Re-thinking our recycling

Bourne recycling centre

We know times are tough right now, so we are all making more of the things we have. Whether that’s upcycling old items, making food go further or decluttering to make some extra cash.

There are now so many ways you can upcycle, donate, swap or sell in your community (following Covid secure guidelines). Throwing things away is not always the answer.

Recycling Centres

The Covid outbreak forced our Household Waste Recycling Centres to change the way they work, but from March 8 this year, they were able to revert to a more normal way of operating – with residents being able to take all their recycling and general waste on any day the centres are open.

However, to reduce queues and waiting times, keep the surrounding roads clear, and to keep the sites Covid safe with social distancing measures in place, the booking system will remain. Residents will still need to call 01522 782070 or visit to book their time slot.

Vans and larger trailers will still need to have a permit to access the sites, which can be accessed via

On days the centres are open, residents can now bring:

  • scrap metal
  • cardboard
  • paper
  • electricals (such as washing machines and TVs)
  • batteries
  • household chemicals
  • mineral and cooking oil
  • gas cylinders
  • clothing

There are many more ways in which we can all help to make things go further:


A great online site where people are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighbourhoods. It’s all about reusing and keeping useful items out of the bin. To find out more, visit Freecycle.

Online selling sites – eBay or Facebook Marketplace

Many communities have swap shops or ‘things for sale in...’ social media pages – a very quick and easy way of talking to others in your local area.

Charity bring banks

These can be found all across the county, for various charities. If you are taking old clothes to charity bring banks, please make sure your items are in plastic bags and tie the shoes together.

Repairing, refashioning or upcycling

If you are handy with a needle and thread, Love Your Clothes is a great place to start – with ideas and tutorials on how to care and repair, refashion and upcycle your clothes.

Making your food go further

There are loads of handy tips on making your food go further and how to use up leftovers. Check out

Food banks

Across the county, food banks offer a real lifeline to our communities. If you have food you don’t like, were gifted and would like to donate, or if you’d like to find out more, visit

Residents need to call 01522 782070 or visit to book a time slot.

Published: 5th April 2021