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Reminder about what can be recycled at the kerbside

While it's a surprise for us to find an inflatable pink flamingo, bouncy castle, water pistol and a glittery size 3 Frozen wellie (left foot) at our recycling transfer station, these items can't be recycled at the kerbside.

Recycling that contains contamination (the wrong items or food waste/residue) costs more to dispose of as the recycled material is of lower quality.

Only the items listed on our website should be put in either your blue bag or black recycling box/wheelie bin.

All other items should either be placed in your household waste wheelie bin or taken to a household waste recycling centre. Your nearest can be found on our website.

Recycling small electricals can make a big difference

Did you know that anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled?

If you have a small electrical appliance like a hairdryer, iron, kettle or toaster that doesn't work anymore and can't be repaired, you can take it to your local household waste and recycling centre.

Even very small items like electric toothbrushes, torches, and razors can be recycled. Battery-powered items like calculators and toys too.

UK households are hiding an astonishing 527million unwanted electricals. If all these items were recycled, it would cut as much CO2 as taking 1.3 million cars off the road.

Inside electrical items are precious materials like gold, copper, steel and aluminium. If these items are binned rather than recycled, that potential to reuse those resources is lost forever. When you recycle waste electricals, recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new products – from bicycles and children's play areas to life-saving equipment.

As well as being able to take items to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre, you can also drop off your broken and unwanted small electricals at 20 participating libraries until 8 July. You can find out more on the county council's small electricals website page.

Laptops, tablets and smartphones that still work can also be dropped off at participating libraries and donated to the Reboot scheme.