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Make-up

RE-USE RECYCLE

Make-up can be reused or recycled.

We do accept new or barely used make-up at The Green Centre where it will be re-sold to support the project.

The Body Shop accepts empty containers of their own brand.

Boots on North Street accept used cosmetic containers including perfume bottles and plastic tubes.

Masonry Tools

RE-USE

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Material

RE-USE

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Measuring Tapes

RE-USE

Mechanic's Tools

RE-USE

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Medication

RE-USE

Every year millions of pounds are lost by the NHS through unused and unopened medication. 

Medecine Waste per year; (based on a 2010 independent study)   

Greater London           £50 million

England                      £300 million

Wales                         £50 ,million

Scotland                     £44 million

Northern Ireland         £2.5 million

Pharmacies are obliged to accept unwanted medicines back from patients but they cannot be reissued to other patients. The reason for this is that once the medicine has left the pharmacy, storage conditions cannot be guaranteed. Some medicines are sensitive to heat, light or moisture and can become less effective if not stored properly. It is also not possible to guarantee the quality of medicines on physical inspection alone.

 The World Health Organisation (WHO) do not support medicine waste ‘recycling’ because of questions relating not only to safety but also appropriateness and cost effectiveness.

In this instance recycling is not the answer. It's more a question of how we can 

Medicines

RE-USE

Metal

RECYCLE

Scrap metal can be recycled.

It can include lead, brass, copper, copper wire, braziery copper, aluminium, stainless steel and ferrous metal.

There are local opportunities.

If you wish to support the Green Centre you can bring small amounts of scrap metal to us. We will cash them in and the funds raised will go towards our volunteer costs. Alternatively you can take your scrap metal to the local scrap metal company and weigh it in yourself.

The local scrap metal company that The Green Centre use is a family run company called Argyle Metals Ltd. Their number is 01273 680559.

Metalwork Tools

RE-USE

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Milk

REDUCE

You can get your milk locally and therefore support local business and minimise your carbon footprint.

Support your local milkman by having your milk delivered by Milk & More.

Milk Bottle Tops (Plastic) in Brighton

RECYCLE

Milk bottle tops can be recycled locally here in Brighton & Hove. The council will accept the lids if you push them inside the bottle after washing it. Otherweise you can collect them for the Green Centre who recycle them for charity. If you live outside Brighton & Hove please contact us before starting a collection.

WE COLLECT LIDS WHICH ARE MADE FROM HDPE (2) AND LDPE (4). THESE FALL IN TO 2 CATEGORIES;

1. MILK BOTTLE LIDS - All milk bottle lids are made from either HDPE (2) or LDPE (4) - there are many different styles and different colours which can be misleading however we can accept them all; green, red and blue.

Please remove all stickers from the top and any tabs from the inside of the lid as these materials can contaminate the load. This is very important. Please see the photographs below.

     Bottle 6 Bottle 4 Bottle 3

        No stickers please                 No tabs please              No inserts please 

 

2. OTHER LIDS MADE FROM HDPE (2) & LDPE (4) - If you want to collect other lids you must ensure that they display the recycling sign (the triangle) as well as either the number 2 (02), or the number 4 (04).  This signifies the kind of plastic they are made of.  These details will be displayed on the inside of the lid. Please see the photograph below. If they do not display these details they cannot be recycled through our scheme.

 

                  Bottle 1        Bottle 2,

 

WHERE CAN YOU DROP OFF YOUR BOTTLE TOPS?

This scheme is run by the Green Centre who are currently @ The Open Market - Thursdays between 9am and 5pm. 

 

What happens to the bottle tops - They are picked up from the centre by a company called GHS Recycling who are based in Portsmouth. They are then fed into a large machine called the "Dragon" which breaks the tops down into small granules. These are then sold on to other companies who used them to make new plastic products including; ar parts, buckets, wheelie bins, kitchen utensils, plastic tubes, plastic garden furniture, plastic toys and black bin bags. We receive a small amount of money per tonne which we donate to Lupus Brighton and Hove and  Lupus UK.

