recycling

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.

DON'T THROW ANYTHING AWAY - THERE IS NO 'AWAY'!

  • 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.)

 

AATRecycling

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 whenever 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
Telford
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

Agripost

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: www.ecotopia.co.uk
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.
 

asbestos


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.
 

bags

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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,)
 

batteries

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:  www.batterylogic.co.uk)  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

  E: customer.service@shropshire.gov.uk   
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
Shrewsbury
0345 678 9007

bicycles

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.

 

Re-cycle - a national charity that sends unwanted bikes to Africa, has a drop off point at Halfords, Telford.  tel 01952 290414   W:www.re-cycle.org
 

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


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.)

www.bookcrossing.com - 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.

www.readitswapit.co.uk
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.

Bottles

> Plastic Bottles - these, when discarded, litter the countryside, and do not biodegrade

Borough Market in London has now banned plastic bottles, and instigated water fountains instead, to refill your bottle!  

> Plastic milk bottles and lids can now be recycled but its far better to avoid them in the first place. A good start is to get milk delivered in reusable glass bottles.    http://www.findamilkman.net
> Milk bottle glass is reused a minimum of 20 times and after than can still be recycled.

PLASTIC WATER BOTTLESThere are various campaigns, all over the world - to seriously try to minimise the purchase and chucking of plastic water bottles. If you must buy such bottles,buy local water –  Much Wenlock or Fairbourne Water, then reuse, and refill.  

Have  a look at the following for inspiration:https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change http://www.frankwater.com/refill         https://www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle/   surfers against sewage petition http://www.recyclenow.com  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/02/plastic-bottles-coca-cola-recycling-coke     how coca cola hasnt helped

Bras

 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 Freegle.org.uk 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

Cans

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.
 

Card

Cardboard  -  Shrewsbury residents can now recycle card with all kinds of paper at the fornightly kerbside collection in free blue plastic bags. More info at www.recycleforshropshire.com

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:
www.foe.co.uk/cards

Throughout January, WH Smith and Tesco and TK Maxx usually  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.
 

CARPETS

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

You can use an old carpet (topside down) on weed areas in your garden to  prepare the ground for digging: makes a good cover for the top of a compost bin too.

Cars

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.
 

Cellophane

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

Chalk of Oswestry

CHALK is an umbrella business, which co-ordinates a number of projects to enable people, who live locally to Oswestry, to learn valuable skills to enrich their lives and build a better community.

 You will find re-upholstered bespoke furniture to re-purposed and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothes, textiles, haberdashery, gifts and so much more.  look for the unusual.

 

17 Leg St
Oswestry,
01691 655895

Clothes And Shoes

All parts of textiles and shoes, bags and belts can be recycled and reused – even into industrial rags or underfelt, so never just bin them. Give good quality clean items to Jumble sales or charity shops, for reuse and resale, and thus fundraising, or second-best 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.

- H & M, Castle St, Shrewsbury, will receive and recycle your old clean clothes, proceeds going to charities.

£4 per bag paid for clean clothes, rags, shoes and belts -  if taken to the demountable shed near TKMaxx at the Meole Brace carpark. They wont take underwear, school or work wear, nor dressing gowns and onesies.  Open 9-5 weekdays, 10-4 Sats, 10-3 Suns.  01543 897801.   (They also buy mobile phones)

 

Coffee Grounds

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

You can also grow oyster mushrooms on old coffee grounds

 

Coins

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.
 

Compost

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 catherineslaytor@veolia.com

Bokashi buckets, www.bokashidirect.co.uk 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.

Computers

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, Trade Counter 2, Battlefield Rd, Shrewsbury SY14AN.   01743 233550   http://www.salopcomputercentre.co.uk  repair and recycle.  Also take used printer cartridges.

Wrexham firm safely collect, destroy data and recycle parts.   01978 448019  http://www.usedpcjob.co.uk

UK IT Recycling, now at  Pitchford Road, Condover SY57DG http://ukitrecycling.com

http://www.enviro-pc.com
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    www.computers4africa.org.uk

South Shropshire Furniture Scheme,  
Ludlow SY8 1RL www.furniturescheme.co.uk    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, www.shrewsbury.cartridgeworld.co.uk ,  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  www.ink-world.co.uk/store
 
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   www.greensourcesolutions.co.uk  - 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.  www.computer-recycling-and-removals.co.uk

Cosmetics/Perfumes

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 and Dog Samaritans in Church Stretton.

