Alternative recycling options
Although most items can be recycled in some way, we cannot currently collect all items in your red and yellow recycling bins. Putting incorrect or potentially reusable items in the recycling bins can result in contaminating a clean batch of recyclables.
The machines that sort and process the materials also become damaged, which creates an inefficiency.
However, there are alternative recycling options for many items which cannot currently be accepted at kerbside.
What items can you put in our recycling bins?
For a full list of items you can and cannot recycle in red and yellow lidded recycling bins please visit what can I put in my recycling boxes and bins?
Alternative reuse and recycling options
The following information offers alternative ideas for reusing or recycling unwanted items, which we can't accept:
Give away your unwanted items
Why not consider giving away your unwanted items for others to reuse...
Freegle is an online service which allows you to get and give unwanted items for free from residents within your local community to help keep potential reusable items out of the waste system.
For more information on giving away your items and how to join the community visit I Love Freegle - Preston Freegle Group.
To find out what residents are giving away in Preston currently visit I Love Freegle - Preston items.
Alternatively, you can donate your unwanted items to local charities, a number of which will collect free of charge.
Most supermarkets accept plastic bags, plastic film and batteries. Some smaller shops also offer recycling collections - for example Superdrug pharmacies will collect your empty medicine blister packets for recycling.
Household Waste and Recycling Centres
- hard plastics
- light bulbs
- cartons or Tetra Paks
- electrical items
Cartons and Tetrapak drop off point
We've partnered with the University of Central Lancashire Student's Union to offer a drop off point for all your used cartons and Tetrapaks. Cartons must be empty, rinsed and where possible flattened.
Drop off point location
Student's Union Building
Map address for Student's Union building
TerraCycle is a recycling company that offers a range of recycling programmes for typically hard-to-recycle waste. You can search for a range of programmes and drop-off locations in the Lancashire area at Terracycle - recycle more.
Coffee pod recycling drop off point
Plastic Free Preston have partnered with TerraCycle and Podback to offer a recycling point for aluminium and plastic coffee pods from the following participating brands:
- NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto
- Lavazza eco caps
Drop off point location
St Michael and All Angels with St Marks Church
2 Egerton Rd
You can drop off your coffee pods in the labelled green bins within the car park where they will be sent off for recycling.