A to Z of recycling in Erewash

Below you will find information and links related to household waste, garden waste and most importantly recycling.  The information or links provided will guide you to more information on our website and this should ensure you get the most from the services we provide. If you still cannot find what you are looking for please phone 0115 9072244 and our customer service advisors will be happy to help. 

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Aerosols - can be placed in your green bags/blue bins for recycling but please make sure they are empty first. Alternatively you may dispose of them at one of our recycling sites which are placed throughout the borough.

Aluminium & Steel Cans - Aluminium foil including traditional milk bottle tops, aluminium food trays/containers and clean baking foil can all be placed in your green bags/blue bins for recycling.

Assisted collections - If you have difficulty putting your bin/recycling bags out for collection you may be eligible for an assisted collection and you will be offered a free 140 blue bin for recycling.

Asbestos - If you hire a tradesperson to remove asbestos from your home, check that they have the proper training and equipment.

If you choose to remove asbestos materials yourself make sure you wear the correct personal protective equipment. This includes a dust mask approved for asbestos and a disposable overall. More information is available on Health and Safety Executive website.

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Baby clothes/ items - All clothing and shoes may be disposed of at one of our textile banks at our recycling sites. Alternatively why not take unwanted clothing and baby or children's unwanted toys to a local charity or advertise them on one of the many recycling sites widely available.  Just type 'recycle' in to any search engine on the internet followed by the item you wish to sell or give away and browse the sites.

Batteries - some local supermarkets have containers where you can put batteries for recycling, or you can take to the recycling and household waste centre at Manners Avenue Industrial Estate, Ilkeston.

Which batteries can I recycle?

  • All AAA and AA cells
  • Sizes C and D
  • Button batteries (e.g. watch or hearing aid batteries)
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Laptop batteries
  • Power tool batteries

We can also accept rechargeable batteries.

Bins - See the bins and recycling page of this section of the website.

Bottles – Glass & plastic bottles (and plastic and metal bottle tops) can be placed in your green bags/blue bins. Alternatively try using returnable glass milk bottles through a doorstep delivery service. Some dairies also deliver soft drinks and bottled water in returnable bottles.

Bric-a-brac – Charity shops will always welcome good quality bric-a-brac. If you have a sufficient quantity, why not try a car boot sale or jumble sale, you could make a profit whilst recycling. Alternatively try visiting one of the many sites such as preloved.co.uk.

Bubble wrap - Can't be recycled, but you can reuse it to wrap parcels or gifts.

Bulky waste collections -  The council provides a residential bulky collection service for items that are not suitable for re-use or recycling or that are too big to fit in the black household waste bin.  Please see our bulky waste collections page for more details and what is accepted. 

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Cans – Steel and aluminium cans can be recycled in the green bags/blue bins or alternatively taken to one of our recycling sites. 

Cardboard, catalogues and telephone directories – can be placed in your green bags/blue bins or recycled at one of our recycling sites. 

Carrier and plastic bags - Clean bags can be tied in a knot and placed in your green bags/blue bins.

Christmas tree recycling – Every year after the Christmas period Erewash Borough Council operates a Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme. The trees are collected at West Park recycling centre in Long Eaton and Rutland Recreation Ground car park in Ilkeston.

Clinical waste collections - The council collects clinical and medical waste from residents after a referral from a GP or medical centre.

Clothes - (see textiles)

Commercial waste collections -  We are committed to providing commercial premises with collections for both commercial waste and items suitable for our commercial recycling service.

Composting - Composting is a great way to turn your garden waste and kitchen scraps in to useful compost. 

Computer equipment - If your IT equipment is still in working order it may be worth considering selling it or giving it away if you wish. Follow this link to broadbandwherever for valuable information relating to your security if you are considering selling or giving away IT equipment.  Items can be taken to the recycling centre, run by Derbyshire County Council.

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Dangerous & hazardous waste - Information on asbestos and paint.  Automotive/cooking oil, tyres, chemicals such as bleach, small amounts of rubble/DIY waste and batteries can all be taken to Ilkeston household waste recycling centre.

If you find discarded needles/syringes please contact the council and give them as many details as possible about where and how many needles there are so that they can be removed quickly.  Please do not attempt to remove them yourself, they may be contaminated and very dangerous.

