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Baby wipes

Recycle Cannot be recycled.
Dispose Place in your household rubbish.

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Bathroom fittings and furniture

Dispose A limited amount - six small builder’s bags for each household each month - from home improvements or DIY can be disposed of at our Household Waste Recycling Sites. Please ask a member of staff at the site for advice.

The recycling sites are for household waste from city residents only. 

Business waste will not be accepted. Business waste is any waste from commercial, trade or business activities. This includes any waste from domestic properties used for profit (for example landlords taking waste from a rented property) and waste that is being removed for payment.

Our staff have the right to inspect any waste entering the recycling sites. 

If they suspect the waste is business waste, the person will be turned away. Find out more about business waste.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping bathroom fittings and furniture on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Batteries: Cars

Recycle Can be recycled at our Household Waste Recycling Sites.

Please do not put car batteries in your household rubbish or recycling - they contain hazardous materials. 

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving and dumping car batteries on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Batteries: Household

Reduce Consider rechargeable batteries - they're environmentally friendly and better value over time.
Recycle Household batteries can be recycled at our Household Waste Recycling Sites and some larger supermarkets. 

Please do not throw batteries in your household rubbish or recycling as they contain hazardous materials.

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BBQs: Disposable

Reduce Consider using a portable BBQ instead.
Recycle Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose Dispose in your household rubbish. Please ensure your BBQ is fully extinguished first.

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BBQs: Metal

Reuse As a planter in the garden or on the balcony. Sell or donate locally using Freegle and other online platforms.
Recycle Old, unwanted or damaged metal BBQs can be recycled at one of the city’s Household Waste Recycling Sites

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping furniture on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Beds

Reuse If they are still in a decent condition, they can be sold, donated or passed on for reuse by someone else. Advertise locally for sale or donate using Freegle and other online platforms.  
Dispose They can also be taken to either of our Household Waste Recycling Sites and put in the landfill bin.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping beds or bedding on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Beverage cartons

See cartons.

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Bikes

Reuse

A broken bike can normally be repaired. See the following for help.

Emmaus rebuilds and refurbishes bicycles in its workshop. Drove Road, Portslade, BN41 2PA, or call on 01273 426480.

Cranks is a not-for-profit organisation that teaches you how to fix your bike for free. It accepts old bikes and parts for donations.

Donate: using Freegle and other online platforms.

Re:cycle is a student-run co-op at the University of Sussex. It recovers abandoned or donated bikes, restores them and rents them to students for a cheap price to encourage cycling to university.

The Re-Cycle project gathers second-hand bicycles and ships them to various African countries. It teaches local people to repair and maintain bikes as a trade.

Mike the bike is now also selling bicycles at Shabitat. All bikes are recycled and serviced. Saunders Road Depot, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4AY, or call on 01273 677577.

Recycle Broken or damaged bicycles can be recycled at our Household Waste Recycling Sites.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping bikes on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Biscuit tins and sweet tubs

Reuse Refill tins and tubs as food containers or to keep things organised in the bedroom, living room or bathroom. You can also sell or donate locally using Freegle and other online platforms.
Recycle Metal ones can be taken to either of the Household Waste Recycling Sites. Plastic ones cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose Plastic ones should be placed in your household rubbish.

Sweet wrappers cannot be recycled and should be placed in your household rubbish.

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Blankets and bedding

Reuse

The fabric for making clothes and accessories, or as rags and dust sheets.

If clean and unstained, you can sell or donate locally using Freegle and other online platforms. You can also donate clean and unstained blankets to homeless shelters.

Recycle

Pure wool, cotton, linen and other natural fibres can be composted but not if mixed with any unnatural fibres such as polyester.

You can also recycle at the Household Waste Recycling Sites or placed in the appropriate textiles bin at one of the many recycling points throughout the city.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping blankets and bedding on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Blister packs for tablets

Recycle Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose In your household rubbish.

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Books

Reduce Join one of our libraries and borrow books, both hard copy or download onto a mobile phone or tablet. 
Reuse Sell or donate to a local charity shop, or online using Freegle and other online platforms.
Recycle Can be taken to either of the Household Waste Recycling Sites

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping books on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Bottles and jars

See glass bottles and jars.

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Bric-a-brac

Reuse Sell or donate locally using Freegle and other online platforms.

You can also take to the Hove recycling site and donate to the YMCA shop where it will be sold on to raise money for charity.

Recycle Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose

Can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping bric-a-brac on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Bricks and building materials

Reuse sell or donate for uses in the garden, at allotment sites and for building projects.
Recycle

A limited amount of bricks from home improvements or DIY can be disposed of at our Household Waste Recycling Sites.

Please note: The recycling sites are for household waste from city residents only.

Business waste will not be accepted. Business waste is any waste from commercial, trade or business activities. This includes any waste from domestic properties used for profit (for example landlords taking waste from a rented property) and waste that is being removed for payment.

Our staff have the right to inspect any waste entering the recycling sites.

If they suspect the waste is business waste the person will be turned away.

Find out more on our business rubbish and recycling page.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping bricks and building materials on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Bubble wrap

Reuse For transporting fragile items in the post or when moving house. You can also wrap plants with it to protect them from frost.
Recycle Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose You can dispose of it in your household rubbish.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping bubble wrap on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Bulky waste

Please see our bulky waste page for more information.

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