Recycling list

Items you can recycle or dispose of in Blackburn and Darwen and the best way to dispose of them.

If there's anything we have missed please let us know at cleansing@blackburn.gov.uk

Updated:10:05 11.09.19

A

  • Aerosols including deodorant and body spray, hairspray, air freshener and polish (only if they are empty): Grey bin
  • Aluminium foil and foil trays (need to be clean): Grey bin
  • Aluminium cans - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Anti - freeze - hazardous waste: Household waste centre
  • Appliances: Bulky waste service, household waste centre
  • Asbestos: Household waste centre
  • Ash from BBQs incl disposable BBQs: Burgundy bin, Household waste centre (Note: important dose with water first to stop fires !)

B

  • Baking tray / tin: Household waste centre
  • Batteries: Small electrical collection, some shops or household waste centre
  • Bicycles: Donate, bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Board Games: Donate
  • Books: Donate
  • Bottles and jars - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Bread wrappers / bags: Burgundy bin
  • Bric - a - brac: Donate, household waste centre
  • Bricks: Household waste centre
  • Brushes, rollers and mops: Household waste centre
  • Building material: Household waste centre
  • Bubble wrap: Donate, burgundy bin
  • Buttons: Donate, burgundy bin
  • Branches and twigs: Brown bin

C

  • Cans (food and drink cans) - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Car batteries: Household waste centre
  • Carbon monoxide monitor: See electrical items
  • Cardboard: Grey bin - make sure they are squashed down
  • Carpets and rugs - : Bulky waste collection, household waste centre
  • Cartons (e,g, tetrapaks) including UHT, soya and goat's milk, fruit juice and sauces - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Carrier bags: Many supermarkets now have recycling points for carrier bags, burgundy bin
  • Cassettes: Burgundy bin
  • Catalogues: Grey bin
  • Cat litter: Burgundy bin
  • Cat food sachets: Burgundy bin
  • CDs: Donate
  • Chipboard: Household waste centre
  • Children’s toys: Donate
  • Christmas and birthday cards: Grey bin
  • Christmas trees: Household waste centre, bulky collection, brown bin
  • Clingfilm: Burgundy bin
  • Clocks and watches: Donate
  • Clothing, textiles and shoes: Donate, household waste centre, * kerbside textile collections, textile banks
  • Coat hangers: Donate, household waste centre, burgundy bin
  • Coffee grounds: home compost
  • Cooking pans, trays and utensils: household waste centre, donate (if clean and good condition)
  • Cooking oil: Small bottles of used cooking oil can go in your burgundy bin, larger quantities can go to the household waste centre
  • Computers and PCs: Household waste centre
  • Cookers: Bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Crockery and cutlery: Donate
  • Crisp packets: Burgundy bin
  • Curtains: Donate, textile bank

D

  • Directories phone: Grey bin
  • Dishwashers: Bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Disposable nappies: Burgundy bin. There are alternatives e.g reusable nappies
  • Dog food sachets: Burgundy bin
  • Drinks cans - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Drinks cartons - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • DVDs: Donate , household waste centre
  • DVD players: Donate, household waste centre

E

  • Egg boxes (plastic and cardboard): Grey bin
  • Egg Shells: Burgundy bin
  • Electrical goods: Donate, household waste centre
  • Engine oil: Household waste centre
  • Envelopes: Grey bin

F

  • Fat / Oil for cooking: Household waste centre, burgundy bin if small bottle
  • Flowers and plants: Brown bin
  • Foil - kitchen and aluminium - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Food waste: bag up and put in burgundy bin
  • Fridges and freezers: Household waste centre, bulky item collection service
  • Frozen food bags: Burgundy bin
  • Furniture: Donate, bulky item collection service

G

  • Garden chemicals: household waste centre, donate
  • Garden waste: Brown bin
  • Gift wrap (plain paper only, not metallic): Grey bin
  • Glass bottles and jars - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Glasses (drinking glasses) - need to be clean: Donate or grey bin
  • Glue: Burgundy bin
  • Grass cuttings: Brown bin
  • Guttering: Household waste centre

H

  • Hairdryers: Donate, kerbside collection*, household waste centre
  • Hedge clippings: Brown bin

I

  • Irons: Donate, kerbside collection*, household waste centre

J

  • Jewellery: Donate
  • Jiffy bags: Reuse or burgundy bin
  • Junk mail: Grey bin

K

  • Kitchen waste: Bag it up and put it in the Burgundy bin
  • Kitchen roll inner cardboard tubes (cardboard) : grey bin
  • Kitchen roll/ tissue: burgundy bin

L

  • Lamps: Donate, kerbside collection*, household waste centre
  • Leaflets: Grey bin
  • Leaves: Brown bin
  • Light bulbs: Small electrical collection, household waste centre or burgundy bin

