Reduce and Reuse



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  • Recycling at the Village Hall
  • Recycling at the School
  • What goes in my green bin

Latest News

The confectionery packaging recycle scheme has CLOSED.  See below for details, download the full list here, or check Ali’s facebook page for details of every scheme that we can support with pictures of the accepted items.

We now have a collection point for CLEAN aluminium foil at the Village Hall.  It’s in the recycling store at the front next to the waste bins, along with the battery and ink cartridge collection points.  We raise money by recycling some printer cartridges (mainly HP and Canon), which pays for the ethical recycling of the others, so please do keep providing your ink cartridges.

Any foil left will be taken by volunteers to the nearest collection points at Sainsbury’s in Tadley.  Please make their lives easy by only leaving clean foil.

Local Activities

Buy Nothing Silchester

Buy Nothing Silchester is an active Facebook Group exclusively for Silchester residents to give, lend or share.  For more details see the Silchester Association.

Recycling in and around Silchester

There are lots of local recycling opportunies.  Many people in the village have mentioned that, while they support the idea of recycling, they find it difficult to work out what is supposed to be recycled and where.  Download our A-Z of recycling  A – Z local recycling (Apr 2022) or scroll down for a full list.

Library of Things

We would like to set up a Library of occasionally used things (e.g. tools for the occasional DIYer, breadmakers, novelty cake tins) that would be available for Silchester residents to borrow rather than buy.  If this would be of interest, or if you would like to help set this up, please let Sustainable Silchester know.



Reduce and Reuse

Recycling is great, but the gold standard is to re-use so that there is nothing to throw away.  Why not give refillables a go – see our blog on  Getting Started with Refillables?

How much carbon?

According to the  Impact Community Carbon Calculator the average house in Silchester emits 7.89 tCO2e every year in buying goods and services


“First, a new-born stuff is displayed in shiny packaging on a shelf in a shop.  At this stage, stuff is called ‘goods’.  As soon as the stuff is taken home and sheds it’s packaging it undergoes a transformation from ‘goods’ to its second form ‘clutter’. This clutter lives with its owner for a period of months or years.  During this period, the clutter is largely ignored by its owner, who is off at the shops buying more goods.  Eventually, by a miracle of alchemy, the clutter is transformed to its final form ‘rubbish’.  To the untrained eye it can be difficult to distinguish this ‘rubbish’ from the highly desirable ‘good’ that it used to be. Nonetheless, at this stage the discerning owner pays the dustman to transport the stuff away.”
David MacKay Sustainable Energy – without the hot air

Local Recycling

Raise money and save the planet by sorting your items.

All the different collection points collect very specific items.  These go away to be turned into something new, and success relies on only having the correct items in each collection.  Sadly, just one incorrect item in a green bin or collection point can result in that load being rejected.  And if the incorrect item makes it into a collection lorry, then the entire lorry load has to go to landfill.  So, please check the list of what goes into each collection point carefully.


Green Wheelie Bin

  • Cans (including aerosols)
  • Plastic bottles (including drinks, milk, shampoo, cleaning products).  Lids can be left on, but wash and squash bottles first.
  • Food tins
  • Greetings cards without glitter or ribbon
  • Telephone directories, brochures and catalogues
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Envelopes


Red Wheelie Bin or Green Crate

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars (without the lids)


Brown Wheelie Bin or Green Garden Waste bags

  • Grass cuttings
  • Cut flowers
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Prunings
  • Real Christmas trees (trees over 6 foots should be cut in half)

Village Hall – Fridays

Summer: 7am- 6pm

Winter: dawn – dusk

Village Market

1st Saturday of the month 10am – 12:30pm

Ali’s Recycling for the Local Community run in association with the TerraCycle organisation.

Supports the Playground and Village Hall

  • BABYBEL packaging (incl. wax, string bag, label and plastic wrappers)
  • BISCUIT and snack wrappers (e.g. ginger nuts, crackers, go-ahead bars). Any Brand.
  • BAKERY WRAPPERS  (any brand of plastic bakery product including  bread, bagels, buns, rolls, scones, crumpets, ‘thins’, baguettes)
  • WARBURTONS (only) Waxed paper bread wrappers
  • CHEESE Wrappers (Any brand of plastic wrapping – just the film top from cheese slices though)
  • COFFEE Wrappers (not pods). Flexible plastic refill instant, beans, ground and pod outer packs
  • Lavazza ECO Caps
  • FERRERO Roche Praline plastic packaging (Not the paper cups).
  • GLOVES – Single use disposable gloves (any brand)
  • KINDER plastic (saft and hard) packaging, foil packaging. KINDER & Nutella brands only
  • L.O.L. Surprise!  Products and packaging
  • MARIGOLD gloves (and the wrapper from the new pair!). Only Marigold brand please.
  • NUTS, Popcorn & Pretzels packets. Any brand.
  • ORAL CARE items and wrappers (e.g. tooth brushes, interdental brushes, floss containers,). Any brand. Note: No toothpaste tubes or packaging
  • PRINGLES Tubes (incl. foil seal and plastic cap)  
  • PERSONAL CARE items:     

Plastic and metallic tubes for body creams, ointments & moisturisers

Flexible plastic packaging from facial cleaning wipes

Eye shadow compacts

Lip & cheek highlighter and bronzer sticks

Mascara tubes & wands

Lipsticks, Lip glosses and balms

Plastic roll-on deodorants (no glass).

Haircare refill pouches : From Aussie,  Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences & Pantene brands only

  • HOME CLEANING items:

All types of plastic air freshener containers, cartridge caps and car air fresheners

All brands of flexible packaging from dishwasher tablets and salt

All brands of flexible packaging from laundry washing capsules and pods

Flexible cleaning product refill packets (e.g. Fairy Liquid, Dettol surface cleaner)

All brands of flexible home cleaning wipe packaging & tinted rigid plastic tubs. (NOT the wipes themselves. They go in black bag waste!)

All brands of tinted fabric conditioner bottles and caps

Lenor brand (only) tumble dryer sheets (not the cardboard packaging)

Stain remover plastic flexible packaging (e.g. Vanish).

Village Hall – Fridays

Summer 7am- 6pm

Winter dawn – dusk

Village Market

  • Bras
  • Pens
  • Stamps (with 1cm border)
  • Corks
  • Ring-pulls
  • Mobile phones
  • Supermarket Milk bottle tops (must have 2 or 4 in the “triangle of arrows” logo)
  • Good, almost new, pencils

Village Hall

Monthly market days

  • Egg boxes
  • Glass jam jars (with lids)
  • Also Ali Recycling for the Community – see above


Village Hall (24×7)

Collection Boxes by the Wheelie Bins


  • Clean Aluminium Foil
  • Batteries
  • Ink cartridges

Pavilion (24×7)

One crate near the veranda, and two just outside the playground


  • Cans
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Bottle tops



  • Crisp packets (term time)
  • ECO bricks
  • Twice per year Clothes, shoes and accessories (good quality items for resale)




  • Brita water filters
  • Batteries (now behind the customer service tills)
  • Carrier bags and other soft plastic (including pet food pouches)
  • Charity food box