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Baby Accessories

REDUCE RE-USE

Yes baby accessories can be reused.

REUSE

  • You can donate them to a charity shop.
  • You can sell them at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give it away for free through Freegle.

Baby Clothes

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

See Clothes

Baby Wipes

No baby wipes can not be recycled.

Johnson's Baby launched the "Wipe Out Waste" scheme in partnership with Terracycle in May 2011. Johnson’s Baby was the first baby wipes manufacturer to take the lead to recycle its packaging but that scheme has now ended. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Baby wipes are causing hundreds of thousands of blockages in the UK sewer system and costing the country £100m every year, according to a new report.
  • There have been numerous campaigns run throughout the UK asking people not to flush baby wipes. only flush “the three Ps: pee, paper and poo”.
  • Some companies still describe their wipes as flushable despite the fact they cause so many problems.

Backpacks

see Bags

Bags

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes bags of all shapes and sizes can be reused and recycled. 

REUSE
If you have no further use for your bag and it is still in reasonable condition and useable, e.g. with out holes, zips & handles still working then you can donate it to the Green Centre or to a charity shop. 

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • They will either be re-sold to support the project or recycled with our recycling partner ARB Recycling

How?

  • Please check all pockets for personal possessions and remove
  • Please make sure the bag is reasonably clean 

Batteries - Household

REDUCE RECYCLE

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

RECYCLED
Where?

  • Every supermarket that sells batteries has a recycling facility in store.
  • Please take them to the Brighton Household Waste & Recycling site on Wilson Avenue or the Hove Household Waste & Recycling site on the Old Shoreham Road. See here for exact locations and opening times. For more details contact City Clean on 01273 292929.
  • As a LAST RESORT you can bring them to The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here. We are phasing this scheme out. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is estimated that we throw away over 600m batteries in the UK each year.
  • Only 27% of batteries are recycled in the UK, resulting in more than 20,000 tonnes of battery waste straight to the landfill.
  • 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.
Batteries

BBQ - Disposable

No disposable BBQs can not be recycled. Before disposing of your disposable BBQ make sure it is fully extinguished and then put in your general household waste.

REUSE
Consider using a portable BBQ instead of a disposable one as it can be used again. If cleaned and stored appropriately it can be used over many years.

BBQ - Metal

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes your metal BBQ can be reused and recycled. 

REUSE

  • If your metal BBQ is still in good condition and useable you can sell it at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can use your old BBQ as a planter in the garden or on a balcony.
  • You can also give it away for free through Freegle.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • As your BBQ is made from metal please take it to the Brighton Household Waste & Recycling site on Wilson Avenue or the Hove Household Waste & Recycling site on the Old Shoreham Road. See here for exact locations and opening times.
  • For more details contact City Clean on 01273 292929.

How?

  • Please make sure you have removed any waste from the BBQ, e.g food, charcoal, etc

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Metal recycling conserves natural resources by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy than making metal from virgin ore.
  • Using scrap metal in lieu of virgin ore generates 97% less mining waste and uses 40% less water

The amount of energy saved using various recycled metals compared to virgin ore is up to:

  • 92 % for aluminum
  • 90 % for copper
  • 56 % for steel

 

Bedding

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes bedding can be reused and recycled.

REUSE
Bedding including sheets, pillowcases, quilt covers and blankets can be reused if they are clean and in good condition. 

  • You can donate it to a charity shop.
  • You can sell it at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give it away for free through Freegle.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. It will either be re-sold to support the project or recycled with our recycling partner ARB Recycling. More details here.

How?

  • It must be clean.
  • It must be in reasonable condition

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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

Yes belts reused and recycled.

REUSE
Belts can be reused if they are still in good condition.

  • You can donate them to The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • You can donate them to a charity shop.
  • You can sell them at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give them away for free through Freegle.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • You can recycle them with The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • It will either be re-sold to support the project or recycled with our recycling partner ARB Recycling. 

How?

  • Must be in reasonable condition.

Bicycles

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes can be reused and recycled.

REUSE

  • "Mike the bike" is 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.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • If your bicycle can't be used for parts or spares by any of the above organisations, as it is made from metal please take it to the Brighton Household Waste & Recycling site on Wilson Avenue or the Hove Household Waste & Recycling site on the Old Shoreham Road. See here for exact locations and opening times. For more details contact City Clean on 01273 292929.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Metal recycling conserves natural resources by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy than making metal from virgin ore.
  • The production of new metal releases a far greater amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared with making products from recycled metal.
  • Using scrap metal in lieu of virgin ore generates 97% less mining waste and uses 40% less water

The amount of energy saved using various recycled metals compared to virgin ore is up to:

  • 92 % for aluminum
  • 90 % for copper
  • 56 % for steel
Bicycles

Binoculars

RE-USE

Yes binoculars can be reused. There is a national scheme. 

REUSE

  • 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

RE-USE RECYCLE

Biscuit wrappers

RECYCLE

Yes biscuit wrappers can be recycled.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.

How?

  • Sweet biscuit wrappers from McVitie's and and any other brand
  • Savoury biscuit wrappers from McVitie's and any other brand 
  • You can also include cake wrappers in this scheme.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.

Blacksmith's Tools

RE-USE

See Tools

Blankets

RE-USE RECYCLE

see Bedding.

 

Blouses

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

See Clothes.

Board Games

RE-USE

Yes board games can be reused.

REUSE

  • You can donate them to a charity shop.
  • You can sell them at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give them away for free through Freegle.

 

 

Books

REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes books can be reused and recycled.

REUSE
If you have books you no longer need then please consider reusing them.

  • You can donate them to a charity shop.
  • You can sell them at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Music Magpie and Ziffit and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give them away for free through Freegle.

