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How to dispose of all your waste

 

If you are unsure of how to dispose of an item of waste, this alphabetical list should help.  Click on the relevant letter below. If your waste item does not appear in this list, please email us at customerservices@fareham.gov.uk for advice and we will aim to add it to the list.

 

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

A

Aerosols: Are collected for recycling; put in blue top recycling bin. They must be empty. Remove loose plastic lids and do not pierce or squash them. Inhalers and carbon monoxide monitors and aerosols with orange hazard symbols (e.g. insecticides, oven cleaners, paints and automotive sprays) are not accepted.
Alternate bin collections: Recyclables and refuse are collected on an alternate bin collection service - refuse one week and recycling the next.
Aluminium cans: Put in your  blue top recycling bin.
Aluminium foil: Can't be put in household recycling bins. Some charities run collections or you can put in household refuse bin. Clean foil can be recycled at Palmerston Avenue car park or foil recycling bin at Tesco Bursledon.
Ammunition: Household waste recycling centres are not licensed to accept ammunition or explosives. Please contact your local police station for advice.
Asbestos: You can dispose of asbestos from your home at Port Solent household waste recycling centre but you must telephone first to ensure there is enough room in the container. It must be double wrapped in plastic or polythene sheeting and you must use a vehicle that fits under the height barrier - 1.75m or 5'9" otherwise you will be turned away. Not all HWRCs are licensed to accept asbestos. The telephone number for the Port Solent site is 023 9221 9819. Trade companies and builders should contact the Health & Safety Executive External Hyperlink for advice, on 01256 404000.
Ashes: Ashes from open fires or barbeques can be put in the general refuse bin. Please make sure they are cold and put them in a tied plastic bag to prevent the ashes blowing out when the bin is emptied.

B

Barbeques: Disposable barbeques can be put in the general refuse bin. Please make sure the fire is completely out and put them in a tied plastic bag to prevent the ashes blowing out when the bin is emptied. The aluminium tray cannot be recycled in the blue top bin. The cardboard base can be recycled as long as it is not soiled.
Batteries: Almost all shops which sell household batteries now offer a collection point for used ones. You can also take them to a household waste recycling centre (HWRC) licensed to take hazardous household waste – see www.integra.org.uk External Hyperlink. When you get to the HWRC, please ask site staff to direct you to the red wheeled bin where batteries are collected. All household batteries are accepted as long as they have not started to corrode and leak fluid. Car batteries must be taken to the HWRC.
Bedding: See 'textiles'.
Biscuit tins: See 'tins'.
Biscuit wrappers / plastic packaging eg custard creams, digestives, all makes and varieties: there is a drop off point for recycling them at Cafe Imbizo, 171-173 West Street, Fareham from 9am-3pm Monday to Saturday
Blankets: See 'household textiles'.
Boat flares: See 'flares'.
Books: Take to a charity shop or book bank
Bottles: Take glass bottles to glass bank; put plastic bottles in blue top recycling bin
Bricks: Can't be put in refuse or recycling bin; take to household waste recycling centre
Brita water filters: Cannot be put in household recycling bins but BRITA's blue recycling bins have been installed at 157 Tesco stores across the UK and at selected Waitrose and Sainsbury's. BRITA has also set-up in-store recycling schemes with some of the UK's biggest retailers including: Argos, John Lewis, Robert Dyas and many independent stores. Visit www.brita.co.uk/recycle External Hyperlink and put your postcode into the store locator to find your nearest participating retailer.
Building rubble: Small amounts from your own DIY projects can be taken in bags to the household waste recycling centres. If you are a commercial builder, you must arrange to dispose of your waste as this is classed as trade waste and cannot be taken to a household waste recycling centre. If you require skip hire, www.skipandbin.com External Hyperlink is a price comparison site for skip hire.
Bulky waste: We will collect bulky waste from your home for disposal. Good quality furniture and electrical goods can be donated to the British Heart Foundation shop at 20, West Street, Fareham PO16 0LQ. To arrange free collection within 48 hours, phone 01329 826025. 
Business waste: If you are business, you must make arrangements to have your waste collected by a licensed carrier. Our WasteSavers service offers waste and recycling collections to commercial customers.

