Wealden District Council

Recyclopaedia

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

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.

If you are looking for advice on ways to recycle a particular item or material that is not already included in the Recyclopaedia then please contact the Waste Management Team using the details below and we will investigate any options for recycling the item or material and will then add it to the Recyclopaedia.

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Aggregate/Construction Waste

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). Alternatively you may wish to contact one of the following companies:

Aluminium Foil

This can be placed in any of Wealdens can banks which can be found at one of the Neighbourhood Recycling Points. Alternatively it can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) in Wealden for recycling. Please put any clean foil in plastic bags.

Asbestos

Disposal of household bonded (hard sheet) asbestos waste is free to householders at the following  Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link):  Eastbourne, Hastings, Heathfield and  Newhaven, where there are dedicated, sealed containers on site.

Sites will accept four sheets or six bags of asbestos per month. Please make sure that any smaller particles you bring are damped down and smaller pieces are wrapped in two layers of plastic

For general information on handling asbestos or finding your nearest licensed asbestos contractor, you can contact the:

Health and Safety Executive - Asbestos Health and Safety (external link), Phoenix House, 23-25 Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3BE. 0845 345 0055.

Or you may wish to try:

Batteries

Household batteries and car batteries can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) in Wealden for recycling. batteries

Additionally check your local supermarket or electrical store to see if they participate in a take-back scheme for used batteries. Under new legislation Battery Banks for household batteries will be appearing in many stores and public buildings, including council offices, libraries and leisure centres. You can find a battery bank in the reception of the council offices in Vicarage Lane in Hailsham. Follow this link to go to the Battery Back - Recycling website (external link) to see if there is a battery collection point near to you.

Alternatively contact the manufacturers directly as some provide a take-back recycling scheme for their own brand batteries:

  • Household batteries: Dixons Group, including Currys, PC World. Local stores all have battery collection points
  • Duracell batteries: Gillette Consumer Services, Freepost OF1503, Aylesbury Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3LG. 0800 716 434.
  • Ever Ready, Energizer, UCAR and Ralston Batteries: Ever Ready Recycling, Freepost LOL2311, Dunstable, Beds, LU5 4YY. 0208 882 8661.
  • Car Batteries: H Ripley Co, Diplocks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3GU. 01323 841228.
  • Car Batteries: MDJ Light Brothers - Waste Recycling Dismantling and Treatment Specialists (external link), Greystone Quarry , Southerham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JN. 01273 476862.
  • Car Batteries: Metal Recycling Ltd (external link), Elmsfield, Downash off Saltmarsh Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2RP. 01323 840287.
  • Panasonic batteries: Panasonic UK Ltd, Panasonic House, Willoughby Road, Bracknell, Berks, RG12 8FT. Post Only
  • Household batteries: Robert Dyas (external link), local stores all have battery collection points.
  • Household batteries: Sainsburys, Freepost ANG20589, PO Box 137, Wymondham, NR9 5BR. 0800 63 62 62. VARTA batteries:
  • VARTA, Freepost 154, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 3BA.

Books

Many charities accept books for resale.

There are Salvation Army book collection banks at the Neighbourhood Recycling Points in;

  • Croft Road Car Park, Crowborough;
  • Deanland Wood Park, Golden Cross;
  • Community Hall Car Park, Forest Row
  • Co-op Car Park in Heathfield.

Also there are British Heart Foundation Book Banks at the Neighbourhood Recycling Points in;

  • Tesco Car Park, Uckfield;
  • Highlands Inn, Ridgewood, Uckfield
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lower Dicker.

Alternatively, take them to Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) for disposal.

Cans

All types of aluminium and steel cans, including pet food tins and very large containers can be placed into any of Wealdens can banks which can be found at one of the Neighbourhood Recycling Points or Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

There is no need to squash or remove the labels from cans but please wash them out.

Cardboard

Cardboard can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link)(apart from Hailsham).

Scrunched up cardboard can also be added to your compost bin.

Carrier bags

Some supermarkets collect carrier bags for recycling. There are collection points at the following locations :-

  • Morrisons and Waitrose in Crowborough
  • Tesco's in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Uckfield
  • Sainsburys in Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells

Some recycling points in Lewes have collection bins for carrier bags.

CDs and DVDs

You can send your unwanted CDs and DVDs to one of the following organisations to be recycled:

  • The Secure Recycling Company Ltd, Unit 1, Wolf Business Park, Alton Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5NB. 0844 800 3235

CDs can also be placed in the Salvation Army book collection banks at the Neighbourhood Recycling Points in:

  • Croft Road Car Park, Crowborough;
  • Deanland Wood Park, Golden Cross;
  • Community Hall Car Park, Forest Row
  • Co-op Car Park in Heathfield.

