Types of waste we accept

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Item Including  Info Cost
Aerosol cans (empty)

Accepted. You can also put them in your kerbside recycling bin

Free
Aerosol cans (full or part-full) Only accepted on hazardous waste days Free
Antifreeze
  • Glycol
Only accepted on hazardous waste days Free
Asbestos Not accepted.  More information on asbestos disposal.
Ash   Not accepted, as it's a fire risk. When the ash is completely cold you can put it in your kerbside waste bin.  
Audio Visual
  • Audio cassettes
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Records
  • Video cassettes

Accepted. Put them in the non-recyclables container.

May also be accepted at reuse shops.

Free
Batteries
  • Household/dry cell
  • Cars/vehicle - handle with care

Accepted. Household batteries are also accepted at retail outlets and supermarkets. Batteries may be a fire hazard if you put them in your household rubbish bin. Please recycle responsibly.

Free
Beer barrels or kegs   Not accepted. Contact Keg Watch on 0808 100 1945  
Bicycles  

Accepted. Put unusable bicycles in the scrap metal container.

Good bikes may be accepted at reuse shops

Free
Blades
  • Food processor blades
  • Knives
Accepted. Let a member of staff know you are disposing of them. Wrap them safely, label them and put them in the scrap metal container. You can also wrap them safely and put them in your kerbside rubbish bin. Free
Books  

Accepted. Put them in the cardboard container

May be accepted at reuse shops

Free
Brake fluid   Only accepted on hazardous waste days Free
Business and trade waste
  • Commerical
  • Charities
  • Churches
  • Community groups
Accepted at some recycling centres, for a charge. Business and trade waste charges
Bubble wrap
 
Accepted. Put it in the non-recyclables container. Some online recycling groups or websites will accept bubble wrap that's in good condition. Free
Cans/tins/foil (washed)
  • Cans
  • Tins
  • Foil
Accepted, but these can go in your kerbside recycling bin. Free
Card and cardboard
  • Books
  • Greeting cards
  • Washed cartons
  • Boxes

Accepted, but these can go in your kerbside recycling bin.

Free
Carpets and underlay
  • Carpets
  • Underlay
  • Vinyl
  • Lino

Accepted. These go in the non-recyclables container.

Laminate charged under DIY waste.

 Free
Chemicals (listed)
  • Degreasers
  • Descalers
  • Drain cleaners
  • Fence or shed treatments/preservers
  • Fertilisers
  • Fungicides
  • Insecticides
  • Lubricants
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paintbrush cleaners/thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Swimming pool cleaners
  • Weed killer
  • Wood preservers/treatments
Only accepted on Hazardous waste days  
Christmas trees  

Accepted. Real Christmas trees can go in green waste container. Fake trees go in the scrap metal container.

Fake Christmas trees and decorations in good condition are accepted at reuse shops.

Free
Clinical waste
  • Swabs
  • Bandages
  • Dressings
  • Medicines
Not accepted. Your local district, borough or city council might offer a collection or disposal service, but may charge. You could also contact a reputable private waste disposal contractor. Ask to see a waste carriers licence and find out where they will dispose of the waste.  
Clothes   Accepted. See textiles for more information.  
CO2 canisters   Only accepted on Hazardous waste days. Or contact Keg Watch on 0808 100 1945.  
Coat hangers (wire and plastic)  

Accepted. Put plastic in non-recyclables and metal hangers in metals. Or offer to reuse shops.

Free
Cooking oil   Accepted Free
Cushions
  • Furniture cushions
Accepted. Put them in the non-recyclables container. Or donate good quality cushions at reuse shops. Free
Electrical items (large, non-commercial)
  • Boilers
  • Cookers and ovens - Get a qualified gas engineer to disconnect your gas cooker. Use the Gas Safe register to find a local company.
  • Dishwashers
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Microwaves

Accepted. Your local district, borough or city council may offer a collection service for large electrical goods but might charge you. Reuse shops may take some items. Check with staff.

