Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources and generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits.

It takes 95% less energy to recycle an aluminium can than to make a new one. All waste that is not recycled is either incinerated (releasing toxic fumes into the air) or sent to a landfill site (which causes environmental damage and contaminates land).

After collection, materials (for example, glass, metal, plastics and paper) are separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products.

Allotments in Hounslow –  020 8583 6618, Email:

Benefits of Recycling

  • Conserves resources for our children’s future.
  • Prevents emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants.
  • Saves energy.
  • Supplies valuable raw materials to industry.
  • Creates jobs.
  • Stimulates the development of greener technologies.
  • Reduces the need for new landfills and incinerators.


  • Abandoned cars – contact Hounslow Council’s StreetCare Team
  • Asbestos – City of London collects wrapped asbestos from most of London
  • Aerosols – in Green Box
  • Aluminium cans – Green Box or Recycling Centre
  • Ashes – sprinkle wood ash thinly on your compost heap, it contains potash which is a valuable garden nutrient
  • Batteries – Green Box
  • Bedding – man-made fibre duvets/pillows, towels and blankets can be passed to Harefield Dog Trust Some vets may take similar to pass on to dog refuges
  • Bicycles – repair your bike, or pass it on to someone who might be able to use it or donate it to based in Uxbridge who will re-use, recycle, repair or simply use the parts.
  • Biscuit wrappers: TerraCycle, McVitie’s, Carr’s, Go Ahead and Jacob’s have partnered to create a free recycling programme for any brand of biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers, and a fundraising opportunity for participants.
  • Books – drop your old books off at Brentford Library OR Age UK
  • Bottles – Green Box or Bottle Bank
  • Bric-a-Brac – Take good quality to Age UK
  • Bricks – ___________
  • Calor gas cyclinders – return to any builders yard that sells them
  • Cardboard – place flattened kitchen card in your Green Box or take large amounts to Space Waye
  • Clothes – clear out your wardrobe! Put any clothes that you don’t want in your Green Box or take them to the textile banks
  • Computers – click here. For further advice, contact Waste Watch on tel 0870 243 0136
  • Corks – Contact your local Brownie group, they may be collecting corks to raise funds OR try reusing them to make a notice board
  • Crisp packets: Walkers and TerraCycle have partnered on a new scheme to collect crisp packets for recycling, but you need 400 to take part. Click here for more information.
  • Crockery – broken crockery can be used in mosaics, use under plant pots OR if in good condition give to a charity shop
  • Crutches – take them to West Middlesex Hospital
  • Detergents – buy eco-friendly detergent from supermarkets as it breaks down better in the water system.
  • Envelopes – Save your envelopes for Greendragon Playgroup, or buy yourself some reuse labels from Oxfam, or other local charities
  • Egg boxes – cardboard egg boxes can be composted or recycled in Green Box
  • Electrical goods – small ones up to the size of a standard microwave can be placed in a plastic bag next to the Green Box if you have kerbside collection. Or take them to Space Waye.
  • Fabric offcuts – Green Box or Textile Bank OR local primary schools and playgroups may take for collages
  • Foil/Take Away containers – Green Box
  • Food waste – any uncooked vegetable waste can be composted, see “O” for “Organic Waste”
  • Fridges – If your fridge is in good working order try placing an advert in a local shop window, or ring the Hounslow Furniture Recycling Project on 020 8892 4916 (020 8814 2225 to book a pickup), which  will pass it on to someone in need of a fridge. If it is unrepairable ring Tidy Town, which will arrange for it to be picked up and degassed on 020 8583 5000.
  • Furniture – Contact Hounslow Furniture Recycling Project , which will pass good-quality furniture on to people in need. Operates Monday to Friday from 8.30am-4pm. Tel 020 8892 4916 for general enquiries; to arrange a collection of unwanted furniture and household appliances, call 020 8814 2225. Pet charity PDSA in Ealing also takes donations, but has stopped doing so during the pandemic. Check website for updated details.
  • Trinity Homeless Projects on 020 8797 9505, will collect furniture to resell, with the proceeds going  to help the homeless. [
  • Garden Seeds – give any spare seeds to your friends, neighbours or your local school
  • Garden waste – garden waste can be composted, see “O” for “Organic Waste”
  • Glass – do not put sheet glass in your Green Box or in the bottle bank, try turning it into a cold frame for your garden, or wrap it in newspaper and take it to Space Waye for safe disposal
  • Guitar strings – these lose their tone after a while because of a build up of sweat and dirt. Put them in a pot of boiling water to make them fresh and vibrant again.
  • Hair – put it on your compost heap
  • Hazardous Waste – ring the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 (general inquiries) or Freephone 0800 80 70 60 (to report an incident)
  • Household Goods – take them to your local charity shop or pass them on to a jumble sale
  • Ink Cartridges – buy refillable cartridges, contact Environmental Business Products,  which recycles printer, toner and photocopier cartridges. Tel 020 8838 6888. Buy refillable cartridges if possible.
  • Jam Jar Lids – keep with original jar for storage  eg nails, home made salad dressing OR place under plant pots OR place in your Green Box for recycling (metal lids only – not plastic)
  • Jars – place in your Green Box, OR take glass jars to your nearest bottle bank
  • Jewellery – (such as gold rings) can be sent to the lifeboat charity at RNLI Headquarters, West Quay Rd, Poole, Dorset BH15 1H2
  • Junk Mail – place junk mail in your Green Box (remove plastic wrapper first!) or in a paper bank . Also, to stop it being delivered to you in the future write to the Mailing Preference Service, Freepost 22, London W1E 7EZ
  • Kitchen Waste – see “O” for “Organic Waste”
  • Labour – fancy sharing your time and skills for the benefit of the community? You’ll get more out than you put in! Visit TimeBank or call 020 7927 8323
  • Light bulbs – ordinary old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs go in the bin. Energy saving bulbs can be recycled at most borough recycling centres or most Currys / Robert Dyas shops (see for a list)
  • Linen –  Green Box OR Textile Bank
  • Magazines – try doctors’/dentists’ waiting rooms if they are recent, if not place them in your Green Box OR take them to your local paper bank
  • Medicines – return any old medicines to your local chemists; do not put them in your rubbish bin or down the toilet
  • Medicine Bottles – Green Box or Bottle Bank
  • Metal – old metal items might have some value, call a scrap merchant from the phone directory OR Space Waye
  • Mobile phone – Green Box
  • Newspapers –  Green Box OR put small quantities of scrunched up or shredded newspaper in your composter
  • ‘Nonrecyclables’: TerraCycle
  • Oil (engine) – Green Box in secure containers
  • Organic Waste – this can be composted in your back garden, for a free composter contact The Recycling Team on 020 8583 5060 for further information or Food Waste
  • Paint – donate to …
  • Paper – reuse the other side! Turn used paper into scrap pads OR take to Greendragon Playgroup  OR Green Box
  • Pens and writing instruments. Find your nearest drop-off point here.
  • Plants – see “Garden Seeds”
  • Plastic – a big problem! White Plastics Recycling. Try to buy items with less packaging, or buy items in recyclable containers e.g. glass. Write to your local supermarket if you feel strongly about the amount of plastic used. Reuse plastic bottles in the garden for seedlings, plastic containers for storage etc. Consult Recycle for London’s Know Your Plastic webpage.
  • Plastic Bags – Try to reuse your plastic bags, for shopping/bin liners or take them to the plastic bag recycling point inside supermarkets
  • Polystyrene – use in the bottom of plant pots, improves drainage
  • Quilts – if in good condition take to Age Concern (?) OR cut up to use as stuffing for cushions, OR place in textile bank
  • Rainwater – invest in a water butt from the garden centre, OR catch it in a bucket and use for the garden
  • Records – take along to your local record shop, you never know that album might be worth something to someone! Try Sounds Original on South Ealing Road or the Oxfam music shop in Ealing.
  • Shoes – Green Box
  • Spectacles – take frames with or without lenses to Stewart Duncan Opticians on 213 High Road, Brentford, who donates them to developing countries through Vision Aid Overseas.
  • Stamps – send used stamps to the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Stamp Appeal, PO Box 9191, Wishaw, Lanarkshire ML2 0YB
  • Tea Bags – Composting or food waste
  • Telephone Directories – Green box
  • Tiles – use in mosaics
  • Textiles – Green box or Textile bank
  • Tools –
  • Toys – take good quality toys to Brentford Toy Library, St Paul’s Parish Centre, St Paul’s Road, Brentford on a Tuesday 10am-12pm or a Thursday 2-4pm tel 020 8400 6568
  • Tyres – take them back to the car dealer from where they’re collected for retreading/safe disposal OR try growing plants in them, OR stack them on top of each other and creat your own homemade compost bin!
  • Umbrellas – if in good condition can go to Age UK or other charity shops
  • Vacuum Cleaner – if it’s working  advertise it in a local shop window or on Freegle/Freecycle
  • Water filters – collect up to 6 and send them to: Brita Water Filter Systems Ltd, FREEPOST, TK1 917, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5BR
  • White Goods – telephone Hounslow Council on 020 8583 5555 for a Tidy Town collection
  • Wrapping Paper – reuse or Green Box
  • Xmas cards – Green Box
  • Yellow pages – Green Box
  • Zimmer frame – take to West Middlesex Hospital


