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A Guide to Recycling in Bath & NE Somerset

We have compiled a list of recycling sources in the Bath & North East Somerset area including council services, local and national charities and links to recycling guides.

The council offers a weekly collection for all your bins except the garden waste (green wheelie) which is fortnightly.

Recycling Calendar

 

Using this link you can search the council website for your collections date.

What can you recycle?

Aerosols Asbestos Batteries
Beds & mattresses Bicycles Books, tapes, discs & DVDs
Cans Cardboard & brown paper Carpet
Cartons – drinks & food Chemicals Christmas trees (real ones only)
Computers Duvets, pillows & cushions Electrical items
Foil Food Food packaging
Furniture Garden waste Gas bottles
Glass Hazardous waste Lightbulbs & fluorescent tubes
Mobile phones Monitors Oils
Paint Paper Plasterboard, stone & rubble
Plastics Polystyrene packaging Printer cartridges
Scrap metal Shoes Soil
Spectacles Televisions Textiles
Tyres Videos Wood/timber

Read on to understand how to recycle the various items using the kerbside schemes and Recycling Centres (RC).

GREEN BOX

Your green box will be collected on a weekly basis, it is important to make sure the box is kerbside before 7am on the morning of your collection day. Please take your containers back in again promptly after the collection has been made, fines are issued for leaving bins or rubbish out at the wrong time or place. If one green box is not enough please request another free box or if you need lids the council will assist.

What can you put in your green box?

  • Papers, envelopes, magazines and directories
  • Household metal packaging
  • Household plastic packaging – unless it is black
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Foil – cleaned
  • Food cans
  • Aerosols
  • Clothes and textilesBANES Green Bin
  • Batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Used engine oil and filters
  • Spectacles
  • Shoes
  • Printer cartridges including packaging
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Mobile phones including batteries and chargers
  • Plastics – our reminder is yes please for plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays unless it is black

Please group your materials together to ensure a smooth recycling process.

Please wash any food and drink packaging and squash it

Small electrical items can be put in carrier bags next to the green box and will be handled accordingly. Any working electrical item should be donated to charity and larger items must be taken to the Recycle Centre (RC).

What can’t you put in your green box?

  • Black plastic
  • Clingfilm
  • Bubble wrap
  • Bags
  • Cellophane
  • Crisp packets
  • Polystyrene
  • Hard packaging plastic – plant posts / washing up bowls
  • Plastic that has contained medicines or chemicals

These items can often be recycled at your local Recycling Centre (RC)

Always wash your hands after handling any waste materials.

BLACK FOOD BIN

Your black food bin will be collected on a weekly basis, it is important to make sure the bin is kerbside before 7am on the morning of your collection day. Please take your bins back in again promptly after the collection has been made.

BANES Food BinBath & North East Somerset Council asks for the general waste to be put in plastic sacks, as this refuse can be attacked by animals and birds the council asks you to separate all food waste.

Cooked and uncooked food waste should be into the black plastic food bin, this will then be made into compost and used on farmland. You have been provided with a small caddy to keep inside and a larger bin to put outside and move to the kerbside for collection.

Please line your food caddy with a compostable liner bag bearing the seedling logo Compostable Logoor newspaper and fill with your waste.

Transfer the bag to your food bin regularly and rinse out the caddy before relining it. The food bin has a lockable lid to prevent animals getting into it, please use it.

Seedling compostable liners are available from several local shops and supermarkets and online.

What can you put in your black food bin?

  • All your food waste – cooked and uncooked
  • Plate scrapings
  • Tea and coffee grounds
  • Breads and cakes
  • Meats and bonesBanes Food Bin Accepted
  • Dairy goods
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Rice and pasta
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Unopened food past the ‘use by’ date

What can you NOT put in your black food bin?

  • Plastic bags
  • Packaging
  • Liquids
  • Oil or liquid fat

These items can often be recycled at your local Recycling Centre (RC)

Always wash your hands after handling any waste materials.

GREEN WHEELIE BIN

The council encourages you to home compost your garden waste and offers reduced prices on converter composting bins. Working with Get Composting these bins are provided at a reduced price, check the website for current offers.

