Objects we no longer want turn into waste all too easily, and we expect someone else ‘to take it away and deal with it’ – the energy used up in the manufacture, transport, and whole life cycle of objects creates greenhouse gases, and landfill sites do too that’s why it’s so important to:  Re-Think Resources, reduce, re-use, refill, repair, rot things & reinvest and then recycle as a last resort.


  • Re-Think Resources Get to learn what the materials you use are made of and to question and understand what’s involved in the object’s whole life cycle. We need to vote with our feet against badly designed products that create waste.
  • Reduce - Reduce the amount of packaging you buy (yes, we pay for it), refuse plastic bags (take your own bag) – buy in bulk, shop at markets, far less waste and purchase local.
  • Re-Use - buy second-hand, share your resources, refill containers (see below), paint objects to change appearances.
  • Repair - use Shrewsbury’s shops to repair old bikes, re-sole shoes, mend lamps, TVs, washing machines etc.
  • Refill -  you can refill your Ecover bottles at Pomona,  the Herbarium,  and Snapdragon Wholefoods, .
  • Recycle  -  Shropshire now recycles,re-uses or composts 53.3% of household waste,  which makes us the 8th best county in the UK. For more statistics - see more info.
  • Rot Things - learn to compost, then use that compost to grow things!
  • Reinvest - to complete the cycle, buy recycled items, like computer paper, plastics and glass.
  • Re-manufacture (Caterpillar remanufactures all types of engines for re-use at its Shrewsbury plant.)



This Telford based company recycle mattresses, sofa beds, chairs and under the WEEE directive, elecrtical appliances of all types.

They aim to re-purpose and re-use whenver possible.

Although they currently only deal with businesses, domestic collection days are soon to be arranged in Shrewsbury and Telford.

Unit 40
Ketley Business Park
0330 133 0166

Agri.cycle Shropshire

Plastic farm and agricultural waste -  recycling of cartridges, bailer twine, used spiral shelters and guards for young trees .

Montford Bridge


Compost, made from  kerbside green waste, sold loose in bulk to farmers and landscape gardeners, can be delivered.

01743 821226

AluminiumCans/Foil/Milk Bottle tops

Worth £1,500 per tonne if reclaimed! Wash and squash these, and put in your recycling box with your other cans for fortnightly kerbside collections - also clean aluminium foil e.g. from chocolate, nightlights, pie / take away trays, aerosols, deodorant cans, some metal tubes e.g. tomato puree, and fizzy drinks cans. There are skips at supermarkets too, and at Battlefield HRC. You can buy new recycled foil:
If the object you squash stays scrunched, then its aluminium. If not its probably a plastic/aluminium composite eg toothpaste tubes, pet food sachets and coffee wrappers are mostly plastic and not able to be recycled.


A highly dangerous material.  You can take to the Battlefield HRC and place in skip for safe disposal but please ring 0345 678 9007 in advance for advice.


There are so many textile and woven bags around , often free or very cheap, and re-useable time and time again, that no-one should need a plastic bag.

Clever Baggers Fox Building, Severn Rd., Welshpool SY21 7AZ. T: 0845 2600393  will sell and print in bulk.
(Also see plastic bags,)


You should now be able to take them back to the place where you bought them, supermarkets, also virtually all public buildings in Shropshire have battery recycling bins in reception, for these throw-aways are manufactured from nasty chemicals, which used to end up in landfill.  YOU CAN NOW recycle household batteries from the kerbside - please put them in a clear plastic bag and put them on your recycling box in a place wherfe the crews can easily see them.

Use rechargeable batteries with rechargers whenever possible.  See  W:  for a question and answer session, or  T: 0800 666 4668

Better still, buy wind-up or solar-powered radios and torches, now more widely available.

Car Batteries must  be taken to Battlefield HRC for professional disposal.  (The lead content is recycled but the acid needs to be neutralised before it can be disposed of).

Watch batteries can be returned for recycling to Timpsons (under the market), or can be recycled along with other household batteries, in shops, supermarkets, etc.

Battlefield Household Recycling Centre

Opening times 9 - 5pm  7 days per week. Closed Christmas and Boxingm and New Years Day                                                                            
You can recycle more than 30 different items here, including: -
• Wood  • Scrap Metal  • Plasterboard  • Garden waste  • Soil  • Hardcore and rubble  • Glass  • Paper  • Cans, tins, aerosols and tin foil  • Plastic bottles  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
• Gas bottles  • Fridges and freezers  • Electrical appliances  • Mobile phones  • TV and computer monitors  • Car engine oil  • Car batteries  • Used cooking oil  • Printer cartridges. Carpets
• Textiles  • Bras  • Shoes  • Furniture  • Books  • Toys  • CD's & DVD's  • Bric-a-brac  • Cardboard  • Tetra Pak type drinks cartons  • Fluorescent tubes  • Low energy lightbulbs  • Household batteries

You can ring the Council to request collection of  large objects , for a charge.  The collections have been sub-contracted to local recycling  charities - so it helps support their work.   Remember to get into the site with large trailers and most vans you will need a permit, so ring first. 0345 678 9007

Vanguard Way,
Battlefield Enterprise Park
0345 678 9007


Bicycles can often be mended, reused, and customised. Local bike shops can repair, including in  the Market Hall. Broken bike metal can be recycled at the scrap metal bays at Battlefield HRC.
gocycling-Shropshire will come and mend your bike at home.