Free
Electrical items (Small, non-commercial)
  • Christmas tree lights
  • Small items like hairdryers, irons, kettles, toasters
  • Computers/ laptops /monitors
  • Electric blankets
  • DVD players
  • Lawnmowers
  • Leads
  • Telephones, mobile phones - remember to take out your old SIM card
  • Plugs
  • Printers
  • Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Stereos and radios
  • Tablets/iPads
  • Televisions/Smart TVs
  • Toys, including ride-on cars, bikes and scooters
  • Vacuum cleaners/hoovers

Accepted.

It is your responsibility to remove all personal data from your electronics before you recycle them. Some items may go on to be reused. More information on deleting your data.

Free
Engine oil (used)   Accepted Free
Explosives, boat flares, fireworks, fire arms/BB guns and ammunition   Not accepted. Read our advice on disposing of explosives.  
Facemasks   Not accepted  
Fibreglass   Accepted, with a charge. Classed as non-recyclable DIY waste. DIY waste charges
Fire extinguishers  

Only accepted on Hazardous waste days. Maximum 2 per household.

Some extinguisher supply companies also offer a disposal service - check the label.

Free
Flat glass (DIY waste)
  • Windows and glass doors
  • Greenhouse and Conservatory glass
  • Shower screens
Accepted, with a charge. Classed as non-recyclable DIY waste. DIY waste charges
Flat glass (free standing)
  • Tables
  • Fish tanks
  • TV stands
May be accepted at reuse shops. Free
Flooring
  • Carpets
  • Underlay
  • Vinyl
  • Lino

Accepted. Goes in the non-recyclables container.

Laminate is charged as DIY waste.

Free
Foil (clean)
  • Kitchen foil
  • Foil food trays
  • Takeaway and ready meal food trays
Accepted. You can also put it in your kerbside recycling bin. Free
Food waste  

Accepted in small amounts. Needs to be double-bagged and labelled. Goes in the non-recyclables container. Also goes in kerbside rubbish bin or food caddy in some areas.

Free
Furniture (free standing)
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Sofas
  • Beds

Accepted.

Fitted furniture is charged as DIY waste.

Free
Garden/green waste
  • Garden and green waste - except injurous and invasive weeds
  • Garden tools
  • Trees - except ash trees
  • Water butts

Accepted - apart from ash trees, and leaves and prunings, and injurous or invasive weeds.

Read our information about garden/green waste for more information about what we will and will not accept. We also provide advice on how to deal with garden waste that we do not accept.

If you have large quantities of garden waste, please contact us before you visit.

 Free
Gas bottles and cylinders (empty)  

Accepted at some sites. There are delays with our gas bottle collections so some recycling centres may not be able to accept them at the moment. We recommend that you return them to your supplier.

We do not accept full or partially full bottles or cylinders.

Advice on where to dispose of gas bottles and cylinders.

Free
Gas bottles and cylinders (full or part full)  

Not accepted, under any circumstances. We recommend that you return them to your supplier.

Advice on where to dispose of gas bottles and cylinders.

 
Glass bottles and jars (washed)  

Accepted - put them in the glass containers. They can also go in your kerbside recycling bin.

Flat glass, eg a window pane, is charged as DIY waste.

Free
Glue   Not accepted  
Heating oil   Not accepted  
Household bin waste (including food waste)   Accepted. Please separate any recyclable materials out beforehand then bag any remaining waste. We might ask you to open the bags at the recycling centre. This is so that we can recycle as much as possible. Free
Incontinence pads  

Accepted - but incontinence pads should usually be wrapped and put in your kerbside rubbish bin.

We will accept one bag of pads per household, per week. The pads must be double-wrapped and clearly labelled, to reduce human contact with them.

Free
Kitchenware
  • Glasses
  • Crockery
  • Saucepans

Accepted. Please don't put heatproof glass (Pyrex) into bottle banks.

May also be accepted at reuse shops.

Free
Lawnmowers
  • Electric
  • Manual
  • Petrol - empty
Accepted. Please empty fuel tanks completely for petrol lawnmowers. Free
Lightbulbs/fluorescent tubes (household)  

Accepted. For large quantities, or for commercial collection/disposal, contact Recolight (charges apply).

Free
Litter (bagged)   Accepted. We'll take up to three bags, but you need to let us know before you arrive. Find out how to drop off litter. Free
Liquid cartons/Tetra Paks (washed)  

Accepted. Put them in the cardboard container. They can also go in your kerbside recycling bin.