C

Camping or caravanning gas bottles: Return to a camping shop, or take to a household waste recycling centre. Other types of gas bottles are not accepted at HWRCs PDF (225 KB).
Cans:
Please rinse and put in blue top recycling bin. Large metal sweet or biscuit tins can go in the blue top recycling bin but no larger items. There is a size limit because large items will not fit under the magnet which runs over the top of the conveyor belt at the sorting plant. Any tins or cans up to the size of a large tin are acceptable.
Car batteries:
Take to a household waste recycling centre.
Cars and unwanted vehicles:
Please visit www.yell.com External Hyperlink for details of car and commercial vehicle dismantlers.
Car tyres:
Household waste recycling centres do not accept car tyres. They can be taken to car breakers or tyre fitting companies which you can find at www.yell.com External Hyperlink. Please ring ahead of your visit.
Carbon Monoxide monitors: Take to a household waste recycling centre and put in the small WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) container. Batteries should be removed and put in the battery container.
Cards:
Put in your blue top recycling bin.
Cardboard:
Put in your blue top recycling bin.
Cartons: Not currently collected for recycling, put in your refuse bin.

Catalogues: Put in your blue top recycling bin.
CDs, videos, DVDs:
Take to charity shop or put in book banks.
Chemicals:
Household, for example cleaning, DIY chemicals: further advice on disposing of hazardous household waste is available.
Christmas trees: Christmas trees can be taken to the household waste recycling centres. One tree can be put out for collection with your garden waste on your first collection when the garden waste service resumes after the Christmas period. There is no need to chop the tree up, just leave it beside your garden waste sack. The maximum trunk diameter is 11cm. Artificial trees can be reused.
Clothes, accessories, household textiles: Put in a textile bank or take to a charity shop. Good quality and worn clothes can be put in textile banks.
CO monitors - see Carbon Monoxide monitors.
Coats: See 'clothes'.
Coffee packaging - jar lids, any filter / bean coffee foil type packaging, Kenco refill bags: there is a drop off point for recycling these at Cafe Imbizo, 171-173 West Street, Fareham from 9am-3pm Monday to Saturday
Collection of recyclables and refuse: Recyclables and refuse are collected on alternate weeks.
Commercial waste: If you are a business, you must make arrangements to have your waste collected by a licensed carrier. Our Wastesavers service offers waste and recycling collections to commercial customers.
Complaint or comment? If you have a complaint or comment about rubbish or recycling, please telephone 01329 236100 or email: customerservices@fareham.gov.uk and we will try to help.
Composite cartons, waxed juice or milk cartons: Cannot be recycled. Put in household refuse bin.
Computer equipment: See WEEE - waste electrical and electronic equipment
Confidential waste: Confidential papers should not be put into the blue top recycling bin because it is not a confidential collection. If you shred your confidential documents, please see 'shredded paper' entry for advice.
Cooking oil: See entry under 'oil'.

D

Diesel: See 'petrol.'
Directories: Put in blue top recycling bin including Yellow Pages.
DIY waste (eg bricks, rubble): Cannot be put in refuse or recycling bin. Take to a household waste recycling centre  External Hyperlink. If you require skip hire, www.skipandbin.com External Hyperlink is a price comparison site for skip hire.
Drink cans: Please rinse and put in blue top recycling bin.
Duvet covers: See 'household textiles'.
Duvets: Cannot be put in textile banks. Please dispose of in refuse bin if they are beyond reuse through a charity shop.
DVDs, CDs, videos: Take to charity shop or put in book banks.

E

Electrical goods: Good quality electrical goods and furniture can be donated to the British Heart Foundation shop at 20, West Street, Fareham PO16 0LQ. To arrange free collection for large items within 48 hours, telephone 01329 826025. You should take broken items to a household waste recycling centre or we can collect bulky waste from your property for disposal.
Engine oil: See 'oil'.
Explosives or ammunition: Household waste recycling centres are not licensed to accept ammunition or explosives. Please contact your local police station for advice.

