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A to Z of what to do with your waste

Find out what materials you can recycle or dispose of in Lambeth and how to do it.

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  • Irons
    • take to one of the recycling centres at Vale Street or Smuggler's Way
    • if in working condition, take to a local charity shop

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  • Packaging - see material type, for example, cardboard or plastic
  • Paint - try to use up all paint:
    • you can dispose of unused paint at Smuggler's Way recycling centre
    • let the paint dry as much as possible by leaving the lid off before bringing it to a recycling centre
    • water-based paint should be put in the rubbish only containers
    • oil-based paint should be put in the oil based paint container in Bay A
    • only household paint containers up to 5 litres will be accepted
    • empty paint cans can be recycled in the scrap metal container
    • dried solid paint can be put in your general waste bin
  • Pans - donate to Emmaus Lambeth
  • Paper - green recycling wheelie bin
  • Paper, shredded - cannot be recycled
  • Pesticides - see hazardous waste
  • Pet litter
    • litter and waste from non-carnivorous animals can be composted
    • if your animal eats meat, their waste should be wrapped and disposed of in the general rubbish bin
  • Phone directories - green recycling wheelie bin
  • Pillows - not currently recyclable
  • Pill trays with foil - not currently recyclable
  • Plant pots and seed trays - not currently recyclable
  • Plants - see garden waste
  • Plasterboard - not currently recyclable
    • you need to contact a specialist company to dispose of this
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays - the following items can be recycled in your green recycling wheelie bin:
    • Plastic bottles including drinks and detergents
    • Plastic bakery trays
    • Plastic cake decoration pots
    • Plastic dessert pots
    • Plastic egg boxes
    • Plastic fruit punnets
    • Plastic handsoap dispensers
    • Plastic ice cream tubs
    • Plastic margarine tubs
    • Plastic ready meal trays
    • Plastic sauce pots
    • Plastic spray bottles from detergent and cleaning products
    • Plastic tubs from laundry capsules
    • Plastic tubs from personal care products (for example creams and hair gels)
    • Plastic yoghurt pots (rinse and remove foil lids)
    • Pot noodle pots
    • Plastic vitamin and supplement pots
  • Plastics - the following items cannot be recycled in your green recycling wheelie bin:
    • Carrier bags
    • Buckets
    • Pipes
    • Toys (see reuse and recycling centres or donate to Emmaus Lambeth)
    • Polystyrene packaging
    • Clingfilm
    • Inner wrap from cereals
    • Bread wrappers
    • Frozen food bags
    • Plant pots
    • Bubble wrap
    • Crisp packets and sweet bags
    • Electrical items
    • Pill trays with foil
    • Food sachets (like powdered sauces)
    • Toothpaste tubes

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  • Quilts – not currently recyclable

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