservatives (household chemicals) can be taken to Grimsby CRC site

Wool & Yarn can be donated to charity shops

Wrapping Paper (Not waxed) can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling sites and both CRC sites. Reuse or buy recycled paper where possible.

Xmas Trees can be left with the New Year’s garden waste collection. Why not grow your own if you have space, and re-plant it?

Yellow Pages can go in your Blue recycling box, in addition to most recycling sites and both CRC sites. It can be cancelled by calling Yellow Pages on 0800 671 444
All three directories can be cancelled in one go at junkbusters

Yoghurt pots (plastic) We do not recycle these in our area yet.   Please dispose of in your green wheelie bin.

Zinc Batteries Try using rechargeable batteries, an environmentally friendly option.

More services

Telephone: 01472 326288

  1. Bin or box collections including missed collections
  2. New or replacement bin, recycling box or arrange a repair
  3. Recycling enquiries
  4. Bulky waste, white goods collection or clinical waste & sharps collection
  5. Community recycling centres
  6. Domestic asbestos disposal

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