A to Z of recycling - O


Find out how to recycle, reduce, re-use and dispose of many items in Suffolk.

Please use the search bar at the top of the page or browse the A to Z to find the item you want to dispose of.

Remember that your item might have more than one name or may be listed under the name of the material it is made of.


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For engine oil, see "Engine oil"

For cooking/ vegetable oil, see "Cooking oil"

For petrol, diesel and heating oil, see "Hazardous chemicals"


Where possible get your broken electricals repaired.


Charity or re-use shopOffer electrical items in good condition and full working order to charity shops or through an online reuse network. You can find your nearest charity here

Sell through a car boot sale, jumble sale, or online market.

You may be able to offer some unwanted electricals items to friends, neighbours or relatives. 


If you can drain the oil out of the radiator they can be taken to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and placed in the container for small electrical items.

If you cannot drain the oil please do not take them to the Recycling Centres. They may be accepted at a scrap metal yard.

For information on how to dispose of heating oil, see the Hazardous waste page.


You cannot take oil tanks to any of Suffolk’s Recycling Centres, even if they are cut up and professionally cleaned. 

Most companies who service and replace tanks will take away your unwanted one upon request for it to be recycled. 

You can take empty metal oil tanks to a local scrap metal company. 

If professionally cleaned, empty plastic oil tanks may be accepted by recycling companies (try asking Bolton Brothers Ltd, Bramford Road, Great Blakenham). 

If there is any heating oil left in the tank you will need to dispose of the oil first. You can do this through your local borough or district council's charged hazardous waste collection service. You cannot dispose of heating oil at any of Suffolk’s Recycling Centres. 


Try advertising your oil tank on Freecycle, Freegle, eBay or Gumtree as somebody may need or have a use for it. We’ve heard of people donating plastic oil tanks to farmers and paintballing centres!