A - Z of Waste Services in Tameside
This A - Z of Household Waste has been produced to give help and advice on how to reuse and recycle many different types of "rubbish".
In Tameside every year we produce enough rubbish to fill a large football stadium and this amount is ever increasing. All of this rubbish gets put into landfill sites where it gets buried but we are running out of space.
The growing waste problem means that alternative ways must be found to deal with rubbish. Recycling and Reusing things is a great way to stop rubbish being sent to landfill sites. However the best thing to do is Reduce the amount of waste you produce by purchasing things with little or no packaging.
- Empty aerosol cans are accepted in the Council's can banks and they are also collected as part of the green bin scheme but please remember do not squash or pierce aerosols.
- For more information on aerosol recycling contact the British Aerosol Manufacturers Association at www.bama.co.uk
- Aluminium can be recycled time and time again; this saves natural resources and energy.
- Please recycle aluminium cans & foil in the can banks provided within the borough. They are also collected as part of the green bin scheme
- Household Waste Recycling Centres also accept cans for recycling.
- Asbestos cannot be recycled, but it is important to dispose of it safely as it is a danger to health.
- For advice on its removal please see our Asbestos Frequently Asked Questions
- Car batteries can be harmful if they are not disposed of properly; please take to either of the Household Waste Recycling Centres to be recycled.
- It is better to buy rechargeable batteries as this minimises the amount of waste that is produced.
- Household batteries can now be taken to either Bayley Street or Ash Road Recycling Centres to be recycled.
- Try to buy environmentally friendly batteries that contain fewer heavy metals.
- Furniture in good condition can be reused; you could contact a furniture project that may be able to help.
- Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH Tel: 01457 838 608 collect your items and arrange for them to be used again.
- Books can be taken to local charity shops or sold to second hand bookshops for reuse.
- Paperback books can also be put into your blue bin. If you have hard back books to dispose of you must remove the cover before putting them into your blue bin.
- www.readitswapit.co.uk is a free website that allows you to browse through the unwanted books of other users around the country. If you find a book you like, you can simply arrange a swap with the other person, the only cost being the postage.
- Household items in good working order that you no longer desire could be someone else's treasure! Take them to a local charity shop, jumble sales and boot fairs for reuse.
- www.free2collect.co.uk - aims to help with the nation's recycling efforts by allowing people to post unwanted items for others to collect
- www.freecycle.org - changing the world one gift at a time
- Age UK will take bric-a-brac for reuse/recycling. Call 0845 400405 or visit the Age UK website
- Salvage companies may be interested in buying second hand materials.
- Small amounts of domestic building material can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Bulky Waste (See also Furniture Recycling, Electrical Appliances and Computers)
- Furniture in reasonable condition can be taken to charitable organisations. Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH Tel: 01457 838 608 collect your items and arrange for them to be used again.
- If you have any large items that are not suitable for reuse or recycling please see our Bulky Household Waste Frequently Asked Questions to arrange collection and disposal (charges may apply).
- British Heart Foundation
- It is important to complete the recycling loop by buying items that have been made from recycled products where possible.
- This is now collected in the blue bin scheme and can also be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centres for recycling.
- Small amounts of card (cut into pieces) can be put in your home composter to help balance the carbon content of the kitchen and garden waste.
- Traders can now recycle their cardboard Free of Charge at Houghtons Waste Paper Ltd in Ashton. (for more information please visit http://www.houghtons-wp.co.uk/index.html )
- Reuse cards by making gift tags out of them or donate them to a local playgroup or school to use for art and craftwork.
- These can be recycled in the blue bin or paper banks providing they do not have glitter on.
- The Woodland Trust run schemes at Christmas to collect cards (see Christmas arrangements in local press for details).
- Unwanted cars must be disposed of properly. Yellow pages provide contacts for local scrap yards.
- There is no need to throw away CD's if they are in working order they can be taken to book and music banks located at some of the recycling sites.
- Take them to charity shops, jumble sales and boot fairs for reuse.
- May go in the brown bins or they can be taken to either of the Household Waste Recycling Centres for composting.
- There may be other festive schemes operating at Christmas (please see local press for details).
- If you have clinical waste for disposal please see our Clinical Waste Frequently Asked Questions
- There are textile banks at recycling centres across the borough that take clothes for recycling. Alternatively take clean, good quality items to charity shops.
- Specialist second hand shops may also be interested in paying you for good quality items.
- Home composting is a brilliant way of helping to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill sites.
- Items that are great for composting are fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags and garden waste.
- Tameside Council promotes the use of composting through the sale of subsidised home composting units and other products. For more information visit www.tameside.gov.uk/composters
- Redundant computers may be recycled or reconditioned.
