How can we help you...

A - C

A

Item  What to do 
Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned vehicles should be reported to the police on 0845 600 5700. For further information please visit Abandoned vehicle reporting. See also Vehicles in  Q - Z of Recycling.

Adhesives and Glues

Unwanted, but useable adhesives and glues can be given to local schools or community centres for arts and crafts projects and/or anyone else who would make use of them.

Alternatively, these can be taken to the Recycling Centres at Greenbank Crescent, East Tullos, or Grove Nursery, Hazlehead, where there are facilities for safe disposal. These are the only recycling centres in Aberdeen with the facilities to take household chemicals.

Aerosol Cans You can recycle these in your black box as part of the Kerbside Recycling service, or at Recycling Points across Aberdeen. Please make sure aerosol cans are empty before recycling them, and do not crush, pierce or flatten.
Aluminium Cans

All types of food and drink cans can be recycled at our network of  Recycling Points or as part of the Kerbside Recycling collection service.

Aluminium foil

Aluminium foil can be recycled at Recycling Points or as part of the Kerbside Recycling service.

Large quantities of foil can be recycled at Panda Rosa Metals. Tel: 01224 632218; email: pandarosametals@aol.com

They will make a donation to the Raeden Centre for children with learning difficulties based on the value of the foil recycled.

Animal waste You can put used hay, straw, sawdust and other compostable bedding (please check labels) from vegetarian animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils etc into your brown bin for the Food and Garden Waste Recycling Service.
Alternatively you can take it to one of the Recycling Centres where it can be recycled with garden waste.


Other pet waste such as cat litter should be bagged and put in your general waste bin. 

Appliances See Electronic Equipment in D - F of Recycling
Architectural salvage

Earlier World Interests recycle period furniture, doors, and fireplaces, Abbey Lane, Torry, 01224 898778.
Check your local directory for more companies in your area.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a hazardous substance and can cause serious health problems if the fibres are broken and inhaled.

It is NOT suitable for recycling and must be taken to a private disposal site licensed to accept asbestos. Please note that NONE of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Aberdeen can accept asbestos.

There will be a charge for removal and disposal of asbestos. Check your local directory for suitable disposal contractors in your area.

Ashes

 

Wood ash can be used around the garden to improve the soil as it contains valuable minerals. 
Small quantities can go in your compost unit or compost heap.
Ash from coal fires is not suitable for use in the garden due to its tar content. Soot is a useful garden nutrient. It can also be used as a slug deterrent.


B

Item  What to do  
Baby Equipment

If you have baby items that you no longer need, you can sell them on or donate them to help other families.  

For more information, see our Green Baby Guide.

Bathroom Suites              

If you are having a new bathroom professionally installed, the contractor should remove your old suite free of charge. This type of waste includes baths, washbasins and toilets.

If your sanitary ware is in good condition, you may be able to sell it through your local or online classified adverts or pass it on via Freecycle. 

Alternatively, you can take your old suite to one of the Recycling Centres for disposal.

Aberdeen City Council will also collect this type of waste as part of our  Collection of Bulky Waste Items Service. There is a charge for this service. For further information please call 03000 200 292.

Batteries Both domestic car and household batteries can be recycled at  Recycling Centres.  

The companies listed below will accept their own brand nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries for recycling:

  • Energizer UK, FREEPOST LOL 2311, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 4YY;
  • Panasonic, The Resale Department, Panasonic UK Ltd, Panasonic House, Willoughby Road,
    Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 8FT

Silver Oxide Cells are most commonly used in watches and calculators. Most jewellers will accept these for recycling due to their silver content.

Note that producers of batteries and accumulators (i.e. rechargeable batteries) have to take responsibility for collecting and recycling them once they become waste. Most retailers now offer an in-store collection service for used batteries (excluding car batteries).

Bedding See Textiles 
Beds

Beds in good condition can be donated to:

A full list of charity shops can be found in your local directory. Beds can also be sold through your local or online classified ads or passed on via Freecycle. For more information visit: United Kingdom (UK) Freecycle Groups.

If you are unable to drop the bed off anywhere, call the National reuse phoneline on 0800 0665 820. They can arrange for it to be collected by a local charity. This is a free service.  

If the bed is no longer in good condition, we can collect it as part of our  Collection of Bulky Waste Items Service. There is a charge for this service. For further information please call 03000 200 292.
Bicycles

You can drop off unwanted bikes for adults and children at the Reuse container at Grove Recycling Centre in Hazlehead and they will be passed on to charity.

