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About waste charges

Charges are in place for certain non-household waste over a certain amount (please see table below) at all of the Staffordshire household waste recycling centres.’

It is a statutory duty for the sites to accept household waste for free, this is waste produced in the normal day-to-day occupation of a home. Additional waste such as landscaping or construction work is considered as non-household waste and we do not have to accept this waste

As a result, we will charge for the disposal of some non-household waste which includes soil and rubble, plasterboard and tyres at our recycling centres over a certain amount. Anything under that amount will still be free of charge – please see the table below for details.

Restricted Waste TypeQuantities PermittedFrequency
Inert material such as rubble and concrete, bricks and roof tiles or soil from landscaping activities up to two 50L rubble bags 4 visits per household over a 4-week period
Fixtures and fittings such as doors and windows, fitted kitchens, fitted wardrobes, fitted bathrooms, etc no larger than 2,000mm by 750mm by 700mm, the approximate size of a bathtub or shower screen 4 visits per household over a 4-week period
Plasterboard or gypsum based rubble 4 sheets (approximately 6’ by 2’ or 4’ by 3’) – or – 4 bags (approximately 25kg size rubble bag x 4) 4 visits per household over a 4-week period

Residents are required to present the DIY wastes separately for disposal in the relevant waste receptacles. The different types of waste types will not be accepted when mixed together, particularly in instances where materials such as plasterboard are mixed with inert materials (rubble) or soil.

Charging will ensure that we can continue to offer disposal facilities for these materials to residents, who would otherwise find them difficult to get rid of and will ensure that the system is not abused by those seeking to dispose of trade waste for free.

What are you charging for?

Charges will apply to some non-household waste, we have put together a list of chargeable itemsRestrictions are in place for some waste streams with no charge for disposal.

This information is provided as a guide to the chargeable items. Any disagreement on site regarding the charges should be referred to the site managers whose decision is final.

Please note: these charges only apply to householders. They do not apply to trade waste which has a separate scheme.

What about other waste?

You can continue to dispose of ordinary household waste, including green garden waste, fridges, freezers, TVs, large and small electrical items, wood and bric-a-brac free of charge. Some non-household waste items can continue to be disposed of free of charge, although disposal limits apply.

How do I pay?

All payments must be made via debit or credit card on site. All major cards are accepted with the exception of American Express. No cash or cheques will be accepted. 

Any questions as to whether something is eligible for charging, or how much the charge is, should be directed to the site attendant. Any disagreement on site should be referred to the site managers whose decision is final. 

More information

Read more about why we charge and further frequently asked questions.

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