Your garden waste can be collected on alternate weeks. The scheme includes the green wheelie bins and the biodegradable sacks, it is important to make sure the bin / bag is kerbside before 7am on the morning of your collection day. There is currently an annual charge for this service.

Garden waste is recycled for no charge at the Recycling Centres.

What can you put in your garden waste collection?

  • FlowersGarden Waste Logo
  • Plant waste
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Hedge clippings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Shrub prunings

What can’t you put in your garden waste collection?

  • Any food waste – put in your food waste bin
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Branches and logs – take to the RC
  • Sawdust / wood shavings – take to the RC
  • Plastics – put in the green box collection if appropriate
  • Cardboard – put into blue bag collection
  • Soil and turf – take to the RC
  • Bricks, stones and/or rubble – take to the RC
  • Plant trays, seed pots and bags – even if they say biodegradable – take to the RC

These items can often be recycled at your local Recycling Centre (RC)

Always wash your hands after handling any waste materials.

BLUE BAG

Your cardboard recycling bag will be collected on a weekly basis, it is important to make sure the bin is kerbside before 7am on the morning of your collection day.

Please flatten, cut or rip the cardboard to no bigger than 45cm square ensuring it fits in the bag. If it doesn’t fit in the bag it won’t fit in the collection lorry either.

What can you put in your blue bag?Recycle carboard & cartons

  • Cardboard
  • All cardboard – rip it up
  • Toilet or kitchen rolls
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Envelopes
  • Food packaging
  • Ready meal sleeves
  • Egg boxes (cardboard only)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Greeting cards
  • Brown paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Drinks cartons including Tetra Paks – please wash and squash

What can’t you put in your blue bag?

  • Sticking tape
  • Polystyrene
  • Books – take these to a charity shop, library or RC
  • Foil lined cardboard tubes – put in your household waste
  • Food trays – put in your green bin
  • Ice cream or margarine tubs and yogurt pots – put in your green box
  • Plant pots – put in your household waste

These items can often be recycled at your local Recycling Centre (RC)

Always wash your hands after handling any waste materials.

What can I do with recyclable waste not collected by BANES Council?

There are currently 3 Recycling Centres located around the area. Here you can dispose of any item that could go in the kerbside collecting scheme plus a wide range of other materials including:

Aerosols Asbestos – see the attendant Batteries
Beds & mattresses Bicycles Books, tapes, discs & DVDs
Cans Cardboard & brown paper Carpet
Cartons – drinks & food Chemicals Christmas trees (real ones only)
Computers Duvets, pillows & cushions Electrical items
Foil Food Food packaging – unless it is black
Furniture Garden waste Gas bottles
Glass Hazardous waste Lightbulbs & fluorescent tubes

Recycling bins

Mobile phones Monitors Oils
Paint Paper Plasterboard, stone & rubble – 1 cubic metre – 10 black sacks limits
Plastics Polystyrene packaging Printer cartridges
Scrap metal Shoes Soil
Spectacles Televisions Textiles
Tyres Videos Wood/timber

Always wash your hands after handling any waste materials.

Recycling Centres

All the Recycling Centres (RC) are open to residents in the Bath and North East Somerset Council, entry is via a resident’s permit which is obtainable from BANES.

The centres are found at:

Bath Midland Road BA1 3AT
Keynsham Pixash Lane BS31 1TP
Midsomer Norton Wheelers Hill BA3 2AA
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The centres are open:

Summer Opening Winter Opening

Mondays to Fridays

8.00am-4.15pm 8.00am-4.15pm

Saturdays

9.00am-3.45pm 9.00am-3.45pm

Sundays

9.00am-3.45pm 9.00am-1.00pm

CLOSED: 25 & 26 December & 1 January

What about large items I can’t transport to the Recycling Centres?

The council will collect some other items for a small charge; this includes furniture, fridges, washing machines, etc. If the item is re-useable you could use one of the recycling charities listed later; they will also collect the item and use it in households that need support.

To arrange a collection please contact the council on 01225 394041 and make the necessary payment. Any item larger than a microwave is counted individually so a bed frame and mattress counts as two items. However a dining table and four chairs is considered two items. You will be given instructions regarding when to put the items out.

The cost of the collection is based on the number of items you need removed and if you are a student or receive a means tested benefit you qualify for a discount. These benefits include Housing, Income Support and Council Tax Reduction.

