What happens to the recycled items?


Our banks accept newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, catalogues, envelopes, telephone directories, yellow pages and cardboard.  The bales of recycled paper will be sent to paper mills and made into new paper products such as cardboard.


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.


There are three official textile contractors in Spelthorne: Scope, LMB and European Recycling Company.  The textiles collected from Scope and LMB banks are sorted into different grades and qualities of textiles and the majority of these textiles are then reused.  The small proportion that cannot be reused (eg ripped or worn items) are recycled.  All textiles collected from European Recycling Company banks (in association with The Royal Variety Club) are recycled.  Recycled textiles are used as raw materials in the manufacture of padding and insulation in various industries such as the car and construction industries.

Small electrical equipment

We offer a weekly 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.


Residents can take cartons to Charlton Lane Community Recycling Centre in Shepperton for recycling.

Otherwise, cartons should be put in your rubbish bin (please crush them first).   Unfortunately, they cannot currently be recycled in your light green kerbside recycling bin.  This is because they are lined with plastic and it is difficult to separate the two types of material for recycling.

Spelthorne previously had carton banks but these have been removed because they were regularly contaminated and this contamination attracted further flytipping at our bank sites.