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Frequently asked questions


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.


Council tax covers the cost of collecting, recycling and disposing of household waste. Charges will only be made for those wastes not classified as household waste and therefore not covered by the council tax.


The charges contribute to overheads and cover the costs for disposal, transport and administration of the waste.
There are no weighing facilities on the site. Charges have been based on a standard rubble sack 76cm x 96cm. These bags are available for purchase for a small fee and it is encouraged that waste is presented in these bags or in bags or containers of a similar size as this makes calculating the cost easier.
Presenting loose waste in rubble sacks is encouraged to make the calculation of the charges easier.  Waste presented loose or in different sized sacks will require charges to be estimated. The site manager’s decision on the actual charge to be made is final.
Yes. Householders, businesses and charities all have to pay to dispose of these wastes.
No, everyone has to pay the charges. The costs have been kept as low as possible for everyone.
Should you not wish to use the service there are alternatives. If you have lots of chargeable waste you may want to consider hiring a skip or taking the waste to a commercial disposal site. Details of local companies can be found by searching online or in local directories. Tyres can be disposed of through your local tyre fitting outlet.

Please be aware that fly-tipping is against the law and can carry a fine of up to £50,000.

Charges to householders only applies to some non-household waste. The trade waste scheme applies charges for all waste accepted through the trade waste scheme.
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