What, how and where to recycle

Where to put your recycling and landfill waste

Where to put your recycling and landfill waste

What can I recycle?

View or download our Handy Guide to Recycling (PDF, 7.2MB).

Plastic pots, tubs and trays

Along with plastic bottles, you can now put clean plastic pots, tubs and trays in your recycling bins at home.

These include yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, and meat, fruit and vegetable trays of any shape or colour, along with their lids. It is easy to see whether something is recyclable by checking the number stamped onto it. Anything with a number 1, 2 or 5 within the recycling triangle should go into your recycling bin. 

The colour and shape of the container doesn't matter - the main thing is to check that that it can be recycled, and give it a rinse. If the plastic still has food waste on it, or is covered in plastic film, it can cause a problem as it goes through our recycling system and could end up not be recycled at all.

Plastic pots, tubs and trays can be put in with your glass/cans/plastic bottles.

Please put wrappers, film and plastic bags in your general waste bin, not in the recycling bin.

Tetrapak recycling

Tetrapak recycling banks are located at:

  • Auction Mart car park, Lancaster, LA1 1XU
  • Morecambe town hall
  • Household waste recycling centres at Salt Ayre and Carnforth

Small electrical item recycling

There are recycling banks at the following sites for small household electrical items:

  • Bull Beck picnic site (A683 near Caton)
  • Upper St Leonardgate car park, LA1 1QN
  • Household waste recycling centres at Salt Ayre and Carnforth

Did you know?

Around 90% of the plastic from recycling collected in Lancashire is processed within the UK. Recycled plastic can be and made into new products such as fleeces, pillows or new plastic bottles.

The Lancaster district also has two Freegle groups where you can offer unwanted items or look for pre-loved things you need - all free of charge. If you have items you no longer want, why not see if it could be of use to someone else. Visit for details of your local group and how to offer items and browse for things you may need.