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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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Washing machines

Washing machines
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.

Water Filters

Recycle: Water filters cannot be recycled as part of your recycling collection scheme nor at Staffordshire's recycling centres. However, if you use a BRITA branded water filter you can recycle the used filters at most Argos, Robert Dyas and Homebase stores where boxes are provided for the collection of used cartridges. For other water filter brands please contact the manufacturer to find out if they offer a recycling service

Recovery: If the manufacturer does not offer a recycling service water filters can be placed in your kerbside general waste bin or brought to any of Staffordshire's recycling centres and placed in the general waste skip. General waste is sent to one of Staffordshire's energy recovery plants.


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.

Wood and timber

Wood and timber
Reduce: General care and routine maintenance of wooden items can help to prolong the life.

Recycle: Wooden items can be taken to any of Staffordshire's recycling centres.

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