A-Z list of waste types
Find out about the different types of waste, where to recycle or dispose of them, and any restrictions or charges for these.
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- Electrical items should never be thrown in the rubbish bin, they contain hazardous and valuable materials and should be recycled properly.Reuse: Staffordshire recycling centres have a reuse area where items in good condition can be donated. Charity shops accept a wide variety of items. Reuse networks such as Freecycle, Freegle and Ecobees allow members to advertise goods. There are a variety of online selling websites. Other options are advertising in the local paper, or noticeboards in a newsagents or some supermarkets.
Recycle: Small electrical and electronic items are accepted through some council collections. They also offer bulky waste collections for larger items. Check your local council for further information and charges. Small and large electrical and electronic items can be brought to any of Staffordshire's recycling centres.
- Recycle: There are several ways to recycle your garden waste:
• Home compost: make your own free compost for the garden.
• Kerbside recycling: some councils charge for this service, check your local council for further information.
• Staffordshire's recycling centres accept all types of garden waste, including larger items such as tree branches, that cannot be placed in the kerbside collection. Some charges apply.
- Reuse: Most gas bottles are designed to be refilled and should be returned to the agent or company that you purchased them from where possible.
Recycle (restrictions apply): Gas bottle can be taken to a Staffordshire recycling centre. A recycling limit of 2 cylinders (up to 19kg) every 6 months per household is in place at Staffordshire's recycling centres.
- Reuse: Consider if the material can be re-used in another home project.
Recycle (charges apply): Soil and hardcore can be taken to any of Staffordshire's recycling centres. There is a charge of £3 per bag. This includes rubble, bricks, tiles and ceramics. Charges are based on standard rubble bags which are approximately 76cm x 96 cm. They are available from DIY stores or you can buy them from the recycling centre for 10p. Waste can be presented loose or in different sized bags and charges will be estimated by staff.
- Reuse: Jars can be used as storage containers.
Recycle: Bottles and jars should be rinsed before recycling, too much residue or liquid can contaminate the recycling process. They can either be placed for kerbside collection or taken to any of Staffordshire's recycling centres.