Where possible consider repairing broken items. Small broken, but likely repairable electrical and electronic items can be placed in the repair box at the recycling centres or a select number of libraries. These items will be taken to local prisons for repair and then sold to raise money for local charities and other great causes. Find further information on this repair project.
Before you throw anything away why not see if it can be reused or upcycled? There are lots of ways this can be done:
Staffordshire recycling centres have a reuse area where items in good condition can be donated where they will be taken to the reuse shop located on the Cannock Recycling Centre.
Charity shops accept a wide variety of items. Please contact your local charity shop for more information on what they can accept. A number of charities in Staffordshire will happily collect your unwanted large household items if they are in good condition.
Reuse networks such as Freecycle, Freegle and Ecobees allow members to advertise goods for reuse or sharing through local groups and forums. Membership and advertising is free and everything offered must also be free.
There are a variety of online selling websites. Other options are advertising in the local paper, or noticeboards in a newsagents or some supermarkets. If you have quite a few items why not consider a car boot sale?
How about being creative and turning an old item into something stylish?
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. Electrical items should never be thrown in the rubbish bin, they contain hazardous and valuable materials and should be recycled properly.
Small and large electrical and electronic items can be brought to any of Staffordshire’s recycling centres.
Where can I take these?
Lower House Lane, Baddesley Ensor, Atherstone, CV9 2QA
Bemersley Road, Biddulph, ST8 7QT
Pendeford Mill Lane, Codsall, WV8 1JJ
Ring Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, WS7 3JQ
Centurion Way (off Shobnall Road), Burton upon Trent, DE14 2AU (use DE14 2AY for SatNav)
Lichfield Road, Cannock, WS11 8NQ
Tower Crane Drive, Off New Haden Road, Cheadle, ST10 1FB
Fowlchurch Road, Leek, ST13 6BH
Witley Drive, Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, WS13 6EU
Leycett Lane, Newcastle, ST5 6AD
Station Road, Rugeley, WS15 2HE
St. Albans Road, Stafford, ST16 3DR
Beacon Road / Opal Way, Stone Business Park, Aston, ST15 0NN
Robert Bakewell Way, Uttoxeter, ST14 5AU (Not SatNav compatible)
Botterham Lane, Wombourne, DY3 4RA