Where to Recycle

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Everything you wanted to know about recycling in the Belper and DE56 area, as well as nationally. By consulting the lists below you can discover where and how to recycle a huge range of waste items. The lists are extensive but may not be comprehensive so we’ll keep adding to them as we discover more ways to eliminate waste.

Please get in touch if you know of any recycling points or information to add. We’ll try to make updates on a monthly basis. Similarly, please advise if any information is found to be incorrect or out of date – please relay any feedback via email to one of the people listed at the bottom of this page.

Unless specified, you do not need to pay anything to recycle items that are included here.

Please check websites or contacts for current operational restrictions during the pandemic.

Click on the plus symbols below to reveal the list of locations for each area: 

Bags for Life

Do you have an excess of Bags for Life sitting around at home cluttering up your cupboards or car boot?

You can donate any Bags for Life, in good useable condition, to Hope for Belper. Either drop them off at Transition Belper’s Green Exchange/Repair Café or directly at the Hope for Belper hub (open every Tues and Fri from 12-2pm, Baptist Church, Bridge Street, Belper)

Batteries – household

Tesco, Gregorys Way, Belper – Co-op Whitemoor Lane, Belper – Midland Co-op, Strutt

Street, Belper – Telegraph News, 31a King Street, Belper – Superdrug, 26-28 King Street,

Belper – Morrisons, Belper – Aldi, Belper – Midland –  No Match E-Cigs. 65 King Street, Belper – Babington, Hospital Belper – Co-op Duffield – Spa Store Ambergate.

Biscuit and cake wrappers but no sweets or chocolate.

St Peter’s Church in Belper

Confectionary Wrappers –All brands of plastic confectionary wrappers

Oral care products; includes toothpaste tubes, plastic tooth brushes, electric toothbrush heads, packaging from these items and dental floss containers and outer packaging.

St Peter’s Church in Belper

Medicine Blister Packs

St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper – Please check BTC website for opening hours.

Superdrug Pharmacy Derby-Eagle Centre, 21 Albion Street, Derby. DE1 2PR

** You can no longer recycle medicine blister packs here** St Peter’s Church in Belper. https://www.stpetersparishbelper.org.uk/recyclingatstpeters.htm

Empty beauty, health, wellness and dental products, from any brand, that can’t be recycled at home

Boots, King Street, Belper How to recycle at Boots

Cables – Phone charger cables, electrical cables and any other cable. These will be taken to Derby to be recycled.

Repair Cafe 10-1pm Every fourth Saturday of the month at Number 28, the Market place, Belper. Please check the facebook page for more details.

Cloth Nappies

These can be donated to the Belper Cloth Nappy Library so they’ll get lots of use!

You can contact them via Facebook, Belper Cloth Nappy Library | Facebook

Clothes hangers

Ironing Lady, Belper

28 – 30 New Road, Belper DE56 1US

Compost Bags

Little Eaton Garden Centre (Blue Diamond) Alfreton Road, Little Eaton, Derby, Derbyshire DE21 5DB

Contact Lenses

Belper Opticians 72 King St, Belper

Specsavers, 41 King Street, Belper. DE56 1PX

Old glasses/spectacles and frames

Specsavers, 41 King Street, Belper. DE56 1PX

Down – Down and feather filled duvets, pillows and cushions as well as down and feather-filled outdoor clothing.

The Climbing Unit, Masons Place Business Park, Chaddesden, Derby, DE21 6YZ

Egg Boxes

The Repair Café at Number 28, the Market Place, Belper. (Every 4th Saturday of the month from 10-1pm)

Glen Hens, 16 Belper Road, Kilburn, Belper DE56 0LP

Dev’s Chucks, Ashbourne Road, Belper


Bubble Wrap

Air Ambulance Charity Shop 35 King St, Belper DE56 1PX  



Old Clothes – See ‘Rags’

Inhalers (used asthma)

Manor Pharmacy Whitemoor Lane Medical Centre, Whitemoor Lane, Belper. DE56 0JB

Morrisons Pharmacy, Belper

Boots Pharmacy, King Street, Belper

Ink and toner cartridges

7, Northfield Terrace, Chesterfield Road, Belper. DE56 1FG. Please place in a bag and post through letter box. If you post in a jiffy bag, that jiffy bag will be reused by the business.

Morrisons Belper – Box is located after the checkouts, near the Café.

Cheese wrappers, Carex, L.O.L. Surprise, The Air, Home packaging

37 Hunter Road, Belper. DE56 0HF (Private Residence)

Place in TerraCycle box https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades


Chesterfield Road, Belper.
Please email pctuition@hotmail.co.uk to arrange drop off
All laptops will have hard drives securely wiped, any salvageable parts will be reused.
If the laptop can be made to work again it will be refurbished and either sold or donated.

