Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

By not buying items you don’t need, re-using items more than once and disposing of items at recycling centres you can contribute to a healthier planet.

Useful websites include provides a search tool to find out where to recycle specific items, what to put in your home recycling collection and where your nearest recycling location is using. also has lots of interesting information about why recycling is important, how its done and what can be recycled.

Northumberland County Council provides a range of kerbside recycling opportunities. These include –

  • Plastic bottles and their lids (including drinks, shampoo and detergent bottles, washed and squashed – you can leave lids on)
  • Plain paper, card and cardboard (not shredded paper or paper towels)
  • Clean food tins, drinks cans and aerosols cans
  • Junk mail, newspapers, magazines, catalogues and directories

A wide range of items can also be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres, such as the one in Alnwick – see for details.

There are a number of other local collection points. If you know of any others, please let us know using our Contact Us form.

GlassVyner Park car park Shilbottle Working Mens Club
Felton 200 yards off old A1
Bring Banks, Longframlington, NE65 8AH
Alnwick Household Waste Recovery Centre
Flexible Plastics, including
Dry food – e.g. bread, cereal, rice & dry food bags, confectionery, biscuit and cake wrappers, crisp & snack packets
Other food – e.g. cheese wrap, peelable film lids & frozen food bags, fruit, vegetable, salad bags & flower wrapping, multipack film wrap, cling film & sleeves from bottles
Pouches & sachets – e.g. coffee, confectionery, homecare, sauce pouches, baby, pet food & microwavable food pouches, toiletries refill pouches, packets & sachets
Non-food flexible plastic – e.g. carrier bags, clothing bags, bubble wrap, magazine & newspaper wrappers, toilet roll & kitchen roll wrapping
(Note all plastics should be clean, free of food and sticky labels removed where possible)
Sainsbury’s, Alnwick (located in the entrance to the store)
Co-Op Amble, Queens Street
Co-Op Hadston
Co-Op Alnwick, Victoria Terrace
Wearable clothes, shoes, handbags and beltsSwarland Primary School car park
TextilesShilbottle Working Mens Club
Recycling Bank, Felton off the A1 Bring Banks Longframlington, NE65 8AH
BatteriesSainsbury’s, Aldi, Wilkinsons and Morrisons in Alnwick
Ink cartridgesSwarland Working Mens Club
Writing InstrumentsLonghoughton Primary School
Beauty products, including
Eyeshadow & brow palettes & compacts
Face and hair mask packaging (single use)
Plastic body, hair and face cream pot and tubes
Plastic body lotion, hand cream and sunscreen tubes
Plastic combs
Plastic concealer or eye shadow tubes (inc applicator)
Plastic contact lens cases
Plastic dropper bottles
Plastic eyeliner or concealer pen
Plastic lip balm pots
Plastic lipstick or lip balm tubes
Plastic make-up tubes
Plastic mascara tubes (inc brush, wand)
Plastic refill pouches
Plastic roll-on and stick deodorants
Plastic sachets, samples and hotel bottle minis
Plastic toothpaste tubes
Toothbrushes or electronic toothbrush heads
Wipes packets
Boots in Morpeth and Cramlington
Contact LensesBoots, Alnwick
SpectaclesLions Book shop, Alnwick
Empty tablet blister packetsSuperdrug, Ashington
Books, CDs, DVDs, magazines (to take, borrow or swap)Bus Stop shelves opposite The Square, Swarland