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Baby Accessories

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

Various baby accessories can be reused and recycled.

Items such as prams, cots, toys etc. can be taken to a charity shop for re-sale or you can sell them locally by doing a car boot sale or give them away through Freegle.

Baby Clothes

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

See Clothes

Baby Wipes

Baby wipe packaging can no longer be recycled. The scheme originally funded by Johnsons and delivered through Terracycle is no longer running.

Backpacks

see Bags

Bags

RE-USE RECYCLE

Bags can be re-used and recycled. You can bring bags and purses of any shape, size or colour to the The Green Centre stall at Brighton Open Market. Please refer to our Green Diary to check when we are there and our Facebook page for all our latest news. They will either be re-sold to support the project or recycled with our recycling partner ARB Recycling.

 

 

 

Batteries

REDUCE RECYCLE

Household batteries can be recycled. You can bring them to the The Green Centre stall at Brighton Open Market.  Please refer to our Green Diary to check when we are there and our Facebook page for all our latest news. 

They can also be taken to either of the Household Waste Recycling Sites on Old Shoreham Road or Wilson Avenue.

Many supermarkets also accept batteries for recycling.

We recycle one tonne of batteries yearly, this compares to the 25,000 - 30,000 tonnes of batteries every year that are thrown away, straight into landfill. Currently less than 3% of portable batteries in the UK are recycled. But new regulations have set a target for recycled batteries of 45% by 2016. For details of other schemes visit Specialist Waste Disposal or Envirogreen.

In the first instance please consider using rechargeable batteries. They are a viable environmental alternative to disposable batteries as they can be recharged up to 1,000 times and are much more powerful.  The USBCELL battery can be used in normal battery applications and can be recharged simply by plugging it into a USB port.

For other information regarding ecological batteries visit the Uniross webpage.


Other types of battery can also be recycled.  Please see Car Batteries and Watch Batteries.

Batteries

BBQ - Disposable

Consider using a portable BBQ instead of a disposable one as disposable ones can't be recycled. Before disposing of your disposable BBQ make sure it is fully extinguished and then put in your general household waste.

BBQ - Metal

RE-USE RECYCLE

You can use your old BBQ as a planter in the garden or on the balcony. You can also sell or donate locally using Freegle and other online platforms.

As your BBQ is made from metal it can be recycled at one of the city’s Household Waste Recycling Sites

Bedding

RE-USE RECYCLE

Bedding can be recycled.  You can bring it the Green Centre stall at Brighton Open Market. Please refer to our Green Diary to check when we are there and our Facebook page for all our latest news. 

Recycling 1kg of textiles saves :

- 3.6kg of Co2 emissions
- 6000 litres of water
- 0.3kg of fertilizers
- 0.2kg of pesticides.

Belts

RE-USE

Belts can be re-used.

We will accept belts of any description at the Green Centre.

These can be taken to the Green Centre Stall at the Open Market on a Thursday between 9am anmd 5pm. Please ALWAYS refer to our Facebook page to check we are there.

Bicycles

RE-USE RECYCLE

Bicycles can be recycled. There is a local scheme

Emmaus rebuild and refurbish bicycles in their workshop.  Find them on Drove Road, Portslade, BN41 2PA or call on  01273 426480.

"Mike the bike" is now also selling bicycles at Shabitat, all the bikes are recycled and serviced. Find them on Saunders Road Depot, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4AY or call on  01273 677577.

The "Re-Cycle" project gathers second-hand bicycles and ships them to various African countries. They teach local people to repair and maintain them as a trade.

"Cranks" are a not-for-profit organisation that teaches you how to fix your bike for free. They accept old bikes and parts for donations.

Re:cycle is a student-run co-op at the University of Sussex. They recover abandoned or donated bikes, restore them and rent them to students for a cheap price to encourage cycling to university.
Alternatively you can donate your bike to a charity shop or try to sell it at a local jumble sale.

Alternatively you can donate your bike to a charity shop or try to sell it at a local jumble sale.

Bicycles

Binoculars

RE-USE

Binoculars can be re-used.

There is a national scheme.

Binoculars, telescopes and tripods can be donated to the RSPB where they will be used for conservational or educational projects.

Send them to:
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,
Second-hand Binocular Scheme,
Unit 17,
St Martins Business Centre,
St Martins Way,
Bedford,
MK42 0LF.

Bio-diesel

REDUCE

You can purchase bio-diesel at the following outlets in East Sussex:

  • Bionic Fuels (01323 460983);
  • Rye Bio-Fuels (01797 225552);
  • Shabitat (01273 677577) and;
  • Viridine Ltd (01825 721437).

If you have any further questions about using bio-diesel, please ask any of these suppliers.

Biscuit Tins & Sweet Tubs

RE-USE RECYCLE

You can reuse tins and tubs as food containers or to keep things organised in the bedroom, living room or bathroom. You can also sell or donate locally using Freegle and other online platforms.

If they are made from metal they can be taken to either of the Household Waste and Recycling Sites. See Recycling Sites for locations and opening times.

Plastic ones cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your household rubbish.

Biscuit wrappers

RECYCLE

Biscuit wrappers can be recycled with the Green Centre. This scheme is operated through Terracycle and sponsored by McVitie's. The wrappers are cleaned, melted in to hard plastic and remoulded to make new items.

We accept;

  • Sweet biscuit wrappers from McVitie's and and any other brand
  • Savoury biscuit wrappers from McVBitie's and any other brand 

Blacksmith's Tools

RE-USE

See Tools

Blankets

RE-USE RECYCLE

Blankets can be reused and recycled.

You can bring unwanted blankets to The Green Centre where they will be re-sold in our retail section or recycled with our textile recycling partner.