Some charitable organisations will accept bicycles in good condition. A full list of charity shops can be found in your local directory.

Bicycles in good condition can also be sold through your local press or online classified adverts or passed on through Freecycle. For more information visit United Kingdom (UK) Freecycle Groups.

Biscuit Wrappers  Biscuit wrappers can be recycled through Terracycle
Books Charity books shops include Oxfam bookshop, Back Wynd, Aberdeen and British Heart Foundation, George Street.

Book recycling banks are also situated at:

  • Asda, Jesmond Drive, Bridge of Don
  • Crombie-Johnston residences, University of Aberdeen
  • Hillhead residences, University of Aberdeen
  • Sainsburys, Garthdee

Books can be swapped online at Book Mooch for the cost of postage, passed on via Freecycle or sold to second hand book stores like Books and Beans.

Bricks

See also Architectural Salvage.
Bricks can be taken to the following Recycling Centres:

  • Greenbank Crescent Recycling Centre
  • Pitmedden Road Recycling Centre 
  • Bankhead Avenue
  • Grove Nursery

NB: Only one car boot or small trailer load of waste will be accepted at any one time. Alternatively, you can hire a skip to dispose of this type of waste. For local skip hire companies, check your local directory or search on Skip and Bin.

Brita water filters If you have a Brita water filter, check the Brita Stockists list for details of the stockists that will accept the cartridges for recycling.
Bubble wrap

Reuse bubble wrap as protective padding when sending large items or putting valuable items into storage or when moving home. If it cannot be reused please place it into your general waste bin.

Building Materials

See also Architectural Salvage.
Building materials can be taken to the following  Recycling Centres for disposal:

  • Greenbank Crescent, Tullos
  • Pitmedden Road, Dyce
  • Bankhead Avenue, Bucksburn
  • Grove Nursery

NB: Only one car boot or small trailer load of waste will be accepted at any one time.

Alternatively, you can hire a skip to dispose of this type of waste. For local skip hire companies, see your local directory or search on Skip and Bin.


C

Item  What to do 
Cages & Hutches

Animal Rescue Centres may accept cages and hutches in good condition. Call the SPCA 03000 999 999 or check your local directory for details.

You can sell them through your local or online classified adverts or pass it on via Freecycle. For more information visit United Kingdom (UK) Freecycle Groups.

Cameras               

‘Cameras 4 Charity’, a project run by Photo Voice which teaches photographic skills to disadvantaged communities all over the world, accepts cameras in good working order. Any good quality digital cameras are accepted. They will also accept 35mm camera film (but not slide film) - even if it is slightly out of date. Call 020 7033 3878 or visit www.photovoice.org

You can sell them through your local or online classified adverts or pass it on via Freecycle. For more information visit United Kingdom (UK) Freecycle Groups.

If your camera is broken, you can recycle it at Recycling Points which have recycling bins for small items of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), or to one of the Recycling Centres.

Cans All types of food and drink cans can be recycled at  Recycling Centres or Recycling Points or as part of the Kerbside Recycling collection service.
Cardboard

All types of clean cardboard can be recycled using:

  • Recycling Centres
  • Recycling Points
  • Kerbside Recycling. Please make sure all cardboard is put inside the white or blue bag. We can't collect cardboard unless it fits in the bag. 
  • Large cardboard should be taken to  Recycling Centres or Recycling Points. Cardboard should always be placed inside paper recycling bins, not beside them. Leaving waste beside the bins is fly tipping and you can be fined for this.

    Cardboard can also be shredded and placed in your home composting unit or be used in the garden for mulching bare soil and suppressing weeds.
Cards Cards can be reused as gift tags or used in craft projects. They can also be recycled at your local  Recycling Points, as part of the  Kerbside Recycling collection service or in one of the  bins. In January, there are usually special collections made to collect Christmas cards for the Woodland Trust. Look out for further information on this service at this time.
Carpets

Carpets in reasonably good condition can be donated to local charities for reuse. Unwanted carpets can be donated to Instant Neighbour, Instant Neighbour House, 5 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen. Tel: 01224.489955 or email info@instantneighbour.co.uk.

Poor quality carpets can also be reused in your garden as a lining to prevent weeds or to cover compost heaps.

Unwanted carpets can be taken to Recycling Centres for disposal or collected as part of the  Collection of Bulky Waste Items service. Please note there is a charge for this service. For more information phone 03000 200 292.

