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Recycling directory (A-Z) - information and advice about recycling different goods and materials.

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Baby clothes

We collect textiles from a tied plastic bag (not a black bin bag) left next to your green wheeled bin on your recycling collection day.

Baby equipment

Playgroups, nursery groups, children's wards and doctors' surgeries may also welcome toys, prams and cots.

You can also search telephone or online directories for local specialist shops that accept second-hand baby goods.

Batteries: household

Put all household batteries in the special bag provided for kerbside collection or take to a recycling bank. Contact our Customer services if you need more bags. Shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year (approximately 345 x four-packs of AA batteries) have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. This means there will be lots more places where you can take your old batteries for recycling around the borough.

Use rechargeable batteries wherever possible - you can even buy a solar powered recharger. Plug electrical equipment into the mains electricity. Try to buy appliances that use renewable energy: a wind-up radio or torch, dynamo bicycle lights or a solar-powered calculator.

Batteries: car

The liquid inside car batteries is acid and must be disposed of correctly. Take car batteries to Slyfield Community Recycling Centre for recycling.

Bedding and sleeping bags

Guildford Action Drop-In Centre welcomes bedding and clothes in good condition. Visit the Guildford Action project website for more information, or call them if you would like to make a donation on 01483 533942. They are based at Guildford Community Centre, 3 Leapale Lane, Guildford, GU1 4LY.


Why not get your bike fixed or reconditioned? Bike shops will often refurbish your bike for resale or dismantle it for spare parts. To sell your bike, you could advertise locally in newsagents or shop windows, as well as on-line. Some charities will also accept bikes.

Birthday cards

Put birthday cards in your green wheeled bin or take them to a recycling bank.


Take books to a recycling bank. Alternatively, most charity shops accept books. Buying second-hand books means fewer trees are chopped down. There are many places you can buy and sell books, use a telephone or online directory to find out more.


It is always better to reuse items rather than throw them away: remember one man's junk is another man's treasure! You can give your bric-a-brac to charities or your local scout or guide group may want items for a jumble sale. You can sell stuff at a car boot sale, or online. Also watch out for Bring & Take Days, when goods are swapped or given away for free.  There are also lots of online sites designed to facilitate swapping and exchanging unwanted goods, helping us reuse more stuff for free

Building materials

Building materials can be taken to Slyfield Community Recycling Centre.

Business recycling

Guildford Borough Council offers three commercial recycling services: glass, cardboard or mixed materials collections. Visit the Commercial recycling page for more information.

Last updated: 20 January 2015 16:50 PM