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For up-to-date info on recycling centres and drop-off points, their own A-Z of what can be recycled locally and where, and
to know what should go into your kerbside bins and boxes (and when) go to www.lancaster.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling or tel: 01524 582000.
Lancaster City Council Kerbside Collection
Bins for paper, card, plastic, glass, foil, food and compostable waste are provided by Lancaster City Council. These are collected street-by-street on alternate weeks (alternate to the non-recyclable waste collection round.)
To get a calendar of collection dates for your street, click here.(enter your postcode then follow the link for 'refuse calendar')
If you haven't got the right bins, call 01524 582491.
There is a cute video explaining how the city's kerbside recycling collection works.
There are also recycling centres and drop off points for recyclable items not included in the kerbside collection, such as batteries.
Click here for the City Council Recycling Sites Guide
Lancashire County Council's geographic information system. The interactive map has a variety of settings and shows all recycling centres. By clicking on them it's supposed to be possible to find out the different materials accepted.
For more info on waste management in Lancashire
visit this page.
A-Z - Where to take things
foil/milk bottle tops to Quernmore School
Tel. 01524 66628
Most high street chains and supermarkets that sell batteries will now also take them back for recycling. Bins are usually near the battery display. Lancaster Town Hall Customer Services also has a household battery collection bin inside the entrance.
Pedal Power[Lancaster Cycle Recycling Project]
C/O Furniture Matters, Vickers Industrial Estate, Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe, LA3 3FB
Tel. 01524 426622.
collect unwanted bicycles, recycle them to a safe standard and quality,
then pass them on at a low cost.
They also do repairs and will help you sort out an 'awkward' bike at an unbelievably cheap price.
The Gregson Centre is now an 'Official Book Crossing site'. See www.bookcrossing.com for lots of books being given away here and
elsewhere, in Lancaster and across the world. Swap your entire library
Local charity shops also want books in clean and complete condition..
DIY / Decorating Materials
Computers / Parts
IT Recycling UK – Computer Disposal
Nationwide computer recycling company based in Lancaster, UK. A portion of the proceeds goes to charity.
Environmentally registered with accreditation. Tel: 0845 474 5679
Furniture Matters runs Build-IT - an IT recycling and reuse project. To donate computer equipment - call 01524 426622 and to offer your time and get involved call 01524 427300
ELECTRICAL - LARGE
Large (Fridges, washers, driers
Bulky Matters is a service set up in partnership between Lancaster City Council and local recycling charity Furniture Matters and is available to all householders within the district. The small collection charge covers up to three large items. Items are serviced / repaired and redistributed to households in need. You can request a collection by ringing the council's customer service centre on 01524 582491.
ELECTRICAL - SMALL
Such as: Small kitchen appliances eg toasters and blenders, Radios and clocks, CD/DVD players and remotes, Phones and mobile phones, Electrical tools, electrical beauty products eg hairdryers, Laptops, MP3 players, Lamps and fan heaters, Electrical toys.
Can be left in the pink and grey recycling banks at:
Alfred Street - Lancaster
Thurnham Street Car Park - Lancaster
Asda - Lancaster
Morrisons - Morecambe
Bull Beck - Caton
Salt Ayre - Lancaster
Keer Bridge - Carnforth
Furniture Matters - The charitable organisation which helps renovate and
check furniture and redistributes it to people in need (sofas etc. must
be fire retardant.). Collects furniture free.
Tel. 01524 426622 or see their shop in St Nicholas Arcade to
donate, buy, volunteer, or find out more!
Thumbprint is a registered charity which recycles printer cartridges.
The aim is to generate opportunites for people with learning
disabilities to gain an income (a "micro-business"). They are particularly
looking for offices and other workspaces where there is a significant
turnover of cartridges who would be willing to act as collection points.
There is a short description of the project on our website
Tel: (015242) 63084
If you shop online, why not begin your journey here as Thumbprint
receives a commission on every purchase made http://www.buy.at/thumbprint
Also you can get postage prepaid envelopes in WH Smith (at the
Printer Cartridge section) so that you can send the empties to various
Internation Aid Trust, Albert Road, Morecambe
Tel. 01524 413345,
Northgate, White Lund Industrial Estate
With over 35 years of experience in the scrap metal industry, Morecambe Metals are available for all your scrap metal needs. Specialising in the processing and recycling of both ferrous and non-ferrous materials for domestic and commercial clients, you can expect a full, reliable service — no matter what requirements you may have.
Recycling Banks for Tetrapaks have been placed at the following recycling
sites in the district:
GREAVES PARK, Lancaster [pub carpark],
Carnforth household waste recycling centre
SWAP / GIVE AWAY / RECEIVE
Lancaster Buy & Sell on Facebook Sell stuff, buy stuff.
Lancaster & Morecambe Freegle is a busy local online Yahoo group where you can give away what you no longer need and look for things you do.
They also have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LMFreegle
Lancaster Swapshop Swap stuff, or give it / take it away, or buy / sell it very cheap (inc 10% donation to charity). It's a weekly email circular administered by local poet, raconteur and all-round good egg Pascal Desmond, and is a simple list of offered and requested items. You don't always have to have the exact swap, you just have to agree.
To participate in SwapShop.
1 Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Include your first name and your surname.
2 WAIT for a confirmation email.
3 Then you may contact people about their ads and, if you wish, submit an ad by following the instructions and using the form which is found at the end of each edition
Now - National Recycling site with local info.