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Local Recycle A to Z




Baby Food Pouches (Little Freddie) – Sainsbury’s in Harrogate have freepost envelopes or you can request these online. Yeadons (Boston Spa) are also collecting all brands of baby food pouches (please ensure they are empty, clean and dry)

Batteries eg. normal batteries, also watch ‘button’ batteries, and battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote control units – Morrisons, Aldi, Douglas Yeadons (Boston Spa), Bramham School, St Marys School and Scholes Primary School, or by post to Recycle Box.

Beds & MattressesCollect Your Old Bed

Biscuits, Crackers & Cake wrappers (empty & flat) – Bramham School lobby (9.15am to 14.45pm).

Bread Bags – empty them and pop in your green bin (if in Leeds City Council area) or Bramham School lobby (9.15am to 14.45pm).

Butter & Margarine Tubs – clean them and pop in your green bin (if in Leeds City Council area).


Candles – watch this space, coming soon to Boston Spa!

Car Batteries – household waste recycling sites (see Recycle Now).

Cartons (Tetra Paks) eg. juice cartons, plant/UHT milk cartons, custard cartons, tomato cartons – clean them and pop in your green bin (if in Leeds City Council area).

CD cases – sadly these are not recyclable and need to go in your general waste (LCC black) bin.


  • charities eg. Oxfam (there’s one in Wetherby) where you’ll receive a £5 M&S voucher if you donate at least one item of M&S clothing;
  • clothes banks (see Recycle Now) – we have a clothes bank at Deepdale Community Centre and Wetherby ‘Cluster of Nuts’ car park;
  • post to Recycle Box;
  • repair/reuse at Love Your Clothes and Garforth Repair Cafe;
  • if no longer fit to wear – please clearly label the bag as rags and hand in to Save the Children and Oxfam in Wetherby.

Coat Hangers – return to shop or by post to Recycle Box.

Coffee Cups (normal single use) – household waste recycling sites or by post to Recycle Box.

Coffee Pods (metal and plastic) – all brands including Tassimo T discs (pods), L’Or capsules, Lavazza Eco caps, Kenco foil refill packs are now being collected at Yeadons (Boston Spa). Alternatively, send by post to Recycle Box or at St Nicks in York (Tassimo. L’Or & Kenco) https://stnicks.org.uk/make-a-difference/our-recycling-service/support-us-by-recycling-more/

Compostable Packaging (Vegware) – home compost or by post to Recycle Box.

Confectionery Wrappers (empty & flat) – Bramham School lobby (9.15am to 14.45pm).

Contact Lenses (soft) including blister packs and foil covers that they come in – collected by Cameron & Beaumont opticians and Boots in Wetherby.

Corks – by post to Recycle Box or if natural cork, home compost.

Creams/Moisturisers (plastic flexible packaging only), Lip Balms/Sticks & Mascara – Bramham School lobby (9.15am to 14.45pm).

Crisp packets (minimum 30, empty and flat) – drop in to Douglas Yeadons in Boston Spa, Bramham School lobby (9.15am to 14.45pm) or Bardsey Primary School (see our main Recycling page).


Duvets (synthetic) & blanketsDogs Trust on A64 or Revive.


Ecobricks! (click here to see what they are) – Douglas Yeadons (Boston Spa)

Egg cartons, can be returned to either Vanessa’s news shop or Moor Grange Farm shop (Boston Spa)

Electronics (wires, cables & plugs, IT & telecommunications equipment, laptops, keyboards) by post https://recyclebox.co.uk/ or https://www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk/


Furniture, small (eg bedside cabinets, coffee tables) Save the Children, Wetherby.

Furniture, large (upholstered must have fire reg labels on), Martin House, Thorp Arch (can collect, but there is a 3week leadtime).


Glass bottles/jars (not in your green LCC bin) recycle at Deepdale Community Centre, Boston Spa or find your nearest using  https://www.recycle-more.co.uk/bank-locator

Glasses, Andrew Morgan, Boston Spa is collecting on behalf of VisionCare Optometry, York. Due yo COVID please contact to arrange drop off. Alternatively Specsavers & Cameron Beaumont (Wetherby) also collect



Ice cream tubs, clean them & pop in your green bin (if in LCC area)

Inhalers, collected by Boots (Wetherby), Cohens (Boston Spa) & Tadcaster Medical Centre



Kitchen food scraps (uncooked); home compost or https://sharewaste.com/



Mobile phones, up to 80% is recyclable, so don’t send it to landfill or leave it in the drawer – recycle at phone shops, charities, https://uk.freecycle.org/ and https://www.ilovefreegle.org/. Or sell them on eBayGumtree, Facebook marketplace, Cash Converters and CeX. Or most household waste and recycling centres in the containers marked “small electricals”.

Medicine blister packs, drop empty packs in to Douglas Yeadons (Boston Spa)




Paint, collected by Seagulls, Kirkstall https://seagullsreuse.org.uk/

Pens, felt tips, markers & highlighters, drop in to Douglas Yeadons (Boston Spa) or Bramham School lobby (9.15 – 14.45) & Bardsey Primary School.

Pet food pouches (cleaned and dried) at Westwood Vets, Boston Spa

Popcorn & pretzels packets (empty & flat) drop in to Douglas Yeadons (Boston Spa) or Bramham School lobby (9.15 – 14.45)

Postage stamps (leave min 0.5cm around edge), Bramham School.

Pringles tubes Bramham School lobby (9.15 – 14.45)

Printer cartridges, old style (have copper strip on) by post (https://www.emptiesplease.com/bag-requests/) or to raise money at Bramham School. Check which ones https://www.emptiesplease.com/ & Scholes Primary School




School uniforms (preloved) Schools generally sell within parent community.

Scrap fabrics, paper, buttons, sacks, boxes etc; Cone Exchange, Harrogate https://www.coneexchange.org/about-us/ 

Shoes, charities & clothes banks (https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/clothing-textiles-0), or by post https://recyclebox.co.uk/

Small electricals eg toasters, kettles, microwaves (must be PA tested); Save the Children, Wetherby (underneath Ask Italian next to bus station) or, Martin House, Thorp Arch. Or most household waste and recycling centres in the containers marked “small electricals”.

Stationery, by post https://recyclebox.co.uk/

Sweet and chocolate tubs, clean them & pop in your green bin (if in LCC area)


Toners, (branded only) Bramham School, check which ones https://www.emptiesplease.com/, Douglas Yeadons or by post https://recyclebox.co.uk/

Toothpaste tubes & brushes (empty & flat) drop in to Douglas Yeadons (Boston Spa), Bramham School lobby (9.15 – 14.45) & Scholes Primary School.




Water filters (Brita), Douglas Yeadons (Boston Spa).

Wellington boots (Hunter), by post https://recyclebox.co.uk/



Yoghurt pots & cream/sour cream pots, clean them & pop in your green bin (if in LCC area)


If you need further guidance on plastic recycling; https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/plastic-recycling

And, if you are really struggling! https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/get-rid-of-unwanted-items  or if we haven’t answered your questions https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with

Imagine, if all the above was diverted from landfill or incineration!?

Other handy hints from Leeds City Council.

Please don’t put any black or brown plastics in your green bin! And please make sure that the plastic has no food residue on it.

Need a bin fixing?  get in touch with bin.deliveries@leeds.gov.uk

Want an extra green bin, https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/new-or-replacement-bin or just reduce what you buy in packaging.

Want to try home composting, buy a bin here; https://getcomposting.com/profile/login

Here’s some composting tips https://singleusealternatives.co.uk/our-guide-to-home-composting/