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Local recycling

There’s lots of information about recycling, reducing waste and how you can be involved in your local area on the Recycle Now website.

Coronavirus Update - Household Waste Recycling Centres.

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Reuse centres Toggle accordion

Reuse centres are an easy place to donate unwanted household items or pick up an amazing bargain.

Reuse centres

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Many of the things we throw away haven’t always reached the end of their useful life. Something that you don’t want any more can still be used by someone else.


Donating your items to someone else or recycling them is always a better option than throwing them away. For details of organisations that provide opportunities to sell, donate, or give away used furniture and household items.

Donate, sell and swap

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We can collect your larger items that can’t be collected as part of the normal kerbside service. Please note we charge for this service. Visit our bulky waste collection page for details.

Bulky waste collection

Household waste recycling centres (local tips) Toggle accordion

For locations opening times and accepted materials please use the Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres

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Find local recycling facilities in your area - UPDATE Tetra Pak has been removed from Morrisons, Hatfield Road, St Albans

Recycling locator

Recycling Facilities Provided by Local Shops Toggle accordion

The local business community provide a range of recycling facilities. Here are some of the recycling facilities we have found. Please get in touch to tell us if you know of any others. 

  • Tesco, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Waitrose, and Morrisons - accept plastic bags and films for recycling. Look for their carrier bag bins. 
  • Tesco - also accept crisp packets, foil pouches (e.g. pet food).
  • Sainsbury's - will accept your old electronic items in store to be recycled for free, providing 1) the store sells a similar item to the one you’re recycling and 2) you have purchased a replacement item from them within the last 28 days. Terms and conditions are here. 

  • Robert Dyas - will also accept small electrical items for recycling. Their Terms and Conditions are here. 

  • Majestic Wine (Sandridge Road) - recycle used wine bottle corks. You can also post them to Recorked UK, 22 Newquay Close, Walsall, W. Midlands, WS5 3EP. Recorked UK will reuse or recycle them. 

  • Numerous retailers including Wilkinsons, Post Office, Robert Dyas, provide household battery recycling bins. 

  • Boots (St Albans) - provide recycling bins for cosmetics. Full details of what can be accepted are here. 

  • Marks and Spencer - if you cannot recycle any of their packaging (eg hangers, clothing, plastics), they will accept all packaging back in store and reuse, recycle or dispose of it. ​​​​​​


Reduce Waste

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We’re part of the WasteAware partnership - working with the other county, district and borough councils to reduce, reuse and recycle Hertfordshire's waste. Find out more about WasteAware campaigns and how you can get involved.


Changes to recycling facilities across the District - March 2020

St Albans City & District Council have reviewed the current ‘bring bank’ recycling sites located throughout the district, working towards greater collection efficiencies and delivering better value for money for both the council and residents.

The result of this review means that, several ‘bring bank’ sites across the district will have the paper/card and mixed dry recycling containers removed. The larger mixed card/paper recycling units are to be retained, providing an option for those householders who wish to deposit larger amounts of paper and/or card that cannot be easily accommodated by the kerbside collections. Residents will not experience any disruption to their household recycling collections.

Bring bank recycling sites