Also there are British Heart Foundation Book Banks at the Neighbourhood Recycling Points in:

  • Tesco Car Park, Uckfield;
  • Highlands Inn, Ridgewood, Uckfield
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lower Dicker.

You could also drop them off at the Council Offices at Vicarage Lane, Hailsham.

Chemicals and other hazardous waste

All the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) in Wealden will accept household and garden chemicals, please see a member of site staff when arriving on site and ensure that all chemicals are brought to the site in a suitable, sealed container.

For other types of hazardous waste please contact East Sussex - Rubbish and Recycling (external link) for further advice, Tel: 0845 60 80 194.

Christmas Cards

Plain cards (without glitter or glue) can be recycled as cardboard above.

Many high street stores such as WH Smith, TK Maxx, Marks and Spencer's and Tesco act as card collection points each January for the Woodland Trust (external link).

Christmas trees

Cut trees can be composted by placing into one of the green waste skips at any Household Waste Recycling Site.

Clinical waste

For a free collection of Clinical Waste (including sharps) from domestic households, please contact Waste Management using the details below.

Coins and medals

Some charities will accept foreign coins, old money and medals.

  • Cancer Research Campaign
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Help The Aged
  • Oxfam
  • Sue Ryder
  • St. Wilfred's Hospice

Computers and IT equipment

If equipment is in working order try to sell it through the Friday-Ad or local papers. You may be able to donate it to schools, churches, community groups or local charities. Alternatively, try one of the following organisations (some will only accept working equipment):

  • Computer Aid (external link) International, Unit 10, Brunswick Industrial Park, Brunswick Way, London. N11 1JL. 020 8361 5540 - Accept computers for refurbishment and reuse in developing countries. Pay for postage or drop off.
  • Computers for Charity (external link), Cemetery Lodge, Ersham Road, Hailsham. BN27 3LJ. 01323 840641 (will only accept computers that are less than 5 years old. Call for further details)
  • Recycle IT -  0208 3172155

Computers can also be disposed of at the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

You should take reasonable steps to ensure that any personal data on the hard drive is destroyed or thoroughly inaccessible, to prevent personal data theft. Check out the Get Safe Online (external link) website for more information.

Cooking oil

Cooking oil can be taken to all of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

Electrical goods - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Anything that is powered by batteries or has a plug is classed as WEEE. From 1st July 2007 these items should no longer be disposed of in your landfill bin.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment can be taken free of charge to your local Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link). Alternatively call the Waste Management Team to arrange payment for a Special Collection.

In some cases retailers have a duty under the new law to take back WEEE free of charge. A take-back service is on a one for one basis only and the WEEE must be of a similar type or perform the same function as the new item being purchased. For example, the retailer is not obliged to accept a fridge if the customer has purchased a new kettle.

We also have WEEE recycling banks at some of our Neighbourhood Recycling Points.

Or try:

Engine Oil

Waste oil contains toxic impurities such as lead and cadmium. If the oil is tipped, these toxins could end up in our drinking water. It is illegal to dump waste oil down the drain. Take it to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

Alternatively, ring the Environment Agency's hotline 0870 8506 506 to find your nearest waste oil recycling point.

Fire Extinguishers

Where possible we recommend returning these to the original manufacturer as normally displayed on the side. If this is not an option then you may wish to contact the following companies:

Fluorescent tubes and Energy saving light bulbs

Fluorescent tubes and Energy saving bulbs can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

The spent tubes are taken to a reprocessor where all the components are separated and safely recycled (including the mercury). You could also try:

Fridges/Freezers

Fridges and Freezers can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

Furniture and other household goods

These can be sold through local papers, second hand shops or Cash Converter stores.

Alternatively try one of the following furniture reuse groups. They take items and sell them cheaply:

Furniture and household goods can also be given away by using websites such as Freegle (external link) or Freecycle (external link).

Garden chemicals

All garden chemical users have a duty to safeguard the environment and in particular to avoid the pollution of water.

It is illegal to dispose of garden chemicals or their wastes in drains, sinks, lavatories, watercourses or ditches.

Significant quantities should be placed in the special containers provided at the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

Garden waste

or you can use the special green waste skips at all Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link). Garden waste can also be put into your home composter.

Yew Clippings can be purchased and collected by specialist companies due to the cancer-fighting compound Taxol contained in the leaves. Contact:

Gas cylinders

Wherever possible, gas bottles and cylinders should be returned to either the place of purchase or directly to the manufacturer. Otherwise please call the Waste Operations Team at East Sussex County Council on 01273 482153 for more advice.