Some Stats - Nationally the UK consumes around 180 million pints of milk a week of which at least two thirds are sold in plastic bottles.  The plastic milk bottles are recycled by most local authorities but not always the tops.  

Weight -Assuming an average weight of 1g per milk bottle top, there are 1million tops in 1 metric tonne. We have received 9,500,000 tops at the Green Centre which is 9.5 metric tonnes.

Distance - The diameter of a milk bottle top is roughly 4cms. Laid side by side the 9,500,000 tops we have received would cover a distance of 38,000,000 cms or 380kms or 236 miles. That would stretch from the Green Centre in BRIGHTON to DONCASTER which is 234 miles from the Green Centre.  (40,234 tops per mile).

Area- The area of a bottle top is 12.56 sq cms. The area of 9,500,000 bottle tops is 119,320,000 sq cms or 11,932 sq metres. A regulation tennis court is 261 sq metres so laid out at Wimbledon we would fill 46 tennis courts.

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Milk Bottle Tops (Plastic) outside Brighton

RECYCLE

There is currently only one plastic milk bottle top recycling scheme in the UK that we are aware of. This scheme is run by GHS Recycling based in Portsmouth. They collect bottle tops from charities and community organisations throughout the South East of England. Please call GHS on 02392 670399 to find out if there is a collector near you.

Rest of England - bottle tops have very little monetary value; 6p per kilo or 40 - 60p per black bin bag (approx 7 to 10kg) or £60 a tonne. 

It is not economically viable for you to collect bottle tops for charity unless you are living in the South East of England. 

If you want to raise funds for charity here are some tips;

  • Aluminium foil - 40p per kilo (rate changes daily)
  • Aluminium cans - 50p per kilo (rate changes daily)
  • Stainless steel - 50p per kilo (rate changes daily)
  • Electrical cable - 80p - £1.00 per kilo (rate changes daily)
  • Brass - £1.00 + per kilo (rate changes daily)
  • Copper - £1.50 + per kilo (rate changes daily)

Pay a visit to your local scrap yard and find out more about recycling scrap metal

Mobile Phones

RE-USE RECYCLE

Mobile phones can be re-used and recycled.

We run a local scheme at the Green Centre. Please bring your mobile phones, working or not, to the Green Centre at the Open market on a Thursday.  Click here to join our scheme and support the work of the Green Centre.

How are they recycled?

Most schemes recover and re-use various parts from phones and their accessories. Phone recyclers salvage many useful materials from old mobile phones;

  • Separate metals recovery (including precious and semiprecious metals): The mobile parts are ground up and useful metal content extracted. Metal can be extracted from batteries too.

For every 1 million mobiles recycled, 35,724lbs of copper, 772lbs of silver and 75lbs of gold can be recovered.

  • Plastic recovery: energy-from-incineration is used to recover plastic from components. Outer body plastic may be granulated and reformulated for use in mouldings.
  • Recovery and downgrading of valuable components: e.g. flash memory devices.

 

  • Re-use of parts: Useful parts include aerials, battery connectors, PCBs (printed circuit boards), connectors including gold-coated edge contacts on PCBs, ICs (integrated circuits), keyboards, LCD screens, lenses, microphones, phone housings, screws, SIM card assemblies and speakers.
  • Many manufacturers have signed up to the Basel Convention agreeing to cooperate with developing environmentally sound management to end-of-life mobile phones.

MP3 Players

REDUCE

It is possible to reduce the energy used by your MP3 charger.

Britons waste £134 million a year by overcharging phones, MP3 players and laptops. Overcharging your MP3 player can reduce the lifespan of the battery. It takes 4 hours to fully charge a MP3 player.

Electric toothbrushes, hand-held vacuum cleaners and cordless phones are also likely to zap unnecessary juice.

Spending a few minutes unplugging ten common household gadgets when they are fully charged could save around £60 a year.

Mattresses

RECYCLE

Mattresses can be recycled.

Mattresses can be taken to Brighton and Hove recycling centres.  See Recycling Sites for locations and opening times.

Microwaves

RECYCLE

Microwaves can be recycled. See Electrical Items