Blouses

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

See Clothes

Board Games

RE-USE RECYCLE

Board games can be reused and recycled.

You can bring any board games, whole or with parts missing, to the Green Centre, where they will either be re-sold to support the project or recycled with our recycling partner.

Books

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

Books can be recycled locally.

The Green Centre can accept all your unwanted books.

If you are looking to acquire books please consider ways of reducing your demand for brand-new books. If you can, borrow books from the library, family, friends or colleagues, or make a request for a specific book through Freecycle.

If you do need to own your books do please consider charity shops and car boot sales.

There are several options; charity shops, car boots or "Read it-Swap it"; the online book recycling project. Green Metropolis is another great alternative; for every sale that is made they donate 5p to the Woodland Trust.

Boots

RE-USE RECYCLE

Boots can be reused and recycled.

We do accept all boots at The Green Centre. Those that are not re-sellable in our shop section will be recycled with our recycling partner.

Bottle Tops

RECYCLE

Plastic bottle tops can be recycled.

There is a local scheme. (Brighton & Hove) There are 2 categories of lids;

1. Lids made from HDPE (2) and LDPE (4)

Milk bottle tops - ALL lids from plastic milk bottles are made from either HDPE (2) or LDPE (4) so you don't need to check them. We accept red, blue and green. Please see M for Milk Bottle Tops for further details of where these can be taken in Brighton and Hove.

Other lids made from HDPE (2) and LDPE (4) - There are many other bottle tops made from HDPE (2) and LDPE (4).  These details will be displayed on the inside of the lid. Please see the photograph below. Please see M for Milk Bottle Tops for further details of where these can be taken in Brighton and Hove.

Bottle 1     Bottle 2,    

 

2. Other lids not displaying 2 or 4 - If these details do not appear then the lids can be given to Lush who will use them to make new products; lids, bottles, etc.

Bras

RE-USE RECYCLE

Bras can be recycled locally. You can bring them to The Green Centre where we will recycle them and donate funds raised to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal. To date we have raised £100.

Brighton & Hove City Council also operates a scheme in a bid to encourage recycling and to raise money for a local breast cancer charity, The Pink Dolphin Appeal.

The scheme is run by Cityclean, the council's waste, recycling and street cleansing service, and BCR Global, a national textile recycling company. The bras will be transported along with other clothing, to developing countries including Africa, Pakistan and Eastern Europe, where they will be repaired (if necessary) and sold on, providing business opportunities as well as affordable clothing.

You can find bra recycling bins in the following places:

Chalky Road, (opp Portslade Community College
Sainsbury's Superstore, West Hove
The Level, south end of park 
Upper Rock Gardens
Preston Park Drove entrance 
Fiveways, Ditchling Road
ASDA Superstore, Brighton Marina
King Alfred Leisure Centre Car Park
Norfolk Square, Western Road
Queen Park Terrace, Pepper Pot

If bins are full please call 0800 018 6333.

Brass

RECYCLE

Brass can be recycled.

You can bring all your unwanted brass items to The Green Centre where they will be recycled.

The local scrap metal company that The Green Centre uses is a family-run company called Argyle Metals Ltd. Their phone number is 01273 680559, and they can be found at Argyle Hall, Campbell Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4RA.

Bric-a-Brac

RE-USE RECYCLE

Bric-a-Brac can be reused and recycled.

Please bring all your unwanted Bric-a-Brac to the Green Centre where they will be re-used or recycled. Funds raised from the sale of your items will be used to support the Green Centre. Where we are unable to re-use your items they will be donated to Retrograde who will re-use them.

Bricklaying Tools

RE-USE

See Tools.

Bricks

RE-USE RECYCLE

You can sell or donate bricks for uses in the garden, at allotment sites and for building projects or you can recycle a limited amount of bricks from home improvements or DIY at Brighton or Hove Household Waste and Recycling sites. See Recycling Sites for locations and opening times.

Please note: Bricks which are part of business waste which is any waste from commercial, trade or business activities can not be disposed of at Household Waste and Recycling sites. This includes any waste from domestic properties used for profit (for example landlords taking waste from a rented property) and waste that is being removed for payment.

 

Brita Filters

RECYCLE

Brita Filters can be recycled.

BRITA has an in-store recycling scheme. Recycling bins are now situated in a range of high street stores including:

  • Argos at 157/162 Western Road, Brighton
  • Robert Dyas at 74 Western Road, Brighton
  • Robert Dyas, 96 George Street, Hove

Other retailers which offer the service include Cargo, Comet, Sainsbury's, Homebase, ASDA, and Makro.

The BRITA branded bins will be located near to the existing water filter displays in store. Customers can recycle any BRITA consumer product filter cartridge, including those for the new BRITA water filter taps.

Broken Jewellery

RE-USE RECYCLE

We accept all items of jewellery at The Green Centre.

These can be taken to the Green Centre Stall at the Open Market on a Thursday between 9am anmd 5pm. Please ALWAYS refer to our Facebook page to check we are there.

Please see Jewellery.

BT Broadband Hub

RECYCLE

If you no longer require your BT Broadband Hub it can be returned to BT for recycling. It's very easy and won't cost you anything. Find out more here.

BT Phones

RECYCLE

BT phones can be recycled.

There is a national scheme.

Call freephone 0800 800 150 to order a padded envelope to send it back. Please follow this link by BT for more details.

Bubble wrap

RE-USE RECYCLE

You can reuse bubble wrap for transporting fragile items in the post or when moving house. You can also wrap plants with it to protect them from frost. 

It cannot be recycled in your household recycling but can be reycled at Asda, Brighton Marina.

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