If you would like to acquire books please consider ways of reducing your demand for brand-new books. If you can,

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The average family in the UK throws away 6 trees worth of paper every year.
  • Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and 4,000 kilowatts of energy which is enough to power a house for a year.
  • It takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than it does to make it from raw materials. Recycling paper creates 73% less air pollution than making new paper from raw materials.

Boots

RE-USE RECYCLE

See shoes.

Bottle Tops - plastic

RECYCLE

Yes plastic bottle tops can be recycled.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • Brighton and Hove Council Recycling including kerbside and communal bins. Please read the instructions below very carefully as there are different instructions for different lids.
  • Lids from Tetra Paks must be recycled in dedicated Tetra Pak bins throughout Brighton and Hove
  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.

How?

  • Milk bottle tops must be removed fromm the bottle and PUT INSIDE the bottle once washed. The reason it is put inside is because the thread of the plastic milk bottle is not very strong and when baled the lids will simply fly off.
  • Other bottle tops must be placed BACK ON the bottle once the bottle has been washed.
  • Tops from Tetra Paks can also be placed BACK ON once the Tetra Pak has been washed and squashed but these must be recycled in dedicated Tetra Pak bins throughout Brighton & Hove.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, but only 19.8 million are recycled each day. This means there are on average 16 million plastic bottles a day are not being recycled.
  • 8 million tonnes of the world’s plastics end up in our oceans each year, creating a garbage patch three times the size of France. Plastics from items such as carrier bags and bottles that end up in our oceans kill around 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
  • Many types of plastics are recyclable but it takes up to 500 years for plastic to fully decompose.

Bras

RE-USE RECYCLE

See Clothes.

Brass

RECYCLE

Yes brass can be recycled.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • The local scrap metal company that The Green Centre uses for brass recycling 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.

How?

  • Must be brass. 
  • If you are using Argles you will need to have an account and will need to recycle a minimum value of £20.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The recycling process for brass is less energy-intensive as compared to aluminum and steel and yields a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Metal recycling conserves natural resources by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy than making metal from virgin ore.
  • Using scrap metal in lieu of virgin ore generates 97% less mining waste and uses 40% less water.

Bric-a-Brac

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes bric-a-brac can be reused. It is not possible to advise you as to whether your Bric-a-Brac can be recycled because they are made from too many different kinds of materials.  

REUSE
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • You can donate it to a charity shop.
  • You can sell it at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give it away for free through Freegle.

Bricklaying Tools

RE-USE

See Tools.

Bricks

RE-USE

Yes bricks can be reused.

REUSE

  • You can sell or donate bricks for uses in the garden, at allotment sites and for building projects.

RECYCLE
Where?

  • You can recycle a limited amount of bricks from home improvements or DIY at Brighton Household Waste & Recycling site on Wilson Avenue or the Hove Household Waste & Recycling site on the Old Shoreham Road. See here for exact locations and opening times. For more details contact City Clean on 01273 292929.

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.

Council staff have the right to inspect any waste entering the recycling sites and if they suspect your waste is business waste you will be turned away.

Brita Filters

RECYCLE

Yes Brita Filters can be recycled.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • 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.

How?

  • Dry the used filters by shaking off excess water, and leaving them in a dry place for at least 3 days.

DID YOU KNOW?

 

 

 

Broken Jewellery

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes broken jewellery can be recycled.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.

How?

  • No special arrangements. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT Broadband Hub

RECYCLE

Yes your BT Broadband Hub can be recycled.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • 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

Yes BT phones can be recycled.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • Call 0800 800 150 and let them know what you want to return. They will then send you a pre-paid posting bag.
  • Then pack all equipment, including cables, into the original box or another box or wrap in bubble wrap.
  • Place all in the posting bag and then seal the bag.
  • Then peel off the address label and bar-code and stick them on the posting bag provided.
  • Then drop it off at your local Post Office.

Bubble wrap

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes bubble wrap can reused and recycled.

REUSE

RECYCLED
Where?

  • Bubble wrap can be reycled at Asda, Brighton Marina. There are 2 dedicated bins along the front of the store by the tills.
  • Make sure you select the right bin as there is also a battery recycling bin there.

Business Waste

Yes business waste can be recycled however you must use a registered waste carrier. 

PLEASE NOTE
Business waste is any waste from commercial, trade or business activities. 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.

  • If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste.
  • Business waste also includes any waste that comes from:
    • construction
    • demolition
    • industry
    • agriculture

RECYCLE
Where?

There are many companies who deal with commercial waste throughout the UK. But not all of them recycle the waste. Whoever you choose to pay to remove your commercial waste it would be supportive to the environment if you choose a company which recycles as much as possible.

Local companies include: 

  • Brighton Paper Round (01273 685628) who recycle all the commercial waste they collect.
  • Brighton Waste (01273 410777), who recycle cardboard, hardcore, metal and paper.
  • Green Acre Recycling (01273 600909), who recycle glass, hardcore, metal and wood.
  • Team Waste (01342 711941) who recycle cardboard and glass only.

Companies who offer their services throughout the UK include:

  • Biffa (01273 564064), who recycle paper and cardboard. 
  • PHS (O870 241 7491), who try to recycle as much as they can but cannot guarantee this.
  • Sita (01342 716388), who recycle cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, tin and wood.
  • Veolia (02392 666999), who recycle a range of items.

How?

Since October 2007 there are new directives in relation to commercial waste [listed below], for further information about this see the Environment Agency webpages.

  • keep waste to a minimum by doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste
  • sort and store waste safely and securely
  • complete a waste transfer note for each load of waste that leaves your premises
  • check if your waste carrier is registered to dispose of waste
  • not allow the waste carrier to dispose of your waste illegally 

Please note: You have extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardeous waste

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