Waste and recycling directory

All the bins, bags and boxes

  • Black bin – general rubbish for homes; (in most cases large black bin for flats and schools)
  • Blue bin – mixed recycling for homes; paper and cardboard recycling for flats and schools (subject to request and assessment)
  • Blue reusable bags – mixed recycling for homes (where we are unable to collect bins)
  • Brown bin – food waste collection for homes; for flats and schools (subject to request and assessment)
  • Clear bag – battery recycling
  • Green (or black) box – paper and cardboard recycling for homes
  • Green bin – garden waste collection for homes; for flats and schools (subject to request and assessment)
  • Pink sack –textile recycling
  • Purple sack – general rubbish for homes (where we are unable to collect bins)
  • Red bin – mixed recycling collection for flats and schools (subject to request and assessment)
  • Silver caddy – food waste, use for the kitchen and empty in to the brown bin for collection

Aerosols

Aerosols can be recycled using your mixed recycling collection (blue wheelie bin or blue reusable bag).

Please make sure:

  • cans are empty before you dispose of them
  • cans are not pierced or squashed

Appliances (household)

See "White goods".

Asbestos

See "Hazardous waste".

Audio cassettes

You can take these and video tapes to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Batteries (car)

You can take up to two car batteries a year to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website). No trade waste disposal at household sites.

Batteries (household)

Household batteries can be recycled using your battery recycling collection (small clear bags).

Bicycles

Recycle your bike through either the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

Bicycles can be disposed of using our chargeable collections for bulky items. We are unable to recycle bicycles and these will go into landfill.

If your bike is beyond repair, you can recycle the metal parts at a Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Books

Give unwanted books to your local charity shop or either the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

Paperback books can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box).

Bottles and jars (glass)

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled using your mixed recycling collection (blue wheelie bin or blue reusable bag). You can also take these to one of our Recycling centres.

Bottles (plastic)

See "Plastic bottles".

Cans (steel and aluminium)

Cans can be recycled using your mixed recycling collection (blue wheelie bin).

You can also take these to one of our Recycling centres.

Cardboard (any)

Cardboard can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box).

You can also take cardboard to one of our Recycling centres.

Carpet

Advertise carpet for sale locally or give it away using either the Freecycle network or theFreegle network (external websites).

Carpet can be disposed of using  our chargeable collections for Bulky waste. We are unable to recycle these items at present.

Carrier bags

Return carrier bags to collection points at most main supermarket sites.

To cut down on carrier bags, why not use a bag for life? You could keep these in the boot of your car, ready for your next shopping trip.

Cartons (food and drink)

Cartons and Tetra Paks can be recycled using your mixed recycling collection (blue bin or blue reusable bags).

Cartridges (printer/copier)

Some charities and not-for-profit organisations will recycle your toner and ink cartridges to raise money.

See Recycle Now: what to do with... (external website) to find out how to recycle or reuse cartridges.

Catalogues

Catalogues can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box).

You can also take catalogues to one of our Recycling centres.

CDs and DVDs

Give unwanted CDs and DVDs to your local charity shop or use either the Freecycle networkor the Freegle network (external websites).

Some major online retailers allow you to sell CDs and DVDs to other customers using their websites.

Chemicals (household)

See "Hazardous waste".

Christmas cards

Cards can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box).

Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees can be cut up and placed into your green garden waste bin or bags. They can also be recycled at your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Clinical waste

We offer a free clinical waste collection following a medical referral.

Clothes

Give unwanted clothes to your local charity shop or use either the Freecycle network or theFreegle network (external websites).

Clothes can be recycled using your textile recycling  collection (pink bags).

You can also take clothes to one of our Recycling centres. that accepts textiles.

Compost

See "Garden waste".

Computers

Advertise computers for sale locally or use either the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

You can also donate old computers to charities who will make good use of them.

Note: make sure your personal information is removed from your computer before you dispose of it. For further information on safely disposing of your old computer, see GetSafeOnline (external website).

Computers can be taken to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Confidential waste

If you need to dispose of confidential documents, you will have to contact a private contractor for disposal. Alternatively, you can put shredded documents in your general waste.

Cookers

See "White goods".

Cooking oil

Cooking oil can be taken to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Crockery and cutlery

Some local charity shops take cutlery and crockery. Metal cutlery can be recycled at a Household Recycling Centre (external website).

DIY waste

You can take household DIY waste to a Household Recycling Centre (external website). Conditions may apply.

Electrical or electronic goods

Some retailers will take back old electrical goods when you buy a replacement from them. See Recycle Now (external website) for more about waste electronics.

You can now recycle all domestic electrical and electronic equipment at your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Fire extinguishers

Household Recycling Centres accept small fire extinguishers for recycling. They do not take fire extinguishers that were for trade use only.

Fluorescent lighting tubes

See "Light bulbs".

Foil

Foil can be recycled using your mixed recycling collection (blue wheelie bin or blue reusable bag).

Food waste

Food waste can be recycled using your food waste collection (small brown bin and  silver kitchen caddy).

Some food waste can be composted. See Bucks CC composting page (external website).

Fridges and freezers

See "White goods".

Furnishings

Advertise furnishings for sale locally, give them away to a local charity or use either the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

Furnishings can be disposed of using our chargeable collections for Bulky waste. We are unable to recycle furnishings and these will go into landfill.

You can also take furnishings to a Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Furniture

Advertise furniture for sale locally, give them away to a local charity or use either the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

Furniture can be disposed of using our chargeable collections for Bulky waste. We are unable to recycle furniture and it will go into landfill.

You can also take furniture to a Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Garden waste

Garden waste can be recycled using your garden waste collection (green bin or green reusable bags).

