From 5 June, the council will be able to collect small rechargeable electricals as part of residents' fortnightly recycling service. These items include:

MP3 players
Electric toothbrushes
All vapes and e-cigarettes
Smart watches
Mobile phones
Digital cameras
Charging devices/power banks
Wireless earphones
All residents need to do is to place these items in a carrier bag next to their blue-lidded bin (not inside it) at their next collection date from 5 June onwards.

The collection has been made possible by making two changes to the materials collected via the kerbside collection service from the same date (5 June). Textiles and shredded paper will no longer be collected for recycling via the kerbside scheme.

Recycling Changes Flyer

 Recycling textiles collected at the kerbside has become increasingly difficult because they tend to be of a lower quality and are often rain damaged when left out for collection. Good quality reusable clothing and textiles can be taken to a charity shop, household recycling centre, or a clothing bank which people can find at many supermarkets. Textiles and clothing that are not suitable for resale or reuse should be put in the general waste bin where they will be used for energy recovery.

Instead of putting shredded paper in the blue-lidded bin it can be composted at home, taken to a household recycling centre, or it can be put in the general household waste bin for energy recovery. The council has stopped collecting shredded paper at the kerbside for recycling as it is too small for the machines to recognise and end up as a waste in the processing plant and sent to landfill.