Community Recycling

Toothpaste tube & toothbrush recycling

Accepted waste:

- Empty toothpaste tubes (squeezy type only),
- toothbrushes,
- electric/battery toothbrush heads,
- nylon head of bamboo toothbrushes (snap off toothbrush head & compost handle),
- floss containers and outer packaging,
- plastic toothbrush outer packaging,
Please ensure that toothpaste tubes are clean and dry, emptied as much as possible, with lids on and closed.


Not accepted:

- Pump style toothpaste tubes (go in black bin, they are not recyclable)
- electric/battery toothbrush handles (take to electric waste recycling point/tip),
- battery operated toothbrushes that are a complete unit – you can’t remove the brush head (take to electric waste recycling point/tip)
- electric toothbrush chargers (take to tip),
- tubes from cosmetic products,
- tubes from medication.
The recycling can be left in the labelled bin by the front door or in a bag on the table by the front door at 17 Harlton Road, Little Eversden. If you have any questions you are welcome to ring the doorbell.

Blister pack recycling

Is collected in a box outside the Methodist church in Haslingfield.

Crisp packets

Can be dropped off at Tesco stores e.g. in Royston for recycling in the store entrance.


ALDI in Cambridge and Royston

Customers can return all types of clean, soft plastic packaging – including crisp packets, salad bags, bread bags and carrier bags – regardless of where the items were bought.

Marks and Spencer in Royston

There’s a collection bin inside the store for:
  • Carrier bags & online delivery bags
  • Plastic pouches used for food and household items
  • Wrappers and bags for chocolate, crisps, biscuits and sweets
  • Films from the top of food trays
  • Clothing multipack bags, including inbuilt hangers
  • Wraps from bakery, food, household and beauty items

Tesco in Cambridge and Royston

All types of soft plastics. This includes everything from crisp and salad packets to microwavable pouches, bread wrappers and shrink wraps – no matter where it was purchased
  • Crisp packets
  • Pet food pouches
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrap
Drop off at the collection bin in the entryway to the store.

Small appliances

Anything with a plug, battery or cable is an electrical item and can be recycled. Gather your old or broken small electricals and take them to one of the recycling banks – anything up to 29cm in its largest dimension will fit. Larger items can be taken to the Household Recycling Centres near Milton or Thriplow.
Where are the new recycling banks for small electricals?
  • Gwydir Street car park, Cambridge
  • Lammas Land car park, Cambridge
  • Abbey Pool car park, Cambridge
  • Chesterton Road public toilets, Cambridge
  • Morrisons car park, Cambourne
  • Tesco car park, Bar Hill
  • Village car park, High Street, Melbourn
  • Tesco car park, Fulbourn
  • Glebe Farm Drive
  • Fawcett Road, Cambridge
  • Hawkey Road, Cambridge
Small appliances can also be handed in for recycling in-store at Curry’s on Newmarket Road in Cambridge.
What kind of small electrical items can I recycle?
Anything up to 29cm in its largest dimension, which has a plug, battery or cable. If batteries are removeable, take these out and recycle them separately. Some examples of suitable items include:
  • Kettles, toasters, sandwich toasters, stick blenders
  • Games consoles, DVD players
  • Hand-held vacuum cleaners, electric toothbrushes
  • Mobile phones, tablets and smart devices
  • Cables and headphones
  • Printers and scanners
  • Laptops, keyboards and IT accessories
Please note that smoke detectors, light bulbs, e-cigarettes, batteries, paints, chemicals or aerosols are not accepted in these banks.
Find out more about how to re-use, repair and recycle your electricals at

Computer recycling

Cambridge Computer recycling will collect items for free from your home. There’s a list below of what they accept.
  • PCs & any component parts
  • Laptops / notebooks / PDA / netbooks / tablets
  • TFT screens / flat-panel televisions.
  • Servers / disk arrays / Apple Macintosh™ / Sun™.
  • Printers / all-in-one printers / faxes / scanners / toners / cartridges.
  • Keyboards / mice / wires / cables / power supplies.
  • Network switches / hubs / routers / wireless access points / modems / telecoms / mobile phones.
  • A/V equipment / video & DVD players / projectors.
  • CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors (including terminals, iMacs, eMacs and other integrated PCs).
  • Office furniture / computer desks / chairs / trolleys / filing cabinets / smartboards (£12 + VAT).


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