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What to put in your bin

What to put in your bin

You can find information on this page on how you should dispose of a number of household and garden items. This covers which items should be;
  • placed in your black household waste bin
  • placed in your brown recycling bin
  • placed in your green garden waste bin
  • taken to the nearest Household Recycling Centre (Great Northern Terrace tip)

If you cannot find the item you are looking for please use the form at the bottom of this page to let us know and we will add it to this page.

Where to dispose/recycle

Empty cans go in the brown recycling bin

Cans containing liquids should be taken to Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Why

The tin-plated steel and aluminum are recovered and recycled. 


Our collection lorries crush items and risk puncturing containers. If they are not empty this spills the contents, make a mess and potentially creates a hazard.   


Where to dispose

This must be collected by a licensed contractor

Why

It is classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of at specified sites. Staff at the City of Lincoln Council can tell you who is licensed in your area.


Where to dispose/recycle

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Compost bin

Garden

Why

As there is no way for us to know what was burned and so what is in your ash, it must go for landfill rather than composting via garden waste wheelie bins.

If you burn wood, the ash is a great dry addition to a home compost bin. Find out about discounted bins at    www.getcomposting.com. Wood ash can also be put on your flower bed (it’s a high potash fertiliser).

Why

It’s illegal for batteries to go into an incinerator. Not only are they toxic but they contain valuable material that can only be recovered by a specialist processor.

Collection boxes in any retail shop that sells them

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

All metal food and drink containers can be recycled. See ‘scrap metal’ for all other metal items.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Textile collections, textile banks and charities.

Why

Soiled materials are only suitable for landfill.

Clean blankets and sheets can be re-used or recycled.

So long as it is clean and in good condition, spare bedding may be welcomed by homelessness charities for re-use. Animal charities will be able to use more worn bedding and old towels, but it must still be clean.

Clean items which are donated but found unsuitable for re-use or resale are sold on to be shredded and used for a variety of low quality recycled products.

Why

These are normally a combination of plastic and metal that cannot be easily separated for the two materials to be recycled.

The cardboard box and paper leaflet accompanying most medication can go in your brown recycling bin.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Charity via shops, door step collections and their recycling banks.

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Why

Books can’t be collected via your brown recycling bin (or equivalent) for recycling as they are often poor quality paper and they get ripped in the process of automated collection and sorting.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

These can be recycled but we ask for them to be removed from their container before binning as they are often a different type of material - and removal will have to be done by hand at the sorting facility.

Why

These are too heavy to be collected via wheelie bins. Recycling Waste Recycling Centres have a limit of one bin-load per day per household.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

The metals will be separated and recycled. Please make sure they are cleaned first.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Bulky waste collection

Lincoln tip/recycling centre (check site acceptance list)

Re-use

Why

A special collection can be arranged. Find out more about removal of bulky items. The collection may be free or charged for, depending on your circumstances.

Large pieces of carpet will be taken for recycling or for landfill depending on the materials and the collection site.

Worn carpet can be used to cover garden compost heaps or under the liner when constructing a new pond.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre (check list for sites where it is accepted)

Why

Carrier bags and thin soft plastic that looks similar such as bread bags and food wrapping, (not cling film) is poor quality plastic which is hard to recycle. It is almost worthless to recycling processors however in large quantities ( I.E. collected separately at Lincoln tip/recycling centre) it can be worthwhile.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

These will be recycled.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

All catalogues can be put in the recycling wheelie bin for the paper to be recycled.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Donate to charity

Why

Our recycling contractor does not accept CDs and DVDs so they cannot be put in the brown recycling bin. However, the cases on their own can be put in the brown recycling bin but please remove any paper information sheets/booklets and put these in separately.

Both discs and the cases (minus paper inserts) can be placed in the ‘Rigid plastics’ container at Lincoln tip/recycling centre for recycling.

Discs still in their cases are accepted by many charities for resale, or by companies such as MusicMagpie for fundraising.

Where to dispose

Collection on request

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Why

Chemicals should not be put in any wheelie bins as they need specialist treatment for safe disposal.

Household chemicals are accepted at all recycling centres where staff will access locked storage.