 F

Fire extinguishers: Take to a household waste recycling centre. If it contains Halon, a hazardous gas which is prohibited, visit www.yell.com External Hyperlink for a company which deals with fire extinguishing equipment.
Fireworks: The recommended procedure for disposing of fireworks is:

Fish tank chemicals: If hazardous, take them to a household waste recycling centre.
Flares (boat or marine): First contact the place where you originally bought the flares as it may operate a 'take back' scheme. If not, contact your local maritime rescue co-ordination centre (MRCC) who will advise you how the flares can be disposed of safely. The number for the Solent centre is 02392 552 100 More information is available External Hyperlink.
Flies: Advice to minimise the likelihood of flies, maggots and smells in the refuse bin
Flower pots & trays: Put in refuse bin or re-use.
Foil: See 'aluminium foil'.
Food tins: Please rinse and put in a blue top recycling bin.
Food waste: Meat, fish, cooked food: Put in your household refuse bin. Food waste can be disposed of at home in a special food waste digester. Uncooked fruit & vegetable waste: put in home composter or in household refuse bin.
Freezers and fridges:

Due to disposal issues we are not able to collect fridges and freezers temporarily. Hampshire County Council are not able to dispose of any fridges or freezers currently.

For more information please see the following press release: https://www.hants.gov.uk/news/oct17fridgestorageproblem External Hyperlink

Fridges: See freezer entry above.
Fruit peelings (uncooked): Put in your home composter or a household refuse bin.
Furniture: Good quality furniture and electrical goods can be donated to the British Heart Foundation shop at 20, West Street, Fareham PO16 0LQ. To arrange free collection within 48 hours, telephone 0844 499 4150. We will collect bulky waste from your property for disposal.

G

Garden waste: Put in your home composter or take it to a household waste recycling centre or use our garden waste collection service.
Gas bottles: Return domestic camping/caravanning lpg bottles to a camping shop or take them to a household waste recycling centre Other types of gas bottles are not accepted at HWRCs PDF (225 KB).
Glass: Take to a glass bank.

H

Handbags: See 'clothes'.
Hats, scarves etc: See 'clothes'.
Hazardous waste from your household, such as cleaning, DIY chemicals: You can see more advice on disposing of hazardous household waste.
Household textiles, eg duvet covers, blankets, curtains, towels, tablecloths etc: Put in a textile bank or take to a charity shop. Duvets, pillows and sleeping bags cannot be put in textile banks so dispose of them in a refuse bin if they are beyond reuse through a charity shop.

J

Jars: Take to a glass bank.
Juice cartons: Cardboard ones cannot be recycled so put in your household refuse bin. Put plastic bottles in your blue top recycling bin.
Junk mail: Put in your blue top recycling bin. Put all plastic wrapping in your household refuse bin – see 'plastic bags' for details of a recycling company who will take plastic film wrappings. Contact the mailing preference service External Hyperlink to reduce junk mail (and unwanted telephone calls and faxes).

K

Kettles: See WEEE - waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Kitchen waste: Meat, fish, cooked food: Put in your household refuse bin. Put uncooked fruit & vegetable waste in your home composter or household refuse bin.

L

Lids: Put in your refuse bin. Metal jar lids cannot go in your blue top recycling bin because they get into the newspapers. Plastic milk bottle lids - see 'milk bottle tops'.
Light bulbs: Standard light bulbs can be put in the refuse bin but take flourescent tubes to a household waste recycling centre which accepts hazardous waste.
Low energy light bulbs: Take to a household waste recycling centre which accepts hazardous waste.
Liquids: No liquid of any sort is acceptable in a refuse bin as it spills out along the road.
Litter: Street sweepings and litter from bins are disposed of to landfill.
LPG bottles: Return domestic camping/caravanning lpg bottles to a camping shop or take them to a household waste recycling centre Other types of gas bottles are not accepted at HWRCs PDF (225 KB).

M

Magazines: Put in your blue top recycling bin.
Maggots: You can see how to minimise the likelihood of maggots and smells in your refuse bin.
Margarine tubs: Cannot be recycled, so put in your household refuse bin.
Marine flares: See 'flares.'
Meat, fish: Put in your household refuse bin. Food waste can be disposed of at home in a special food waste digester.
Medicines: Take back to your local dispensing chemist.
Mercury thermometers: Take to a household waste recycling centre which accepts hazardous waste. If the thermometer is broken, take great care when collecting the mercury. Wear rubber gloves, and collect it into a glass jar with a lid.
Milk bottle tops: Plastic milk bottle tops can no longer be taken to the RSPCA Stubbington Ark Centre. We are aware of two other local outlets:

Mobile phones: Can be recycled by a variety of charity schemes, including Oxfam shops. Alternatively, visit recycling your mobile External Hyperlink or envirofone External Hyperlink for more information.
Metal: Cans and tins: Put in your blue top recycling bin. Other metal items can be recycled at a household waste recycling centre.
Metal lids: Put jar lids in your refuse bin. They are too small for the recycling processing machinery, and get into the newspapers.

