What happens to the recycled items?


Our banks accept newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, catalogues, envelopes, telephone directories, yellow pages and cardboard.

All our paper is recycled at paper mills in Western Europe and in the UK where possible. This avoids transporting it long distances for reprocessing.


The collected glass is crushed before it is taken to a glass manufacturer to make new bottles and jars. Glass can be recycled over and over again without any loss of quality which means we can save natural resources by putting all glass bottles into the banks.


Our banks will take aluminium and steel cans but do not take aerosols. The cans should be washed and squashed before you put them into the bank. Once collected they are baled and sent for reprocessing.

Organisations or schools can get money by saving aluminium cans, which are valuable. Visit the cash for cans website for more information. 


Our carton banks will be removed in January.  This is because they are regularly contaminated with other materials.  Cartons should be put in your rubbish bin (please crush them first) or can be recycled at Charlton Lane Community Recycling Centre.  Unfortunately, they cannot currently be recycled in your light green kerbside recycling bin.

We have established carton collection points - to collect paper-based cartons only. When collected, the cartons are taken away to be baled and transported to a recycling mill, where they are recycled into a number of different products.

Small electrical equipment

We offer a small electrical recycling service for kettles, hairdryers, irons, radios, small DIY tools, electronic toys, phones, remote controls, VCRs, digiboxes, electronic toothbrushes, shavers, hair straighteners and clocks.

Large electrical items should be taken to Shepperton Community Recycling Centre. This includes items such as televisions, computers, microwave ovens and washing machines

To learn more about the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) please visit the Recycle Now website

Books and music

The banks accept good quality books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos. The banks are provided on the behalf of the British Heart Foundation.