Why

For plastic to be recycled it is shredded and then melted to make new products. Cling film generally comes in small pieces and is too thin to be shredded for melting. It is also often soiled.

Why

Soiled clothing should be placed in landfill.

Where to dispose/rehome

Lincoln tip/recycling centre  

Donate to charity via shops, door step collections and their recycling banks

Why

Textiles  are not collected for recycling in your brown recycling bin. Clean clothing should be donated to charity or handed down to family or friends. 

What is unsaleable will generally be sold on to the rag trade.

 

Where to dispose/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Charity shops

Why

Hangers are not accepted by our recycling contractor. Wood is not on our accepted recycling list, metal hangers have a tendency to get caught in sorting machinery and plastic hangers often have a metal hook (so contaminate either the metal or the plastic).

Plain plastic hangers can be placed in the rigid plastics container at recycling centres for recycling.

Some charity and clothing shops may also accept hangers for reuse.

Where to dispose

See ‘Electrical items’

Why

Even the most advanced recycling facilities can’t get that combination of metal and plastic apart for recycling.

Why

These are not currently accepted in your brown recycling bin

Collected with clothes and textiles, and are taken by the Salvation Army for resale/recycling.

Charities often welcome clean curtains for sale and reuse.

Where to dispose

Lincoln tip/recyclingcentre

Why

DIY materials of any kind cannot be accepted in any of your wheelie bins, this sorft of waste should be taken to your nearest Lincoln tip/recycling centre
Under the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 waste that is generated through building or renovation work (construction and demolition) is classified as industrial waste, not household waste, even if it is generated by the householder in their home.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome   

 DVDs (see CDs) 

Where to dispose/rehome

Bulky waste collections

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

British Heart Foundation

Why

It’s illegal to put electrical items in landfill because of the valuable  materials in them that can be recycled. The City of Lincoln Council currently does not collect these items from your brown recycling bin. It may be possible to collect you electricial items separately. Find out more about removal of bulky items.

Check individual sites for a list of accepted items.

The Lincoln branch will collect fully working items they consider suitable for resale. Call 0844 412 5000.

Why

This needs specialist treatment to enable it to be cleaned and re-used.  It should be taken to the Lincoln tip/recycling centre in a sealed container.

Why

Most engine parts can be placed in the metals skip.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Garden centres

Why

Flower pots tend to be made out of cheap, low quality, and therefore hard to recycle, plastics and so are not collected for recycling.

As with all hard plastics these can be taken and placed in the Rigid Plastics container at recycling centres.

Many garden centres accept pots back for re-use and recycling.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

Clean foil can easily be recycled – bigger pieces are most worthwhile.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

Cleaned hard plastic trays whether clear, white, green, black – or plain  cardboard e.g. from meat, fruit, veg etc can be recycled.

Why

Black/grey soft polystyrene type food trays e.g. from meat, fruit, veg, cannot be recycled.

Where to dispose/recycle

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Home composting bin (not green wheeled bin)

Why

Food waste must not be put in brown recycling bin or into the green  garden waste bins. Recycling must remain clean for it to go on for reprocessing, which is why we ask residents to rinse all items. The contents of our green garden waste bins is laid outside and turned intermittently to break down into compost. By law food waste cannot be included in this process.

Raw fruit and vegetable food waste can be composted at home. Discounted bins available from www.getcomposting.com

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill 

Lincoln tip/recycling centre 

Donate to charity 

Why

Re-homing your furniture is the best option. There are many furniture  reuse schemes operating in Lincoln including the Nomad Trust, and ACTS Trust. Click here for more information on donating furniture.

Where to dispose/recycle

Brown recycling bin

For window glass, cosmetic containers and any other type of glass:

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Why

The best thing for bottles and jars is to re-use them, but if this is not possible they will be melted and made into new items.

Window glass and pyrex and has subtly different properties from jars and bottles, often making them much tougher. The glass collected from recycling bins is spun in a drum like a washing machine with holes; as it spins the glass breaks and falls through the holes. This does not work for the other glass so for now it cannot be collected and must instead be placed in the black landfill wheelie bin or taken to the a Lincoln tip/recycling centre.