  • Green Box / Plastics / Garden Waste / Food Waste / Paper  Hounslow Kerbside Recycling for houses and some flats It will take away most recyclable items. For new or replacement containers call 020 8583 5555 or follow the above link.
  • Home Composting
  • Recycling banks around Hounslow (map)
  • Recycling banks, organisations and sites in Hounslow
  • Space Waye Re-use and Recycling Centre – 020 8890 0917
  • Keep Britain Tidy
  • Space Way MapHounslow Council’s Waste and Recycling Centre, where you can purchase compost and recycle all sorts of items: e.g. wood, metal, glass, green waste.
  • Age UK Charity Shop
  • Tidy Town Collection – 020 8583 5555. A bulky waste collection service, via an appointment system. The service costs £50 for a collection (for up to 5 items) and £10 per additional item. To use this service, you must be registered to pay Council Tax and your payment details must match your Council Tax address. If you are receiving income related benefits you are entitled to one free collection each year.
  • Terracycle collection point: St. Thomas the Apostle Church,  82 Boston Road, Hanwell, London W7 2AD. Tel 020 3302 1040. Ring for recycling dropoff hours.


Recycle at WorkIf you agree that the amount of waste your office is creating is a problem, start using the BRAG Workplace Toolkit today! Download it in pdf or doc format.

The BRAG Workplace Toolkit provides guidance on:

  • First steps in greening your office
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Case study: Greening the office at Hounslow Borough Council
  • Troubleshooting
  • List of companies that collect recyclable materials

Find out more about how you CAN increase your profits by reducing your waste and seeking opportunities to recycle waste materials or download The Practice Journey in PDF format.

  • Your input and feedback on the practical application of this toolkit would be really useful. If you think there is something we have missed out, have some general comments or queries please e-mail BRAG at

2 thoughts on “Recycle

  1. We don’t have a green box where I live. Are their recycle bins on roads anwhere near Kew Bridge?

  2. Hi! I have an old stereo that has died a death. I have no transport to take it anywhere! I am sorting through a lot of other junk that wouldn’t even be good on Freecycle sites. Any advice?

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