recycling and alternatives in Lady Bay, by item

please help us to expand this list and keep it up to date however during covid-19 lockdown check beforehand that each item is still being accepted

Summary of status of recycling operations during Covid-19 is on our main Reduce, Reuse and Recycle page

Aluminium Foil and Food Trays - at the Rugby Road Recycling Centre (The main recycling depot, not the Bring site at the Arena)

Baby food pouches - Radcliffe on Trent Pre-school Playgroup -

Blister packs (for medicines) - currently suspended at Lady Bay Pharmacy but hope to resume in the future There is a drop-off point in Radcliffe and there will soone be one set up in Lady Bay.

Bottle and carton tops (plastic) - Susanah's drop-off site, 9, Chatsworth Road and MooHaven drop-off point, Adbolton Lane.  Also Dove Cottage Day Hospice Shop in Cotgrave (The Old Telephone Exchange, Main Road, Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3HQ - see separate entry under drop-off points)Also Lush on Clumber Street in city centre. (Lush take the tops with a ‘2’ printed inside and the bigger lids (Horlicks, hot choc etc) with a ‘5’ printed inside) and St Peter’s Church in the City Centre.  Once it's reopened, we hope that they can be left at Tree’s home-made Terracycle recycling depot at 33 Julian Road.

Bread bags - Tree’s home-made Terracycle recycling depot at 33 Julian Road.  Tree feeds Louisa's drop-off point, in Cotgrave.  Also at Morrisons and the Co-op but Louisa gets money for charity.

Brita filters can be recycled at Argos on the Queen's drive retail park and at Netherfield, plus at John Lewis’. You can always check by going to this page,, click on ‘Search for Recycling Points and enter your postcode.

Alternatively consider a simpler solution such as bamboo charcoal filters from This is a zero waste option. After use as a filter the charcoal can be used to remove odours from shoes, fridges etc., absorb moisture inside containers and eventually composted. The only commitment is to recharge the charcoal with a ten minute boil in a saucepan once a week. 

Bubblewrap - Morrisons at Gamston

Can holders (plastic) from multipacks, e.g. beer - Morrisons at Gamston

Candles and tealights (including the metal bits) - Send to The Recycled Candle Company, 16 Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS

Carrier bags – Morrisons and Asda, in-store.  Morrisons at least are still accepting used carrier bags during Covid-19.

Cheese packaging - so long as it's the flexible sort - clean, dry and, preferably, flat please.  Katherine's drop-off point, 7 Abbey Circus, West Bridgford.

Cleaning products' bottles etc – variable, and usually not the tops with triggers.  Consider refilling instead.  Have we mentioned the Good Weigh yet (and the Post Office)?

Clothing – MooHaven drop-off point, Adbolton Lane.  For resale, donations are usually possible at charity shops such as Oxfam, Rectory Road and at charities such as The Friary, Musters Road and the Salvation Army in the Meadows.  Online second-hand retailers take donations and even pay some of the proceeds to charity. check here ThriftPLus , and Refashion  Also the regular door-to-door collections of course, plus charity shops and the Bring Sites at the library, Morrisons etc.  But why not repair, reuse and adapt?  E.g. Meredith the tailor, in Trent Boulevard, does alterations.

Coat hangers (plastic) – Asda, Loughborough Rd., have a box near the tills by the windows for any coat hangers to be recycled.  Rugby Road also accept wire hangers as scrap metal.  A few people have successfully re-used them via advertising on Lady Bay Local.

Coffee pods - Must you?  OK, luckily Cristina's drop-off point collects Lavazza ones.

Computers – Any major electrical store, at least while the WEEE directive remains in force.

Confectionery wrappers - all plastic chocolate and sweet pouches, bags, bar and block wrappers and multipack outer packaging,  Anne's Drop-off Point, bin in front garden of 52 Holme Road.  Also inside The Bottle Top, 2 High Street, Ruddington NG11 6GH, opening hours only.  We are working on a more local solution.

Contact lenses (single-use) & packaging – Tree’s home-made Terracycle recycling depot at 33 Julian Road

Crisp packets - Send direct in high volume, instructions via Tree's depot.  Please flatten and send once 2kg has been collected - try sharing with neighbours?  Also at Katherine's Drop-off point, 7 Abbey Circus and at Rushcliffe Arena, in the foyer.

Disposable gloves – via Ellie’s Fund in Radcliffe, location not yet known – these have to be done in bulk so, ideally, we'd like to have a drop-off point in Lady Bay.

Egg shells and boxes - Shells will compost provided they are crushed but do take 2 years (although they can finish composting in the soil).  Egg boxes can also be composted (we are assured) but maybe just re-use them for a while, buying eggs loose.  Also Rutland Stores accept used egg boxes as well as selling eggs loose, as do The Good Weigh.

Fererro Rocher boxes - at Cristina's drop-off point.

Food trays and packaging (plastic/polystyrene etc) – None known as yet, apart from the limited range available at Morrisons.  Pricewise's and Rutland Stores' Fruit and Veg are almost all sold free of packaging – just sayin’.

Fridges – Any major electrical store, at least while the WEEE directive remains in force.

