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Types of waste

Find out about the different types of waste, where to recycle or dispose of them, and any restrictions or charges for these.

Choose a type of waste from the links.

Asbestos

Asbestos

Description
Cement bonded asbestos is found in many places in the home including rainwater pipes, gutters, water tanks, insulation boards, garage/shed roofs, boiler flues and domestic equipment such as ovens, heaters and ironing boards. Generally, asbestos materials in good condition can be left in place and painted but should not be drilled, sanded or sawn.

Disposal: Asbestos can be taken to recycling centres for disposal. There is a disposal restriction of 4 sheets (approximately 6' by 2; or 4' by 4') or 4 bags (approximately 25kg rubble bags) per household every 6 months. Restrictions apply.
Bricks, soil, and rubble

Bricks, soil, and rubble

Description
Information about how to dispose of bricks, soil and rubble and where you can take it.
Electricals and electronic equipment

Electricals and electronic equipment

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.
Garden waste

Garden waste

Description
Recycle: There are several ways to recycle your garden waste:

• Home compost and 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.
Nappies

Nappies

Description
Reduce: Why not try reusable nappies to help reduce the 2.9 billion disposable nappies that are being disposed of each year in the UK. There are environmental and health benefits as well as the possibility of saving £800!

Disposal: Nappies can't be recycled. Put them in with your general waste, please don't put them in your recycle bin. They will be burnt along with other waste to generate electricity which goes into the National Grid. Any recycling advice on the pack is only for the packaging, not the nappies. Any paper and cardboard in your pack of new nappies can be recycled. And that's all. Please do not recycle the nappies, plastic film or any polystyrene packaging.
Plasterboard

Plasterboard

Description
Reduce: Carefully consider how much you need by calculating what is required.

Recycle: Plasterboard should not be placed in any of your kerbside bins. Plasterboard is made up of gypsum and when this is disposed of with biodegradable waste it can produce a poisonous gas. It is a legal requirement that plasterboard is disposed of separately. It must be dry and any tiles, wood etc should be removed. Six of our recycling centres accepts this waste. Charges apply.
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