Lithium battery fires

Lithium batteries have caused fires in the rubbish lorries. Please do not put batteries in your waste or recycling bin. All batteries (including lithium batteries from e-bikes and e-scooters and other re-chargeable devices) can be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Northumberland Wharf.

Recycling in schools

Collection service

The council provides all schools with mixed dry recycling and food waste bins and a free weekly collection service. Additional recycling or food waste bins can be requested.

A Recycling Officer can visit and offer advice and support to improve recycling at your school.

Charities such as Scope can provide a textile bank to collect clothes and shoes.

Recycling education

  • Request “What can I recycle” posters to display around the school and encourage pupils to recycle
  • Recycling presentation a Recycling Officer can deliver a classroom activity for primary school aged children. Children and staff learn which waste materials should go into the recycling bin, with a game to reinforce learning
  • Stall at your school event a Recycling Officer can come along to your fete or open day

Let us know if you like any of these services at your school.

Support for teachers

  • Eco-schools provides a very simple environmental management system that empowers young people to introduce and lead environmental actions and education in their school
  • Online curriculum linked resources are available at Recycle Now
  • Litter picking equipment would you like to organise a litter pick at your school? We can loan you litter picking equipment including child and adult sized litter pickers and gloves.

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How to recycle toner cartridges

Please do not put toner cartridges in the purple recycling bins or general waste rubbish bins.

You could raise money for your school by using schemes like

Alternatively, major toner cartridge makers offer free recycling schemes. Search online for your maker’s scheme.