Bluesky Plastics Recycling

collect scrap WEEE and other larger electrical goods using a national network of collection points and bulk containers.  Plastics are  separated, cleaned,   reduced and offered for resale

01775 670226


Books are very energy and materials inefficient, so always recycle, and buy second hand. Keep the library open (Shrewsbury Library is beautiful!), so borrow books – it’s free!
Publishers are waking up to seeing the environmental impact of new paper books see
Donate to charity shops (esp Oxfam, Dogpole libraries, or book banks.) - website to follow ideas, journeys and histories of books left in a public place to be picked up and read by others – free, who then do likewise.
Read, recycle and swap and talk about books online. You can recycle book paper in your green box, but put its cardboard cover and spine with the cardboard you have to take to a collection point..

Battlefield HRC accepts used books for re-use and recycling.


 Recycle these for charity at Battlefield HRC. Bras are in short supply in African countries

Building Materials

Don’t tip these, they may be useful to builders, or reclamation yards such as Loosemores in Battlefield who sell and buy all types of recycled rubble and aggregate   T: 01743 443 156.
Battlefield HRC will recycle small quantities.

Bulky Household Waste

If you cannot transport items to the Battlefield HRC yourself, you can ring the Council for a chargeable collection, (T: 0345 678 9007). These collections are now run by charitable organisations involved in recycling, so there is some benefit to the community. However its far better to avoid the item ever becoming ‘waste’ in the first place, so check it can’t be used by someone else, see or a Furniture Scheme. Businesses, trailers and large vehicles can’t dump stuff at Battlefield HRC - if in doubt, ring for a permit.

Cae Post

Excellent Powys social enterprise that collects, sorts and bales all sorts of materials including plastic, for recycling

Trewern Depot,
nr Welshpool.
01938 570426


Aluminium, ferrous (human and pet foods) and aerosol cans can both go in your kerbside recycling box. Wash and squash, please. Also can banks around town, supermarkets and Battlefield HRC.


Cardboard  -  recently stricter UK rules on the quality of compost mean that we cannot now add cardboard to our green waste collections sadly, because it doesn’t rot down very well and introduces non-compostable material like plastic.  The Council are working on a new cardboard recycling collection service but it’s likely to require significant changes to the entire service and in 2015, it is not yet in operation.  In the meantime, you can still compost cardboard at home and still recycle cardboard, but you need to take it to a skip at Battlefield HRC,( or one of the recycling sites in Shropshire),  or  Morrisons, Sainsburys or Asda - see

22 households on Ashley Street in Cherry Orchard are slimming their bins together on the Rubbish Diet with great success. As part of the rubbish diet they are sharing lifts to recycling bring banks and the household recycling centre for materials like cardboard, tetrapak, textiles and light bulbs. So every fortnight they are saving about  20 journeys and a lot of time! One resident commented on how nice it had been to meet more neighbours at the monthly get together with tea and cake where they literally talk rubbish!

If your street would like to start a rubbish diet project get in touch with Ali Thomas – on 07972 858313 or email

Greetings Cards can be recycled in your kerbside paper collection.
Ensure the card comes from sustainable forestry, or is made of recycled paper.
You can send E-cards by using FoE’s efficient and free service:
or buy FOE’s sticky labels to reuse cards and envelopes. at our stalls, or T: 01743 260971.
Throughout January, WH Smith and Tesco and TK Maxx take back greetings cards for recycling for charity.
Headway Shropshire, Holsworth Park, Oxon Business Park, Shrewsbury SY3 5HJ   T: 01743 365271 -  their day centre clients can recycle old greetings cards into new.


You can now take them to the Battlefield Recycling Centre, where there there is a designated skip for old carpets.


Abandoned vehicles are an eyesore and a safety issue. Report them to the Council  - 0845 678 9009.
New EU ruling means cars can now be scrapped free.

Salop Car Breakers, Unit 6/7 Monkmoor Industrial Estate, Shrewsbury. 01743 242108

Car Oil – very toxic and illegal to dump in water supply, take  to Battlefields HRC, as it can be recycled.


