What You Can and Cannot Recycle with Test Valley

Brown Bin Recycling Star

Recycling is easy with Test Valley Borough Council!

You can put the following items in your brown recycling bin:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Tins and cans
  • Aerosol cans

Please ensure they are clean and dry and not contained in plastic bags.

You can take the following items to your Local Recycling Centre:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Textiles
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cartons
  • Books and media

To find your nearest or most convenient Local Recycling Centre, use Recycle Now's Recycling Locator.

Here is a quick guide to what materials can and cannot be recycled with Test Valley:

Material Can it be recycled? Where?
Aerosol cans Yes Brown Bin & Local Recycling Centre
Cardboard Yes Brown Bin & Local Recycling Centre
Cartons Yes Local Recycling Centre
Foil Yes Local Recycling Centre
Garden waste Yes As a subscriber to the Garden Waste Collection Service
Glass bottles and jars Yes Local Recycling Centre
Mixed plastics e.g. yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays etc. No
Paper, newspapers, magazines and directories Yes

Brown Bin & Local Recycling Centre

Plastic bottles (no tops) Yes Brown Bin & Local Recycling Centre
Polystyrene No
Shredded paper No
Textiles and books Yes Local Recycling Centre
Tins and cans Yes Brown Bin & Local Recycling Centre
Tissues / tissue paper No
Yellow Pages Yes Brown Bin & Local Recycling Centre

Cardboard
Larger quantities of cardboard cannot be placed in your brown recycling bin. Please take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Cartons
Test Valley Borough Council is working with Tetrapak so residents can recycle their cardboard food and drink cartons. The collection banks can be found at the following Local Recycling Centres:

  • Fleming Avenue, North Baddesley, SO52 9EP
  • George Yard Car Park, Andover Town Centre, SP10 1PD
  • Romsey Bus Station, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GT
  • Tesco Extra, River Way, Andover, SP10 1UZ
  • Valley Park Community Centre Car Park, Pilgrims Close, SO53 4ST

What Happens to My Waste?
The contents of your brown bin are taken to a local materials recovery facility where the items are sorted and sent on for recycling. The contents of your black bin are taken to an energy recovery facility where they are burnt to produce electricity.