A to Z of waste and recyclable items

Our A to Z of waste and recyclable items helps you find the right way to dispose of items.

It's important to put your waste items in the right bin – it helps save money and makes sure we can empty all your bins.

Some items can't be collected from your household wheeled bins, so we've suggested alternatives for you.

There may be an even better way to dispose of items, such as taking them to a charity shop or a re-use organisation, or by home composting. Re-use organisations will accept the same items as charity shops.

Other alternatives include booking a bulky waste collection from your home, or taking items to the Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC). All bulky waste and recycling from Thurrock households will also be accepted at the Linford site. You can find your nearest recycling banks by searching the Recycle Now website.

Item Which bin? Even better Alternatives
Aerosols Blue Recycling bank
Aluminium foil Blue
Aluminium food containers Blue Recycling bank
Animal bedding Green/Grey
Animal faeces - must be bagged Green/Grey
Armchairs None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Art and craft materials - new Green/Grey Charity shop
Asbestos None Special
Ashes Green/Grey
Baby wipes Green/Grey
Batteries (car) None Linford HWRC
Batteries (household) None Special
Bed settees None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Bed sheets None Charity shop Recycling bank
Beds None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Belts None Charity shop Recycling bank
Bicycles None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Bin liners (non-compostable or compostable) Green/Grey
Birthday cards Blue Recycling bank
Biscuit wrappers Green/Grey
Black bin liners Green/Grey
Blankets None Charity shop Recycling bank
Blenders None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Blinds None Linford HWRC
Blister packs (tablets) Green/Grey
Blouses None Charity shop Recycling bank
Boilers None Linford HWRC
Bones Brown
Bookcases None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Books None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Bottle tops (metal) Green/Grey Recycling bank
Bottle tops (plastic) Blue
Bowls (ceramic) Green/Grey Charity shop
Bowls (glass or hard plastic) Blue Charity shop
Bowls (Pyrex) Green/Grey Charity shop
Branches (over 10cm diameter) None Linford HWRC
Branches (under 10cm in diameter) Brown Linford HWRC
Bread Brown
Bread bags Green/Grey
Brita filter cartridges None Special
Brochures Blue Recycling bank
Bubble wrap Blue
Buckets (all metal) None Linford HWRC
Buckets (all plastic) Green/Grey
Buckets (plastic with metal handle) Green/Grey
Building waste None Linford HWRC
Bureaus None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Candles Green/Grey Charity shop
Cans Blue Recycling bank
Caps (hats) None Charity shop Recycling bank
Cardboard Blue Linford HWRC
Cards Blue Recycling bank
Carpet or carpet tiles None Linford HWRC
Carrier bags Green/Grey
Cartons (Tetra Pak) Blue Recycling bank
Cassette tape cases Green/Grey
Cassette tapes Green/Grey Charity shop
Cat faeces - must be bagged Green/Grey
Cat food pouches Green/Grey
Catalogues (hard backed) Blue Linford HWRC
Catalogues (soft backed) Blue Recycling bank
CD cases (hard plastic) Blue
CDs Green/Grey Charity shop
Cellophane Green/Grey
Cereal boxes Blue
Cereal inner bags Green/Grey
Chairs and stools None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Chest of drawers None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Children's bicycles None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Chocolate wrappers Green/Grey
Christmas cards Blue
Christmas trees (artificial) Green/Grey Charity shop Linford HWRC
Christmas trees (real, cut-up) Brown Linford HWRC
Christmas wrapping (metallic) Green/Grey
Christmas wrapping (paper) Blue
Cigarette butts Green/Grey
Cling film Blue
Clinical waste None Special
Clothes (excluding shoes) - good condition None Charity shop Recycling bank
Clothes (excluding shoes) - poor condition None Recycling bank
Clothes hangers Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Clothes pegs (wooden or plastic) Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Coat hangers Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Coats None Charity shop Recycling bank
Coffee grounds Brown
Computers None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Concrete None Linford HWRC
Cooked fish Brown
Cookers (electric) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Cookers (gas) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Cooking fat (solid or semi-solid) Green/Grey
Cooking oil - must be in a plastic bottle Green/Grey Linford HWRC
Corks Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Cotton buds Green/Grey
Cotton wool Green/Grey
Crisp packets Green/Grey
Crisp tubes Green/Grey
Crockery - broken Green/Grey Linford HWRC
Crockery - good condition None Charity shop
Curtain rings Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Curtains None Charity shop Recycling bank
Cutlery None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Dairy products (food) Brown
Dead animals None Special
Desks None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Dish cloths Green/Grey
Dishwashers None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Disposable nappies Green/Grey