Large item recyclingNUMBER OF ITEMS        2014 Costs       2014 Reduced Costs

One to three items                £27.99                        £13.99

Four to six items                   £49.11                         £24.55

Seven to ten items                £61.23                        £31.68

Only the items you have listed at the time of booking will be collected; if you need to change the list, you must call at least 2 working days in advance of the collection to update your list of items.

 

Items that the council will collect in the chargeable scheme:

  • Household furniture such as beds, mattresses, sofas, chairs, tables, cupboards
  • Garden furniture
  • White goods such as fridges, freezers washing machines, cookers
  • Carpets and underlay
  • Portable heaters/coolers
  • Electrical items
  • Computer items
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Single items under 50kg

Items that the council will NOT collect in the chargeable scheme:

  • Soil
  • Bricks and building rubble, concrete, stones
  • Sheds and garages, garage doorsNot pianos
  • Oil tanks and coal bunkers
  • Tiles and fittings
  • Storage heaters
  • Glass
  • Vehicle parts of any kind (tyres, engines etc.)
  • Hazardous items including paint and garden chemicals
  • Garden waste
  • Pianos
  • Patio doors and windows
  • Boilers

What happens to the recycling once it is collected?

Everything collected for recycling by the council is genuinely recycled. This list shows you what happens to some of the items:

Item Component End product
Aluminium Foil Car parts
Batteries Plastic Recycling boxes
Lead Car batteries
Guttering
X ray of bird foetus Shields for X-ray machine
Distilled water Purified & reused
Cans & Aerosols Aluminium New cans
Steel Road building products
Cooking Oil Bio diesel Bio Diesel
Industrial lubricants
Drink & Food Cartons Paper New paper
Plastic Furniture
Aluminium Burnt for energy
Engine Oil Oil Power station furnaces
Food Waste Compost
Fridges & Freezers Refurbished if applicable Reused
Metal Road building products
Furniture & Appliances Refurbished if applicable Reused
Gas Bottles Reused Returned to suppliers
Metal recycled Road building products
Garden Waste Seedling Compost – you can purchase it from the RC
Glass bottles & jars Colours sorted New glass
Metals Aeroplane parts
Bridges
Cans
Mobile Phones Refurbished by charity Reused in developing countries
Paper Sorted by type Newspaper
Plastic packaging Bollards
Recycling boxes
Compost bins
Drainage pipes
Fleece jackets
Food & Drinks packaging
Recycled plastic table Furniture
Park benches
Waste bins
Rubble & Soil Rubble Building materials
Road aggregate
Soil Road aggregate
Spectacles Sorted & cleaned by Horfield Prison Reused in developing countries
TVs & Monitors Plastic Drainage pipe
Copper wiring Reused
Circuit boards Reprocessed
Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) New CRTs
Textiles & Shoes Sorted Sold as second hand clothing
Timber Chipboard
Fuel at power stations
Tyres Metal rims Road building products
Rubber Running tracks & play equipment

What can I do with items that I can’t dispose of via BANES services?

If you want to dispose of items that the council will not take – there are charities and organisations across the county that may take such items.

Furniture, working electrical goods and white goodsRecycle white goods

Dorothy House Hospice

Dorothy House is a key local hospice giving free high-quality care and support to people with life-threatening illness.

There are furniture shops in Bath and Twerton who offer a collection and delivery service.

Dorothy House runs 27 charity shops in the area selling donated goods. Also on sale seasonally are Christmas cards, calendars, diaries and a small selection of new goods. Bring all your good quality clothes, books, china, bric-a-brac, toys and jewellery to your local shop where donations are always welcome.

British Heart FoundationBritish Heart Foundation Shops

Alongside their general charity shops, British Heart Foundation have 150 stores nationwide that sell good quality used furniture and electrical items. A free collection service is offered for most items.

Local furniture and electrical stores are found in Chippenham, Kingswood and Bedminster.

Metal

Small amounts of metal must be removed to the RC and will not be collected by the council. Local companies offering removal services generally require you to hire a skip. Check with the company if the skip is to be filled with mixed materials or specific ones when you arrange the hire.

Larger items of scrap metal can be dealt with by scrap metal merchants or the Scrap Car Network.