Free
Loft insulation   Accepted, for a charge. Classed as non-recyclable DIY waste. DIY waste charges
Mattresses   Accepted. Put them in the non-recyclables container. Free
Medicines and medical equipment
  • Inhalers
  • Tablets
  • Syringes
  • Sharps
Not accepted. Never place leftover or expired medicines or medical equipment in your kerbside rubbish bin or flush them down the toilet. Your local GP or pharmacist will help you dispose of them safely.  
Metals (household)
Accepted. Non-ferrous metals are separated out (copper, brass, stainless steel and aluminium). Also see foil. Free
Nappies

Accepted - but nappies should usually be wrapped and put in your kerbside rubbish bin.

We accept one bag per household, per week of disposal nappies. They must be double-wrapped and clearly labelled, to reduce human contact with them.

Free
DIY non-recyclables
  • Insulation and roof felt
  • Plastic guttering, drains and facia
  • Baths and shower trays (plastic/acrylic)
  • Soil and turf
  • Pond liners and garden membranes
  • Doors, window and frames (UVPC)
  • Walk in structures (not wood or metal)
  • Oil tanks (plastic)
  • Sand
Accepted, with a charge. Find out more about DIY waste charges. DIY waste charges
Oil tanks (empty)
  • Plastic
  • Metal

Accepted, with a charge - as long as they are fully drained. They are classed as DIY waste.

Oil tanks will not fit in the bins whole. They must be broken up into smaller pieces that can be carried up steps if necessary. We suggest you visit your recycling centre before you bring the item and discuss it with site staff. Or consider hiring a tank removal company.

DIY waste charges
Oil tanks (full or partially full)   Not accepted. Look for specialist waste disposal contractors in your local telephone directory or online. Remember to ask to see a waste carriers licence and find out where the waste will be disposed of.  
Paint cans (empty or dried out)   Accepted. Empty metal paint cans go in the metals container, plastic cans go in the non-recyclable bin. Dried out or empty cans also go in your kerbside rubbish bin. Free
Paint cans (full or part full containing liquid paint)  

Only accepted on Hazardous waste days.

Do not put liquid paint into your kerbside bin. Mix in cat litter or soil to completely dry out the paint first.

Free
Paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Directories
  • Envelopes
  • Shredded paper (put it in your bin loosely, not in bags)
Accepted - but can go in your kerbside recycling bin. Free
Petrol, diesel or any other fuel   Not accepted  
Pets/animals bedding and housing
  • Animal bedding
  • Fish tanks and aquariums

Accepted. We accept up to 2 bags of vegetarian pet bedding per week (from rabbits, guinea pigs etc). Please double-bagged it and label it clearly. Think about home composting it instead.

We also accept household fish tanks/aquariums and animal housing. Put filters or lights in the small electrical appliances container. Good, clean items may also be accepted for reuse shops.

Free
Pets/animals waste
  • Dog and cat faeces (including cat litter)
  • Horse manure
  • Dead animals
Not accepted, for hygiene reasons. If you have a small quantity, wrap it and put it in a plastic bag in your kerbside rubbish bin.  
Pillows and duvets   Accepted. Pillows and duvets go in the non-recyclable bin. Pillow cases and duvet covers go into the textile bins. Free
Plant pots   Accepted. Ceramic pots can go in the rubble container. Unfortunately we can't recycle plastic pots, so put them in the general waste container. You can also put them in your kerbside rubbish bin. Some garden centres will accept plant pots for reuse or recycling. Free
Plasterboard
  • Plasterboard
  • Plaster

Accepted, for a charge, at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King's Lynn, Mayton Wood and Thetford.

Classed as DIY waste. Cost is per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent.

DIY waste charges
Plastic
  • Bottles
  • Toys
  • Garden furniture
  • Plant pots

Accepted. Things like toys and plant pots go in the non-recyclable container. They may be accepted at reuse shops.

We're not able to recycle rigid plastic as we need to ensure we have a secure market for the material. We are searching.

Bottles, tubs and trays can go in your kerbside recycling bin.