DIY building waste None Linford HWRC
Dog faeces - must be bagged Green/Grey
Doors (not wooden) None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Doors (wooden) None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Dresses None Charity shop Recycling bank
Dressing tables None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Drink cans Blue Recycling bank
Drink cartons Blue Recycling bank
Drinking glasses Green/Grey Charity shop
Drinking straws Green/Grey
Duvet covers None Charity shop Recycling bank
Duvets None Charity shop Linford HWRC
DVD cases (plastic) Blue
DVDs None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Egg boxes (cardboard) Blue
Egg boxes (plastic) Blue
Egg boxes (polystyrene) Green/Grey
Egg shells Brown
Elastic bands Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Electric fires (not surrounds) None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Electrical items - broken None Bulky waste collection
Electrical items - still working None Charity shop
Envelopes Blue
Exercise equipment None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Extractor fans None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Felt-tip pens Green/Grey
Fencing - whole or broken up None Bulky waste collection
Flower pots (ceramic) None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Flower pots (plastic) Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Flowers Brown Home composting
Fluorescent tubes (light bulbs) None Linford HWRC
Foil from cigarette packets Blue
Food Brown Home composting
Food and drink cartons Blue Recycling bank
Food cans Blue Recycling bank
Food tins Blue Recycling bank
Food-stained cardboard Green/Grey
Food-stained paper Green/Grey
Food-stained paper towel Brown
Freezers None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Fridge freezers None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Fridges None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Frozen vegetable bags Green/Grey
Fruit Brown Home composting
Fruit nets Green/Grey
Fruit peelings Brown Home composting
Furniture None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Garden furniture None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Garden materials (organic) Brown Home composting
Gas bottles None Special
Gas fires None Bulky waste collection
Glass bottles (brown) Blue Recycling bank
Glass bottles (clear) Blue Recycling bank
Glass bottles (green) Blue Recycling bank
Glass jars Blue Recycling bank
Glasses (eye glasses) Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Grass Brown Home composting
Greetings cards Blue Recycling bank
Hair Green/Grey
Hairdryers None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Handbags None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Hard toys or games (large) None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Hard toys or games (small) Green/Grey Charity shop Linford HWRC
Hats None Charity shop Recycling bank
Hay - clean Brown Home composting
Hay - dirty Green/Grey
Hedge clippings Brown Home composting
Hobs None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Holiday brochures Blue Recycling bank
Hoovers None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Hot chocolate tub Green/Grey
Household batteries None Special
Incontinence pads Green/Grey
Inhalers Green/Grey
Ironing boards None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
J-cloths Green/Grey
Jackets None Charity shop Recycling bank
Japanese Knotweed None Special
Jar lids Green/Grey
Jeans None Charity shop Recycling bank
Junk mail Blue
Kettles None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Kitchen knives None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Kitchen paper towel - food-stained Brown
Kitchen paper towel - stained, not food Green/Grey
Kitchen units None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Latex gloves Green/Grey
Leaflets Blue
Leaves Brown Home composting
Leggings None Charity shop Recycling bank
Light bulb (fluorescent tube) None Linford HWRC
Light bulbs (low energy) Green/Grey Linford HWRC
Light bulbs (not low energy) Green/Grey Linford HWRC
Lino None Bulky waste collection
Magazines Blue Recycling bank
Mattresses None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Meat Brown
Medicine (tablets or liquids) None Special
Microwaves None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Mirrors None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Mobile phones None Charity shop Linford HWRC
Monitor (computer) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Musical instruments None Charity shop Bulky waste collection
Nappies (disposable) Green/Grey
Newspapers Blue Recycling bank
Nightdresses None Charity shop Recycling bank
Nut shells Brown Home composting
Nuts and bolts None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Office paper Blue Recycling bank
Oil (all types) None Linford HWRC
Organic materials Brown Home composting
Ovens (electric) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Ovens (gas) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Paint tins None Linford HWRC
Pamphlets Blue Recycling bank
Paper Blue Recycling bank
Paper cups (waxed) Green/Grey
Pegs (wooden or plastic) Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Petrol None Special