Marigold Gloves/Marigold glove wrappers (in a bag)

66 Long Row, Belper. DE56 1DR. (Private Residence)

Place in the old recycling box by front door


Mobile Phones

Oxfam shop, 74 King Street, Belper.

Plant Pots – Plant Pot Exchange

Belper Community Hall near the old library. Go in the gate and there are 2 crates on the left. Please leave clean pots and when taking pots/ modules or trays, wear gloves and sanitise the pots when you get them home. Please only leave un broken pots to be re used.
NB you can put grey plant pots in your recycling bin if broken.

Hasbro toys and games

Belper Community Hall, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1AB Place in the storage trunk which can be located at the back of the building.



Tetrapaks can be recycled at No. 28 on the Market Place on the second and fourth Saturday of each month between 10AM and 1PM. Please wash and flatten them, leaving the lids on, before depositing as they are taken to Loscoe in the back of a car – Unwashed Tetrapaks can get a bit smelly!

Old or New Bras

Gymophobics, 54 Bridge Street Belper DE56 1AZ Due to current Covid restrictions they ask that bras are put in bags with as much air squeezed out of them as possible. They don’t need to be in new condition as any that aren’t “serviceable” will be stripped down and the materials reused. It is done for the Charity Against Breast Cancer.

Soft Plastics (with the Co-Op Supermarket)

The Co-Op 17 Whitemoor Lane, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 0HB; The Co-Op, 47 Strutt Street, Derbyshire, Belper, DE56 1UN; The Co-op, Town St, Derbyshire, Duffield, DE56 4GD; The Co-Op, 1, Sandbed Lane, Openwoodgate. DE56 0SF.

Soft plastics recycling is easy. Just follow these three steps:

  • Clean it – First, rinse your packaging out.
  • Scrunch it – Now, scrunch it up tight – if it pings back, it’s a useful indicator it’s soft plastic.
  • Co-op it – Pop it into our soft plastics recycling unit at a Co-op near you.

All of the below items can now be recycled at your local Co-Op:


  • Thin plastic lids of all types
  • Kitchen towel, toilet roll, nappy bag, cotton wool wrappers
  • Pouches – microwave rice, pre-cooked mussels, petfood, etc
  • Fruit & veg nets, bags and wrappers
  • Plastic sauce sachets


  • Ordinary carrier bags
  • Bread bags
  • Crisps, nuts, snacks bags
  • Bags from:
    • Cereal and porridge
    • Dried goods – dried fruit, pasta, rice, sugar, pulses, etc
    • Frozen foods and ice cubes

Wrappers & Film

  • Chocolate and sweets bags and wrappers
  • Biscuit wrappers
  • Cling film
  • Pizza wrapping film
  • Bread product wrappers:
    • Croissants
    • Pancakes
    • Naan bread
    • Pitta bread
    • Garlic bread
    • Fresh pasta
  • Wrappers from:
    • Cheese, pastry, cakes, Yorkshire puddings
    • baby wipes, etc
    • Meat, poultry and joints
    • Tea and teabags, ground coffee, etc
    • Pies, pastries, sausage rolls,
    • Household textiles, scourers, rubber gloves, etc
    • Giftwrap, greetings cards, etc
  • Flower wrappers
  • Petfood wrappers


  • Compostable carrier bags
  • Compostable and biodegradable bags & wrappers
  • Plastic bottles

Soft plastics can also be recycled at Aldi in Belper.


Please ensure items donated for rags are cleaned and put in a bag clearly labelled ‘RAGS’. Do not include duvets, cushions or pillows.

The following charity shops on King Street, Belper are accepting donations for rags: Air Ambulance, British Red Cross, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Headway, Mind, Oxfam and the RSPCA.


You can drop off old shoes at Wards Shoe shop, 36 King Street. Belper. The collection box is located at the back of the store. Any shoes that can be made good and reused will be, otherwise, they are used to make housing in developing countries.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, 6 King Street. Belper. DE56 1PS (they will also recycle handbags and belts)

Scrap Metal

If you are a registered scrap metal merchant operating in the DE56 area and would like to be included here please contact admin

Phil –  07854 603714

B and P – 07933 545303

Terry Sisson – 07873 777796

Clothing, Footwear, Bags, Belts, Towels, Bed linen.

The Salvation Army, WM Morrison Plc, Chapel Street,

Belper Miners Welfare Car Park, Derby Road, Ripley

*****Hidden Potential Recycling CIC******

A Belper-based Waste Management Company that will collect a number of these items directly from your door and sort them to be recycled (for a fee). You can find them on Facebook or learn more at Eartharmony.


For those who can’t recycle plastic film at home, some types of plastic films can be recycled at carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and Waitrose. See below for a list of recyclable plastic packaging.

For online shopping deliveries, many supermarkets also allow you to hand your unwanted bags back to the driver for recycling.