Free
Plastic film   Accepted. It goes in the non-recyclables container. Find places to recycle plastic film. Free
Polystyrene   Accepted. It goes in the non-recyclables container. Free
Printer ink cartridges   Accepted. Put them in the ink cartridges bin. Free
Rubble
  • Floor and wall tiles
  • Sinks, toilets and shower trays (ceramic)
  • Bricks, concrete and concrete posts
  • Paving slabs and stones
  • Roof tiles
Accepted, with a charge. Classed as DIY waste. Cost is per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent. DIY waste
Scrap metal
  • Bikes
  • Dried out empty metal paint cans
  • Sports equipment
  • Radiators
Accepted Free
Septic tanks   Not accepted. Anglian Water may be able to help you.  
Soil and turf   Accepted, with a charge. Classed as non-recyclable DIY waste. DIY waste charges
Sports equipment
  • Broken non-electrical equipment
  • Electrical sports equipment
Accepted. Working items may be accepted at reuse shops. Free
Storage heaters  

Might be accepted, with a charge.

If the storage heater contains asbestos then we cannot accept it. Check your make and model on the Asbestos Information Centre website. See more information on asbestos disposal.

If it does not contain asbestos, we will accept it as DIY waste.

DIY waste charges
Sweet/chocolate/biscuits tins   Accepted. Tins go in the scrap metal container and plastic containers go in the non-recyclables container. Free
Textiles
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Boots
  • Curtains
  • Towels

Accepted. Put clean items in bags and place them in the textiles banks for recycling.

If the banks are full we may ask you to hold on to items until we have a collection.

Put heavily soiled or dirty items in the non-recyclable container.

Free
Thermometers   Not accepted  
Timber/wood
  • Fitted kitchen units
  • Fitted and built in furniture
  • Doors, door frames and skirting
  • Laminate flooring, floorboards and joists
  • Fence panels Wooden garden structures (sheds, walk-in pet runs, gazebos or other garden structures)
  • Decking, fencing, trellises, pergolas and arches
  • Chipboard Wood chipping
  • Pallets - except any coloured pallets, which cannot be accepted and should be returned to the supplier
Accepted, with charges. Classed as DIY waste. DIY waste charges
Tools
  • Household tools (including broken)
  • Garden tools
  • DIY tools
  • Power tools
Accepted. Power tools are classed as small electrical items. Tools are not classed as DIY waste. Tools in good condition may also be accepted at reuse shopsFree
Turf/soil   Accepted, with a charge. Classed as DIY waste. DIY waste
Tyres  

We accept car tyres for a charge of £4 a tyre at these sites: Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Cross (Norwich) and Thetford. We will take a maximum of five tyres per household per month.

We accept bicycle tyres for free at all recycling centres.

We do not accept agricultural or industrial tyres.

 
Vehicles and parts
  • Car/vehicle batteries
  • Small quantities of small car parts
  • Child car seats
  • Caravans fixtures and fittings
  • Boats and canoes

We do not accept cars and caravans. Get a list of vehicles and parts (including tyres) that we do accept at our recycling centres.

 
Wallpaper
  • Unused wallpaper
  • Used/stripped wallpaper

Accepted. Unused wallpaper goes into the cardboard container. Used/stripped wallpaper goes into the non-recyclables container.

Free
Water filters   Accepted. These go in the non-recyclables container. These may also be accepted at retail outlets, electrical retailers and in supermarkets. Free
Weeds (invasive)
  • Ragwort
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam

Not accepted. Treat them where they are growing. Don't move them,to reduce the risk of them spreading.

Read government advice on invasive plants.

 
Wood (DIY waste)
  • Fitted wardrobes
  • Kitchens
  • Laminate flooring
  • Sheds
  • Pallets - except any coloured pallets, which cannot be accepted and should be returned to the supplier
  • Fence panels/posts
Accepted, with a charge. Classed as DIY waste. DIY waste
Wood (free standing)
  • Garden bench
  • Dining table
  • Chairs
Accepted. Free
Wrapping paper  

Accepted. Paper goes into the cardboard container, or your kerbside recycling bin. Shiny or foil type paper goes into non-recyclables container or your kerbside rubbish bin.

Free

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