Alternatively, you can compost garden waste yourself. See Bucks CC composting page (external website).

Gas cylinders or bottles

Most gas cylinders or bottles can be returned to the retailer or supplier.

You can take up to three gas bottles from householders at any Household Recycling Centre (external website). The centres will not accept gas cylinders or bottles from trade.

Do not place gas cylinders in your bin. They may explode if they are crushed.

Glass - bottles and jars

See "Bottles and jars".

Glass - other

At present, we can only recycle glass bottles and jars. Other types of glass are not currently accepted for recycling in Bucks.

Glasses

See "Spectacles".

Handbags

See "Clothes".

Hazardous waste

Household waste and recycling centres will accept a small quantity of hazardous waste from householders. They do not accept any hazardous waste from trade.

Hearing aids

Some doctors' surgeries, hospital audiology departments and charity shops may collect unwanted hearing aids. Please check before dropping them off. 

Inhalers

Some pharmacists collect inhalers. Please check before dropping them off.

Junk mail

Paper junk mail can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box). Alternatively take any junk mail to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

To help prevent identity theft, shred any unwanted mail containing personal details before recycling it.

To reduce the amount of junk mail you receive you can:

  1. Use the mail preference service (MPS). This is a free service which allows you to have your name removed from most mailing lists in the UK. For further information see MPS (external website).
  2. For unaddressed mail, use the Royal Mail's door to door opt-out service. For further information see Royal Mail controlling your mail (external website).
  3. For unaddressed mail, request a "no junk mail" sticker to place on your door from Bucks County Council on 01296 382 307 or email: waste_strategy@buckscc.gov.uk.

Light bulbs and tubes

Household Recycling Centre (external website) will accept a small number of fluorescent tubes and light bulbs including low energy light bulbs from householders. The centres do not accept bulbs and tubes from trade.

We do not collect fluorescent lighting tubes in the black bin or bulky item collections.

Low energy light bulbs should not be placed in your refuse for collection.

You can dispose of low energy light bulbs at other locations where these will be handled safely and recycled in an appropriate manner. For details of local outlets and alternative disposal points see Recolight collection point map (external website).

Magazines

Magazines can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box) , or you can take these to one of our Recycling centres..

Medicines

Return unused or out of date medicines to your chemist or pharmacy for free safe and secure disposal.

Metal

You can dispose of scrap metal at your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

You can recycle foil, steel tins and aluminium cans using your mixed recycling  collection (blue bin or blue reusable bags).

Mobile phones

Some charities and not-for-profit organisations will recycle your old mobile phones to raise money or refurbish and send to developing countries.

Batteries from mobile phones can be recycled using your kerbside collection if they detach from the body of the phone (small clear bags): the same bag which you use to recycle household batteries. Please seal the bag and place it on top of your blue wheeled bin or blue reusable bag on collection day.

  • See Battery recycling: for further information about which items you can place in the clear battery bags

Make sure you remove the SIM card and all personal information from the phone before you give it away.

Musical instruments

Advertise musical instruments for sale locally, give them away to a local charity or use the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

Newspapers

Newspapers can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box). Alternatively, you can take newspapers to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Oil - engine

You can dispose of up to 10 litres of waste engine oil a year at your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Paint

You can dispose of empty and dry paint cans in the scrap metal bank your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Paper

Paper can be recycled using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box).

Alternatively, you can take paper to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website).

Plastic bags

See "Carrier bags".

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles can be recycled using your mixed recycling collection (blue wheelie bin).

Alternatively, you can take plastic bottles to one of our Recycling centres.

Plastic - other

Plastic tubs, pots and trays can be recycled using your mixed recycling collection (blue wheelie bin).

Soft plastics such as plastic carrier bags, bubble wrap, cling film and plastic film cannot be recycled within the Wycombe district at present, please put these items in your black general waste bin

Rigid plastics such as plastic plant pots and toys cannot be recycled within the Wycombe district at present, please put these items in your black general waste bin

Shoes

Give unwanted shoes and boots to your local charity shop or use either the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

Paired shoes can be recycled using your textile recycling collection (pink bags).

Shoes can also be recycled in shoe banks at your local household waste and recycling centre (external website).

Soil

Household Recycling Centres (external website) will accept small amounts of soil for reuse.

Spectacles

Some opticians collect old glasses and donate these to charity for reuse in developing countries. To find your local optician which accepts spectacles for re-use see Vision Aid Overseas (external website).

Tetra-Pak cartons

See "Cartons".

Toys

Advertise toys for sale locally, give them away to a local charity or use either the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

Trade waste

Non-hazardous trade waste is accepted on weekdays at Household Recycling Centres (external website).

Televisions

See "Electrical or electronic goods."

Tyres

You can dispose of up to five car tyres at your local Household Recycling Centre (external website). The centres do not accept tyres from trade or commercial type tyres.

Video tapes

See "Audio cassettes"

White goods

Household appliances such as cookers, dishwashers, freezers, fridges and washing machines can be disposed of using our chargeable collections for Bulky waste.

If an old appliance is still in working order, give it to a local charity or use the Freecycle network or the Freegle network (external websites).

If you are buying a replacement appliance, check with the retailer, they may collect your old appliance and dispose of it for you.

Alternatively, you can take appliances to your local Household Recycling Centre (external website). The centres do not accept commercial appliances.

Wrapping paper

Provided the wrapping paper tears like paper, you can recycle it using your paper and cardboard collection (green or black box).

It can also be recycled at one of our Recycling centres..

Plastic, foil or laminated types of wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should be placed in your general rubbish bin.

Wycombe Resource Zone collects safe waste materials from businesses and individuals and makes them available to community groups. See Wycombe Resource Zone.

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