A good packaging material that biodegrades quicker than leaves! Made from digesting wood and cotton pulp in a series of chemical  baths.

Clothes And Shoes

All parts of textiles and shoes can be recycled and reused – even into industrial rags or underfelt, so never just bin them. Give good quality items to Jumble sales or charity shops, for reuse and resale, and thus fundraising, or, put them out (bagged) in your recycling box for collection, or place them in clothing skips at supermarket recycling centres. Clothes skips at Battlefield HRC, which also has a skip for
Bras - recycled for Cancer Research or take them to M&S who pass them on to Oxfam..

Coffee Grounds

You can ask Starbucks, and now, Ginger and Co Coffee in Princess St. for theirs, to take home to make compost. Also said to be a good slug repellant in the garden!  Ask other cafes, to encourage composting!

You can also grow oyster mushrooms on old coffee grounds



Many charities collect old currency, British and foreign. Also banks. Leave foreign money at the port or airport of other countries for their local charities.


Make your own, to enrich the quality of your soil.  Worm composters  make very rich compost and can sit under the sink. Lakeland, Mardol sell containers for kitchen veg waste prior to composting.  If you buy compost from nurseries or garden centres, make sure it contains no peat. (see Home and Garden section for more about compost bins etc)

Shropshire Council and Veolia run a Master Composter programme.  For more details of this group, contact

Bokashi buckets, are useful, as they ferment all household kitchen waste, including meat, fish, dairy and even bones.  The resulting stuff can be used as a good soil conditioner and a plant food liquid too.


They contain hazardous waste materials, and need to be disposed of safely at Battlefield HRC. Or they may be mended and re-used, or if they are completely broken, they can still be dismantled for recycling (in the UK):- 

Salop Computer Centre, SMC building, St. Michael's St., SY1 2ES   01743 233550  repair and recycle.  Also take used printer cartridges.

Wrexham firm safely collect, destroy data and recycle parts.   01978 448019

UK IT Recycling, now at  Pitchford Road, Condover SY57DG
Collect old computers from colleges, universities, businesses, and homes for processing, sorting for re-use, and stripped into component parts. They also offer lowcost or free to low-income rural families or people in need, they dispose and recycle within the UK.

Computers for Africa,
Visit towns for a few days, to collect old computers that must be less than 5 years old. They visit Shrewsbury 4 times a year    01622 750323

South Shropshire Furniture Scheme,  
Ludlow SY8 1RL    Refurbish computers. Recycling and carpentry workshop, accredited training, tea room, & reuse centre.
Computer Cartridges
Computer printer cartridges can be refilled. Toners are the large, commercial ones, filled with dust colour, inkjets are wet and used in smaller, domestic pcs and can be refilled while you wait at:-                      

Cartridge World, ,  local supplier of low cost and high quality refilled inkjet and laser printer cartridges.

Ink World,  182 Abbey Foregate, SY2 6AH   T: 01743 246 869   Order online with free delivery at
Recycle used printer cartridges – only 10% are presently recycled, so to recycle,  take to Tesco, Charity shops, Ryman stationers, the Guildhall reception area and Battlefield HRC.    Also:-
- Action Aid  0845 3100 200  - collect ink & toner cartridges by giving freepost bags (and free collection boxes for offices). Recycle  lots of electronics too.

- Cartridge Express   0113 2428935

- Environmental Computer Recycling - an IT recycling company who collect from businesses in mainland UK, within 20 mile radius of Birmingham.  0121 472 3444.


Try to choose containers that may be recyclable, with minimal packaging. e.g. glass perfume bottles can be recycled with your jars and wine bottles, most plastic pots can be recycled with your plastic bottle collection.


Duvets and washable pillows

Iin good condition, these are sometimes accepted by Furniture Schemes (check first).

Otherwise, try Dogs Homes eg. RSPCA Dorrington T: 0300 123 0753 or The  Dogs Trust at Roden 01952 770225

JBS Fibre recycling  Recycling House, Halesfield 22, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4QX don't collect, you have to take for recycling. Phone first 0845 500 576.(also mattresses, foam and carpets).

E U Skills

They have grants for small waste firms to take on young people. Also co-ordinate other training in the gas, power, water and waste management sector.

Egg Boxes

Return to shops and markets, or put cardboard ones in your compost bin/heap or recycle them at your local cardboard recycling skip,

until the kerbside cardboard collection is reinstated.

Electric Appliances


The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) states that such waste must be reclaimed, and there is a designated bay at Battlefield Household Recycling Centre for this.

- Get electrical objects repaired rather than discard, creating valuable employment too.
Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling
T: 020 7729 4766

- Info on manufacturers who recycle.
Recycle components or metals contained in used or discarded electronic equipment.

