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Recyclopaedia P - Z

Information about materials and companies that can help you to dispose of the materials. Wealden District Council can provide some of these services, although this may be at additional cost please contact Waste Management using the details at the bottom of this page for further information about our charges.

Alternatively the following organisations or companies may be able to meet your needs at a lower charge, or even for free.

This is intended to offer some examples of the commercial services available and is therefore not an extensive list of all providers.

Wealden District Council does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these service providers.

Recyclopaedia A-O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z


Water-based white and magnolia paint can be recycled at all the local Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), just hand it to any member of staff. All other paints can be taken to any of the sites where they will be placed in the hazardous container. Alternatively, if you are travelling that way, any paint can be taken to Hove Household Waste Recycling Site, 01273 765286 where it is made available for reuse by community groups, through the Community Re-Paint scheme.

Paint tins

These should be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external site) to ensure appropriate disposal. If they contain wet paint please ask the site supervisor for advice. If they are clean or contain dry paint only then they can be placed into the skip for metal recycling.


Paper can be placed into Wealden paper bins at the Neighbourhood Recycling Points 

Call BT free on 150 if you do not wish to be sent an updated phone book. Numbers are available on the BT website; via Phone Disk CD or Phone Base PC dial-up system, call 0800 91 91 99 for details. Can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) for recycling.


Since 1st April 2009 plasterboard can no longer be sent to landfill. As such, the only Household Waste Recycling Site that will accept plasterboard in the Wealden area is Crowborough where there are dedicated containers on site. The site will accept four sheets or six bags of plasterboard per month.

Plastic bottles

There are collection points for all types of plastic bottles at the following locations (please do not leave yoghurt pots or other types of plastic):

Neighbourhood Recycling Points:

  • Chelwood Gate Village Hall
  • Croft Road Car Park,
  • Crowborough Jarvis Brook Car Park,
  • Crowborough School Lane Car Park,
  • Danehill Community Hall Car Park, Forest Row
  • The Roebuck, Wych Cross, Forest Row
  • Tesco Car Park, Hailsham
  • Vicarage Field Car Park, Hailsham
  • Victoria Road Car Park, Hailsham
  • Mill Road Car Park, Heathfield
  • Station Road Car Park, Heathfield
  • North Road Car Park, Pevensey Bay
  • Library Car Park, Windsor Way, Polegate
  • Luxford Field Car Park, Uckfield

You can also take them to some of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link). Please rinse, remove the lids and SQUASH your plastic bottles before placing them into the container.

Plastic Film Wrapping

You can recycle thin plastic film at some supermarkets where they accept plastic carrier bags for recycling.

Postage stamps

Welcomed by many charities including:

Or sell to dealers, see Yellow Pages website (external link) under Stamp Dealers.


Take them to Help The Aged or Sue Ryder Shops.

Additionally you could take them to be recycled at a Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), or put in the Green Waste bin if you are on a kerbside collection scheme.

Printer cartridges

The following companies offer a postal return or free collection service:

Save them and earn money for your charity, school or your business. All such items are welcomed by many charity shops including those operated by Scope and Hospice in The Weald. In addition some schools have collection schemes for fundraising purposes. Many charity organisations collect these to raise funds including:

  • British Red Cross - Recycling Inkjet Cartridge (external link) British Red Cross Inkjet Appeal, check the website for details,
  • CLIC Sargent - Recycling Electrical Equipment for Charity (external link) CLIC (Caring for Cancer and Leukaemia In Childhood) - can recycle laser toner and inkjet cartridges through their recycling partner Environmental Business Products (external link) (EBP) visit their website and register to check the recyclability of your cartridge. They can also provide freepost envelopes for inkjet cartridges, call 01173148623 for more details.
  • Age Concern (external link)/Help The Aged provide a freepost envelope to send your individual inkjet cartridges to them or can provide a free collection if you have more than 15 inkjet or toner cartridges. Please check on their website to see a list of the toners / inkjets they can accept. For more info call their recycling hotline on 020 7239 1869.
  • RNIB (external site) - provide a freepost envelope for small items and collect larger quantities or laser cartridges free of charge. 50% of the money raised from the cartridges goes to the charity to help people with sight problems. For more information on how to donate to the recycling appeal please contact RNIB on 0800 980 5375.

Rubble/Hardcore & Soil

These are classed as industrial waste and not household waste. The Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) will accept a small amount of this type of waste from members of the public. Sites will accept six bags of this type of waste per month (i.e. the equivalent of a car boot load). If you produce more than this amount you will need to hire a skip.

Sanitary protection

Billions of disposable sanitary products are flushed or binned in the UK each year. Modern alternatives are available by mail order:


The Scrapstore collects unwanted waste from businesses and allows their members to help themselves for art and craft activities. If you have suitable items you would like to donate or are interested in becoming a member contact the local Scrapstore:

The Scrapstore, Lewes. 01273 486619


Old shoes can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link). They are also accepted in many charity shops and also in The Salvation Army textile banks which are located in many of our Neighbourhood Recycling Points.