- Sims Metal Recycling take unwanted computers and recycle them. Contact them on 0161 338 7876 (charges may apply).
- Shredded paper can be put into the blue bin or taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling.
- Confidential waste contractors can provide you with a paper shredding service contact Haughtons Waste Paper on 0161 330 4971, DSC Secure Product Destruction Ltd 0161 371 7989 or
- Shred Easy 0800 269 232
- Cooking oil can be taken to either of the Household Waste Recycling Centres
- Old cutlery / crockery could be taken to a charity shop for reuse.
- Tetrapak cartons can now be placed in your Blue Bin to be recycled.
Electrical Equipment (See Bulky Waste, Computers, and Fridges/Freezers)
- It is illegal to pour waste motor oil down the drain as it causes a serious pollution problem in rivers and seas. Engine oil from your own car can be taken to either of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Tameside.
- For advice on what to do with waste motor oil ring the National Oil Care Helpline 0800 663 366
- It is best to try and reuse envelopes by sticking labels over the old address.
- If they are unusable remove plastic windows and place in either the blue bin or take to a paper bank.
- To report tipped rubbish on roads, footpaths, behind houses or other areas please call 0161 342 8355
- A single fluorescent tube contains enough mercury to pollute more than 30,000 litres of water so must be disposed of safely.
- Contact Mercury Recycling Ltd, Unit G, Canalside North, off Gilbert Way, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1DP Tel: 0161 877 0977. Collection throughout the UK charges dependant on volume.
- Manchester Waste Recycling Company: Costs £89 + VAT for 6ft container and £99 + VAT for 8ft. Call 01617 36 36 36 for further information.
- Most food waste can be recycled using a home composter (except meat, fish and cheese).
Fridges/Freezers (see also Bulky Waste)
- Old fridges and freezers must be disposed of safely due to the hazardous properties of the CFC's that are contained within them.
- Old fridges and freezers can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centres or they can be collected by the Council (charges may apply) - please see Bulky Household Waste Frequently Asked Questions.
- Sims Metal Recycling take unwanted fridges/'freezers and recycle them. Contact them on 0161 338 7876 (charges may apply).
- Can be bought or sold through advertisements in local papers or donated to charity shops.
- Contact one of the local furniture projects in the area that repair and reuse unwanted items. Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH Tel: 01457 838 608 collect your items and arrange for them to be used again.
- If items are unfit for reuse then contact the Council who will arrange for your items to be removed (see also Bulky Waste).
- British Heart Foundation
- Tameside Council provides separate wheeled bin collections for garden waste to some parts of the borough (brown bin scheme).
- Garden waste can also be used to make home compost. Compost bins are available to purchase through the Council
- Garden waste can also be taken at the Household Waste Recycling Centres
- If possible these should be returned to the place of purchase otherwise they can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres
- Glass bottles are collected at recycling sites across the borough or as part of the green bin scheme
- Unfortunately sheet glass cannot be accepted at recycling sites or in the green bin.
- Sheet glass can be disposed of at either of the Household Waste Recycling Centres
- Old glasses can be recycled, most opticians will take them or alternatively take them to Emmaus in Mossley.
- Age UK will take old glasses for recycling. Call 0845 400405 or visit the Age UK website
- For free advice on the handling and disposal of hazardous waste contact the Health and Safety Executive via their website: www.hse.gov.uk
- There are 2 Household Waste Recycling Centres in Tameside where a range of household waste can be taken for recycling or disposal.
- Bayley Street, Stalybridge 0161 338 7370
- Ash Road, Droylsden 0161 370 1517
- To stop unwanted mail contact The Mailing Preference Service, Tel 0845 703 4599.
- Faxes can also be stopped by contacting The Mailing Preference Service on www.fpsonline.org.uk
- Junk mail can also be recycled in your local paper bank or in your blue bin
Kitchen Waste (See Composting and Food Waste)
- Household waste is put into large holes in the ground called landfill sites where it gets buried. The UK is running out of landfill space so alternative ways of dealing with our rubbish must be used. We must all try and reduce the amounts of waste that we produce and recycle rubbish where possible.
- Magazines can be donated to local doctors or dental surgeries for reuse.
- Magazines can also be recycled in a blue bin or taken to a paper bank at your nearest recycling site
- Scrap metal can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or look in Yellow Pages for your nearest scrap metal dealer.
- Argos , Tesco and Sainsbury's stores provide freepost envelopes in store to post old mobile phones. For every phone recycled £2.50 will be donated to charity.
- You can return unwanted handsets and accessories to most mobile phone retailers.
- Willow Wood Hospice, Willow Wood Close, Ashton collect mobile phones for recycling to raise money for the hospice.