- Shropshire Council
T: 0345 678 9007
Will take away a defunct fridge or cooker (for a small fee).
Donate reasonable items to Furniture Schemes

- Frankwell Appliances
20, Frankwell, Shrewsbury
T: 01743 356625
Sells reconditioned appliances.

- Stokes of Shrewsbury
60 Mardol, SY1 1PP
T: 01743 355752
Sell reconditioned appliances at ½ the new price, and do spares & repairs.
(for large-scale recycling  WEEE of electrical goods, see the business/office section for Blue Sky Plastics Recycling, who process plastics for reuse.)


Re-use by sticking labels over previous addresses. (Shrewsbury Foe sell these). It's no longer necessary to remove and discard  plastic windows from envelopes before recycling in with paper!

Environmental Computer Recycling

IT recycling company, who collect from companies in mainland UK.

0121 472 3444

Film Cases

Take back to Boots photographic dept. for recycling.

Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent Lights (and low energy light bulbs)
These are hazardous waste, containing mercury, and must be taken to Battlefield HRC for safe recycling.
IKEA stores will accept them back, too.  Sainsburys, Meole Brace also accept them for safe recycling.  Other supermarkets will follow.

- Bulk lights – Recyclite T: 0800 358 5440 or 01953 451111
Will supply storage boxes and organise collections for recycling.


Waste food as it rots creates methane in landfill, so eat it all up!. We recommend you only compost raw food and not meat, fish, bread or dairy. If you want to compost cooked food you should be use a wormery instead.  ( More on composting and see Wiggly Wigglers in Home & Garden section).
Of course it is better to avoid waste in the first place though, so try not to waste so much food, the average family could save about £60 per month on shopping bills! For more information on the local Love Food Hate Waste campaign visit


- A new active national website for giving/receiving something you don’t/ do want, saving stuff going into landfill.
A free version of ebay, giving things away instead of selling them.

- Freegle (replaces freecycle) in Shrewsbury. 5800  locals use this grassroots, and growing, free, non-profit local recycling opportunity. You offer something you don’t need on the web, goods or services for free, or look to acquire something you need  yourself.   A bonus is  it keeps unwanted stuff out of  landfill.   To join, see  Local Shrewbury Group:
Local group via Facebook:
For national information:


Freiburg, Germany

This Sourh Western German city, of 220,000, has excellent and progressive policies on public transport, waste, lots of forms of sustainable energy, ecologically sound buildings, green spaces and lots more besides.    see:


see electric appliances


Don't chuck it, it can be re-used, repaired, customised. If you donate to a furniture scheme, this may produce useful training work in mending, and the furniture is then sold on cheaply to households in need:-
Shropshire Household Furniture Recycling Partnership (SHOFUR)         T: 01691 672688
A local partnership of 5 furniture re-use charities providing a chargeable collection service (of household goods) throughout the Shropshire Council area.

Shrewsbury Furniture Scheme (also known as Home Essentials),  294 Monkmoor Rd.  01743 246 668  Open 9am-3pm Mon-Thu, and 9am – 1pm Fri. Phone to donate, have stuff collected or to receive if on a low income or in need. Furniture, electrical appliances and household goods. Free collection in S’bury.

British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical Store, 31-32 Middle Mall, SY1 1BW. will collect  furniture and electrical items

 REVIIVE - Unit 4, Knights Park, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Sy1 3AB. (next to Screwfix).01743 588458    Mon-fri 10-5.  Sat 10am-4pm.    New re-use store, selling household items and furniture, supporting people in need, and offering training.

South Shropshire Furniture Scheme,  The Renaissance Centre, Ludlow SY1 1RL. 01584
Computer refurbishing/recycling workshop, accredited training, carpentry workshop, tea room and shops.
Collects donated furniture and household items to redistribute to people in need

Chairs and Spares, Telford.    01952 619197
(also runs a Community Re-paint project which accepts / sells all types of emulsion and gloss)

Relate Charity Shop, Mardol,  SY1 1PP   01743 248418

Sue Ryder Charity Shop, 10 Roushill Bank, SY1 1PN. 01743 356046


Put bottles and jars in the green box for recycling collections.

Pyrex, window glass or incandescent light bulb glass can’t be recycled -  there's a special skip at Battlefield HRC, also for used fluorescent lights.

Cheese plates, olive dishes, spoon rests and lemon boards, made of recycled green and blue glass bottles by Sarah Hill, T: 01939 236 478

(There is a box for special glass donations for Sarah Hill at Battlefield Recycling Centre)

Harlescott Toy Library

Take and Play Harlescott Community Centre, .  Save money and waste by reusing old toys. Toys available for hire. 

