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Wirral Freegle

It is generally better to re-use than to recycle. You can give away most household items free via Wirral Freegle freegle.in/wirral.


Use official council reception sites for other rubbish. To comply with the Civic Amenities Act 1967, the following Waste Recycling Centres are open, free of charge, to the public for - car batteries, cardboard, engine oil, garden waste, paper, furniture, rubble, scrap metal, textiles, drinks cans, timber, glass, and soil.
Poulton Bridge, Bidston Moss, Birkenhead, Tel. 653 7698
Greenbank Road, West Kirby, Tel. 625 9901
Mount Road, Clatterbridge, Tel. 334 0019

Wirral Waste Recycling Centres are open seven days a week except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day between the following times:
8.00am to 5.00pm, October to March
8.00am to 8.00pm, April to September

For further information call Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority on 0151 255 1444. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk



Aerosols

Aerosols can be recycled with mixed cans ONLY at Sainsbury Upton.
They are still best avoided as they can cause problems at recycling plants and may explode if crushed. Use pump sprays instead, these are becoming more widely available. If you need to dispose of one, put it in your ordinary green wheelie bin.

Art and craft materials

Donate to Wirral Play Council. Please phone (0151 650 0030 or 0151 201 7883) or email enquiries@wirralplaycouncil.org.uk if you have suitable materials to donate.

Asbestos

Asbestos is accepted for safe disposal at Bidston HWRC site by appointment only.
Please contact Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority for more information Tel: 0151 255 1444.

Batteries

For household batteries only - see separate entry for 'car batteries'.
Drop them in to the WEN office in the Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER Mon, Tues or Fri 10.30am - 1pm - there's a box in the entrance area.

Batteries should now be collected at every outlet selling more than 42 kg per year.
Ask at any large shop where you might buy batteries - supermarkets, chemists, hardware, electrical etc.

Bedding

Salvation Army collect bedding: phone 0151 652 2569 (Birkenhead shop) to arrange collection or take to Poulton Ave Wallasey 0151 638 6899 (M,T,W,F only). Accept bed linen, towels, also pillows, duvets, and quilts in good condition and will wash these.
Bedding can also be put in textile recycling banks.

Books

Book banks are available at HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby and Bring sites at Sainsbury, Upton, Civic Centre, Bebington, and at Dee Lane, West Kirby. Charity shops accept donations directly and recycle those unfit for resale.

Bric-a-brac

Most charity shops take small household goods but not electrical items, and not older furniture.

Building Materials - new

Surplus new building materials can be donated to ReciproCity Wirral, Unit 2, Britannia House, Dock Road, Wallasey CH41 1DF. Building materials and DIY supplies are available to buy for at least 60% discount. Phone 0151 639 0651 or email Wirral@recipro-city.co.uk for more details. Open Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm and Saturday 10am to 4.00pm.

Cans - steel and aluminium

All cans, whether aluminium or steel can be recycled in the grey recycling bin, taken to supermarket Bring Sites or to any Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Car batteries

These can be taken to any waste reception centre. Some garages also accept them for recycling.

Cardboard

Brown card can be composted. Otherwise use WBC grey bins for clean cardboard, or take to any household waste sites.

Carpets

Carpets are accepted at HWRC Bidston, Clatterbridge & West Kirby for recycling.
Old carpets can also be used to cover compost heaps to increase the heat.

Carrier bags

See entry under Plastic Bags.

Christmas cards

Remove any non-card decoration and put in recycle bin.

Christmas trees

Chop and put in Brown Garden waste wheelie bin if your household subscribes to this service, or take to Household Waste Recycling Centre sites in January for "chipping" / green waste skip.

Clothes

Most charity shops accept good quality used clothing.

Coins or bank notes

Collected by RNIB - email fundraising@rnib.org.uk for details.

Computers

Can be put in small appliances at recycle centres.

Drinks cartons (Tetrapaks)

Cannot normally be recycled but some supermarket car parks may have container.

Electrical goods

Can be taken to any HWRCs for safe disposal. Please do not put these into wheelie bins.

Envelopes

Put out with rest of paper in WBC grey bins (the windows can be dealt with now)

Fabric

Clean, unused fabric, ribbons, etc Wirral Play Council, 0151 650 0030 / 201 7883. www.wirralplaycouncil.org.uk

Foil

Not recyclable

Fluorescent Tubes

HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge or West Kirby have dedicated bins for these..

Furniture

Many outlets. Google 'recycling furniture wrral' for a list.

Garden waste

Compost at home whenever possible. Recycle using the WBC brown bin if your household pays for this service. Recycle larger amounts via the household waste sites at Clatterbridge, Bidston and West Kirby.

