Recycling in Liverpool

Find out what Liverpool City Council can collect from your home.

What does my Council collect?Recycling Centre LocationsWhat do these Recycling Centres accept?


CANS AND TINS: Ensure cans and tins are empty and free of food and liquids. Metal lids can be placed inside the tin or can. Do not crush or flatten cans and tins

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins (fruit, soup, beans etc.)

CARD: Ensure cardboard is free from sticky and parcel tape, labels, staples and remove all plastic packaging and polystyrene. Please flatten boxes.

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Cereal boxes
  • Corrugated card
  • Egg boxes (card)
  • Greeting cards
  • Pizza boxes (clean – no grease or food)
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Washing powder boxes
  • Cardboard food packaging (remove the plastic windows)


  • Catalogues (no hard covers)
  • Envelopes (you don’t need to remove the plastic window)
  • Newspapers
  • Junk mail (removed from any plastic bags)
  • Magazines (removed from any plastic bags)
  • Writing paper
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Wrapping paper (no foil or glitter)
  • Soap and toothpaste boxes

GLASS JARS AND BOTTLES: Ensure that jars and bottles are rinsed and free from food and liquids. Glass should not be smashed or broken.

  • Food jars and metal lids
  • Cosmetic bottles (glass)
  • Glass drinks bottles and (metal tops can be put back on)
  • Medicine bottles (glass) metal jar lids and bottle tops

PLASTIC BOTTLES: Ensure that plastic bottles are rinsed and free from liquids. Do not crush or flatten plastic bottles. Plastic bottle lids and tops can be left on .

  • Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Plastic drinks bottles (including milk bottles)
  • Bleach and cleaner bottles (remove spray or pump tops)
  • Cosmetics bottles (plastic)
  • Medicine bottles (plastic)


  • Grass and lawn cuttings
  • Small amounts of shredded paper
  • Dead flowers and plants
  • Prunings
  • Hedge and tree clippings
  • Twigs and branches
  • Leaves
  • Plants and weeds
  • Untreated bark and wood chippings
  • Pet bedding (e.g. straw, shredded paper etc. clean or soiled)


  • General household waste
  • Most items which cannot be recycled or put in your BLUE bin, should be put in your PURPLE bin.
  • If you need to dispose of food waste please use your PURPLE bin.
  • Building materials or rubble are not accepted in the PURPLE bin.


Your local Household Waste Recycling Centres are:

Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre, Cheadle Avenue, Liverpool L13 3AF

1st April - 30th September: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
1st October - 31st March: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Otterspool Household Waste Recycling Centre, Jericho Lane, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 5AR

1st April - 30th September: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
1st October - 31st March: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Household Waste Recycling Centres are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority

  • ALL Recycling Centres in Merseyside are available to use by all Merseyside householders
  • If using a van or large trailer at any of the Centre’s householders will require a booking  – for more information click HERE
  • For more information: Tel: 0151 255 1444      email:
What do these Centres accept?

  • Batteries (car)
  • Batteries (household)
  • Books, CDs & DVDs
  • Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Coffee cups (e.g. takeaway cups from coffee shops)
  • Carpet
  • Electrical items (e.g. hairdryers, DVD players)
  • Fridges & freezers
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Light bulbs
  • Garden/Green
  • Glass (bottles & jars)
  • Plastic bottles
  • Mattresses
  • Mobile phones
  • Oil (engine)
  • Oil (cooking)
  • Oil (Filters)
  • Paint (Old Swan only)
  • Paper (inc. newspapers, magazines & telephone directories)
  • Paper containers with metal ends
  • Plasterboard (gypsum)
  • Rubble
  • Scrap metal
  • Shoes
  • Soil
  • Televisions (inc. computer monitors)
  • Tetrapak cartons
  • Textiles
  • Tyres
  • Upholstered Domestic Seating (if you’re bringing seating with upholstery to a Recycling Centre then site staff will direct you to the Upholstered Domestic Seating Container – click here to learn more)
  • White goods (e.g. washing machines, microwaves)
  • Wood (untreated timber)
  • Wood (chipboard, composite, MDF)
  • Large plastics
  • Printer cartridges
  • Non-recyclable household waste