Kynaston Road
07837 192603

Hazardous Waste

eg. Oil, paint, varnish, chemicals – anything which is dangerous, flammable, explosive poisonous etc)
Don’t bin it! Take to Battlefield Household Recycling Centre for safe disposal.

House Clearances

Brian Taylor Antiques and House Clearances
All types undertaken; of houses,offices,workshops,sheds and garages, anything useful sold on or given to charity. Other materials recycled where possible. Free,no obligation quotes/valuations.  m: 07754 084949

01743 244626


Shrewsbury FoE campaigned against the Battlefield incinerator (in North Shrewsbury) because,
1   it's hugely expensive,
2   it's far too large
3   it will disadvantage efforts to recycle
4   there are fears over the pollution caused.

but despite it being unanimously thrown out by Shropshire Council's own Planning Committee, Veolia managed to win a lengthy and costly public inquiry.

The incinerator is now built and has just started burning domestic and commercial waste, maybe still in a trial situation.    Don't let the incinerator put you off recycling - we don't want useful materials to be inefficiently burned! 

One small crumb of comfort is that as part of the inquiry process, Veolia were forced to improve the efficiency of the plant slightly, from ridiculously inefficient to just hopelessly so.

We believe the plant is already out of date and can't see it meeting future standards without huge extra costs, so we trust that it will have a short life.  (Also see Veolia)


These can now be recyclied at Lunts Chemists, also Boots, Asda and Tesco.

Ink-Jet & Laser Cartridges

There are a number of charities who welcome your recycled inkjet cartridges, mobile phones sat.navs,digital cameras etc.

Ask your charity for a special recycling envelope  or go direct to

Further info  under Computers


Junk Mail

 In 2009, 11 billion pieces of it were delivered in the UK.  has firm/polite letterbox stickers.    Register for opt out options with   or    or

Light Bulbs

These energy-guzzling incandescent bulbs are no longer permitted to be sold, and  they can’t be recycled.  Energy-saving fluorescent bulbs and strip lights can be recycled at Battlefield Household Recycling Centre.

local cardboard collections

22 households on Ashley Street in Cherry Orchard are slimming their bins together on the Rubbish Diet with great success. As part of the rubbish diet they are sharing lifts to recycling bring banks and the household recycling centre for materials like cardboard, tetrapak, textiles and light bulbs. So every fortnight they are saving about  20 journeys and a lot of time! One resident commented on how nice it had been to meet more neighbours at the monthly get together with tea and cake where they literally talk rubbish!

If your street would like to start a rubbish diet project get in touch with Ali Thomas – on 07972 858313 or email


Give to libraries, schools, doctors’, dentists’ or vets’ waiting rooms, or recycle with newspapers.

Materials Recycling Week

Recycling and waste management news , information & a directory of companies.

Mattresses, carpets, duvets, pillows

 JBS Fibre Recovery Ltd., Recycling House, Halesfield 22, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4QX   T: 0845 500 7576    Can reuse and recycle nearly all parts of a mattress, and other textile furnishings, diverting tonnes of waste from landfill. You can deliver,  but ring first, sadly they don't collect.


Unwanted or unused - creams, liquids, tablets or inhalers should all be returned to your chemists for safe disposal.


Battlefield Household Recycling Centre has a scrap metal skip. CheckYellow pages for your nearest local scrap dealer.
WJ Furber, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury.   T: 0783 417 5195
buy and sell any scrap metals, including cars (not fridges or al cans). Open 8-5, Mon-Fri.

Mobile Phones

It is really worthwhile to recycle mobile phones –  a tonne of ore from a gold mine produces just 5 grams (0.18 ounce) of gold on average, whereas a tonne of discarded mobile phones can yield 150 grams (5.3 ounce) or more of solid gold!!!   The same volume of discarded mobile phones also contains around 100 kg (220 lb) of copper and 3 kg (6.6 lb) of silver, among other metals.
They also take energy to make, and waste energy if chargers aren’t unplugged,  so recycling is essential.

Return your phone to where it was purchased or take it Battlefield HRC, where their sale proceeds are donated to Hope House Children's Hospice, Oswestry. Or charities like Oxfam and Cancer Research benefit by receiving old phones for resale etc. (National Foe receives a donation if you send them your old one – how to on ) recycle them, this helps Children in Need.


Monkmoor Toy Library

Mondays, term time, 9.15-11.15 at Crowmoor School  


07739 420541 or 07979 962672.


Don’t use paper nappies, as they don’t decompose, and are polluting all through their lifecycle. Reusable terry towel nappies can prevent this waste, and you could save about £800 over the lifetime of just one baby! (lots more in Family and Leisure section). Analysis of what’s in our bins in Shropshire has shown that disposable nappies make up about 4% of total household waste. This means an incredible 6,000 tonnes of disposable nappies end up buried in landfill sites in Shropshire every year.
If you want to help tackle this waste mountain and save yourself some money, and get lots of good info, then contact the Real Nappy Advisory Service via their website.


