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M - P of Recycling
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Old magazines can be reused as materials for art projects such as collages and handmade greetings cards.
Alternatively donate them to your local school for use in art projects.Magazines can also be recycled as part of your Kerbside Recycling Service at your local Recycling Points or by using your On Street Recycling bank.
See Textiles in Q - Z of Recycling
Take any leftover or out-of-date medicines and medicine bottles back to your local chemist for safe disposal. Do not put unwanted tablets or medicine down the toilet or in your general refuse bin for disposal.
See Syringes in Q - Z of Recycling
|Metal||See Scrap metal in Q - Z of Recycling|
|Milk Bottles / cartons||
Wiseman Dairy offers a doorstep delivery of milk in returnable glass bottles in some areas of Aberdeen. Tel: 01224 890444. Please rinse bottles before returning them.
See also Plastic Bottles and Tetra Paks in Q - Z of Recycling
Mirrors cannot be collected for recycling by Aberdeen City Council.
Unwanted, unbroken mirrors can be donated to your local charity shop for reuse. A full list of charity shops can be found in your local directory.Also, some local artists will reuse mirrors in various projects.
Most mobile phone stores and supermarkets offer a recycling collection service for unwanted mobile telephones. There are also numerous charitable organisation who accept mobile telephones including:
|Monitors||See Electrical and Electronic Equipment in D - F of Recycling|
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There is currently no way to recycle disposable nappies so please put them in your general refuse bin.
Modern improvements in reusable nappies' ease of use and reliability, coupled with the considerable cost savings, make these a genuine alternative to disposable nappies.
For more information contact the Grampian Project on 01224 560360 or visit the following:
|Needles||See Syringes in Q - Z of Recycling|
Newspapers can be recycled as part of your
Kerbside Recycling Service, at your local
Recycling Points or using your
On Street Recycling bank.
Add shredded paper or scrunched up newspaper to your compost bin.
A thick layer of newspaper can be used in the garden for mulching bare soil and suppressing weeds.
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|Oil - engine||Used engine oil should be taken to your local Recycling Centres for safe disposal.|
Leftover cooking oil can be used as a substitute for creosote as it is a good preservative, does not discolour wood and is safe to use near animals and plants.
By adding nuts and seeds to the fat collected, you can make a bird cake to feed birds in your garden.
Used cooking oil is recycled into biodiesel fuel in Aberdeen at Business Bio Fuels Ltd. Tel: 01224 87 88 85.
Small quantities can be disposed of with your general waste in a container, such as a plastic bottle, which must be securely sealed.
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Paints, varnishes and wood stains must never be poured down the drain or put in with general refuse.
Unwanted but useable paints, varnishes and stains can be donated to local community groups or charities, for example Community Re-paint for local reuse projects www.communityrepaint.org.uk
Try to buy natural pigment based paints. Manufacturers of eco-paints claim that they can be composted as they break down easily. Paint should be dried out before being composted.For advice on disposal please see Hazardous Waste in G - L of Recycling
|Paint Thinners||See Hazardous Waste in G - L of Recycling|
|Pesticides, Herbicides and Fungicides||
To reduce the chemicals used try exploring organic or natural alternatives.
See Hazardous Waste in G - L of Recycling
Old pillows can be reused by cutting them down and re-covering them to make cushions.
See Duvets and Pillows in D - F of Recycling
|Plastic bottles||All types of plastic bottles can be recycled as part of your kerbside recycling collection service or at your local Recycling Points. Please rinse, squash bottles and replace lids to save space.|
Say "No" to plastic carrier bags at check-outs and take your own reusable bag or crate instead.
|Plastic cups||See Vending Cups in Q - Z of Recycling|
|Plastic Magazine Wrappers||
Plastic wrapping, (for example, from magazines received in the post and lifestyle magazines in weekend newspapers) can be recycled by sending them to: Polyprint Mailing Films, Mackintosh Road, Rackheath Industrial Estate, Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk NR13 6LJ. Tel: 1603 721807; visit: Polyprint Mailing Films.Make sure the wrapper stretches when you pull it. If it crackles or snaps it is not polythene and cannot be recycled by this service.
Plastic packaging such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic food trays, fruit punnets, detergent liquid tablet containers, ice-cream tubs and salad trays cannot be collected for recycling by Aberdeen City Council.
Reuse plastic packaging by:
Polystyrene food trays or egg boxes cannot be recycled and should be placed in your general waste container for disposal to landfill. If you have large blocks of polystyrene following a home delivery of furniture or electrical equipment ask the delivery staff to take the packaging away.Please see Egg Boxes in D - F of Recycling
|Postage Stamps||See Stamps in Q - Z of Recycling|
|Printer Cartridges & Toner||
see Cartridges in A - C of Recycling
|Pyrex||See Crockery in A - C of Recycling|
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