Good-quality items can be donated to your local charity shop, Salvation Army textile banks at some supermarkets and neighbourhood parades.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, please re-use carrier bags leftover from shopping so that it contains them in a neat and tidy manner and prevents textiles getting wet. Please do not use black sacks as these look like normal rubbish. We will not collect any clothing put out for collection in charity bags. If your charity bag is not collected you should contact the charity for more information.
We can’t collect items larger than 35cm x 40cm as they won’t ﬁt into the storage cages on our collections vehicles. You can take larger items to the Household Waste Recycling site at Metcalf Way or book a bulky waste collection (call 01293 438772, charges apply).
There is no limit on the number of bags you can put out for collection. However, space is limited on the collection vehicles so please try to put items out as they become unwanted rather than storing them until you have several items.
Electrical items are stripped down to the component parts, such as metals and plastics, so can’t be recycled along with the contents of the REDtop bin which are sorted by conveyor belts at the Materials Recycling Facility. Textiles are also likely to get caught on the machinery.
We would encourage all residents to make full use of the new recycling collection service for these items. We would not however refuse to empty bins that contain them.
No, please leave plugs and cables attached.
Yes, please remove batteries before placing out for collection. Please also remove gas cylinders from heated hair brushes and styling equipment.
At the moment, unfortunately the textiles and small electrical items collection service is only available at individual households and is not available at blocks of flats. We hope to look into whether it’s possible for flats to recycle these items at a later stage. In the mean time you can continue to recycle your unwanted textiles and small electrical items at the following places:
Textiles – charity banks located at neighbourhood parades and supermarkets and at the Household Waste Recycling Site at Metcalf Way
Small electrical items – at the Household Waste Recycling Site at Metcalf Way
Sixty per cent of the textiles collected are reused and 40 percent is recycled for industrial cleaning wipes and insulation material. The small electrical items are stripped down to the component parts, such as metals and plastics.
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