Recycle Fact Sheet

Recyclable Items

  • Aerosols
  • Clothing
  • Cardboard: cereal boxes, snack boxes, dairy & juice containers, toilet paper & paper towel rolls, paper.
  • Electrical Items
  • Furniture
  • Glass Bottles/Jars that’s coloured clear, blue, green & brown
  • Plastic* see below
  • Plastic film/carrier bags
  • Aluminium Cans, Aluminium foil, pie tins, tin cans, steel cans

*There are lots of different types of plastic, in the recycle world plastic is numbered between 1 & 7 depending on what type of plastic it is.  Bottles & containers will have recycle logo & number. Numbers between 1 & 7 can currently be recycled.

  1. Pop bottles & containers
  2. Milk bottles, detergent bottles, spray bottles etc
  3. Loose leaf binders and plastic pipes
  4. Dry cleaning bags produce bags & squeezable bottles
  5. Medicine Bottles, Drinking straws & food containers, ketchup bottles, butter tubs.
  6. Compact disc covers, plastic table wear
  7. Reusable water bottles, certain food containers & Tupperware.

Non-Recyclable Items

CERTAIN TYPES OF PAPER:  For instance waxed paper, nappies, paper towels.

CERTAIN PLASTIC: That has no number for recycling & generally the following items:

Bin bags, ziplockbags, inside bags of cereal packets, bubble wrap, crisp packets, single cheese wrappers, lots of sweet wrappers. (remember the 1 to 7 number rule)


Items such as fast food cartons, mcdonalds cups, Styrofoam dinner/partywear, Styrofoam packaging.

ALUMINIUM: these can only be recycled if cleaned first.

CARDBOARD: such as *dirty pizza boxes, cardboard. 

*If dirty items are placed in recycle the container load can be classed as contaminated therefor will not be recycled and end up in landfill**

GLASS: Windowpane glass.

Where to Recycle:

  • Our local area to South Tyneside is the Middlefield’s Recycle Village.
  • You can also recycle at drop off bins such as those in Asda & Morrisons Stores have in their Car Parking areas.
  • Local charity shops are a great way to recycle things no longer of use.
  • If you are going to arrange ‘a man with a van’ please do ensure they hold a full licence permit as fly Tipping is vast becoming a problem.

I hope you found this list helpful, especially if you are looking to move house as there are generally lots of items you may wish to part with.  Recycle, Reusing & Reducing our household items are a great way in which to help the future of our Environment.  Thank you Angela.

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