Disposing of mineral oils down drain or sink is illegal.  You can recycle engine and heating oil at Battlefield HRC.  It's collected and recycled into a new type of heating oil.  Separately used vegetable oil from cooking can also be recycled  at Battlefield HRC, it's reprocessed and then used to provide electricity and heat.  See   for other areas.


So much waste is involved insome of the non-recyclable materials used for packaging,  such as plastics made from a non-renewable resource, like oil.  It's possible to choose to buy things in bulk, which cuts down on the materials used, or use paper bags or cardboard, which can be recycled, re-used,  or composted.  It's possible to always choose products which have the least packaging, or request the manufacturers to try a bit harder.

The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (incpen) is a research organisation, representing manufacturers - there is lots of useful info on why and how items are packaged in the way they are.

The Wool Packaging Company Ltd
Stable Court, Oakley, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 4AG.
T: 01630 415 008
Wool-insulated boxes made from degradable fibreboard, brilliant and local alternative to polystyrene, etc.


- Scrappies (in Church Stretton)
T: 01694 722511 Will take paint, emulsion or gloss, as long as there is more than half a tin. Phone before travel.                                                                                                                               

- Battlefield HRC for safe disposal.

-  charity Community RePaint in Telford . Chairs & Spares above)

- See New Life Paints made from recycled paint at


Unwrap presents carefully, and reuse the wrapping paper. Put out newspapers, magazines, catalogues, etc. in the  fortnightly recycling box. Don’t forget to tear up or shred private bills and financial documents, and recycle with the green waste, or compost or use as animal bedding, as shredded paper can't go in with the paper green box.

No need to remove envelope windows,  as these are made from cellulose.


From diy building projects can be recycled in a skip at the Battlefield Household Recycling Centre.


In the Groove sells old records and objects made from records.

01743 272001

Recycle now

Website packed with info on recycling, composting etc.also for schools.


Recycling in Shropshire

'Shropshire now recycles,re-uses or composts 53.3 % of household waste,  which makes us the 8th best county in the UK,' says Shrewsbury's Waste Prevention Officer James Thompson, 'Contrast this to our nearest neighbours Telford who recycle just 43% of household waste, Worcestershire 43%, Powys 41%, Herefordshire just 40% and you appreciate how well we are doing.  To put it another way if Shropshire were a country, we would have the 4th best recycling rate in the EU, and therefore in the whole world!  Ahead of the likes of Sweden, Holland and Switzerland (only behind Germany, Austria and Belgium) so clearly Shropshire is doing really well! However look to Staffordshire who recycled 53.7% last year, Devon who did 55% or the best county in the UK Oxfordshire who very nearly almost shattered the so called “glass ceiling” and recycled 59.6% last year and you see that it is possible to do better.  As well as recycling a lot – some rubbish is now diverted for energy production and so only about 40% of household waste now goes to landfill which is incredible to think how far we have come in ten years (in 2002/3 96% of Shropshire's waste went to landfill) (These encouraging figures and this trend make the up and running incinerator unnecessary, in the view of Shrewsbury friends of the earth).  Still tens of thousands of tonnes of rubbish produced each year  has to go somewhere and landfill is now unaffordable and actually may well be banned through legislation soon – so this residual waste cannot be wished away and is going to either get treated in Shropshire or treated in an adjacent county! ' (Incinerated!)

All 5 of Shropshire's household recycling centres are open 9-5, 7 days per week. But not Christmas, Boxing or New Year's Day.


Take back your Ecover cleaning product plastic bottles for refilling - to Snapdragon Wholefoods, Shrewsbury Market, or Pomona,Castle Gates.(see Food Section)


sells recycled, mended, used furniture                                      

Unit 4, Knights Park
Battlefield Enterprise Park

Rubbish Diet Challenge

 Whether it’s a space issue and you can’t get everything in your bin, your wheelie bin smells because of rotting food or you just can’t stand our throw away lifestyle, the Rubbish Diet challenge will help to solve your waste problems. It's like a slimming club for your bin, shrinking what you send to landfill, saving you money and once your bin is slim - you’ll never have to panic about missing bin day again!!

The Diet is really easy to do.  All you have to do is keep track of what you throw away and then find ways of making that waste disappear by recycling it, finding other uses for it or just avoiding it all together.  You’ll find solutions that work for you with the help of other Dieters in your group and from your local Bin Doctor, so check out the website.


Rubbish Diet Challenge

Whether it’s a space issue and you can’t get everything in your bin, your wheelie bin smells because of rotting food or you just can’t stand our throw away lifestyle, the Rubbish Diet challenge will help to solve your waste problems. The Rubbish Diet is like a slimming club for your bin, shrinking what you send to landfill, saving you money and once your bin is slim - you’ll never have to panic about missing bin day again!!