- On average every child will use 5850 disposable nappies in their lifetime, most of which end up in landfill, taking up to 500 years to decompose.
- Consider using washable reusable nappies.
- More information about reusable nappies
Newspaper (See Paper)
Oil (See also Cooking Oil and Engine Oil)
- Try and buy products that contain little or no packaging alternatively buy products with packaging that can be recycled easily e.g. paper or glass.
- Try to save paint for later use or retouching, or give it to someone you know that can make use of it. Organisations such as local charities, youth clubs or schools may find spare paint useful.
- Householders wishing to dispose of paint may take it to the local Household Waste Recycling Centre
- Please do not pour paint down the drain or into your wheelie bin. Cans of paint can burst open in the collection vehicle and leave paint along the road. If you do wish to dispose of paint leave it to dry out before placing it in your bin.
- Try to avoid paint with high levels of volatile organic compounds and purchase more environmentally friendly options.
- Each tonne of paper collected for recycling can save 17 trees. Recycle paper in the blue bins or at recycling sites across the borough.
- Paper can also be recycled at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre
- Businesses wishing to recycle paper should contact the Council on 0161 342 8355.
Pesticides (See Hazardous Waste)
- Please recycle plastic bottles in the banks provided within the borough. They are also collected as part of the green bin scheme.
- Most supermarkets have special bins for collecting used carrier bags for recycling
Printer Cartridges (See Toner Cartridges)
- These can be placed in the textile banks located around the borough. There are also some shoe only banks located at some of the recycling sites.
- Both Household Waste Recycling Centre accept shoes.
- Please recycle steel cans in the can banks provided within the borough. They are also collected as part of the green bin scheme
- Both Household Waste Recycling Centres accept cans for recycling.
Syringes (See Clinical Waste)
- These can be recycled in the blue bins or in any of the paper banks located across the borough (yellow pages are now also accepted).
Tetrapak Cartons (See Drinks Cartons)
Textiles (See also Clothes)
- Items such as clothes, curtains and bed linen can be placed in clothing banks or taken to charity shops.
- There are some bins situated at Stalybridge Celtic Football Club, Mottram Road, Stalybridge.
- Toner cartridges can be recycled. Rethink Recycling offer a free collection service (minimum 15 cartridges to receive payment). They also buy printer and fax machine waste.
- Rethink Recycling, Mill Bank House, Manchester Road, Carrington, Manchester M31 4BD. Tel: 0161 775 6122.
- Some schools also collect toner cartridges for recycling to raise money for school funds.
- Willow Wood Hospice also collects toner cartridges for recycling.
Toys and Games
- Toys and games in good working order can be taken to your local charity shop or sold at a car boot sale.
- Over 38 million tyres are discarded in the UK each year and can sometimes occur as fly tipping on garage forecourts, industrial estates or car parks. Please dispose of unwanted tyres in the proper manner.
- You can take your old tyres to either of the Household Waste Recycling Centres for disposal.
- Or contact UK Tyre Processors Ltd, Northend Road, Stalybridge Tel: 0161 304 7666 for more details.
Vegetable Waste (See Composting)
- Most vending cup recycling companies offer a free collection service for large quantities of vending cups.
- The Save a Cup Recycling Company Limited, Suite 2, Bridge House, Bridge Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2EL Tel: 01494 510 167.
Washing Machines (see also Bulky Waste)
- Old washing machines can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or they can be collected by the Council (see Bulky Waste)
- Reducing the amount of rubbish that we create and buying products with little or no packaging is the best way to help tackle the ever-increasing waste problem.
- Window glass can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site for disposal.
- Yellow pages can now be recycled in the blue bin or at any paper banks across the borough.
The paper that is collected is taken to a paper-manufacturing factory where it is made into newsprint. Making recycled paper instead of new paper uses 64% less energy and 58% less water.
The glass that is collected is taken to the Council's processing plant in Droylsden where it is pulverised down into sand of different particle sizes. This sand has many uses and can be used within the shot blasting industry, as a drainage aid; a filler in paint and can be used in golf course bunkers.
Plastic bottles are sent off to a company where they are processed and extruded into large plastic planks. These planks are bought back from the recycling company and are made into items of street furniture such as benches, litterbins and fencing. These are used in parks and public areas around the borough. http://www.tameside.gov.uk/recycling/furniture
Aluminium and steel cans have the potential to be recycled time and time again - saving energy and natural resources. Did you know that up to 95% less energy is used every time an aluminium can is recycled into a new can, compared to producing a brand new one. Scrap steel is essential in the production of virgin steel and up to 25% is used in the steel making process. Thanks to its versatility, scrap metal such as steel and aluminium can be used in the manufacturing of any steel or aluminium product.
Did you know?
1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours
Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the power that it takes to make 1 new one