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Energy Saving Light Bulbs or strip lights – Due to the toxic mercury used in the manufacture of these items they cannot be placed in any of our waste receptacles. Please take these to the Ilkeston household waste and recycling centre.  Find out what  to do if you break an energy saving light bulb.

Extra capacity - Families of six or more permanent residents may purchase an extra 140 litre household waste black bin for £28.80, families of eight or over permanent residents may purchase an extra 240 litre black bin for £30.90.  This bin becomes the property of the resident who purchased the bin and it is therefore the responsibility of the resident to find or replace the bin if it is lost or stolen. Please ensure you mark the bin for easy identifiacation in case it is lost or stolen. Customers can also pay for additional brown bins, up to a maximum of three per household.

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Fly tipping - If you see fly tipping anywhere within the borough please contact the council or email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to report it.    

Foil – Recycle foil in your green bags and blue bins. Many foil items can be recycled such as take-away trays, pie and quiche cases and oven-ready meal trays. Remember to clean foil before you recycle it.

Food Waste -  Food waste, includes unwashed containers and greasy papers and should be wrapped in paper and then sealed within an airtight bag and placed in the household waste bin. Food waste must not be put in brown bins which is for garden waste, or the green bags and blue bins as this will contaminate the recycling. Advice on reducing food waste can be found on the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Furniture - If you want to recycle your old furniture you can donatie to a local charity such as Salcare Furniture Project.

If you would like to offer your items to someone in your area free of charge freecycle is a free service that allows members to list unwanted items for charities to claim. 

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Glass – Glass bottles and jars, including plastic and metal lids, can be placed in your green bags or blue bins for recycling or deposited in one of the recycling sites dotted around the borough.  Some types of glass are not suitable for placing in the green bags/blue bins, such as glass from windows, mirrors and cookware, such as pyrex.

Garden waste collectionsResidents are provided with a brown bin in which to place garden waste.

Green bags - Green bags for the collection of kerbside recyclable materials may be obtained free of charge from the Town Hall at Long Eaton or Ilkeston, Shopmobility in Long Eaton or Ilkeston.

Greeting CardsGreeting cards can be recycled as long as they don't have glitter or ribbons on.  You can tear off the cardboard back as this can still be recycled.

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Household waste recycling centre - Items that are unsuitable for the household waste bin or kerbside collections such as old engine oil or cooking oil, tyres, small amounts of rubble or DIY waste and batteries can be taken to Ilkeston household waste and recycling centre. Extra household waste which will not fit in black bin and is unsuitable for re-use or recycling may also be taken here. 

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Ilkeston household waste recycling centre - Items that are unsuitable for the household waste bin or kerbside collections such as old car or cooking oil, tyres, small amounts of rubble or DIY waste and batteries can be taken to Ilkeston household waste and recycling centre. Extra household waste which will not fit in black bin and is unsuitable for re-use or recycling may also be taken here.

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Juice Cartons - Cartons, including Tetra Paks, can be placed in your green bags or blue bins once they have been rinsed out.

Junk Mail - Avoid junk mail. Visit mpsonline.org.uk or call 0845 703 4599.

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Kitchen Foil - Aluminium Foil  - Kitchen foil is made of aluminium, this and other items such as traditional milk bottle tops, aluminium food trays/containers can all be placed in your green bags/blue bins for recycling.

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Litter bins -  Litter bins are maintained and emptied by the council. If you see damaged or overfull litter bins on street columns, parks etc call us on 0115 9072244.  

Lap tops and computer equipment can be recycled at one of our waste electrical banks which are sited at West Park in Long Eaton and on Beauvale Drive in Ilkeston.  If your IT equipment is still in working order it may be worth considering selling it or giving it away if you wish. broadbandwherever has valuable information relating to your security if you are considering selling or giving away IT equipment. 

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Magazines – Can be taken to doctors, dentists or hospital waiting rooms, or placed in your green bags/blue bins for recycling.

Maggots - If flies can get in to either your kitchen bin or wheelie bin and your waste is not bagged, tied and the lid closed securely you may find that maggots start to appear.  Maggots can appear after just a couple of days so even a weekly collection of household waste that contains food would not prevent flies laying their eggs and the maggots hatching.

Mirrors - Cannot be recycled, if the item can not be given to a charity shop, take to the local tip or break the glass and wrap securely before putting in your black bin.

Medical waste - The council collects clinical and medical waste from residents after a referral from a GP or medical centre.  

