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Paint and emulsion

Recycle

Both Household Waste Recycling Sites take paint. Emulsion paint will be recycled. 

Gloss and oil based paints will be sent for safe disposal.

Please place all paints on the paint and chemical deposit table.

If the paint is in secure containers, we donate it for reuse by community and charity projects. 

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Paint pots

Recycle

Both Household Waste Recycling Sites take paint pots.

Providing they are empty, metal paint pots can go in the metal container.

Dispose Plastic paint pots go in your household rubbish.

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Pallets

Recycle Can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Sites and recycled as timber providing they have been used for a household purpose

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

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Paper

Reuse If possible, use both sides of blank paper and reuse scrap paper for notes.
Recycle In your household recycling. You can also recycle windowed envelopes and stapled paper. 
Dispose Shredded paper cannot be recycled and should be placed in your household rubbish. 

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Paper towels

See kitchen and paper towels.

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Paving slabs

See hardcore and rubble.

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Pens


     Recycle     

Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
     Dispose    
In your household rubbbish

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Pesticides

See chemicals.

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Petrol and diesel

See diesel and petrol.

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Photographs

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

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Pillows and cushions

See blankets and bedding

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Plasterboard, plaster and gypsum based wastes

Recycle

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

There is a limit of six small builder’s bags for each household each month.

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 plasterboard, plaster and gypsum based wastes on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Plastics

Reduce Avoid plastics by using reusable bags, choosing non-packaged fruit and vegetables, refilling containers or buying products in glass containers instead.
Recycle

All plastic bottles in your household recycling.

We do not collect pots, tubs or trays (commonly known as PTTs) as there is no, or very little, market for these types of plastics and it would cost the council, and therefore you the council tax payers, money to collect.

Dispose All other plastics should be placed in your household rubbish.

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Plastic bags

Reduce By using a reusable bag instead.
Reuse As much as possible. They can be reused as bin liners.
Recycle Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose All other plastic bags should be placed in your household rubbish.

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Plastic bottles (all - including milk, water, shampoo, bleach, detergent, handwash, shower gel etc)

Reduce Where possible use a reusable bottle for on-the-go drinking. 
Recycle

In your household recycling.

Before recycling, rinse the bottles out, squash, and replace the lids. For milk bottles you can place the lids inside the bottle before squashing the bottle.

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Plastic food containers and packaging (pots, tubs and trays)

Reduce Avoid by choosing non-packaged foods where possible.
Recycle We do not collect pots, tubs or trays (commonly known as PTTs) as there is no, or very little, market for these types of plastics and it would cost the council, and therefore you the council tax payers, money to collect.
Dispose In your household rubbish.

Other plastics that cannot be recycled are soft plastic films and wrappings (clingfilm, plastic food bags), plastic netting and metal coated plastic like crisp packets.

Please also place these items in your household refuse. They will be taken to our energy from waste facility.

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Plastic toys and hard or rigid items

Reuse Sell or donate locally to a charity shop, or online using Freegle.
Recycle Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose

If they are not in good condition and cannot be sold, donated or passed on for reuse, they can be put in your household refuse bin or general waste at the Household Waste Recycling Sites.

Electronic toys can be recycled at our Household Waste Recycling Sites, but please remove any batteries before dropping them off.

Thank you for doing the right thing. Leaving/dumping plastic toys and hard/rigid items on the street, other land or beside a communal bin is illegal fly-tipping.

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Plastic vending cups

Reduce Where possible use a reusable bottle for on-the-go drinking.
Recycle Cannot be recycled in your household recycling.
Dispose In your household rubbish.

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Polystyrene

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

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Printer ink and toner cartridges

See ink cartridges.

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Pyrex ovenware

Reuse Sell or donate locally to a charity shop or online using Freegle.
Recycle Cannot be recycled. While pyrex is a type of glass, it has been specially treated in the manufacturing process to withstand high temperatures, which makes it non-recyclable.
Dispose

If you have broken or chipped pyrex to get rid of, do not recycle it with other glass items. Simply dispose of it carefully in your household refuse.

It can also be taken to either of the Brighton & Hove Household Waste Recycling Sites and placed in the general waste facility.

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