The Diet is really easy to do.  All you have to do is keep track of what you throw away and then find ways of making that waste disappear by recycling it, finding other uses for it or just avoiding it all together.  You’ll find solutions that work for you with the help of other Dieters in your group and from your local Bin Doctor.


Recycles hard plastic cups

Try out a Bamboo toothbrush. Completely recyclable!


Open 11-7 Wed, 10-4 Thurs, 10-2 Sat
Collects worthwhile scrap and sorts and stores it in a large warehouse then sells it to members, who use it in art and craft activities to benefit the education of children. Scrappies also run workshops so children and adults can learn about recycling and reusing materials whilst creating with a local artist. (They will receive plastic milkbottle tops, coffee jar lids and empty washing up liquid bottles)

Church Stretton,
01694 722511


can be repaired and resoled, at a fraction of the original purchase cost. Most charity shops or clothes banks will be able to reuse or recycle them. Or Clarks, in Pride Hill Shopping Centre, will recycle for UNICEF.


Make a pledge to reduce paper use and change to using only recycled

Shropshire Community Recycling Limited (SCRL)

A network of Shropshire community organisations which aims to minimise waste and maximise recycling and reuse.
Giving access to a wide range of benefits including:
Regular information about national, • regional and local events, grant opportunities, projects, new initiatives
Learning from other members who • represent a wide range of interests
Sharing experience, knowledge, best • practice with other members
Partnership with Shropshire Council who • take an active part in SCRL meetings
Contact Rosemary Collie


01584 877751/07792 687903

shropshire council

See also

Ring the Customer Service Centre - 0345 678 9007.

Shropshire Council Business help

Several departments deal with matters relevant to businesses. Comprehensive information is available on commercial waste and recycling issues including schemes for dealing with particular materials. The Economic Development Team is able to provide advice on various aspects of business development. Grants are available for implementation of travel plans and to help businesses connected with tourism.

Shropshire Upholstery

Complete restoration, re-upholstery service, custom built options on bar seating, fixed seating for pubs, clubs & hotels. If it has fabric on it I can cover it.

Anthony Tipton


Smile Plastics

Remarkable Smile make visually interesting  recycled plastic 'board' from which beautiful work surfaces, bird-tables, furniture etc can be made. See their very useful info on the bio-degradable/non degradable bag issue at  and put in  to get this archived material.

01905 769 999

Soil And Rubble

There is a specific skip for this at Battlefield Household Recycling Centre..


Can be reglazed.  Battlefield  HRC and  most opticians accept old pairs (in good condition), or they can be posted for reuse to:
Vision Aid Overseas, 12, The Bell Centre, Manor Royal, Crawley, RH 10 2F2.  T: 01293 535 016    W:
(Sorting and packing these provides work for UK prisoners).


The Shirehall, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Oxfam and Red Cross shops will receive them. Also, to help save the endangered albatross, Pontesbury post office.  Or send UK and foreign stamps separately to:
RSPB stamps, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9XT.


re-conditioned Kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners etc. Repairs and replacement parts.

60 Mardol
01743 355752

Telephone Directories

Can go in the kerbside paper boxes and paper banks, along with Yellow Pages.


See Home and Garden section.


TerraCycle upcycles and recycles traditionally non-recycable waste packaging (including coffee packaging, biscuit wrappers, baby food pouches, baby wipes packaging, writing instruments and many more) into a large variety of consumer products. These products keep waste out of our landfills and contribute to a cleaner world.

A TerraCycle drop off location collection box is in place at Café Connect (Bank Farm Road, Shrewsbury SY3 6DU) for the local community to recycle any brand of coffee refill pack, coffee bean bag, plastic coffee jar lid and single serve coffee stick / sachet. All the funds raised support the Shrewsbury United Reformed Church.consumer products.

0800 0470 984


 & other brands of paper-based Liquid Food & Drinks Cartons, there are  skips at around 25 sites in Shropshire including all the main Household Recycling Centres + Sainsbury, Asda, Battlefield, Frankwell, Radbrook Green co-op and Minsterley Parish hall.

Textiles and Clothes

Put in clothing skips at supermarkets, or at Battlefield HRC .
Don’t put in duvets or pillows or rugs – these could be offered to Home Essentials, if in good condition, or local dog’s homes.

Seconds Out, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury SY4 3AP
T: 01939 290272
Collect in bulk all shoes, clean clothes and bedlinen, for reuse in developing countries.

The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme

Aims to put businesses wanting to throw something away in touch with some one who might want that waste to create savings for both.