Or you could try:

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars can be placed into Wealdens bottle banks which can be found at most of the Neighbourhood Recycling Points. Please rinse them out and remove lids and caps. There is no need to remove labels.

It is important to place glass into the correct coloured banks. Blue/red glass should go into the green banks.

Alternatively, you can take them to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link), where they have facilities for recycling mixed glass.

Junk mail

Contact one of the following companies to ask for your name to be removed from the mailing lists:

  • MPS - Mailing Preference Service (external link), (MPS), DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SS. MPS Registration line - 0845 703 4599
  • The Bereavement Register (external link). The Bereavement Register, Freepost SEA8240, Sevenoaks, TN13 1YR. 01732 467940 0800 082 1230 - 24 hour automated registration service . This is a service specifically designed to remove from databases and mailing files, the names and addresses of people who have died.

Ask individual organisations to remove you from their mailing lists and send unopened, unsolicited mail back unstamped and marked "Unsolicited mail please return to sender."

Write to the Royal Mail asking not to receive unaddressed items delivered by the postman. Put a notice on your door stating that you do not wish to receive free newspapers, circulars and catalogues.

Tell your bank, credit card companies etc that you do not want leaflets put in with your statement.

They can be placed in Paper banks which can be found at one of the Neighbourhood Recycling Points or at any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

Kitchen waste

This can be composted at home. For details of price reductions on composters, food digesters and wormeries or for a free information sheet on home composting, please see the Home Composting web page.

Magazines/comics

Why not drop off your magazines at your local Hospital or Dentist's, Doctor's surgeries?

Alternatively they can be placed in Paper banks which can be found at one of the Neighbourhood Recycling Points or at any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link).

Medicines and medicine bottles

All Boots stores (external link) will accept any medicines and medicine bottles. The medicines are disposed of safely and the bottles are recycled into new bottles.

In addition your local pharmacy may take medicines and/or bottles for safe disposal and reuse.

Metal

Scrap metal and items containing metal can be taken to any of the Household Waste Recycling Sites (external link) where there are designated skips or collection points. Alternatively, a scrap metal merchant may collect/purchase significant quantities:

Mobile Phones

All makes of old and unwanted mobile phone (as well as batteries, handsets, holsters, chargers and other peripherals) can now be recycled by depositing them into one of the in-store collection points at shops operated by Vodafone Store Locator (external link), O2 Store Locator - Mobile Phones (external link), T-Mobile - Branch Locator (external link) and Orange Store Locator Map Search (external link). Find your nearest collection point by contacting your network operator. They can also be returned through the post.

You could also try:

  • Age Concern (external link) receives a minimum of £3-5 for each recyclable mobile phone which can be dropped off at any of their shops. Alternatively send the phone, battery and charger to: FREEPOST, SHP Solutions, Lancaster. Don't forget to write Help the Aged on a piece of paper so their partner knows who to credit the funds to.
  • British Red Cross Mobile Recycling (external link) - Take your unwanted phone, including battery and charger to any British Red Cross centre/shop, or request a freepost envelope by email or by phone 020 7877 7565.
  • CLIC Sargent - Recycling Electrical Equipment for Charity (external link) CLIC (Caring for Cancer and Leukaemia In Childhood) - can provide freepost bags to recycle mobile phones / mp3 players. To arrange a free collection of 25 or more mobile phones/mp3 players call 0117 3148623.
  • - provide collections, collection boxes and freepost envelopes. All profits go to charity. Call 0117 304 2390 for more information.
  • Oxfam - Mobile Phone and Gadget Recycling (external link) - The phones are bought by Isis Telecommunications who repair the handsets and put them back into circulation. The remaining handsets are then sent to SNAM in France for recycling and disposal. If you are donating fewer than 20 phones simply post in a jiffy bag to Oxfam Bring Scheme, Freepost LON16281, London, WC1N 3BR or if you have a large quantity call 0870 752 0999.
  • RNIB- provide a freepost envelope for small items and collect larger quantities of mobile phones free of charge. 50% of the money raised from the mobile phones 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 0845 345 0054.

 

Nappies

Over nine million disposable nappies are thrown away daily in Britain, a major environmental problem. Modern, washable nappies are now widely available.

Wealden District Council have a  available free of charge in order to see which ones suit them best before they purchase a set.

Disposable nappies should be rinsed out in the toilet and tied up securely in plastic bags before being placed into the wheelie bin to minimise potential health problems.

For further information contact Waste Management using the details below.

Oil Tanks

Domestic fuel oil tanks try:

Contact the Waste Management Team