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Types of waste we accept

Types of waste we accept


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Item Including  Info Cost
Aerosol cans (empty)

Empty cans can be placed in your kerbside recycling bin

Free
Aerosol cans (full or part-full) Hazardous waste days only Free
Antifreeze Hazardous waste days only Free
Asbestos Not accepted.  More information on asbestos.
Ash   No, 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
  • Floppy discs
  • Records
  • Video cassettes

You can put them in the non-recyclables container.

May be accepted at Reuse shops.

Free
Batteries
  • Household/dry cell
  • Cars/vehicle - handle with care
Handle these items with care - these may also be accepted at retail outlets, electrical retailers and in supermarkets Free
Bedding and duvets   You can put them in the non-recyclables container Free
Beer barrels or kegs   Not accepted. Contact Keg Watch on 0808 100 1945  
Bicycles  

Any unusable bicycles can be placed in the scrap metal container. 

May be accepted at Reuse shops.

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

These can be put in the cardboard container

May be accepted at Reuse shops.

Free
Brake fluid   Hazardous waste days only Free
Business/commercial/trade/charity waste   Accepted at some recycling centres, for a charge. 
Disposing of business waste
Charges apply 
Cans/tins/foil (washed)
  • Cans
  • Tins
  • Foil
Can go in your kerbside recycling bin. Free
Card and cardboard
  • Books
  • Greeting cards
  • Washed cartons
  • Boxes
Can go in your kerbside recycling bin. Free
Carpets and underlay
  • Carpets
  • Underlay

Goes in the non-recyclables container.

Laminate, vinyl and lino are charged under DIY waste.

 Free
Chemicals (listed)
  • Degreasers
  • Descalers
  • Drain cleaners
  • Fence or shed treatments/preservers
  • Fertilisers
  • Fungicides
  • Insecticides
  • Lubricants
  • Over cleaners
  • Paintbrush Cleaners/thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Swimming pool cleaners
  • Weed killer
  • Wood preservers/treatments
Hazardous waste days only  
CO2 canisters   Hazardous waste days only.  Contact Keg Watch on 0808 100 1945  
Coat hangers (wire and plastic)  

Accepted in non-recyclables or offer to Reuse shop.

Metal hangers to metals.

Free
Christmas trees  

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

Fake Christmas trees (and decorations) in good condition are accepted at Reuse shops.

Free
Clinical waste   We don’t accept clinical waste. 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 the waste will be disposed of.  
Cooking oil     Free
Cushions
  • Furniture cushions
Good quality cushions can be donated to a reuse shop.  Old cushions can be disposed of in the non-recyclables container. Free
Electrical items (large and small, non-commerical)
  • Cookers and ovens - ensure gas cookers are disconnected by a qualified gas technician (refer to the Gas Safe register for a list of local companies)
  • Dishwashers
  • Fridges and freezers (domestic only)
  • Televisions
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Computers/laptops /monitors – it’s a good idea to remove all your personal data properly before disposing of a computer or laptop.
  • DVD players
  • Hair Dryers/tongs/straighteners
  • Irons
  • Kettles
  • Lawnmowers
  • Microwaves
  • Mobile phones - remember to take out your old SIM card
  • Smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Toasters
  • Toys, including ride-on cars, bikes and scooters
  • Vacuum cleaners/hoovers
  • Stereos

Your local district, borough or city council may offer a collection service for large electrical goods (eg washing machines, fridges, freezers), but might charge you. Some items can be offered to Reuse shops. Please check with staff.

 

Free
Engine oil (used)     Free
Explosives, boat flares, fireworks, fire arms/BB guns and ammunition   We don’t accept these items. Read our advice on disposing of explosives.  
Fibreglass   Now classed and charged as non-recyclable DIY waste. Charges apply
Fire extinguishers  

Hazardous waste days only

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

Free
Flat glass
  • Windows and glass doors
  • Greenhouse and Conservatory glass
  • Shower screens
Now classed and charged as non-recyclable DIY waste. Charges apply
Flooring
  • Laminate/wood
  • Vinyl
  • Lino
 Now classed and charged as non-recyclable DIY waste. Charges apply
Foil   You can take clean foil to our recycling centres. This includes kitchen foil and foil food trays, including those from takeaways and ready meals. This can be put in your kerbside recycling bin. Free
Food waste   Accepted, goes in the non-recyclables container Free
Furniture (free standing)
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Sofas
  • Beds

We accept free-standing furniture for free, however fitted furniture is classed as DIY waste.

