Fluorescent Tubes, Paint, Printer Cartridges, Spectacles, Textiles, Used Gas Cylinders and Waste Oil
Energy efficient light bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp and can be recycled at a number of household recycling centres. This type of fluorescent lamp can contain a mercury powder so should be handled and disposed of with extreme care. Older style, small incandescent old type bulbs are NOT recyclable. Please place them in your general waste bin.
Your local recycling centre may have a donation point for paint – it is reused rather than recycled.
Increasingly print cartridges are being collected at local recycling centres but not by kerbside collections. Several other organisations will also recycle print cartridges for you. Alternatively you can refill cartridges at specialist shops, or your office supplier may also offer this service, which is much cheaper than buying new cartridges.
Local authorities do not collect spectacles for recycling however many opticians collect them for charities.
You can recycle all kinds of textiles at bring banks and recycling centres, including curtains, bedding, towels, handbags, cloths, rugs and mats. Please ensure all items are clean before recycling. Alternatively you can bring them to charity shops if they are in good condition.
Used Gas Cylinders
These are accepted at most civic amenity centres and recycling centres. Check first with your local facility.
You can recycle engine oil at your local recycling centre. Oil should be stored in a sealed container, and it should not be mixed with any other substance as this makes it difficult to recycle.
Out of Date Prescription Drugs and Medicines
Out of date / obsolete tablets and medicines should not be placed into household bins. They should be brought to your local chemist or pharmacy to be disposed of appropriately. Such substances can leach into and contaminate the environment.