Item you wish to recycle Examples Where they go
Aerosol cans Deodorants, air fresheners, anti-freeze cans Black Box
Aluminium cans and steel tins Drink cans, food tins, biscuit or sweet tins Black Box
Asbestos* Needs to be pre booked as an asbestos delivery RE3 recycling centre
Baby food pouches   Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Bathroom suites*   RE3 recycling centre
Batteries All consumer batteries Any shop or supermarket selling batteries has to provide a recycling facility
Bedding First Days charity are local and will reuse, or … RE3 recycling centre
Bicycles** Reading Bicycle Kitchen or … RE3 recycling centre
Biscuit packets Digestive, fig roll ….. Whatever you enjoy Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Books** RE3 recycling centre or many charity shops
Bread bags All plastic bread bags can be used to line your food waste bin or…. Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Bric a brac**   RE3 recycling centre
Brita Filters   RE3 recycling centre
Car batteries   RE3 recycling centre
Card and Cardboard Cereal boxes, corrugated card, egg boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, flattened delivery boxes, greetings cards, empty pizza boxes Black Box
Carpets   RE3 recycling centre
Cartons (Tetrapak) Juice, milk and soup cartons Black Box
Catalogues   Black Box
China and crockery** The Cowshed charity The Cowshed charity or RE3 recycling centre
Clothes, shoes and fabrics   The Cowshed reuse charity thecowshed.org or RE3 recycling centre
Coffee pods and coffee bean pouches Tassimo and L'or style coffee pods Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Computers, laptops, monitors, printers and speakers   RE3 recycling centre
Cookers, ovens and microwaves   RE3 recycling centre
Cooking Oil Used cooking oil In a sealed plastic bottle in food waste caddy or RE3 recycling centre
Crisp packets Both foil lined packets and the Pringle type tubes, also popcorn and pretzl packets Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Curtains and other household linens The Cowshed charity or … RE3 recycling centre
DVDs**   RE3 recycling centre
Engine oil   RE3 recycling centre
Envelopes Including those with windows Black box
Fire extinguishers   RE3 recycling centre
Flower pots and trays From a garden centre or nursery All can go to the Flower stall on Gipsy Lane non black ones can be recycled in the black box.
Fluorescent tubes   RE3 recycling centre
Foil and foil trays   Black Box
Freezers   RE3 recycling centre
Fridges   RE3 recycling centre
Furniture**   RE3 recycling centre
Garden waste Ideally compost it yourself. Get Composting subsidised compost bins Wokingham Borough Council provide either a 240 litre brown wheelie bin collected fortnightly for £60/year or brown sacks that hold 75 litres and are available 10 for £10 from ETC help shop, or take to RE3 recycling centre
Gas bottles* Suppliers such as Calor may refund a deposit if you take the bottle to them RE3 recycling centre - who will charge you
General Waste aka landfill Blue bag
Glass bottles and jars Bottles and jars See list of bottle banks
Household chemicals   RE3 recycling centre
Ink cartridges All printers RE3 recycling centre
Lamps**   RE3 recycling centre
Light bulbs   RE3 recycling centre
Make up containers All brands Maybelline
Mattresses   RE3 recycling centre
Medicines - out of date Pills and potions Return to any pharmacy
Metals (aluminium, brass, copper, steel) Cutlery, pots and pans RE3 recycling centre
Mobile phones   RE3 recycling centre
Mobility aids Zimmer frames, walking sticks and crutches Return to either the Red Cross or hospital that they were borrowed from
Oil and pesticide containers Garden chemicals, motor oil RE3 recycling centre
Paint   RE3 recycling centre
Paper Catalogues, brochures and directories, junk mail, flyers, letters and envelopes (including window envelopes), newspapers and magazines, printer paper (white and coloured), , wrapping paper (not foil based) Black Box
Pesticides   RE3 recycling centre
Pet food pouches   Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Plasterboard*   RE3 recycling centre
Plastic bottles Drinks, milk, toiletries, detergent Black Box
Plastic pots Yoghurt, cream, snack or soup pots Black Box
Plastic trays Fruit punnets, meat or cake trays (not black) Black Box
Plastic tubs Sweet tubs, ice cream and margarine tubs Black Box
Pots and pans**   RE3 recycling centre
Pushchairs, cots, prams, Mosses baskets** First Days charity are local and will reuse, or … RE3 recycling centre
Razor Blades Disposable ones Gillette
Rubble and hardcore*   RE3 recycling centre
School Uniform First Days charity are local and will reuse, or … RE3 recycling centre
Shredded paper Compost as "brown" matter or failing that Black Box Shredded paper (only if contained in envelopes)
Soil*   RE3 recycling centre
Spectacles Local opticians or RE3
Steel tins Drink cans, food tins, biscuit or sweet tins Black Box
Sweet wrappers Foil lined sweet wrappers such as Aero and Kit Kat Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Tetrapaks Juice, milk and soup cartons Black Box
Textiles Clothes, shoes, fabric ASDA and RE3 recycling centre
Toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes All varieties Ali's recycling at the ETC help shop in Radstock Lane
Toys** First Days charity are local and will reuse, or … RE3 recycling centre
Tyres   RE3 recycling centre
White goods (fridge, freezer, washing machines)   RE3 recycling centre
Windbreaks, trampolines, rubber dinghies Wyatt and Jack Reused to make bags, that you can buy
Window frames   RE3 recycling centre
Wood and timber Oxford Wood Recycling who collect or RE3 recycling centre

*Charges apply
**Re-use scheme

Priority order for re-purposing the stuff you have finished with

1) Reduce the amount of resources you use
2) Reuse - could somebody else use it ?
3) Recycle - can the material be used to make something else?