Charnwood Recycling Options

One of the things we can all take part in to “do our bit” for the environment is to reuse and recycle things where possible, rather than just throw them in the landfill bin.  Charnwood Borough Council have a great household waste recycling collection service, but it doesn’t cover everything.  And some things might be better reused than recycled.  With that in mind, this list was generated by members of Transition Loughborough with ideas for where you can recycle and reuse items you no longer need:

  • Aerosol cans: Council recycling collection
  • Apple technology: Return to Apple store
  • Anything reusable: Leicestershire Wastenot https://www.facebook.com/groups/617599888422969/
  • Batteries: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site, Co-op Barrow-upon-Soar
  • Books: Donate to charity shops, council recycling collection if damaged/unusable
  • Bottles: Bottle banks, council recycling collection
  • Bottle tops – Lush (nearest is Leicester) NB: These can also be left on for Council recycling collection if they have a ‘leave on’ recycling logo. Lush also let you return selected Lush packaging https://www.lush.com/uk/en/a/bring-it-back-packaging-recycling-scheme-terms-conditions
  • Carrier bags: Council recycling collection. Return to store if shopping at Morrisons. Can also go in the collection bin outside the big Tesco, along with anything that has the ‘recycle with carrier bag’ logo on it eg Quorn products
  • Cans: Helipads for Hospitals (various sites – https://helipadsforhospitals.org.uk/), council recycling collection
  • Car batteries: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Cardboard: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Catalogues: Council recycling collection
  • Clothes: Charity shops, clothes banks
  • Coins – Old and foreign coins can be donated to Help the Aged , Oxfam and the British Red Cross. Also a collection point for Rainbows Hospice near Specsavers.
  • Contact Lenses and packaging: Vision Direct https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/recycling-contact-lenses, possibly David Austin 45-46 Church Gate accepts disposable contact lens containers (ring to check)
  • Cooking oil: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Crisp packets: Co-op Barrow-upon-Soar
  • Detergent bottles: Council recycling collection
  • Disability aids: Return to NHS if provided by them. If not, DESO accepts crutches, wheelchairs, walking sticks, braille machines and hearing aids (including batteries) to redistribute overseas https://deso.org.uk
  • Envelopes: Council recycling collection
  • Fluorescent tubes: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Food: To Good to Go, Olio (In addition, Coop Foodshare and FareShare can both provide food that would otherwise be wasted to community groups)
  • Fridges and Freezers: Freecycle, Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste Site
  • Furniture – Good quality furniture can be donated to charity, such as the Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville (01530 510515), Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Garden waste: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Gas bottles: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Glass: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Glasses: Lions Club (Distributes to other countries and raises funds for Marie Curie) https://lionsclubs.co/MemberArea/knowledge/spectacles-recycling/
  • Hearing Aids: Lions Club. Broken and unwanted both welcome. Do not include batteries https://lionsclubs.co/MemberArea/knowledge/deaf-awareness/
  • Household waste: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Inhalers: Pharmacies
  • Jars: Council recycling collection (screw lids on)
  • Kitchen oil: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Low energy bulbs: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Margarine and ice cream tubs: Council recycling collection
  • Medicine packaging: Superdrug
  • Metal biscuit tins: Council recycling collection
  • Mobile phones: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site. You can also sell old phones via Envirophone https://www.envirofone.com/
  • Non-recyclable household waste (eg, mattresses, carpets): Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Ostomy supplies: Jacob’s Well appeal accepts unopened and unused pouches and accessories, lotions and sprays, powders, gels and wipes https://jacobswellappeal.org/medical-donations/
  • Paint: Whetstone Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Paper: Council recycling collection, Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Pens – Ryman stationer (nearest is Leicester)
  • Pizza boxes (clean): Council recycling collection
  • Plasterboard: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Prosthetic legs: Legs for Africa https://www.legs4africa.org/donate-prosthetic-leg/
  • Scrap metal: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Shampoo and Shower gel bottles: Council recycling collection
  • Shoes: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Stamps: Oxfam accept bags of used stamps via their shops
  • Soft plastic: Co-op Barrow upon Soar and Co-op stores nationwide https://www.coop.co.uk/environment/soft-plastics
  • Tetrapacks: Council recycling collection
  • Tinfoil: Council recycling collection (must be clean)
  • Tins: Council recycling collection
  • TVs and monitors: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Used engine oil: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Wood: Loughborough Recycling and Household Waste site
  • Wrapping paper (non-metallic): Council recycling collection
  • Yellow Pages: Council recycling collection
  • Yogurt pots: Council recycling collection