Furniture – British Heart Foundation (Angel Row), Betel (The Arches, Lenton) or Sue Ryder (tel  0115 958 258 or email [email protected]).  Or consider re-upholstering – e.g consult Hollygate Upholstery in Bingham – [email protected]

Glass bottles and jars 'Bring sites' - Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, plus West Bridgford Library.  Try to choose sites that separate green, brown and clear glass, since mixed recycled glass has more limited uses.

Inflatables, inc lilo's, paddling pools, water-wings - Can be sent to Inflatable Amnesty to be turned into bags - strictly speaking this is down-cycling (or is it upcycling?) rather than recycling but not sure what alternatives exist at the moment.

Inhalers (Ventolin, Fostair etc) – at Lady Bay Pharmacy or any chemist.  Now also accepting blister packs at Lady Bay Pharmacy.

Liquid Soap dispensers – not recyclable we think, but refills for Carex and Dettol are sold at Morrisons and Carex at the Coop.  Also the Good Weigh sell dishwashing liquid and liquid soap as refills, plus other cleaning products, as do The Fruit Basket, Gordon Rd West Bridgford.

Mobile phones – Any major electrical store, inc Carphone Warehouse, at least while the WEEE directive remains in force.

Paper cups - At most 'Bring' Sites, but not plastic or polystyrene cups.

Pens – any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot, correction tape, but not wooden pencils or crayons. There is a bin for these in the front garden at Anne's drop-off point, 52 Holme Road.  Accepted waste by Terracycle ( 

Pepper-mills (so-called single use ones) - This video shows how to remove the top from a Swarz 'single use' peppermill, ready for refilling -

Pet food sacks and pouchescan by left at Susan's drop-off point, a plastic box in the porch of 134, Radcliffe Road, NG2 5HG.  MUST BE CLEAN AND DRY!  Susan Hart takes them to the collection point at Hollygate Park, Cotgrave run by Louisa Cook and Becky Settle.  Also Tree’s home-made Terracycle recycling depot at 33 Julian Road, working with Susan.

Plastic bottles that can’t be recycled – Gobrick – turn them into construction bricks.  Or try to reuse – see The Good Weigh’s list of refillable products – both foodstuffs and cleaning products –

Plastic bottle tops and carton tops - see bottle tops, above

Plastic food packaging - Flexible cheese packaging accepted at Katherin'e drop off point, 7 Abbey Circus. Other examples can be found within this list.

Polythene wrapping - e.g food and veg in-store bags, loo paper and newspaper packaging - Morrisons, Gamston, sadly not the Co-op anymore (Feb 2020).  The basic test is - does it stretch or crackle?  If it stretches, they accept it, if it crackles, they don't.

Pringles tubes – These can now go in the Tetrapak bins at many of the local council Bring sites, including the one at the library car park (not, at the moment, the one on the Hook however).

Printer CartridgesCoop in the Avenue, in the aisle containing chemicals, baby stuff, pet food, etc.  Many manufacturers and online retailers now have a system to accept returned cartridges.  Also Dove Cottage Hospice shop, Cotgrave.

Snacks, nuts, popcorn and  pretzels packets - The Vat and Fiddle (near the station) NG2 1ND, opening hours only.  For terracycle.

Shredded Paper - can't go in the Blue Bin but can be used to help manage the moisture levels in a wormery.  Luckily we have a very enthusiastic centre of knowledge in Nottingham - The Urban Worm.  Be careful if you contact them, though, their enthusiasm is contagious.  Or turn it into briquets for a chimenea or wood-burner.

Shoes, boots and sandals'Bring Sites' - Library, Morrisons and probably Asda The Notts Recycling Centre website states that shoes can either be reused or, if worn out, recycled.  But why not try to re-sole and heel?  Central Shoe Repairs in the Avenue have a surprisingly good range of replacement heels and soles – “they rescued a pair of sandals and a pair of trainers for me, I couldn’t believe it!”).

Stamps – Used stamps (small border around the stamp please) can still go to Maureen's drop-off point - posted through the letterbox at 164 Trent Boulevard and Maureen will forward to BCRT (Bone Cancer Research Trust).  Children can also post theirs in their box at Lady Bay School.               

Tassimo podsJohn A Stephens Ltd.  Sadly at Castle Meadow Road depot, NG2 1AG, not Radcliffe Road depot (but anyone fancy checking?).  Pallet is on the left-hand side just inside the entrance gates, or pods may be dropped off at the sales counter.  Contact details – 0115 941 2861.  Wonder if this could be another drop-off point item?  There is a concerns that the only recycling facility may be in Hamburg - to be checked.

Tetrapak cartons'Bring sites' at the LIbrary, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.  Not sure about the plastic tops but we have an alternative for them.

Textiles – We are informed that H&M & M&S accept any textiles in exchange for vouchers – not tested though.  Dunelm have also started to install collection bins in their stores.

Toothpaste/brush paraphernalia (inc. floss packaging & electric toothbrush heads) – Tree’s home-made Terracycle recycling depot at 33 Julian Road.

Wool  - Maureen's drop-off point if you have any unwanted balls of wool.  These can be turned into items for dementia sufferers & blankets for homeless people.  Before dropping off, please contact Maureen - 0115 914 9481 [email protected]


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