Aldbourne is giving hard-to-recycle waste a new life

Did you know that your hard-to-recycle rubbish (think anything that can’t go into your kerbside recycling boxes) could be collected and then recycled rather than ending up in landfill?


In this blog you will find out everything you need to know about what can be recycled through our collection points and where the collection points are.

Terracycle is a social enterprise that has found ways to recycle hard-to-recycle materials. They have partnered with different companies and charities to save waste from landfill and raise money for charities at the same time.

At Carbon Neutral Aldbourne we want to make this as easy for you as possible and to minimise travel to collection points outside the village. So we have set up collection points in the village where you can now drop off the following items:

  1. Crisp packets 
  2. Pringles tubes
  3. Dental products
  4. Pens
  5. Mobile phones and phone accessories including PopSockets and plastic phone cases
  6. Printer cartridges
  7. Coffee sachets and pouches
  8. Make up empties

We now have 3 collection points in the village which collect all of the above items:

5 The Butts

18 The Butts

17 Kandahar 

25 Oxford Street


The following collection points are also available in Aldbourne:


40 Whitley Road ((dental products)

The Post Office (crisp packets only)

Community Junction (mobile phones and printer cartridges)

Please make sure that all items are clean and dry and please use the collection boxes provided.


What exactly can you put in each collection box?


Crisp packets and Pringles tubes: 

Yes – Any brand of crisp packets, any brand of popcorn and pretzel packets and multi-packs, any brand of nut packets, Pringles tubes. 

No – Seed packets, dried fruit packets, meat snacking packets and other brands of crisp tube.



Yes – Any brand of toothpaste tubes and caps, any brand of plastic toothbrush and outer packaging, any brand of floss container and outer packaging, any brand of electric and battery operated toothbrush heads and covers, electric flosser nozzles, flossing sticks and inter-dental brushes, dental floss containers, any brand of toothpaste cartons.

No – Toothpaste pumps, any toothbrush not made from plastic, electric and battery operated toothbrushes, dental floss, breath sprays, denture products, toothache kits.



Yes – pens, felt tips, highlighters, markers, mechanical pencils, correction instruments (tape and fluid pots), fountain pens, ink cartridges.

No – erasers, sharp objects (e.g. scissors), rulers, glue sticks, pencils.


Phone accessories

Yes – All PopSockets products, all brands of plastic phone cases, all PopSockets packaging


Printer cartridges

Yes – ink and toner cartridges from both personal and commercial printers.

No – unwanted printer parts or accessories.



Coffee sachets and pouches

Yes – Any brand of coffee beans pouches, individual coffee bag sachets and ground coffee pouches.

No – Individual coffee bags, coffee capsules, ground coffee, cardboard packaging.



Make up empties

Yes – compacts & palettes, such as eyeshadows, powders & blushers, mascaras including the plastic tube and wand & liners such as retractable plastic liners or liquid eye liners, lip products such as plastic lip gloss tubes or bullet lipstick tubes, plastic tubes & bottles such as foundation or concealer tubes, other makeup packaging such as caps, pumps or trigger sprays.

No – makeup brushes & nail polish. 


What about batteries?

Small household batteries are now collected alongside your kerbside recycling collection. For more information on what they collect and how to leave batteries out for collection please visit the Wiltshire Council website.



What about soft plastics?

It is now possible to recycle soft plastics (including bread bags, fruit and veg packets, baby and pet food pouches and salad bags) at Tesco in Swindon and in Marlborough. Find out more about the scheme and where it is available on the Tesco website.



How empty is your black bin?

When you start to recycle all of the items above as well as everything you can put out for kerbside collection your black bin should start to look quite empty. We would love to hear about your experiences… Does it take ages to fill up your black bin? What is now in your black bin (what do we need to find a collection point for next?!), what are you surprised you can now recycle? Get in touch by email or on our Facebook Page.

More on Terracycle

Find out more about Terracycle and exactly what they are able to recycle by visiting the Terracycle website.


If you have any suggestions for other items we should be collecting or you would like to set up a collection point please get in touch.

2 Replies to “Aldbourne is giving hard-to-recycle waste a new life”

    1. Hello! Sorry for the delay in responding to this. Tesco now take pet food pouches as part of their soft plastic recycling scheme.

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