Charity Shops

Charity shopsYou can also donate directly to charity shops, search Dentons for a list of your local charity shops. Below is a list for the main cities and towns in the Bath & North East Somerset area:

Recycling Networks and Websites

Freecycle      

The worldwide Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

Freecycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them with a goal to keep usable items out of landfills. By using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Another benefit of using Freecycle is that it encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process.

Furniture Re-Use Network

The Furniture Re-use Network, which supports over 300 re-use charities, aims to relieve poverty and reduce waste by promoting the re-use of essential household furniture and electrical appliances to help people in need.

IT for Charities

Donate your old PCs and IT equipment to charity.

Scrap Car Network

Scrap car

The Scrap Car Network is a charity network that removes old vehicles and uses the cash to help the homeless.

 

Ink Cartridges, Laser Toners and Mobile Phone Recycling for Charity

The recycling factory is a charity portal that allows you to recycle ink cartridges, laser toners and mobile phones for charity.

Recycling for Schools

Recycling for Schools takes mobile phones and ink cartridges. Your school will have to create an account and publicise the benefits to all the pupils.

Recycling Guides

Friends of the Earth Recycling GuideRecycling guides

A great free guide from Friends of the Earth about recycling.

Which Magazine Recycling Guide

Which magazines free guide to recycling

Recycling Guides Network

The Recycling Guide Network offers free guides and information on how to recycle for homes, schools and businesses.

RecycleNow

RecycleNow offers online free guides, information and videos about what to recycle and how it is reused.

Know your symbols

General Recycle and Re-use symbols

Download these symbols as a pdf.

You’re sure to recognise some of these common recycling symbols, but do you know the meaning of them all?

Aluminium recycling logo ALUMINIUM This symbol indicates that the product is made from recyclable aluminium.
Compostable Logo COMPOSTABLE This is a Europe wide symbol confirming the product is industrially compostable. Take to your RC.
European Eco label EUROPEAN ECOLABEL A European symbol that shows the product has been produced in an environmentally friendly manner.
Glass recycling logo GLASS Please put this recyclable glass container in a bottle bank.
Green Dot recycling logo GREEN DOT In participating countries this means the manufacturer is funding a recycling program for products with this label. The UK isn’t a participating country.
Metal recycling logo METALS Please put recyclable metals into the skip at the RC.
Mobius loop logo MOBIUS LOOP This indicates whether the product can be recycled.
Mobius loop logo with percentage MOBIUS LOOP WITH PERCENTAGE This indicates how much of the product is made from recycled materials.
Paper recycling logo PAPER Products bearing this logo have already been recycled. The product must contain at least 50% waste paper or board not generated as mill waste. The figure shown is how much recycled material is used.
Tidyman logo TIDY MAN Implies that you should dispose of the product carefully, do not litter.
WEEE Directive logo WEEE DIRECTIVE Shows that a product can be recycled separately from other household waste under the WEEE directive.
Wood recycling logo WOOD This logo identifies products containing wood from well managed forests.

Plastic recycling symbols

These symbols identify the type of plastic used in identify the type of plastic used in a packaging.

 

Recycle PETEPolyethylene Terepthalate found in Soft drink bottles & Cooking oil bottles – recycled into Pillow stuffing & Carpets.

 

 

  
 

Recycling HDPEHigh Density Polyethylene found in Milk bottles, Shampoo bottles & Yogurt containers – recycled into Playground equipment & bottles.

 

 

Recycling PVCPVC found in Water bottles & Detergent bottles – recycled into Floor tiles, Bubble wrap & Traffic cones.

 

 

Recycling LDPELow Density Polyethylene found in Grocery bags, Dry cleaning bags & Frozen food bags – recycled into Compost liners & Rubbish bin liners.

 

 

PlasticRecyclingPPPolypropylene found in Ketchup bottles, Syrup bottles, Lunch boxes & Dairy food containers – recycled into Pipes, Pegs, Battery cases & Trays.

 

 

Recycling polystyrenePolystyrene found in Foam cups & plates, Food trays & packaging – recycled into Egg cartons, Coat hangers & Stationery trays.

 

 

Recycling other plasticAll other plastics and multi-materials found in Safety glasses & Car lights – recycled into Outdoor signs & Car parts.