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The Green A - Z your guide to Reduce reduce Re-use re-use Recycle recycle opportunities in the city

Toothpaste tubes and capsReduce - NoRe-use - NoRecycle - Yes

Toothpaste tubes and caps and cartons can be recycled. There is a local scheme.

You can bring any brand of toothpaste tube and cap and carton to the Green Centre at the Open Market on a Thursday between 9am and 5pm. 

Last updated on 04 Nov 2018 - Comment on this article

ToothbrushesReduce - NoRe-use - NoRecycle - Yes

Toothbrushes can be recycled. There is a local scheme.

You can bring any brand of toothbrush, including electric and battery toothbrush heads, and the outer packaging from the toothbrush, to the Green Centre at the Open Market on a Thursday between 9am and 5pm. 

Last updated on 04 Nov 2018 - Comment on this article

Mobile PhonesReduce - NoRe-use - YesRecycle - Yes

Mobile phones can be re-used and recycled.

We run a local scheme at the Green Centre. Please bring your mobile phones, working or not, to the Green Centre at the Open market on a Thursday.  Click here to join our scheme and support the work of the Green Centre.

How are they recycled?

Most schemes recover and re-use various parts from phones and their accessories. Phone recyclers salvage many useful materials from old mobile phones;

  • Separate metals recovery (including precious and semiprecious metals): The mobile parts are ground up and useful metal content extracted. Metal can be extracted from batteries too.

For every 1 million mobiles recycled, 35,724lbs of copper, 772lbs of silver and 75lbs of gold can be recovered.

  • Plastic recovery: energy-from-incineration is used to recover plastic from components. Outer body plastic may be granulated and reformulated for use in mouldings.
  • Recovery and downgrading of valuable components: e.g. flash memory devices.

 

  • Re-use of parts: Useful parts include aerials, battery connectors, PCBs (printed circuit boards), connectors including gold-coated edge contacts on PCBs, ICs (integrated circuits), keyboards, LCD screens, lenses, microphones, phone housings, screws, SIM card assemblies and speakers.
  • Many manufacturers have signed up to the Basel Convention agreeing to cooperate with developing environmentally sound management to end-of-life mobile phones.

Last updated on 04 Nov 2018 - Comment on this article

Plant potsReduce - YesRe-use - YesRecycle - Yes

Plant pots can be reused and recycled.

Magpie Recycling take both terracotta and black coloured plant pots that are marked PP5 which denotes the type of plastic they are made from.

B&Q invite you to return them for reuse.

Wyevale have a big sign and a place where you can leave washed pots and plant trays for re-use.

Information provided by Jane Power: Resident, Round Hill, Brighton.

Last updated on 31 Oct 2018 - Comment on this article