Petrol can (empty) None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Photographs Blue
Pillows None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Plasterboard None Linford HWRC
Plasters Green/Grey
Plastic bottle lids Blue
Plastic bottles Blue
Plastic carrier bags Green/Grey
Plastic cups Blue
Plastic food containers - clean Blue
Plastic ready meal trays - clean Blue
Plastic sandwich containers Blue
Plastic storage boxes Blue Charity shop
Plate scrapings Brown
Polo shirts None Charity shop Recycling bank
Polystyrene Green/Grey Linford HWRC
Pot noodle lids Blue
Pot noodle pots Blue
Printer None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Printer cartridges None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Pyjamas None Charity shop Recycling bank
Pyrex Green/Grey
Radiators None Bulky waste collection
Rags - clean Green/Grey Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Rags - dirty Green/Grey
Razor blades Green/Grey
Rice packets Green/Grey
Rubber gloves Green/Grey
Sandals Green/Grey Charity shop Recycling bank
Sanitary products Green/Grey
Sanitary towels Green/Grey
Sanitary waste - infectious None Special
Sanitary waste - not infectious Green/Grey
Scarves None Charity shop Recycling bank
Serviettes (cloth) Green/Grey Charity shop
Serviettes (paper) Blue
Settees None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Sewing machines (electric) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Sewing machines (not electric) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Shells from shellfish Brown
Shirts None Charity shop Recycling bank
Shoes - good condition None Charity shop Recycling bank
Shoes - poor condition None Linford HWRC
Shredded paper - loose, not in bags Blue
Sideboards None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Silver foil Blue
Sinks None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Skirts None Charity shop Recycling bank
Socks None Charity shop Recycling bank
Sofas None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Soft toys Green/Grey Charity shop Linford HWRC
Soil None Linford HWRC
Spectacles Green/Grey
Spin dryers None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Sponges Green/Grey Re-use organisation
Stereos None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Stoma bags None Special
Stones None Linford HWRC
Stones from fruit Brown
Stools and chairs None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Straw - clean Brown Home composting
Straw - dirty Green/Grey
Straws (drinking) Green/Grey
Suites (three piece) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Suits None Charity shop Recycling bank
Sweat shirts None Charity shop Recycling bank
Sweaters None Charity shop Recycling bank
Sweet wrappers Green/Grey
Swimming costumes None Charity shop Recycling bank
Syringes (no needle) Green/Grey
Syringes (with hypodermic needle) None Special
T-shirts None Charity shop Recycling bank
Tables None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Tea bags Brown Home composting
Tea leaves Brown Home composting
Telephone directories Blue Recycling bank
Televisions None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Tetra Pak packaging Blue Recycling bank
Textiles - good condition None Charity shop Recycling bank
Textiles - poor condition None Linford HWRC
Three piece suites None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Ties None Charity shop Recycling bank
Tiles - broken None Linford HWRC
Tiles - good condition None Charity shop
Timber (treated) None Linford HWRC
Tin foil Blue
Tin lids Blue
Tins Blue
Tissues (used) Green/Grey
Toasters None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Toilets None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Tools (electric) None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Tools (not electric) None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Toothbrushes Green/Grey
Toothpaste tubes Green/Grey
Towels None Re-use organisation Linford HWRC
Toys (hard) - good condition None Charity shop
Toys (hard) - poor condition Green/Grey Linford HWRC
Tracksuits None Charity shop Recycling bank
Trainers None Charity shop Recycling bank
Trousers None Charity shop Recycling bank
Tumble dryers None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Tupperware Green/Grey Charity shop Linford HWRC
Turf Brown Linford HWRC
TVs None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Tyres None Linford HWRC
Underlay None Linford HWRC
Underwear None Charity shop Recycling bank
Used tissues Green/Grey
Vacuum cleaners None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Vacuum dust Green/Grey
Vegetable peelings Brown Home composting
Vegetables Brown Home composting
Video cases (cardboard) Blue
Video cases (plastic) Green/Grey
Video cassettes Green/Grey Charity shop
Waistcoats None Charity shop Recycling bank
Wallpaper Green/Grey Linford HWRC
Wardrobes None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Washing machines None Re-use organisation Bulky waste collection
Watering cans Green/Grey Charity shop Linford HWRC
Wax Green/Grey
Waxed paper or card Green/Grey
Weeds Brown Home composting
Window glass None Bulky waste collection
Windows None Bulky waste collection
Wires None Linford HWRC
Wood (processed) Green/Grey Bulky waste collection
Wrapping paper Blue
Yellow Pages Blue
Yoghurt pots Blue
Zips Green/Grey Charity shop Linford HWRC