Morrison’s accepts –  

Plastic Carrier Bags, Plastic bread bags, Plastic cereal bags i.e. Porridge Oats (not  inners from boxed cereals), Plastic wrappers and ring joiners from multipacks of can and rolls and kitchen towel packs, Plastic freezer bags, Plastic magazine and newspaper wrap (type used for home delivery only), Thin bags used for fruit and veg at supermarkets, Bubble wrap, low-densitry polyethylene (LDPE) – resin ID code 4, Flexible plastic multi-pack can holder/rings. https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/plastic-film

Can Recycling, Clothes Recycling, Glass Recycling, Paper and Card Recycling, Plastic, Recycling Water Filter

Sainsbury’s, Ripley



Carpets – Soil – Building rubble – Paint pots – Fluorescent light tubes – car batteries – old oil – old paint – wood – electrical items – drinks cartons Tetrapaks- Bulbs – small electrical items that can fit in the bag

LoscoeTip, Taylor Lane, Loscoe, Heanor. DE75 7TA

Loscoe household waste recycling centre – Derbyshire County Council


Medicine blister packets

St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper – Please check BTC website for opening hours.

Superdrug Pharmacy Derby-Eagle Centre, 21 Albion Street, Derby. DE1 2PR


Pen recycling

St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper – Please check BTC website for opening hours.

Ryman – 40 St John St, Market Place, Ashbourne DE6 1GH and

Ryman – Lawn Primary, Norbury Close. Derby DE22 2QR also in Ilkeston and Nottingham  https://www.ryman.co.uk/environment  


Ryman – South Mall, INTU Derby, Derby, DE1 2PG

Baby food pouches, kids yogurt pouches, caps and Ella’s Kitchen snack packets 

Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 3AS


All brands of plastic confectionery packaging 

27 Wyndale drive, Ilkeston DE74JH (Private Residence)  Place in TerraCycle box


KP Snacks Nuts, Popcorn, Crisps and Pretzels Packet

38 Turned Avenue, Langley Mill, Notts NG16 4GE (Private Residence)


Pet food pouches and flexible plastic bags

47 Wyndale drive, Ilkeston DE74JH (Private Residence)

Place in TerraCycle box and

73 Chesterfield Road, Matlock, DE4 3FS (Private Residence) Place in TerraCycle box



Pet food pouches only

Lakeside Primary School, London Road, Alvaston, Derby. DE24 8UY and 6 Cultivation Road, Eastwood. NG 16 3HQ (Private Residence) Place in TerraCycle box



Hiking Equipment – No Bags, but clothing and footwear

Cotswold Outdoor. Bridge Street
DE45 1DS Bakewell, Derbyshire

Burt’s Bees Personal Care

87 Deerlands Rd, Chesterfield. S42 6UZ  Place in TerraCycle box



Baylis & Harding pumps, caps and flexible tubes

Baylis and Harding, 61 Wild Street Derby DE1 1GP


Soft contact lenses and blister packs

Boot Opticians – Intu Centre Derby



Life Cycle UK, Unit 3, 1 Canal St, Siddals Road, Derby



Craft, paint and scraps

Play and Recycling Centre 6 -10 Werbugh Street Derby, DE22 3QG


Bra Recycling

Charity – Against Breast Cancer, Leathem House, 13 Napier Court, Barton Lane, Abingdon,

Oxon, OX14 3YT



A free and efficient clothing donation collection service to support your chosen charity is available to book to any working day of the week.

Gillette Razors

All blades, razors and disposables products received in the official Freepost Gillette envelope will be accepted.

Give Back Box

A number of companies operating online are working in partnership with Give Back Box. Under the Give Back Box scheme you’ll be able to recycle the cardboard boxes these companies  use to deliver to you, while also donating to those in need. It helps that the process is so simple. All you need to do is fill your delivery box with unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, books – anything that you think will bring joy to someone’s life! Simply print off a label using the link below, drop the box at your nearest CollectPlus point and send it (free of charge) to your charity of choice. https://givebackbox.org.uk/Collection stores near your location


Recycling Symbols Explained



What do TerraCycle do?

TerraCycle offers free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Anyone can choose a programme to join; start collecting in your home, school, or office; download free shipping labels; and send them the waste to be recycled. You can even earn rewards for your school or not for profit organisation.

Are you interested in becoming an agent for TerraCycle?


Waste and Resources Action Programme:  https://www.wrap.org.uk/


This list has been compiled to assist members of HelpreupcycleDE56 to recycle and reuse as many items as possible.  The list was up-to-date at the time of publication to the best of our knowledge.

Versions of this list available on the HelpreupcycleDE56 and Transition Belper Facebook pages are updated regularly and a date and version number are included at the beginning of the document.

The compilers of this list are not responsible for updating copies that may have been shared elsewhere. 

Compiled by

Lynne Henley – HelpreupcycleDe56only – lynne.henley@btinternet.com

Kendal Greaves – Transition Belper – ktgreaves@hotmail.com

Susan King – member of Helpreupcyclede56only – Susan_Jking@icloud.com