Free
Garden/green waste
  • Garden and green waste
  • Garden tools
  • Trees - except ash trees.  Branches over 10cm diametre will go in the timber bin.  Please prune tree prunings into manageable sizes.
  • Water butts

More information about garden/green waste.

We do not accept:

Ash trees, leaves and prunings - and they cannot be accepted by your local garden waste collection service for composting. This is because ash dieback disease is affecting ash trees across the country. Defra and The Forestry Commission recommend that householders who have any ash trees, leaves or prunings burn them on site, where permitted to do so.Injurous or invasive weeds (eg ragwort, Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam) - treat them in the area in which they are growing, and avoid moving them, as this significantly reduces the risk of them spreading.

Visit GOV.uk for more information on tree pests and diseases.

If you have large quantities of garden waste, email in advance. 

 Free
Gas bottles and cylinders (empty)   Gas cylinders are the property of the gas supplier and we recommend that they are returned to them if possible. For more information visit the UKLPG website. Free
Gas bottles and cylinders (full or part full)  

We do not accept full or partially full gas bottles or cylinders, under any circumstance.

Gas cylinders are the property of the gas supplier and we recommend that they are returned to them if possible. For more information visit the UKLPG website.

Advice on where to dispose of gas bottles and cylinders.

 
Glass bottles and jars (washed)  

Can go in your kerbside recycling bin.

You can put empty and washed bottles and jars in the glass containers at our recycling centres. For flat glass, like window panes, see DIY waste.

Free
Glue   Not accepted  
Heating oil   Not accepted  
Household bin waste (including food waste)   We accept excess household waste from your kerbside collections. Separate any recyclable materials out beforehand then bag any remaining waste. We might ask you to open the bags at the recycling centre so that we can recycle as much as possible. Free
Incontinence pads  

Incontinence pads should usually be wrapped and disposed of in your kerbside rubbish bin.

Yes, we accept small amounts (one bag per household, per week) of incontinence pads. They must be double-wrapped and clearly labelled, to minimise the risk of human contact with them.

Free
Kitchenware
  • Glasses
  • Crockery
  • Saucepans
  Free
Lawnmowers   Yes, we accept electric and manual lawnmowers. We accept petrol lawnmowers as long as the fuel tank is empty/fully drained. Free
Lightbulbs/fluorescent tubes For large quantities of tubes, or commercial collection/disposal, contact Recyclite Free
Liquid cartons/Tetra paks  

Wash them first. Put them in the 'cardboard' container.

Can go in your kerbside recycling bin.

Free
Loft insulation   Classed as non-recyclable DIY waste. Charges apply
Mattresses   Put them in the non-recyclables container. Free
Medicines and Medical
  • Inhalers
  • Tablets
  • Syringes
No, we don’t accept unused/expired medications or medical equipment. Never place leftover or expired medicines/equipment in your kerbside rubbish bin or flush them down the toilet. You can speak to your local GP or pharmacist who will help you dispose of them safely.  
Metals Free
Nappies Yes, we accept small amounts (one bag per household, per week) of disposal nappies. They must be double-wrapped and clearly labelled, to minimise the risk of human contact with them. Disposable nappies should usually be wrapped and disposed of in your kerbside rubbish bin. 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)
Cost is per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent. Charges apply
Oil tanks (empty)(plastic or metal)  

Empty oil tanks (both plastic and metal) can be taken to any of our recycling centres. Oil tanks can be very large and will not fit in the recycling centre bins whole. To accept them it must be fully drained of any oil and you will need to break up the tank into smaller pieces. The bins on site are either chest height or possibly up the steps so please bring people that can help you carry the item safely, site staff may assist where possible. Please consider visiting the recycling centre before you bring the item to discuss the disposal with site staff.

They are subject to the new DIY policy

Charges apply
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/paint cans (empty or dried out)   Dried out tins can go in your kerbside rubbish bin. Free
Paint/paint cans (full or part full containing liquid paint)   Hazardous waste days only. Free
Paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Directories
  • Envelopes
Can go in your kerbside recycling bin. Free
Petrol, diesel or any other fuel   Not accepted  
Pets/animals
  • Animal bedding
  • Fish tanks and aquariums

Animal bedding is accepted in small amounts (one or two bags per week) of vegetarian pet bedding, eg soiled wood shavings, grit. This must be double-bagged and clearly labelled.