Gas bottles

Problem as HWRCs dont take them. The refil firms only take their own.

Glass / bottles / jam jars

Put in WBC grey bins. Re-use for making jam, washing paint brushes etc. Take to your nearest bottle bank. Please rinse them first.

Glasses

See Spectacles.

Hazardous Materials

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) can dispose of hazardous household waste for residents, however it is dependent on what the waste is and how much of it there is.
Examples of hazardous household wastes include: garden chemicals, weed-killers, insecticides, household cleaning products.

If you have waste you suspect to be hazardous please contact them: Telephone: 0151 255 1444, alternatively use the contact form on MRWA website: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/contact-us

Hearing aids

Collected by Wirral Lions at Bebington & Heswall libraries.

Ink cartridges

See under 'Printer & toner cartridges'.

Large items

Use Wirral Council's ERIC Service for the removal of up to six items of furniture, including large electrical goods / white goods. (26.50 charge for up to 6 items) Waiting time of approximately 10 days for collection. For details call Streetscene on 0151 606 2004 or ask at One Stop Shops. If you are able you can take your old fridge or freezer to Bidston Waste Recycling Centre. Clatterbridge now take fridges and freezers also.

Magazines

May be welcomed in hospitals, waiting rooms, hairdressers etc. Otherwise recycle as paper in WBC grey bins. Remove plastic wrappers first.

Medicines

Return to your pharmacy for safe destruction. Do not put in the bin, toilet etc.
Returned, unopened packs of medication within 'use by date' can be recycled at GP surgeries registered with Intercare. Ask at your local surgery. www.intercare.org.uk

Mobile phones

Wirral Environmental Network is currently collecting old mobiles. They will be refurbished for use in developing countries. Some libraries also collect phones as do all HWRCs. Tesco Heswall and Tesco Bidston have a collection centre within the store for mobile phones.

Office Furniture

New or almost new office furniture can be donated to ReciproCity Wirral, Unit 5 New Way Business park, Oakdale Road (off Dock Road), Wallasey, CH644 7HT. These are then sold at at a discount. Phone 0151 639 0651 or email Wirral@recipro-city.co.uk for more details. Open Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm and Saturday 10am to 4.00pm.

Oil

It is illegal and highly polluting to pour engine oil down the drain. There are oil banks at all of Wirral's waste disposal sites. Vegetable oil cannot be mixed with motor oil for recycling, there are separate containers at each HWRC. Oil Bank Line www.oilbankline.org.uk

Paint

Community Repaint Wirral at ReciproCity Wirral, Unit 5 New Way Business park, Oakdale Road (off Dock Road), Wallasey, CH644 7HT accepts most types of paint less than 8 years old, this includes part used cans.
Paint is available to community groups and individuals for 1 per litre plus VAT. Other decorating essentials are available at discount prices. Phone 0151 639 0651 or email Wirral@recipro-city.co.uk for more details.
Open Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm and Saturday 10am to 4.00pm.

Paper

Wherever possible buy and use unbleached recycled paper products. Use the back of old photocopies, junk mail, etc for scrap paper by the telephone. Recycle paper including telephone directories using WBC grey bins or collection bins at HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby. Wirral Play Council use paper to make papier mache. 0151 650 0030.

Plant pots

Gordale Nurseries collect plant pots and trays for recycling.
Other garden centres that offered this service have withdrawn it due to the cost.

Plasterboard

Plasterboard and gypsum can be taken to HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby.

Plastic bags

Not normally recyclable.

Plastic bottles

Recycle in your grey bin. Wash but don't squash and please put the tops back on as this aids the mechanical sorting process. The plastic bottle bank at Asda in Wallasey has now closed.
Plastic bottles can be taken to HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby or to Bring sites at Tesco Heswall & Bidston, Sainsbury Upton & Prenton.

Plastic film

See 'Plastic bags'.

Plastics - hard / rigid

Hard plastics - are collected at HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby. These include - crates, empty barrels, empty drums, buckets, car bumpers, children's toys, bins, water and gas pipes, empty paint pots, plant pots, plastic pallets, plastic trays, drainage pipes, drainage chambers, plastic furniture and water butts.

Polystyrene

Not normally recyclable.

Printer & toner cartridges

Most manufacturers will take back empty, original cartridges of their own brand. Contact your supplier for details.

St Johns Hospice will take them for fundraising and have collection points in all their shops.

Check your local library, as some have collection points.

Currys and Staples will also take toners, we believe.

Check out www.stinkyinkshop.co.uk/pages/recycling-empty-cartridges or www.recycle4charity.co.uk.

