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Published on 19 September 2016

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Cake tins

Cake tins can be recycled in your black recycling box or taken to your local recycling centre.

Candles

Please dispose of used candles in your black general waste bin. Unused candles can be taken to a charity shop or you could try local community groups, or local craft and hobby groups.

Cans (for food and drink)

Cans can be recycled in your black recycling box. They can also be taken to a can recycling bank or your local recycling centre.

Car - batteries

Car batteries can be taken to your local recycling centre. Car batteries are classed as 'hazardous waste' so cannot be disposed of in your black general waste bin at home.

Car - parts

Acceptable at recycling centres. Car batteries are classed as 'hazardous waste' so cannot be disposed of in your black general waste bin at home. 

Car - tyres

Car Tyres can be taken to a recycling centre. However, car tyres are classed as chargeable waste and you will be charged per tyre. Commercial and agricultural vehicle tyres will not be accepted.

Cardboard

All cardboard can be recycled through your green recycling box, please fold or tear cardboard so that it fits inside your box. Large quantities are best taken to a recycling centre or recycling bank.

Carpets

Carpets can be taken to your local recycling centre or as part of the bulky waste collection service which is an additional chargeable service where we collect large items of household waste from properties in the district for a fee. Carpets cannot be taken as part of your kerbside textile collection.

Carrier Bags - plastic

Some large supermarkets offer in store recycling banks for carrier bags. If your shopping is delivered to your home you can request that it is delivered without bags. Alternatively, you could reuse plastic carrier bags as bin liners for your black bin waste.

Cartons

Cartons (Tetra pak's) can be recycled at carton recycling banks in the district.

Cartridges - from printers

Empty printer cartridges can be recycled in your green recycling box.

Cat faeces

You cannot take animal waste to recycling centres in Teignbridge.  We can collect this kind of waste with the normal domestic refuse providing this is of domestic quantity. Animal waste from carnivorous animals such as cats and dogs must be disposed of in your black general waste bin, please wrap all animal waste carefully so as not to cause any unnecessary health risk.

Central heating oil tanks

Waste oil and oil tanks are considered to be hazardous waste, whether oil from the home, cooking or engine. The tanks are from oil central heating systems in older houses. They will only usually need disposing of when the system is replaced with an alternative energy source such as gas. Recycling centres will accept central heating oil tanks.

Cesspits/pools

We do not have the facility to empty cesspits. There are various private contractors offering this service.

Chemicals

Chemicals eg. weed killers, pesticides, white spirits, bleaches, old medicines and any other household chemicals must be taken to a recycling centre and they must be in a securely labelled container to be placed in the hazardous waste store. There is a limit of 5 litres.

Chipboard

Chipboard can be taken to a recycling centre.

China

If china is broken please wrap it carefully and place in your black general waste bin. If the china is still useable, you could try charity shops.

Christmas cards

Christmas cards can be recycled from home using your green recycling box. We are unable to accept Christmas cards that contain glitter, foil or any other material. All types of Christmas cards can be taken to our cardboard recycling banks. Alternatively, some shops run a card recycling scheme.

Clothes

Clothes and textiles can be put in a carrier bag, tied up and left next to your recycling boxes on your usual recycling day.

Coffee pods

If your coffee pods are 100% plastic and clean they can be recycled with your household plastic packaging in you black recycling box. Some manufacturers operate recycling services for their products. TerraCycle also operate a variety of recycling schemes, including those for some coffee brands. If your pods are not recyclable they can be disposed of in your black bin with your general waste.   

Computer equipment

This can be taken to the recycling centre or computer/charity shop if still useable. Try 'Refurnish' if the goods are still in working order.