Fish tanks/aquariums – we accept household items. Filters or lights should be placed in the small electrical appliances container.

Free
Pets/animals
  • Dog and cat faeces (including cat litter)
  • Horse manure
  • Dead animals
Not accepted. Dog and cat faeces (including cat litter) isn’t accepted for hygiene reasons. If you have a small quantity, safely wrap it and put it in a plastic bag in your kerbside rubbish bin.  
Plant pots   We can't recycle plant pots at the moment, but you can put them in the general waste container or in your kerbside rubbish bin.  Some garden centres, including Notcutts, accept plant pots for reuse or recycling. Free
Plasterboard
  • Plasterboard
  • Plaster
Cost is per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent. Charges apply
Plastic
  • Bottles
  • Toys
  • Garden furniture

Since April 2017 we have stopped separating rigid plastic at the five sites (Caister, Dereham, Ketteringham, Kings Lynn and Thetford) which offered this service due to issues with the outlet processing the material. It is something we are keen to offer again but we need to ensure we have a secure market for the material.

Bottles, tubs and trays can go in your kerbside recycling bin. Toys and plant pots etc. accepted in non-recyclables or for Reuse shops.

Free
Plastic film   Put in non-recyclables container Free
Polystyrene   Put in non-recyclables container Free
Printer ink cartridges     Free
Rubble
  • Floor and wall tiles
  • Sinks, toilets and shower trays (ceramic)
  • Bricks, concrete and concrete posts
  • Paving slabs and stones
  • Roof tiles
Cost is per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent. Charges apply
Scrap metal
  • Bikes
  • Dried out empty metal paint cans
  • Sports equipment
  • Radiators
  Free
Septic tanks   Not accepted.  Anglian Water may be able to assist you.  
Soil and turf   Classed and charged as non-recyclable DIY waste. Charges apply
Sports equipment
  • Broken non-electrical
  • Electrical sports equipment
Working items may be accepted by Reuse shops. Free
Storage heaters  

Your storage heater may contain asbestos, which we do not accept - check whether your make and model contains asbestos

If the storage heater does contain asbestos then we cannot accept it - details of facilities that accept asbestos

 
Sweet/chocolate/biscuits tins   Tins should be put into the scrap metal container and plastic containers should go into the non-recyclables container. Free
Textiles
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Curtains
  • Bedding
Items may be considered for Reuse shops.  Free
Thermometers   Not accepted  
Timber/wood
  • Fitted kitchen units
  • Fitted and built in furniture
  • Doors, door frames and skirting
  • Laminate flooring and floorboards
  • 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 blue pallets, which cannot be accepted and should be returned to the supplier
  Charges apply
Tools
  • Household tools (including broken)
  • Garden tools
  • DIY tools
  • Power tools
Usable tools in good condition may be sent on for reuse or sold in our reuse shops. Power tools are accepted as small electrical items. Tools are not classed as DIY waste. Free
Turf/soil   Classed as DIY waste. Charges apply
Tyres   Tyres are accepted at some sites and are charged at £4 a tyre.  Maximum of five tyres per household per month. Charges apply
Vehicles and parts  

We don’t accept all vehicles/parts of vehicles.

Disposing of vehicles, parts and tyres at our recycling centres.

 
Wallpaper
  • Unused wallpaper
  • Used/stripped wallpaper

Unused wallpaper should go into the cardboard container

Used/stripped wallpaper should go into the non-recyclables container

Free
Water filters   Put in 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

We don't accept invasive species. Treat them in the area in which they are growing, and avoid moving them, as this significantly reduces the risk of them spreading.

Government advice and guidance is available.


Wood (DIY waste)
  • Fitted wardrobes
  • Kitchens
  • Laminate flooring
  • Sheds
  • Pallets
  • Fence panels
 Classed as DIY waste. Charges apply
Wood 
  • Garden bench
  • Dining table
  • Chairs
Includes other free standing items Free
Wrapping paper  

Paper should go into the cardboard container, but shiny or foil-type wrapping paper should go into the non-recyclables container.

Non glitter/shiny wrapping paper can go in kerbside bin.

Free

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