Why

These are too heavy to be collected from wheelie bins and are not good ingredients for making compost.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

These will be recycled. Many are suitable for re-use within the home. Please make sure they are cleaned first.

Why

Wrap well in newspaper or similar for safety. They cannot be put in the brown recycling bin for safety reasons – the contents are hand-sorted.


Place with scrap metal.

Why

Normal household bulbs can be put in your black wheelie bin. Please do not place fluorescent light bulbs in your black bin.

Please take fluorescent light bulbs to your local tip.

Where to dispose/recycle

Lincoln tip/recycling centre 

Why

Luggage/suitcases is not considered to be household waste because it can be made of several different materials often incorporating hard plastics or metals so you must not put this in your wheelie bins as they are neither recyclable or good fuel for the energy from waste plant. 

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

Paper recycling uses a range of different quality ingredients.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

The paper content will be recycled

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Charities/ Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Why

Many charities and some schools collect unwanted mobile phones which are sold on for re-use, re-furbishment or recycling. Alternatively they should be put with electrical items at the HWRC. They must not be placed in your wheelie bin.

Why

They contain bodily fluids so cannot be recycled or composted regardless of the original materials. Ideally consider choosing reusable, washable nappies (Lincolnshire County Council offer £30 cash back on £50+ purchases) or next best, degradable nappies: plastic ones will sit in landfill for hundreds of years.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Brown recycling bin

Add to a home compost heap.

Make into paper bricks for burning

Why

This quality paper can still be recycled

Compost heaps need wet and dry ingredients: paper counts as dry and helps when there is a high proportion of kitchen waste, lawn clippings or other ‘wet’ green material.

Use a kit to make bricks which you dry in the sun in the summer and burn on a stove or open fire in the winter

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

E.g. for toothbrushes, toys and gadgets – plastic and cardboard. Separate the two and put in your recycling bin.

Where to dispose

Lincoln tip/recyclingcentre

Why

Paint can contain ingredients which are harmful to the natural environment so need specialist disposal.

Where to recycle

Brown recycling bin

Why

These will be sorted before being recycled.

Why

These count as small electrical items. For disposal, please take to a HWRC. If the item is in working order then re-homing or donating to charity is a better option. Please do not out in your wheelie bin.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Donate to charity via shops, door step collections and their recycling banks

Why

Not acceptable in brown recycling bin

These will be put in landfill if taken to a recycling centre as it is not practical to separate materials.

Charities (e.g. animal and homeless) often welcome clean pillows.

Why

Plasterboard is not considered to be household waste so you must not put this in your wheelie bins as it is too heavy. You can take up to one bin full of plasterboard a day to the Lincoln tip/recycling centre.

Where to dispose/recycle

Brown recycling bin

Black wheelie bin for landfill.

Why

Any plastic containers from food, drinks, cosmetics and cleaning products are collected via the brown recycling bin (or black box). Please ensure they are clean first. Most plastic containers have a triangular symbol containing a number indicating that it can be recycled, you can find a list of these symbols on the wrap.org website here.

Squeezy tubes e.g. toothpaste, and anything that cannot be rinsed out.

Where to dispose/recycle

Black wheelie bin for landfill.

Return to sender/provider

Lincoln tip/recycling centre (check list for sites where it is accepted)

Why

We cannot recycle these.

Some companies will offer to take back the packaging of large items they deliver

It is recyclable when collected in bulk.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Return to manufacturer

Donate to charity

Why

These cannot be recycled through our brown recycling bin collection.

Many will provide prepaid envelopes on request.

Many charities gather and sort cartridges to sell back for re-charging and recycling.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Donate to charity

Why

We cannot recycle these

Records which are unable to be reused can be recycled via the ‘rigid plastic’ containers at recycling centres (please remove paper/card sleeves and recycle these separately).

Many charities will accept these for resale.

Why

You can reduce waste from these by only throwing out the one with the leak – replacing them one hand at a time rather than discarding a pair.