M

  • Magazines: Grey bin
  • Margarine tubs - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Mattresses: Bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Medicine: Return unwanted or out of date medicine to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal
  • MDF: Household waste centre
  • Microwaves: Donate, household waste centre
  • Mirrors: Donate, household waste centre
  • Mobile phones: Small electrical collection, household waste centre
  • Milk bottles (plastic and glass) - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Musical instruments: Donate

N

  • Nappies: Burgundy bin. There are alternatives e.g reusable nappies. Please make sure to put nappies in a bag before putting in the bin.
  • Newspapers: Grey bin

O

  • Oil (cooking oil): Small bottles of used cooking oil can go in your burgundy bin, household waste centre

P

  • Pans: Donate
  • Paper: Grey bin
  • Paper, shredded: Grey bin
  • Paint: Household waste centre
  • Pesticides - see hazardous waste: Burgundy bin
  • Pet litter: Burgundy bin
  • Phone directories: Grey bin
  • Pillows: Donate, household waste centre or burgundy bin
  • Pill trays with foil: Burgundy bin
  • Plant pots and seed trays: Reuse or burgundy bin
  • Plants: Brown bin
  • Plasterboard: household waste centre
  • Plastic bottles including drinks and detergents - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic egg boxes - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic fruit punnets - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic handsoap dispensers - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic ice cream tubs - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic margarine tubs - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic ready meal trays (not black) - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic sauce pots - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic spray bottles from detergent and cleaning products - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic tubs from laundry capsules: Grey bin
  • Plastic tubs from personal care products (for example creams and hair gels) - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic yoghurt pots (rinse and remove foil lids) - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Pot noodle pots - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Plastic vitamin and supplement pots: Grey bin
  • Carrier bags: Burgundy bin
  • Buckets: Burgundy bin
  • Pipes: Burgundy bin
  • Toys: Donate
  • Polystyrene packaging: Burgundy bin
  • Clingfilm: Burgundy bin
  • Inner wrap from cereals: Burgundy bin
  • Bread wrappers: Burgundy bin
  • Frozen food bags: Burgundy bin
  • Plant pots: Reuse or burgundy bin
  • Pill trays with foil: Burgundy bin
  • Food sachets (eg. powdered sauces): Burgundy bin
  • Plastic chairs: Donate, household waste centre
  • Plastic toys: Donate
  • Polystyrene: Burgundy bin
  • Pots and pans: Donate or burgundy bin
  • Prams and pushchairs: Donate
  • Printer cartridges: Burgundy bin
  • Pyrex glass including jugs and cooking dishes: Burgundy bin
  • Pizza boxes - need to be clean: Grey bin if not food or grease residue on them

Q

  • Quilt: Donate, household waste centre

R

  • Radiators: household waste centre
  • Radios: small electrical collection
  • Records, audio tapes, CDs: Donate
  • Refrigerators: Bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Rabbit bedding: Brown bin

S

  • Sanitary products: Burgundy bin. There are reusable alternatives available in your local healthcare shops
  • Scrap metal: Household waste centre
  • Sewing machines: donate, household waste centre
  • Shoes: Donate or household waste centre
  • Small electrical appliances: Kerbside collection*, donate, household waste centre
  • Sofas: Donate, bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Soil: household waste centre
  • Spectacles: Many opticians will recycle used spectacles
  • Steel cans - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Straw and hay: Brown bin

T

  • Takeaway food containers:
  • Chip/burger trays: Burgundy bin
  • Plastic takeaway containers - need to be clean: grey bin
  • Foil take away containers - need to be clean: grey bin
  • Tea bags: home compost, burgundy bin
  • Television sets: Donate, bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Tetrapaks - need to be clean: Grey bin
  • Textiles: Donate, textiles collection
  • Timber: household waste centre
  • Infant milk and formula tins: grey bin
  • Baby food tins - need to be clean: grey bin
  • Pet food tins - need to be clean: grey bin
  • Tissue/ Toilet roll: Burgundy bin
  • Toilet and Kitchen roll tube: Grey bin
  • Tools: Donate
  • Toothpaste tubes: Burgundy bin
  • Towels: Burgundy bin
  • Trees loppings: brown bin, household waste centre
  • Toys and games: Donate
  • Tyres: Household waste centre
  • TVs: household waste centre

V

  • Vacuum Cleaners: Donate, bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Vacumm - contents of: Burgundy bin
  • Vegetable peelings: Burgundy bin
  • Video recorders: Donate, Household waste centre

W

  • Washing machines: Bulky item collection service, household waste centre
  • Wet wipes: Burgundy bin
  • Water Butts: Donate
  • Weeds: Brown bin
  • Window glass: Household waste centre
  • Wood: Household waste centre

Y

  • Yellow pages: Grey bin
  • Yogurt Pot - need to be clean: Grey bin

*kerbside collection service - if you leave a small electrical item next to your grey bin on recycling day, it will be collected.