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Find out how to reduce, reuse and recycle particular items in Preston by selecting the letter your item begins with.

Top tip: If you can't find your item try searching for the name of the material first. E.g. plastic tub, cardboard box etc.

Cans/tins (food/drinks)

Tuna tin

Recycle - put in your yellow lidded recycle bin


Cardboard boxes

Cardboard box

Reuse - give away through Freecycle or Freegle
Recycle - put in your red lidded recycle bin

Carpets

Carpets

Reuse - give away good condition carpet via Freecycle or Freegle
Reuse - ask local animal rescue shelters if they could recondition used carpet into mats
Dispose - book a bulky waste collection or take to your local household waste and recycling centre


Carrier/plastic bags

Plastic bag

Reduce - reuse bags you already have when you go shopping to avoid buying more single use plastics
Recycle - take to your local supermarket
Recycle - find a local drop off point at recycle now - plastic film and carrier bags (includes most major supermarkets)
Dispose - put in your grey bin


Cartons/Tetra Pak (flattened)

Juice carton

Recycle - rinse out and take to your local household waste and recycling centre or the University of Central Lancashire Student Union building

Dispose - put in your grey bin


Catalogues and directories

Yellow phone book

Recycle - put in your red lidded recycle bin


CD/DVDs

CD

Reuse - give away through Freecycle or Freegle
Reuse - take to your local charity shop
Recycle - find a local drop off point through Terracycle

Ceramics

Ceramic cup and saucer

Reuse - give away through Freecycle or Freegle or take to your local charity shop
Dispose - wrap up broken ceramics and put in your grey bin

Cereal boxes

 

Box of cereal

Recycle - put in your red lidded recycle bin

Please note: remove the inner plastic bag before recycling


Cheese packaging (empty)

Cheese packaging

Recycle - find a local drop off point through Terracycle
Dispose -  put in your grey bin


Chocolate and sweet packets

Empty chocolate wrappers

Recycle - find a local drop off point through Terracycle
Dispose -  put in your grey bin


Christmas trees (real)

Real Christmas tree

Recycle - cut up and put in your brown lidded (garden waste) recycling bin


Christmas trees (fake)

Fake Christmas tree

Reuse - give away through Freecycle or Freegle

Reuse - take to your local charity shop


Clothes

Orange jumper

Reuse - take to your local charity shop or give away through Freecycle or Freegle
Recycle - take to your local household waste and recycling centre

Coat hanger

Coat hanger

Reuse - ask charity shops if they need any hangers or give them away through Freecycle or Freegle
Recycle - take to your local household waste and recycling centre*
Dispose - put in your grey bin

*Only hangers not made of mixed materials can be put in the skips - wooden in wood skip, plastic in hard plastic skip, metal in metal skip

Coffee cups

Coffee cup
Reduce - Buy a re-usable cup to help reduce your carbon footprint
Recycle - find your local coffee cup recycling point through National Cup Recycling Scheme
Dispose -  put in your grey bin


Coffee grounds

Ground coffee pile

Recycle - put in your home compost
Dispose -  put in your grey bin

Coffee pods

Coffee pod

Reduce - try reusable and refillable coffee pods
Recycle - take to the your local drop off point or use the Podback recycling service

Conditioner bottles

Conditioner bottle

Recycle - put in your yellow lidded recycle bin


Contact lenses

Contact lenses

Recycle - find a local drop off point through Terracycle
Dispose -  put in your grey bin


Cooking oil

Cooking oil

Recycle - take to your local household waste and recycling centre
Dispose - pour into a container and put in your grey bin


Cosmetic bottles

Cosmetic bottle

Recycle - put in your yellow lidded recycle bin
Recycle - take part in the Recycle at Boots Scheme by visiting Boots - recycling at Boots


Crisp packets

Empty crisp packet

Recycle - find a local drop off point through Terracycle
Dispose -  put in your grey bin


Cut Flowers

Cut flowers

Recycle - put in your brown (garden waste) recycling bin or your home compost

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