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What to do with animal bedding and litter?

22 Nov 21 1 minute read

If you are paw-ssionate about recycling, then follow these top tips to dispose of and recycle your animal bedding and waste the right way.

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Household recycling collection

Animal waste and bedding can’t be put into general recycling but if you have a garden waste collection most councils accept soiled hay and sawdust from rabbit and guinea pig hutches. Otherwise, you can take it to a recycling centre that accepts garden waste.

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Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

There are different types of animal bedding and they need to be gotten rid of in different ways. 
Pet blankets, towels and beds made from fabric can be recycled at textiles recycling points; but if your dog's bed is made from plastic for example, you will need to take it to your local recycling centre.

Recycling facilities exist

Other recycling collections

Dog charities are always looking for blankets, towels, teddies, beds and squeaky toys - so make sure you check if you can pass on items for reuse before you recycle them. 

My dog is on a raw diet. What should I do with carcasses and bones?

Meat, including bones, can be put in your food bin. Never put left over meat or marrow in your home compost, this could introduce harmful organisms and clog up your heap. 

What about animal waste?

Pet waste such as cat litter should be bagged and put in the general waste bin. The same goes for dog faeces. 

Don’t leave dog faeces on the path when you are out for a walk, this can lead to contamination of our parks. Always try to opt for biodegradable poop bags. 

Recycling household waste

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.