Green A to Z

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

Accommodation

REDUCE RE-USE

There are many ways you can share your space with others; Airbnb or Couchsurfing

Aerosols

RECYCLE

Aerosols can be recycled. They must be empty, not pierced or crushed before they're put out for recycling.

  • Residents receiving a black box collection can put household aerosols in the box along with cans, paper, cardboard and plastic bottles.
  • Residents in flats with a recycling service can deposit their household aerosols along with cans. They can also be taken to 75 recycling points across the city.

For more details contact City Clean on 01273 292929.

Aerosol Cans

Air Freshners

RECYCLE

Air freshners can be recycled.

All brands of;

  • plastic air freshners
  • air freshner cartridges
  • plastic air freshner packaging

These can be taken to the Green Centre Stall at the Open Market on a Thursday between 9am and 5pm. Please  refer to our Green Diary to check when we are there and our Facebook page for all our latest news. 

Aluminium Cans

RECYCLE

Aluminium cans can be recycled. There are local opportunities in Brighton & Hove. 

  • They can be included in your kerb-side collection or any of the community recycling banks.
  • You can take them to a local scrap dealer and weigh them in to raise funds for yourself or a charity.  First check they're aluminium by using a magnet (a fridge magnet will do). If they're magnetic then they're NOT aluminium. When you've checked them crush them so you can fit more in a bag. The current price per kilo is 50p. Can you believe we landfill £36 million worth of aluminium every year! 

The local scrap metal company that The Green Centre use for aluminium cans is Geo.E.Richardson & Sons Ltd. There have been changes in the laws about how to use scrap metal merchants. For more details please contact them on 01273 570246.

Aluminium Cans

Aluminium containers

RECYCLE

Aluminium Foil

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

Aluminium foil can be reused. If you are careful you can wash it and reuse it. Include it as part of your washing up so you don't waste water. After it can no longer be re-used, aluminium foil can be recycled. There are local opportunities however it cannot be included in your kerbside collection.

  • You can bring foil to The Green Centre stall at Brighton Open Market. The aluminium foil MUST BE CLEAN. Please refer to our Green Diary to check when we are there and our Facebook page for all our latest news.  
  • You can take your clean foil to a local scrap dealer and weight in to raise funds for yourself or a charity.  Approximately £36 million worth of aluminium is landfilled every year!

The local scrap metal company that The Green Centre use for aluminium foil is Geo.E.Richardson & Sons Ltd. There have been changes in the laws about how to use scrap metal merchants. For more details please contact them on 01273 570246. Alternatively click here to find a local centre.

If You Care make 100% recycled aluminium foil. When producing recycled aluminium 95% less energy is used than when producing primary aluminium.  

Anti-inflammatory Drugs

REDUCE

We know that the pharmaceutical drugs we consume end up in the country's waterways and can seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem.

Diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug administered to humans and animals, has had an  impact on the vulture population across Asia.

In order to reduce our reliance upon Diclofenac and other anti-inflammatory drugs, a variety of natural alternatives for treating inflammation exist;

  1. Willow Bark
  2. Ginger Root
  3. Turmeric
  4. MSM
  5. Bromelain

You can return out of date medication and drugs to any pharmacy.

Antidepressants

REDUCE

In 2010 the BBC reported that anti-depressant drugs were getting into coastal waters and upsetting the behaviour of shrimps according to researchers at the University of Portsmouth. The drugs enter the sea in human waste through the sewage system.

"Crustaceans are crucial to the food chain and if shrimps' natural behaviour is being changed because of anti-depressant levels in the sea this could seriously upset the natural balance of the eco-system," says Dr Alex Ford whose research has been published in the journal Aquatic Toxicology.

In 2002 there were 26.3 million anti-depressant prescriptions handed out in England & Wales. Prescriptions have soared over the last decade with a total of 70.9 million prescriptions dispensed in England in 2018.

Before considering antidepressants consider this alternative recommended by a qualified and experienced therapist;

On a daily basis (you could make a planner and / or record this in a diary):

  1. 20 minutes exercise
  2. 20 minutes doing something you have been putting off
  3. 20 minutes doing something you love

You can return out of date medication and drugs to any pharmacy.

Asbestos

RECYCLE

Asbestos cannot be recycled. 

Hove Household Waste Recycling Site will accept up to four sheets or six small builder’s bags of plasterboard asbestos per household per month. It must be wrapped in at least two layers of plastic and sealed. You will need two forms of identification to prove you live in the city including one form of photo ID.

If you are handling bonded asbestos you should take safety precautions including goggles, a face mask and gloves. Bonded asbestos looks similar to cement and is often grey in colour. Don’t break the asbestos into smaller pieces or cut or saw it. If you have any smaller pieces please make sure you dampen them down with water.

For more information about asbestos check out the Health and Safety Executive.

Ash

RE-USE RECYCLE

You can reuse ash for garden paths or make a narrow path across your lawn for the winter.
Wood ash can be sprinkled lightly into your compost heap or around your garden. Coal ash should be disposed of in your household rubbish.

Asthma Inhalers

RECYCLE

Asthma pumps can now be recycled in the UK.

'Complete the Cycle' is an inhaler recycling scheme which was set up in 2011 by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in association with TerraCycle. Check out the "Pharmacy Finder" to drop off your inhalers at the nearest participating store.

 

 

Audio Cassettes

RE-USE RECYCLE

Audio Cassettes can be re-used however there is practically no demand for them.

Most charity shops no longer accept them and if you donate them this will add a financial burden to the charity who will have to pay for them to be disposed of.

Terracycle do recycle them but only for a charge: £90.08 for a small box! Try Freegle.