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Nappies – These are not accepted in your kerbside recycling and just one nappy can contaminate a whole recycling load.You can get £25 cashback when spending over £50 on real nappies and covers. For further information and advice on real nappies please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Needles/syringes - If you find discarded needles/syringes please contact the council with as many details as possible about where and how many needles there are so that they can be removed quickly.  Please do not attempt to remove them yourself as they may be contaminated and very dangerous. 

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Oil - Unwanted or waste engine oil or cooking oil can be taken to Ilkeston household waste and recycling centre.

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Paint - Paint has to be disposed of in a specific way in order to prevent harm to the environment. Please do not pour paint down the drain.

Look for disposal or recycling instructions on the packaging of the product. Household quantities of paint can be taken to your nearest household waste recycling centres. 

Paper - Residents can place all types of paper and cardboard in the green bags and blue bins for recycling.  

Pet Waste - Pet waste should be wrapped and put in your black bin.

Phones - Some charities will recycle phones.  Sites on the internet will offer cash for some phones.  Or take your phone to a recycling centre but remember to remove any personal data.

Plaster and Plasterboard - see Household Waste and Recycling Centre as some restrictions apply.

Plastic containersResidents can place all types of plastic in the green bags/blue bins for recycling but NOT polystyrene or black plastics and packaging such as black bin bags and black food trays.  Check for the recycling triangle, anything with a number between 1 to 6 can be recycled, any other number please place in your household waste bin. You can recycle fizzy drink and water bottles, salad trays, milk bottles, bleach, cleaners and most shampoo bottles. Window cleaner and detergent bottles, some shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, carrier bags, margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays, yoghurt pots, egg cartons and plastic cutlery.

Plastic bags (including carrier bags and bread bags) - clean bags can be tied in a knot and placed in your green bags and blue bins seperately.

Polystyrene - Including food trays is not recyclable and will have to be put in your black bin.

 

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Rubble and DIY waste -  small quantities can be taken to Ilkeston household waste and recycling centre.

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Shredded Paper – Can be put into your home compost bin or used as pet bedding. It can also be placed in your green bags and blue bins or in the blue mixed recycling banks at locations throughout the borough.<>

Shoes – Take them to your nearest charity shop or to a textile recycling banks. Please remember to tie them in pairs otherwise they tend to go astray.

Solar panels - More information can be found on the Solar Panel Guide website.

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Telephone Directories – catalogues and other large brochures may be placed in your green bags and blue bins or taken to one of the many recycling sites around the Borough. 

Tetra Packs - Can be placed in your green bags or blue bins after they have been rinsed out.

Textiles – All clean and dry clothing and shoes, even imperfect items may be recycled. Textiles can be taken to charity shops, placed in textile banks at one of our recycling sites or taken to the Ilkeston household waste and recycling centre at Manners Industrial Estate in Ilkeston.  

Toys - Toys that aren't broken can be taken to the charity shop or sold on the internet.

Trade waste - We are committed to providing commercial premises with collections for both commercial waste and items suitable for our commercial recycling service.   

Tyres - Unwanted or used car tyres can be taken to Ilkeston household waste and recycling centre.

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Unemptied bins - In severe weather where it is deemed unsafe to allow the vehicles and staff to collect scheduled bins we ask residents to leave their bins out as these bins will be given priority and collected as soon as it is safe to do so. An automated message giving details of any changes can be accessed by calling 0115 9072244.  

If your bin has been missed but your neighbours have not please report as a missed bin. 

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Wallpaper – Only unpainted wallpaper can be put into your green bags/blue bins.  You can also take it to the Ilkeston waste and recycling centre at Manners Industrial Estate, Ilkeston.

WEEE (waste electrical and electronic items)  The council currently has two recycling banks within the borough for unwanted electrical items. These can be found at West Park recycling centre in Long Eaton and at Beauvale Drive recycling centre in Ilkeston.  The opening for the bins will take something similar to the size of a lap top.

In addition a carrier bag of unwanted electrical items may be placed out for collection free of charge when you book a white goods collection. Call 0115 9072244. 

Wood - Can be taken to the Household and Recycling Centre in Ilkeston.

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Yoghurt Pots - These can be placed in your green bags/blue bins for recycling. They can also be placed in one our blue mixed recycling banks at our recycling centres

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