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Paint cannot be recycled via the weekly kerbside collection service or your fortnightly refuse bin collection.

It can be difficult and dangerous to dispose of unwanted paint. It should not be disposed of in your domestic waste as not only can spillages occur, but the can may explode under the pressure of other materials in the bin.

Paint can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centres, for safe disposal.

Spare paint can be donated to local charities and community groups, for more information on this, please see: Community RePaint|External link

Paper and cardPaper and card

Paper and thin card can be recycled via the weekly kerbside collection service.

Just place your paper and thin card in the green plastic sack and put it out by 7am on your collection day.

This includes newspapers, magazines, brochures, envelopes, telephone directories, catalogues and thin card such as cereal packets, food packaging sleeves and toilet roll holders.

It can also be taken to Recycling banks or Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Plastic bagsPlastic bags

Plastic bags (or carrier bags) cannot be recycled via the weekly kerbside collection service.

Please re-use bags instead of buying new bags each time you go shopping, as they are made from a type of plastic that is difficult to recycle.

Some stores have carrier bag recycling bins on site, please ask your local store if they have a scheme to recycle or re-use carrier bags.

Some stores also sell durable bags for life that can be re-used many times. These are often replaced free of charge by stores who are running 'Bag for Life' schemes.

Plastic bottlesPlastic bottles

Plastic bottles can be recycled through the weekly kerbside collections in your white sack, this includes shampoo, soft drink and detergent bottles. Please wash and squash all bottles .

Bottle tops and lids can also go in your white sack, but remove them from the bottle first.

Most plastic bottles can be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres too.

Plastic packagingPlastic packaging

On 1st August 2016, Calderdale Council included plastic packaging, such as plastic food trays, butter containers and yoghurt pots to the current kerbside collection scheme.

Simply place your rinsed plastic containers in the white sack with your plastic bottles, tins and loose lids.

Last Updated: 22/02/2016