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Where can I recycle and why should I?

Why you should recycle in Calderdale and some facts that explain the benefits and reasons for doing it.

Where you can recycle

You can recycle by using your weekly household collection service, at recycling centres or at charity shops:

Charities that accept items for recycling

British Heart Foundation

Furniture and electrical goods:

  • Phone: 01422 229435.
  • Address: Unit 2, Halifax Retail Park, Pellon Lane, Halifax. HX1 5DF.

Chas furniture store

Collect furniture, household and electrical goods from HX and HD postcodes:

  • Phone: 1274 726790.
  • Address: Allenby House, Rees Way, Bradford BD3 0DZ.
  • Website: Chas furniture store

DOT - COMmunications

Reconditions commercially or privately donated computers and printers.

They offer these to the Voluntary and Community Sectors, at low cost.

They also offer maintenance and repair at low rates:

  • Phone: 01422 845003.
  • Address: Salem Community Resource Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge. HX7 6HB.
  • Website: DOT - COMmunications

Happy Days Cycles

Bikes in decent condition, parts and accessories (no helmets):

  • Phone: 01422 836860.
  • Address: 18 Town Hall St, Sowerby Bridge. HX6 2EA.

Pass it on

Collects furniture, household and electrical goods from HX and HD postcodes:

  • Phone: 08456 341360 394.
  • Address: Bradford Road, Fartown, Huddersfield. HD2 2QZ.

Project Colt

Collects reusable household goods and household/office furniture:

  • Phone: 01422 377176.
  • Adress: Bridgefield Mills, Elland Bridge, Elland, HX5 0SG.

Re:Work

Repairs and sells office furniture donated by businesses.

Employs local people and profits go back into community projects:

  • Phone: 0113 272 1341.
  • Address: Unit 7 and 11, New Craven Industrial Estate, New Craven Gate, Leeds. LS11 5NF.

RSPCA

Runs a collection service via their online form.

Bridal, electrical and furniture items:

  • Phone: 01422 362461.
  • Address: Queens Hall, Queens Road, Halifax. HX1 3NS.
  • Website: RSPCA

Shelter

Furniture (no large items and no electrical):

  • Phone: 01422 844951.
  • Address: 32 Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge. HX7 8EX.

YMCA

Furniture with fire safety labels only (no electrical goods):

  • Phone: 01422 383293.
  • Address: 10 Waterhouse Street, Halifax. HX1 1UQ.

Flat and apartments collections

Standard bin sizes for flats and apartments (generally, developments over 3 storeys) are:

  • General waste (refuse). 940 litre capacity. 4 wheeled silver/grey bin (known as a plaza bin).
  • Dry mixed recycling (DMR). Includes paper, card & drinks cartons (sometimes known as tetrapak), plastic bottles/containers, cans & corrugated cardboard. 1,100 litre capacity. 4-wheeled black bin
  • Glass bottles and jars. 240 litre capacity. 2-wheeled blue bin.

These are usually situated in a bin store near to the flats. The Property Management Company will be able to tell you where this is located. Bins will be labelled and tenants are responsible for depositing their waste in the correct bins. These will be collected by our contractor on a weekly basis. There is no need for the bins to be moved by tenants.

Household collections

Recycling is collected weekly in Calderdale.

Just place your containers at the edge of your property, where it meets the public highway.

Please put your recycling out by 7am on your collection day.

To find out when your collection day is, see: Collection day finder.

Find out what to recycle through your kerbside collection service, see: What goes in my bins, bags and boxes?

Household Waste Recycling centres (HWRC)

There are five Household Waste Recycling Centres throughout Calderdale, where you can recycle items. You can recycle everything that can be collected from your property, as well as:

  • scrap metal;
  • fridges;
  • motor oil;
  • green garden waste;
  • car batteries;
  • bricks and rubble;
  • and timber.

There are also around 11 mini recycling sites in Calderdale, where you can take:

  • glass;
  • paper;
  • cans;
  • textiles;
  • shoes;
  • books;
  • music;
  • carrier bags;
  • low energy light bulbs;
  • and mobile phones.

Why you should recycle

As we buy more packaged and disposable goods, the amount of rubbish made grows by 4% each year.

Since the broader collection service was brought in, Calderdale's residents have helped to increase the amount of recycling to 49.6%.

This is due more items being recycled, such as:

  • Plastics;
  • cartons (known as Tetrapaks);
  • corrugated cardboard;
  • and small electrical items.

Not only will the improved recycling rates help the environment, it will help us save money. This can then be used for other Council services.

The best way to do this is if everyone takes part in reducing the amount of waste they produce. We need to recycle, reuse and compost as much as we can.

Recycling is collected each week. This should leave enough space in your wheelie bin for other waste, which is collected every two weeks.

What are the benefits?

Far less energy is used to recycle, than to make something from raw materials.

Glass can be recycled again and again, saving energy and resources.

Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks. This saves about 95% of the energy it takes to mine and transport raw materials to produce new cans.

Recycled paper uses 70% less energy compared to making it from raw materials.

  • 1 recycled can would save enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.

Some interesting facts

  • Up to 60% of rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin, each year, could power a television for 5,000 hours.
  • The largest lake in Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in just 8 months.
  • On average, 16% of what you spend on products pays for the packaging, which mostly ends up as rubbish.
  • As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
  • Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
  • 9 out of 10 people say they would recycle more, if it were made easier.

Aluminium

  • 24 million tons are made each year. 51,000 tons of this will end up as packaging in the UK.
  • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • £36 million of this is thrown away each year.
  • Cans made from this can be recycled and ready to use in just six weeks.

Glass

  • Each UK family uses an average of 500 bottles and jars each year.
  • The largest furnace makes over one million bottles and jars per day.
  • It is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
  • It will never decompose in landfills.

Paper

  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than that made from raw materials.
  • 12.5 million tons of paper and cardboard are used each year in the UK.
  • In the UK, the average person gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
  • It takes 24 trees to make one ton of newspaper.

Plastic

Most plastics are made using oil or oil based products. Each ton that is recycled will save the 11 barrels of oil

  • In the UK, 275,000 tons of are used each year. That is around 15 million bottles per day.
  • Most families throw away about 40kg of each year, which could be recycled.
  • The use of plastic in Western Europe is grows by about 4% each year.
  • It can take up to 500 years to decompose.

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