The People's Design Lab

An opportunity to think about good product design, where waste is designed out.  Waste is a design flaw.  And to consider really wasteful products in daily use that could just be designed to be re-used, re-manufactured, etc.

Tools & Sewing Machines

Tools and sewing machines, especially hand machines – are refurbished and sent to Africa by Tools for Self Reliance  -  01743 341912  -  John Riley. For  South Shropshire -  01588 640550.

Tools are sent to particular projects, who train local artisans in vocational, business and life skills.  This enables them to start their own business or find employment.  Those projects promote self-worth and empower people to work themselves out of poverty - providing a sustainable long-term solution to themselves and their families.

See a list of tools the charity accepts on website.



see Toy Library above, and  in Family & Leisure section. Or charity shops. Also Battlefield HRC.


A charity which recycles and remakes textiles into new clothes, sold in their London shops or online, to fund health and education projects abroad.

                                                                                                        Also does education projects in the Uk on making new clothes from used.


020 8733 2580

Turtle Doves

 Handmade accessories, fingerless gloves, hats, snoods and more, all made from pre-loved jumpers, often cashmere. See  them at Made in Shropshire and Farmers Markets.  There's a list of current stockists on the website.

Online shop.

01743 344702


Can be recycled at the Household Recycling Centres e.g Battlefield. Never ever burn old tyres, they give off toxic fumes. If you buy new, the supplier should take your old ones and correctly dispose


Veolia is the waste and recycling contractor for Shropshire Council, and is responsible for collecting waste and recycling materials from 140,000 homes across Shropshire (46,000 homes in Shrewsbury).

Recycling collected at the kerbside and from the Household Recycling Centres is taken to various re-processors to be turned into new materials.  Any materials that can't be recycled are taken to the Energy Recovery Facility, (the Incinerator at Battlefield) where they are burnt to produce energy,  (which is the equivalent to power up to 10,000 homes). This energy is then sold to the National Grid for general consumption.

Bolingbroke House, Vanguard Way,
Battlefield Enterprise Park,
01743 452150

Water Filters

All parts of the Brita Cartridge are 100% recyclable - Argos, Meole Brace, collect them (and old catalogues) for recycling.
Also Dunhelm, Sundorne Retail Park, Boots and TJ Hughes.


 A new textile process - an ecostitching technology which allows garments to be selectively disassembled at end of life, the seams can be processed to fall apart, and then the garments can be re-used in various ways.



A firm that collect and recycle electrical waste safely:

Wellie Boots

Plastic or rubber, put  in clothes recycling banks

Wood & Timber

  • Take used wood to Battlefield HRC for recycling, or reuse. 
  • Shropshire Community Wood Recycling. (Phone first). 01939 235701   M: 07999 576054  E:  -  based in Whitchurch, collects over 20-mile radius, sell wood, recycle and make wooden garden items.  
  • Pallets to Palaces - http//: tell you how to make beds, boxes etc from salvaged wooden pallets.

Headway Shropshire, Holsworth Park, Oxon Business Park, Shrewsbury SY3 5HJ    01743 365271 need good wood (not MDF) for their woodwork workshop to make bird boxes, small toys, etc.

NEW - the Woodstore, 25 Upper Dock St,  Newport (S.Wales) T: 02920 519000 sells all things made with recycled wood by adults with learning difficulties.

Shed-Masters, 6 Centurion Park, Kendal Road, SY1 4EH. 01743 466328
Sells wooden containers for 2 bins and recycling boxes.

Jesent (local) make recycling box stores, composters, wooden units,  07527 899008  .


Easy to waste at this time, make your own presents, recycle wrappings, buy recycled goods.

See or  0207 490 1555
to buy a pack of FoE’s sticky labels to put over last year’s cards and re-send.  Put out with kerbside paper collection.

Christmas Trees
Annually, we buy (and later discard) 5 million of these! Buy a rooted tree for replanting, or, afterwards, leave out for the kerbside garden waste collection - please note: their max. length needs to be 5’ or 1.5m.

Yellow Pages

Can be recycled along with your normal paper.

Yoghurt Pots

Yoghurt pots and tops can now be recycled with plastic bottles at your doorstep collection.

Zero Waste

This is what we should be striving for – many towns, cities and countries (including Bishops Castle in Shropshire and Presteigne, just over the border) have made this their ambition – why not Shrewsbury? This movement is growing, globally -  it is for local small-scale, community-led initiatives, based on questioning consumption, reducing waste, and reusing and  recycling everything - nature doesn't waste a thing!           


ZERO WASTE PRESTEIGNE and NORTON, just over the border - the 2012 Community Recycler of the Year award winners achieve nearly 80% of domestic waste, by slow recycling, with very community-based involvement.  See their inspiring website, at Cwm Harry, who have developed a closed-loop economy.