Recycling in Hampshire

Recycling in Hampshire

The following information was accurate at the time of publishing for Hampshire. We will endevour to keep this updated as soon as any changes come into effect.

Some essential information about recycling at home.

Includes details for what you can, and cannot recycle and, other info to help make recycling more efficient at home in Hampshire.

When you see what items cannot be recycled easily it will highlight why switching to more eco-friendly products is beneficial to the environment and our future.

Placing items in your bin that cannot be recycled can interrupt the recycling stream. This can cause increased processing costs and energy use. Worse still, contaminating recycling can cause entire loads to be directed to landfill or end up being burnt for energy.

Items accepted in your recycle bin

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Clean Means: Free of leftover food and drink
Dry Means: Dry... Keep your recycling dry once in the bin
Loose Means: Do not bag up your recycling

Metal Tins, Cans & Aerosols

All food, drink and pet food cans can be put in your recycling bin. This includes biscuit & sweet tins but NO metal lids such as jam jar tops.

Aerosols such as deodorant and hair sprays cans be recycled. DO NOT pierce them as there is a risk of injury.

Clean metal cans and aerosols can be put in your recycling bin.

Only metal tins, cans & aerosols can be recycled at home in Hampshire. Do not place other metal items into your recycle bin.

Paper & Cardboard

Most paper, card and cardboard items can be recycled at home. You cannot recycle paper towels or paper that has been shredded.

Magazines and catalogs can all be recycled, as long as any plastic film is removed first. Plastic is everywhere!

Clean, dry paper & card can be put in your recycling bin.

Only paper based wrapping paper can be recycled - think scrunch test.

Plastic Bottles

This DOES NOT include pots, tubs and trays.

There are many types of plastic and a lot of it cannot be recycled in Hampshire like in other areas.

Clean plastic bottles can be put in your recycling bin. If it is shaped like a bottle, it is fine to recycle.

CAN BE RECYCLED: Milk & drink bottles. Bathroom bottles. Laundry bottles. Washing up liquid bottles.

CANNOT BE RECYCLED: Pots & tubs. Plastic film. Plastic bags/sacks. Expanded polystyrene. Plastic toys. Plant pots and seed trays. Plastic furniture. Coat hangers. Coffee pods. Plastic bottle tops. Toothpaste Tubes - Make the switch to our PlanetWood Dentin™ Toothpaste Tablets - They're 100% Natural & Certified.

We should all be making a conscious decision to reduce the amount of single use plastics that we use. Better still to stop using it altogether.

Always check with your local council if your are in doubt about what can or cannot be recycled at home.

What Happens To My Recycled At Home Items?

Recycling from all homes across Hampshire is delivered to either the Portsmouth or Alton MRFs.

The Hampshire MRFs are run by Veolia. Find out more about Hampshire recycling by watching the video below

Hampshire County Council is responsible for recycling or disposing of the waste collected.