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Welcome to the RSPB Recycling Page. 

We've joined forces with The Recycling Factory to back a free recycling scheme that allows you to donate items to selected charities. Only certain items are eligible for donation, so please check to see if yours is listed.

If your item is listed and you would like to send it to us, download a freepost label and attach to your packaging. Please note that the freepost weight limit is one kilogram; if you have multiple items and think that you may exceed this weight limit, you may have to split them into smaller packages. 

Inkjet cartridges

If you would like to recycle laser toner cartridges, please contact us on 0800 091 0696.

Recycling your mobile phones and electronic gadgets

Due to new guidance from Royal Mail, freepost envelopes cannot be used to recycle your mobile phones and electronic gadgets.

Simply insert the battery into the phone/gadget and ensure that the device is switched off, wrap your mobile phone/gadget in a protective wrapping to prevent accidental activation and put in the post box.

If you think you could fill a packaging box or would like to take a box for your place of work, call The Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696. If you would be happy to promote the box for members of the public to drop off items, please let us know when ordering and we can display your details on this page.

Alternatively, you can send your phone/gadget to us via recorded delivery - simply package your phone in rigid packaging (including a note to explain you wish to recycle for the RSPB) to avoid any movement or accidental activation during transit and take it to your nearest Post Office. Your name and address must be clearly visible on the outer packaging.

For more information about the Royal Mail's packaging guidance, visit their website.

The address to send your phone via recorded delivery is: The Recycling Factory, Marsh Lane, Boston, PE21 7TX. 

Recycling in larger volumes

If you are looking to recycle in larger volumes, such as quantities of 100 or more inkjet cartridges and phones, or more than 20 laser toner cartridges, first check that the items you intend to send in are accepted by The Recycling Factory.

If your items are eligible, please call The Recycling Factory team on 0800 091 0696 to set up a free recycling account.

Once your account is in place, you will be able to access online instructions on how to arrange a free courier collection.