Waste & Recycling FAQs
To search for recycling and disposal advice for a particular item, visit the Recycle Right website or call the Recycle Right hotline.
Planet Ark also has recycling directories for householders and businesses on their Recycling Near You website and Business Recycling website.
A-Z Recycling and Disposal Guide
Local waste management centres
To dispose of unwanted materials yourself, take them to a waste management centre.
Disposal of some items will incur fees. Please contact the centres directly to find out disposal charges and what they will accept.
Is my privacy at risk if I put papers containing my personal details in the recycling bin?
How can I dispose of bulk green waste?
How clean do items need to be to go in the yellow recycling bin?
Glossy paper and tissues - can any type of paper go in the recycling bin?
Can biscuit trays go in the recycling bin?
I know I can’t put soil in any of my bins so where can I take it?
Nappies - do they all go to landfill?
Packing foam/styrofoam - which bin does it go in?
Pizza boxes - can we really put them in the yellow recycling bin?
Plastic bottle tops – we are told to take the tops off but not where to put them?
Saucepans and frying pans - can they go in the recycling bin?
Soft plastics: what do I do with flimsy biscuit trays and light packaging plastics?
The triangle on plastics is confusing. What does it actually mean?
Paper towel: I’ve heard that this can’t go in the recycling bin? Where do they go then?
Can video tapes be recycled?
What can I do with paint tins that still have some paint in them?
How to dispose of motor oil and kitchen oil?
What can I do with my food scraps?
What can I do with shredded paper?
Why can’t I put mobile phones in the yellow bin if they are recyclable?
X-rays - can they be recycled?