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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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Tarmac

Tarmac
Description
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.

Tetrapak

Tetrapak
Description
Reduce: Have you considered a reusable coffee cup? Some stores may also offer you a discount if you supply your own cup. Some reusable cups are thermally insulated to keep your drink hot for longer.

Recycle: Coffee cups can be recycled at any of Staffordshire's recycling centres in the tetrapak container.

Textiles

Textiles
Description
Reduce: Consider only buying what you really need.

Reuse: Before you throw anything away why not see if it can be reused, repaired or upcycled? There are lots of ways this can be done.

Recycle: Clothes can be taken to the recycling centre where they will be sent for sorting. Good quality clothing is exported to areas in need of clothing. Items not suitable for reuse are either processed into industrial wiping cloths or recycled.

Tiles

Tiles
Description
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.

Tin foil

Tin foil
Description
Reduce: Instead of buying a can when on the go or for lunchboxes have you considered taking a reusable container?

Recycle: Clean cans, aerosols, tins, metal bottle/jar tops, aluminium takeaway containers and tin foil can be recycled in your kerbside recycling or taken to any Staffordshire recycling centre.

Top tips for over buying

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Reducing your food waste starts at the very beginning when doing a food shop, preparation is key to reducing the amount of food you buy so nothing is wasted and even could save you money.

Towels

Towels
Description
Reduce: Consider only buying what you really need.

Reuse: Before you throw anything away why not see if it can be reused, repaired or upcycled? There are lots of ways this can be done.

Recycle: Clothes can be taken to the recycling centre where they will be sent for sorting. Good quality clothing is exported to areas in need of clothing. Items not suitable for reuse are either processed into industrial wiping cloths or recycled.

Tumble dryers

Tumble dryers
Description
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.

Turf

Turf
Description
Reuse:If you have space you can layer the stripped turf in a pile. This will compost down to produce a great loamy top soil which can be returned back to your garden.

Recycle: Turf can be accepted at of Staffordshire's recycling centres. Please note turf edging can be recycled free of charge. Turf from clearing larger areas is considered to be garden landscaping and a charge of £3 per bag applies. 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.

TVs

TVs
Description
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.

Tyres

Tyres
Description
Reduce: Careful driving by minimising harsh breaking and accelerating will minimise tyre wear and save you money on fuel too.

Recycle (charges apply): Tyres can be taken to Staffordshire's recycling centres. There is a charge of £4 for tyres on or off the rim. There is no charge for bicycle tyres.

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