N

Nappies: Put disposable nappies (bagged) in your household refuse bin. For information on reusable nappies, visit the Real Nappy Information Service  or the Women's Environmental Network External Hyperlink. For companies offering nappy laundering services, visit www.yell.com External Hyperlink
Newspapers: Put in your blue top recycling bin.

O

Oil: Small amounts of used cooking oil from your household can go in your household refuse bin. Please put the oil in a sealed container such as a glass jar or plastic bottle with a lid or use rags to soak it up and put them in a plastic bag. Solidified cooking fat can also go in the refuse bin, sealed in a plastic bag. If you are a trader or have commercial premises, you must make arrangements to dispose of used cooking oil through a waste disposal company. Engine oil is hazardous waste and must be taken to a household waste recycling centre which accepts hazardous waste. You can see more advice on disposing of hazardous household waste.
Office furniture and equipment: Various options are available; SocialBox External Hyperlink offer disposal and recycling of business IT computer equipment and office furniture.

P

Paint tins: They must be empty before being put in your refuse bin. No liquid is acceptable in the refuse lorry because it will spill out along the road. Paint tins cannot be recycled as they are not suitable for the materials recovery facility sorting process so must not be put into your household recycling bin. They cannot be taken to the household waste recycling centre as any residues in the tin are likely to be hazardous waste. Any remaining liquid paint which is solvent-based can be taken to a household waste recycling centre which accepts hazardous waste.
Paper: Put in your blue top recycling bin.
Paper (shredded): See 'shredded paper'.
Paraffin: See 'petrol'.
Peelings (uncooked): Put in your home composter.
Performance: How much waste are we recycling?
Petrol: Petrol, diesel and paraffin will not be accepted at any household waste recycling centres in Hampshire. They are flammable, hazardous wastes and no sites are licensed to accept them. Reuse where possible - just because something is not useful to you anymore, does not mean that it has no use, so try asking your friends and family. If not, a local garage or motoring society may be able to take it (a small charge may apply). They could also be taken to a car breakers, but ring first to check.
Pet waste: Small amounts can be put in your household refuse bin. Bedding from vegetarian animals (guinea pigs, rabbits etc) can go in a home composter. Cat and dog faeces must go in household refuse bin, not a home composter.
Pillow cases: See 'household textiles'.
Pillows: Cannot be put in textile banks so dispose of them in a refuse bin if they are beyond reuse.
Plasterboard: Cannot be put in refuse or recycling bin so take it to a household waste recycling centre
Plastic bottles: Rinse, remove lid and put in blue top recycling bin.
Plastic plant pots: Put in your refuse bin, or re-use.
Plastic pots and trays, for example yogurt pots, margarine tubs, food trays, ice cream tubs: Cannot be recycled so put them in your household refuse bin. We can only collect plastic that is bottle-shaped for recycling.
Plastic bags: Reuse for shopping or as bin liners or dispose of them in your household refuse bin. Some charity shops collect them to reuse and some supermarkets have recycling banks in-store.
Polystyrene: Dispose of this in your household refuse bin. Even though it may have the recycling symbol, there is nowhere to reprocess polystyrene locally. The three arrows triangle symbol is meaningless, because although an item may technically be recyclable, when the energy used for transport and reprocessing are taken into account it is not worth recycling, economically or environmentally. You can see more information about plastics.
Problem? If you have a problem with rubbish or recycling, please email us at customerservices@fareham.gov.uk and we will try to help.
Printer cartridges: For companies offering a printer cartridge refilling or recycling service, please visit www.yell.com External Hyperlink.

R

Recycling rate: How much waste are we recycling?
Recycling and refuse collections: Recyclables and refuse are collected on alternate weeks.
Refuse: Put in your household refuse bin. Any waste beside the bin will not be collected but you can take it to a household waste recycling centres.
Rubble and soil: Household Waste Recycling Centres  External Hyperlinkwill accept the equivalent of a medium-sized car boot full of waste (approximately the contents of six 30 litre bags) no more than once per month, per household. Soil must be brought to the site bagged or boxed and then emptied directly into the soil and rubble container.
 