PVC-u

PVCu can now be taken to Bidston HWRC.

Rags

British Red Cross shops get money for their work by selling rags. Deliver to shops in Bromborough 343 0056, Upton 604 0913, New Ferry 644 1997, Hoylake 632 6937, Moreton 677 7316, Prenton 608 3372. Please clearly mark bags 'rags' to distinguish from sale items. Age Concern are now also asking for rags at any of their 10 stores, phone West Kirby 625 0125 for collection of goods if a large amount.

Textile banks at Household Waste Recycling Sites take rags too. These are currently sorted from reusable items and reprocessed by I & G Cohen.

Records (vinyl)

Specialist record shops still buy and sell vinyl LPs, singles and even 78s in good condition. Charity shops welcome vinyl donations (no more James Last or Sound Of Music LPs please). Record Fairs and Ebay are also a good place to trade or sell your vinyl.

Rubble

Small amounts of rubble are accepted at HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby.

Scrap metal

Scrap metal, even if mixed with small amounts of other materials, may be taken to HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby.

Sewing machines

See under Tools for details of Workaid and Tools for Self Reliance.

Shoes / trainers

Many shoe shops take shoes and trainers to be recycled or resold in aid or charity shops. Check with yours. Shoe banks are at Dee Lane West Kirby; Asda Liscard, Bromborough & Woodchurch Road; Sainsbury Upton; Bromborough Allport Lane; and HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby. Please tie together in pairs or put in bags.

Soil

Soil can be recycled at HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby.

Spectacles

Drop them in to the WEN office in the Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER Mon, Tues or Fri 10.30 - 1.00, - there's a box in the entrance area.
Also collected by Wirral Lions at Bebington & Heswall libraries and at Arrowe Park Hospital eye department. Many opticians collect them for use in developing countries so check with yours.

Stamps

Drop them in to the WEN office in the Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER Mon, Tues or Fri 10.30 - 1.00, - there's a box in the entrance area.
Donate to the RNIB
  • Leave about 1cm of envelope bordering each stamp. The rest of the envelope can be discarded (which will make it cheaper to send).
  • Separate the stamps into British or Overseas
Collected stamps should be sent to:
RNIB Stamp Recycling, PO Box 185, BENFLEET, SS7 9BH
For any questions, please email rnibstamps@rnib.org.uk or contact our Fundraising Team on 0845 345 0054 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm).

Televisions

Dedicated containers at HWRCs ( Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby).

Tetrapaks

See drinks cartons section above.

Textiles

Textile banks are at HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby as well as at many schools.

Tools

Donate your old quality hand tools, sewing machines and haberdashery items to charity Tools for Self Reliance. Their vocational training projects equip young people in Africa with trade skills and toolkits, so upon graduating trainees can establish their own businesses and earn an income to support themselves and their families. Please call Tools for Self Reliance on 02380 869697, or email info@tfsr.org for details of your closest volunteer collector.

Workaid collects trade and DIY tools including sewing machines and bicycles. Phone 01494 775220 for the nearest collection point (office hours 9.30 - 12.30 & 1.30 to 4.30). See www.workaid.org

Tyres

Tyres are accepted at all Household Waste Recycling Centres - Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby.

Wallpaper

Any UNOPENED rolls of wallpaper and borders can be donated to ReciproCity Wirral, Unit 5 New Way Business park, Oakdale Road (off Dock Road), Wallasey, CH644 7HT.

Any OPENED rolls to go in the grey bin, or offer to Wirral Play Council. Please phone (0151 650 0030 or 0151 201 7883) or email enquiries@wirralplaycouncil.org.uk if suitable for craft.

Wedding dresses

Oxfam have a department at Heswall for wedding & bridesmaid dresses. Donate at any branch. Viewing and purchases on Saturdays, or by appointment.

White Goods

Cookers, washing machines, fridges, freezers etc. See entry under 'Electrical goods'.

Wood

Timber & wood can be recycled at HWRCs at Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby.

Wirral Play Council

www.wirralplaycouncil.org.uk can use the following materials for use in arts and craft activities with children - Paper or card off cuts; rope, ribbon and string; fabric, wool and thread; wallpaper and paint; packaging materials.
Please phone (0151 650 0030) or email enquiries@wirralplaycouncil.org.uk if you think you have suitable materials to donate and to arrange to deliver goods to1 Berner St, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 4JY.




Information is supplied in good faith and we have tried to be as accurate and up-to-date as we can, but we take no responsibility for any problems however caused. If you spot a mistake, or would like to add to this list, please contact us.
Wirral Environmental Network, Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER.
Tel 0151 639 2121, or email us:info@la21.net

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