Carrier Bags See Plastic Bags  M - P of Recycling
Cars See Vehicles  Q - Z of Recycling
Cartons

Currently, food and drink cartons (Tetra Paks) cannot be collected as  Kerbside Recycling but can be recycled in  On-street Mixed Recycling Bins.

In Aberdeen, cartons can be recycled in dedicated banks provided by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) at the following : 

  • Asda Garthdee
  • Asda Dyce
  • Sainsbury's Garthdee
  • Sainsbury's Berryden Road
  • Tesco Danestone
  • Kingswells Park and Ride 
Cartridges

Companies that sell printer cartridges often have recycling schemes. Ask when you buy yours or check the manufacturer's website. The following organisations collect used printer cartridges for recycling:

CDs

Most charity shops welcome donations of music CDs. A full list of charity shops can be found in your local directory. 
Music Magpie offer a free post service for people to sell their old CDs and either donate the money to charity or keep the proceeds.
Unwanted CDs and plastic cases can be sent for recycling to: Polymer Reprocessors Ltd.

Cereal boxes See Cardboard.
Ceramics See Crockery.
Chemicals

Household chemicals such as garden fertiliser, weedkiller, insecticides, biocides, pest-control pellets, glues, paint and solvents can be taken to the  Recycling Centres at Greenbank Crescent, East Tullos, or Grove Nursery, Hazlehead for safe disposal.
These are the only Recycling Centres in Aberdeen with facilities to take household chemicals.

Children's Toys

Children's toys, clothes and books can also be donated to your local charity or offered for sale at your school or church fete.

Unwanted battery operated toys can also be taken to one of the Recycling Centres where there are collection facilities for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Cleaning Products The packaging for some types of household cleaning products and air fresheners can be recycled through Terracycle.
Cling Film Cling film cannot be recycled. Where possible, use reusable containers rather than cling film to store food.
Clothes hangers Don't accept hangers in shops if you don't need them and take back hangers given out by Dry Cleaning shops. Clothes hangers can be donated to your local charity shop for reuse.
Clothes See Textiles Q - Z of Recycling

Clinical Waste

This includes adult nappies, syringes, sanitary products, soiled dressings and bandage or any item soiled by blood or bodily fluids which must be sent for incineration for safety reasons. If you think you may produce clinical waste, please contact the NHS for advice on disposal.

Coffee grounds

Coffee grounds and filter paper can be composted in your home compost unit or Green Cone waste digester or in your brown bin for your  Food and Garden Waste Recycling Service.

Used coffee grounds are naturally high in nitrogen and other nutrients and make a great mulch for plants that thrive in acid soil. They are also a useful slug deterrent.

Computers See Electronic Equipment   D - F of Recycling

Coins

Many travel agencies and foreign exchange bureau have collection boxes for unwanted foreign coins.
Computers

When you replace appliances ask your retailer to take the old one away. Please note that there may be a collection charge for this.

A full list of charity shops can be found in your local directory. Alternatively, sell them through your local or online classified ads or pass them on via Freecycle. For more information visit: United Kingdom (UK) Freecycle Groups.

To recycle old or broken computers contact:


You can also take them to one of the Recycling Centres where there are collection facilities for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE).

Cookers

When you replace appliances ask your retailer to take the old one away. Please note there may be a charge for this.

Cookers in good condition and good working order can be donated to:

  • Instant Neighbour, Instant Neighbour House, 5 St Machar Drive,
    Aberdeen. Tel: 01224 489 955 or email: info@instantneighbour.co.uk.
  • British Heart Foundation, 236 Union Street Aberdeen. Tel: 08444 994141.
  • You can also call the National reuse phoneline on 0800 0665 820 and they will arrange fgr the cooker to be collected by a local charity.

If the cooker is no longer working, you can:

Cooking Oil

See Oil in M - P of Recycling.

Corks

To reuse or recycle cork:

  • cut up into small pieces and put in your home compost unit.
  • place at the bottom of plant pots to help retain moisture.
  • Make handmade corkboards for use at home or work. All you need are used corks, frame, mounting board and glue.
Crockery

Crockery in good condition can be donated to your local charity shop for reuse.

Broken ceramics and china can be placed at the bottom of plant pots to help to improve drainage.

Crutches Crutches should be returned to the Physiotherapy Department at the issuing hospital.
Curtains See Textiles  Q - Z of Recycling

Back to the  Household Waste and Recycling home page.