Where can I recycle and why should I?

Where can I recycle?

You can recycle by using your weekly household collection service, at recycling centres or through charitable organisations:

Household collections

Recycling is collected weekly in Calderdale.

Just place your containers at the edge of your property, where it meets the public highway.

Please put your recycling out by 7am on your collection day.

To find out when your collection day is, see: Collection day finder .

Find out what to recycle through your kerbside collection service, see: What goes in my bins, bags and boxes?


Household Waste Recycling centres (HWRC)

There are five Household Waste Recycling Centres throughout Calderdale, where you can recycle items. You can recycle everything that can be collected from your property, as well as:

  • scrap metal;
  • fridges;
  • motor oil;
  • green garden waste;
  • car batteries;
  • bricks and rubble; and
  • timber.

There are also around 20 Recycling banks in Calderdale, where you can take:

  • glass;
  • paper;
  • cans;
  • textiles;
  • shoes;
  • books;
  • music;
  • carrier bags;
  • low energy light bulbs; and
  • Mobile phones.


Charitable organisations that accept items for recycling

Some of the charitable organisations in the area where you can recycle, are detailed in the table below:

Organisation Phone Address What they accept
Chas furniture store 01274 744930 CHAS Furniture Store,
Rebecca Street,
Bradford. BD1 2RX.
Collect furniture, household and electrical goods from HX and HD postcodes.
Cycle recycle 01422 842121 Alternative Technology Centre,
Unit 7 Victoria Works, Victoria Road,
Hebden Bridge. HX7 8LN.
Accept any bikes in reasonable condition, parts and accessories (except for helmets). Please drop off by appointment.
Dot-Communications 01422 845003 Salem Community Resource Centre,
Central Street,
Hebden Bridge. HX7 6HB.
Reconditions commercially or privately donated computers and printers. Then offers these to the Voluntary and Community Sectors, at low cost. They also offer maintenance and repair at below market rates.
Pass it on 08456 341360 394 Bradford Road, Fartown,
Huddersfield. HD2 2QZ.
Collect furniture, household and electrical goods from HX and HD postcodes.
Project Colt 01422 377176 N/A Collects reusable household goods and household and office furniture.


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Why should I recycle?

As we buy more packaged and disposable goods, the volume of rubbish produced is increasing by 4% each year.

We introduced a more comprehensive recycling collection service in April 2009. This has help to increase the amount of recycling in Calderdale to around 46%, which is great news!

Since August 2016, the amount of recyclable items we collect has increased. We have included more plastics, cartons (known as tetrapaks), corrugated cardboard and small electrical items.

Not only will the improved recycling rates help the environment, it will help us save money. This can then be allocated to other Council services.

The best way to do this is if everyone takes part in reducing the amount of waste they produce. This can be done by recycling, reusing and composting as much as we can.

Recycling is collected every week, which leaves enough space in your wheelie bin for non-recyclable waste (collected fortnightly).

Why recycle?

  • Recycling saves energy and conserves the environment.
  • Waste can have a huge effect on the amount of greenhouse gases produced. This in turn, contributes to global warming.
  • If we did not recycle, we would need more space to put our waste. Although we now send less waste to landfill, we still need some waste to be treated and disposed of. This can be an expensive process.

What are the benefits of recycling?

Far less energy is used to recycle, than to make something from raw materials.

Glass can be recycled again and again, saving energy and resources.

Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks. This saves about 95% of the energy it takes to mine and transport raw materials to produce new cans.

Recycled paper uses 70% less energy compared to making it from raw materials.

  • 1 recycled can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.

Some interesting facts

  • Up to 60% of rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled.
  • The unreleased energy contained in the average dustbin, each year, could power a television for 5,000 hours.
  • The largest lake in Britain could be filled with rubbish from the UK in just 8 months.
  • On average, 16% of the money you spend on products pays for the packaging. This ultimately ends up as rubbish.
  • As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
  • Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
  • 9 out of 10 people say they would recycle more, if it were made easier.


  • 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually. 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
  • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
  • £36,000,000 worth of aluminium is thrown away each year.
  • Aluminium cans can be recycled and ready to use in just 6 weeks.


  • Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually.
  • The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again.
  • Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.


  • Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
  • 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK.
  • The average person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year.
  • It takes 24 trees to make 1 tonne of newspaper.


Most plastics are made using oil or oil based products. Each tonne of plastic recycled will save the equivalent of 11 barrels of oil

  • 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that is around 15 million bottles per day.
  • Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
  • The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
  • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.
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