S

Sheets: See 'household textiles'.
Shoes: Put in a textile bank or take them to a charity shop.
Shredded paper: This cannot be recycled in blue top bins as it clogs up the machinery at the sorting plant. Put in your refuse bin in a tied plastic bag to prevent the paper blowing about when the bin is emptied.  Shredded paper can be composted in a home composter, mix it well with wetter material such as grass clippings. It can also be put in a paper bank.
Sleeping bags: Cannot be put in textile banks so dispose of them in your refuse bin if they are beyond reuse.
Smelly bins: There is advice available to minimise the likelihood of smells and maggots in your refuse bin.
Smoke alarms: Take to a household waste recycling centre and put in the small WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) container. Batteries should be removed and put in the battery container.
Soil and rubble: Household Waste Recycling Centres  External Hyperlinkwill accept the equivalent of a medium-sized car boot full of waste (approximately the contents of six 30 litre bags) no more than once per month, per household. Soil must be brought to the site bagged or boxed and then emptied directly into the soil and rubble container.
Sweet tins: See 'tins'.

T

Tablecloths, cloth napkins etc: See 'household textiles'.
Tassimo pods and the plastic flow packaging: there is a drop off point for recycling them at Cafe Imbizo, 171-173 West Street, Fareham from 9am-3pm Monday to Saturday
Televisions: See WEEE - waste electrical and electronic equipment
Tetrapaks: See Cartons.
Textiles: See 'household textiles' or 'clothes'.
Tiles (eg floor, wall, roof tiles): Cannot be put in refuse or recycling bin so take them to a household waste recycling centre
Tins: Rinse, remove lids and put in your blue top recycling bin.Large metal sweet or biscuit tins can go in the blue top recycling bin but no larger metal items. There is a size limit as large items will not fit under the magnet at the sorting plant. Any tins or cans up to the size of a large tin are acceptable, except paint tins. Paint tins are not recyclable - see 'paint tins'.
Toasters: See WEEE  - waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Trade waste: If you are a business, you must make arrangements to have your waste collected by a licensed carrier. Our Wastesavers service offers waste and recycling collections for commercial customers.
Tyres: Household waste recycling centres no longer accept tyres. Please contact your local garage or car breaker. Most tyre fitters will take your old tyres if you have bought new ones from them. If you have many, please visit www.yell.com External Hyperlink for details of tyre dealers, who may take them for disposal but will charge.

V

Vegetable waste: Put uncooked in a home composter or your household refuse bin. Put cooked in your household refuse bin.
Vehicles: Please visit www.yell.com External Hyperlink for details of car and commercial vehicle dismantlers.
Videos, CDs, DVDs: Take to a charity shop or put in a book bank.

W

Waste collection: Recyclables and refuse are collected on alternate weeks.
Water filters: See the 'Brita' entry.
WEEE - Waste electrical and electronic equipment: This includes all electrical equipment such as TVs and computers. If you are a householder, you can take items to a household waste recycling centres. There are a number of companies who may take computer equipment for recycling - Jamie's Computer Club External Hyperlink, in Southampton take equipment for reuse; it-green.co.uk External Hyperlink are licensed to remove IT waste from premises within the UK;. Maxitech Limited External Hyperlink provide a recycling service for computer and electronic equipment for local businesses in the Fareham area; Green Magnet External Hyperlink will collect from householders for a small charge.
Wood Chippings: Chippings from the garden can be put in the garden waste sack, but not in large quantities. If you have a large quantity we recommend mixing some in with the other garden waste and putting it out over several collections. A large quantity could clump together when wet and form a lump which would cause difficulty during the composting process. The acceptable sack weight of 20kg must not be exceeded.
Chippings from treated wood, for example from using a lathe, cannot be put in the garden waste sack. Small amounts can be bagged and put in the refuse bin, large amounts should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Wrapping paper: Cannot be recycled as it is often plastic-based. Put in your household refuse bin.

X

Xmas trees: Christmas trees can be taken to the household waste recycling centres. One tree can be put out for collection with your garden waste on your first collection when the garden waste service resumes after the Christmas period. There is no need to chop the tree up, just leave it beside your garden waste sack. The maximum trunk diameter is 11cm. Artificial trees can be reused.

Y

Yellow pages: Can be recycled in your blue top recycling bin, or put in a paper bank. You can avoid having a paper copy by using yell.com External Hyperlink. To cancel delivery of future directories, call the Directory Team on 0800 671 444.
Yoghurt pots: Cannot be recycled so put in your household refuse bin.
Yoghurt drink bottles: Rinse plastic bottles and put them in your blue top recycling bin.



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