Bottle banks and textile recycling

Bottle banks

You can recycle most glass at:

  • Nearest household waste recycling centre
  • Our kerbside glass recycling collection scheme, using your black box (not your black bin).

We take glass bottles and jars of all colours but we can't recycle things like pyrex, sheet glass and light bulbs.

Textile recycling

Your old clothes, shoes and material can be turned into cash for local good causes at our blue textile recycling banks, run by the European Recycling Company.

You can recycle all kinds of textiles, including:

  • Clothing
  • Household linen
  • Underwear
  • Shoes (in pairs)
  • Accessories like bags and hats

You should put your items into a plastic bag before placing them in the bank.

Even worn or old items can be recycled as long as they are clean. The money raised will go to community organisations and charities.

Items in good condition are sorted by the company to be worn again. Worn out items are used as basic raw materials for something new, like insulation material for new cars, cleaning wipes or blankets for the house removal trade. Rivets from clothes are extracted and sent to metal recyclers, and the plastic bags you put your clothes into are also recycled.

To find your nearest site please visit RecycleNow's Recycling Locator.

Composting and wormeries

Composting at home can turn your food (and some garden) waste into rich compost that can keep your garden blooming year after year. We have teamed up with Get Composting to provide reduced-price composting products like home compost bins, water butts and more.

A wormery is a self-contained composting system that retains most nutrients for reuse. The worm's digestive system gives a stable crumb structure to the worm compost, which is a nutrient-rich hummus material made up of partially decomposed organic waste, bedding material and worm castings (manure). It shouldn't smell if it is run properly.