Additionally The European Recycling Company (external link) has collection points at:

  • AB&C Shoe Repairs, Croft Road, Crowborough, TN6 1DL
  • East Hoathly Post Office & Stores, 2 High Street, East Hoathly, BN8 6EB
  • Laceys Dry Cleaners, The Square, Forest Row, RH18 5DN
  • Hair by Us, The Street, Framfield, TN22 5NL
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, A22 Lower Dicker, Hailsham,
  • BN27 4BJ Shoecare/Nodding Cobbler, 20 Vicarage Fields, Hailsham, BN27 1BE
  • Hartfield Spar Shop, High Street, Hartfield, TN7 4AD
  • Rushlake Green Post Office, Daws Stores, Rushlake Green, Heathfield, TN21 9QD
  • Final Score, 71 High Street, Heathfield, TN21 8HU
  • Co-Op Stores, 110 High Street, Heathfield, TN21 8JD
  • High Hurstwood School, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, TN22 4AD
  • Laughton Post Office & Stores, Lewes Road, Laughton, BN8 6BG
  • St Dunstans Pharmacy, High Street, Mayfield, TN20 6AB
  • Ninfield Post Office, Lower Street, Ninfield, TN33 9EA
  • Berwick Stores, Berwick Station, Polegate, BN26 6TA
  • Cuckoo Line Stores, Yew Tree Lane, Rotherfield, TN6 3JA
  • Green DIY, Bell Lane, Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield, TN22 1QL
  • Tesco Stores Ltd, Bell Lane, Uckfield, TN22 1BA
  • Final Score, Unit 2 79 High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AS
  • Columbine Cleaners, 6 Central Parade, High Street, Wadhurst, TN5 6AL


Many used spectacles in good condition are sent to Africa, India and Bangladesh by Vision Aid Oversea (external link). These are some of the opticians in your area that re-use spectacles:

Vision Express, The Broadway
Arthur Hayes Opticians Ltd, Croft Road

Mark Soper Opticians, 72 High Street
In focus Opticians, 18 High Street
Quentin Medical Centre, Hawkswood Road
Vicarage Field Health Centre

Melina Joy Opticians, 59 High Street
Pople & Broad, 50 High Street

Dr. Baker's Surgery, West End

Barraclough Opticians, 58a High Street
Downlands Medical Centre, 77 High Street
Manor Park Medical Centre, High Street

Pevensey Bay
Medical Centre, Richmond Road

Vision Express, 27 High Street

Belmont Surgery, St. James Square
Wadhurst Opticians, Old Bakery, High Street

Medical Centre, Montague Road

Library, Coppice Avenue.


Old clothes can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link). They are also accepted in many charity shops and also in The Salvation Army Trading Company - Textile Banks (external link) which are located in many of our Neighbourhood Recycling Points.  Additionally you could try:

Textile Recycling Association (external link), PO Box 965, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3WD. 0870 0428276


Old car and van tyres can be taken to car breakers yards, some of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), and you could also try:

  • MDJ Light Brothers (external link), Greystone Quarry, Southerham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JN. 01273 476862.
  • H.Ripley & Co. Diplocks Way, Hailsham, BN27 3GU. 01323 841228


Videos can be sent to:

The Secure Recycling Company Ltd, Wolf Business Park, Alton Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5NB. 0844 800 3235.

Alternatively, any old videos (both pre-recorded and recordable) can be put in the Salvation Army book collection banks at the NRP in Croft Road Car Park, Crowborough; Deanland Wood Park, Golden Cross; Community Hall Car Park, Forest Row and the Co-op Car Park in Heathfield. Also there are British Heart Foundation Book Banks at the NRPs in Tesco Car Park, Uckfield; Highlands Inn, Ridgewood, Uckfield and Wyevale Garden Centre, Lower Dicker.

Water filter cartridges

In line with growing consumer demand for greener living, Brita Great Britain (Water Services) has launched an in store recycling scheme. Recycling bins are now situated in a range of high street stores such as Robert Dyas, Argos and Cargo. Other major retailer collection points will be following soon.

The BRITA branded bins will be located next to the existing water filter section in store. Customers can recycle any BRITA consumer product filter cartridge, including those for the new BRITA water filter taps. For further information regarding this scheme please contact the BRITACare department on 0844 742 4800 or visit their website.

Yellow Pages

If you do not need a new Yellow Pages call 0800 671 444 to have your household removed from the distribution list. You may wish to access the information through the Internet instead of receiving a hard copy via the Yellow Pages website (external link).

Yellow pages can now be recycled with the rest of your newspapers and magazines through your kerbside collection or they can go in the paper bins at the Neighbourhood Recycling Points or at the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link)

Contact the Waste Management Team