Where to dispose/recycle

Black wheelie bin for landfill 

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Scrap metal merchants

Why

Ideally all metal items and electricals, including fire extinguishers and gas bottles, should be taken to Lincoln tip/recycling centre. Metals are valuable and take a lot of energy to refine.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill 

Lincoln tip/recycling centre

Use as pet bedding

Why

As a rule recycling plants don’t like shredded paper in the mix because it is too small to sort falls through the system and clogs up the machinery.

The paper mills don’t like a lot, partly for the same reasons but also as it is not great for recycling: When you shred paper, what you’re actually doing is cutting the lengths of the individual paper fibres, thus cutting the future recycling potential of that fibre. The length of a paper fibre determines its value since a longer fibre can be used to make a higher-grade paper and can be recycled more times.

Discounted compost bins available from www.getcomposting.com - Good compost is made from 50% wet items (e.g. grass, fruit and veg peelings and 50% dry items (e.g. dry leaves, cardboard, shredded paper)

Where to dispose/rehome

Lincoln tip/recyclingcentre

Donate to charity via shops, door step collections and their recycling banks

Why

Worn out or unwearable pairs of shoes should be placed into the black wheelie bin

Many charirties and clothing collection banks will accept shoes. Please make sure they are clean before donating. There is also a market for odd shoes, so if one shoe is in reasonable condition and the other one in poorer condition, it is still worth putting the pair in a clothing collection bank.

Where to dispose/recycle

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Home compost bin (not green wheeled bin)

Why

For safety and hygiene reasons animal waste cannot be commercially composted and therefore is not collected in either the green garden waste bin or brown recycling bin

Discounted compost bins are available from www.getcomposting.com. Straw and paper from plant eaters like rabbits and guinea pigs can be home-composted. Animal waste from dogs, cats, reptiles and other meat eaters is potentially hazardous and should be land-filled.

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Opticians

Why

Most collect old spectacles for the charity Visionaid

Where to dispose/recycle/rehome

Brown recycling bin

Why

The paper will be recycled

Where to dispose

Lincoln tip/recyclingcentre

Why

Tiles are not considered to be household waste so you must not put them in your wheelie bins as they are too heavy. You can take up to one bin full of tiles a day to the Lincoln tip/recycling centre.

Where to dispose/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill

Donate to charity

Why

Toys are often thrown away because they are broken or dirty. Toys cannot be collected in brown recycling bins, even if they are in good condition as they are likely to be damaged during collection and the recycling sorting facility we use is not designed to deal with these items.

Many charity shops and toy libraries accept toys in good condition.

Why

These are too heavy to be collected in wheelie bins and no good for recycling.

Where to dispose

Tyre-fitting centre or garage

Why

It is illegal to landfill tyres.

When your car tyres are replaced at the garage they go through a specialist collector to be reprocessed into materials such as surfaces for equestrian or sports pitches, carpet underlay, drainage systems, roof tiles, road and playground surfaces and even laminate flooring.

If you have old spare tyres to dispose of, most tyre-fitting centres will take them for the cost of disposal (about £1.50 per tyre).

Lincoln tip does not accept tyres.

Where to dispose/rehome

Black wheelie bin for landfill 

Donate to charity

Why

The tape causes real problems in the sorting machines, wrapping itself around the equipment. If you are a really conscientious recycler you can remove the tape (and put in landfill) and place the cartridge in your brown recycling bin

With the tape removed the plastic case can also be put in the ‘Rigid plastic’ recycling container for recycling. Please note that book and music banks at some Lincoln tip/recycling centre accept DVDs but not videos.

Many charity shops still accept these for reuse/resale.

Why

These should be taken to recycling centres and recycled with electrical items so that the valuable metal can be recovered and reused.

Where to recycle

Green garden waste wheelie bin

Why

Twigs, small branches and real Christmas trees (cut into small pieces) can all be put in green garden waste bins for composting.

Where to dispose/recycle

Lincoln tip/recycling centre 

Why

Large pieces of wood, furniture or DIY leftovers will be chipped and recycled if taken to a recycling centre.

Where to dispose

Black household waste bin

Why

We are currently unable to recycle yoghurt pots through kerbside collections.

If you eat a lot of yoghurt, choosing fewer large pots reduces the ratio of packaging to product.

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