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    www.icer.org.uk


- Info on manufacturers who recycle.
www.ecycling.com
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.)

- Small electrical appliances - Asda has a dedicated skip.
 

Envelopes

Re-use by sticking labels over previous addresses. (Shrewsbury Foe no longer 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.

Food

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 www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/shropshire.

You can now put any waste cooked foods, meat, cheese and kitchen greens etc in compostable (plastic) bags, and add them to the green garden waste wheelie bin for fortnightly roadside collection.

SEE SHREWSBURY FOOD HUB - BELOW
 

FREE STUFF

- A new active national website for giving/receiving something you don’t/ do want, saving stuff going into landfill. www.efreeko.co.uk
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:     www.freegle.in/shrewsbury
Local group via Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ShrewsburyFreegle
For national information:    www.ilovefreegle.org


 

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: http://www.ecotippingpoints.org

Fridges

see electric appliances
 

Furniture

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   www.shrewsburyfurniturescheme.com Mon-Thur 10 - 4pm, Fri 10 - 2 . Their shop, Home Essentials, in Castle Street, Shrewsbury, open  Mon-Sat 9.30 - 4.30  sells large furniture, financially supports the scheme, and stops more items going to landfill.  Phone to donate, have stuff collected or to receive if on a low income or in need. . Free collection in S’bury. At their Monkmoor Rd place, they can recycle glass, metal, wood, non-working electrical items and plastics.

British Heart Foundation   www.bhf.org.uk will collect  furniture and electrical items

 REVIIVE - Unit 4, Knights Park, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Sy1 3AB. (next to Screwfix).01743 588458   www.reviive.co.uk    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 877751www.furniturescheme.co.uk
Computer refurbishing/recycling workshop, accredited training, carpentry workshop, tea room and shops.
Collects donated


 

Glass

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  www.sarahhillglass.co.uk

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

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

Incineration ( now called energy recovery facility)

Shropshire Council Planning Committee refused planning permission, but Veolia appealed and won after a public enquiry.

Shrewsbury foe campaigned against the incinerator from the moment it was announced and were a major opponent at the Inquiry.  The reasons for campaigning are still valid:-

1.    It is expensive

2.    It removes the incentive to push for maximum recycling.

3.    There are concerns that the emissions to atmosphere are detrimental to health.

4.    Only 25% of the potential energy is utilised to prduce electricity.  Heat recovery and use could raise overall energy efficiencyt to 70-80%.

Veolia have managed to process and recycle all the ash as a construction material and are investigating whether it is feasible to provide some heat to a close-by processing plant.

These are positive developments and although no domestic waste is now going to landfill, the hope must be that in future systems and processes are adopted that do maximise recycling and avoid the

 detrimental effects of incineration.

 

Inhalers

These can now be recycled at Lunts Chemists, 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 www.therecyclingfactory.com

Further info  under Computers

 

Junk Mail

 In 2009, 11 billion pieces of it were delivered in the UK. www.stopjunkmail.org.uk  has firm/polite letterbox stickers.    Register for opt out options with www.junkbuster.org.uk   or www.mpsonline.org.uk    or   www.stayprivate.org

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.
 

Love Your Clothes

A UK gov website with loads of useful tips on caring for your clothes including mending, washing and recycling.

Magazines

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,

AAT Recycling. This Telford-based company recycle or re-purpose mattresses, sofa beds, chairs, and all types of electrical appliances.

Unit 5/6 Prees Industrial Estate, Whitchurch, SY13 2JD.  They can't collect, but hope TO START PUBLIC COLLECTION DAYS SHORTLY, in Shrewsbury and Telford.

T: 01948 840251    m. 07522849380.   W. www.aatrecycling.

 

 

 JBS Fibre Recovery Ltd., Recycling House, Halesfield 22, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4QX   T: 0845 500 7576   E:enquiries@jbsfibre.co.uk    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.
 

Medicines

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

Metals

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  www.foe.co.uk/phonerecycle )
www.fonebak.com recycle them, this helps Children in Need.

The demountable shed near TK Maxx in Meole Brace carpark buys old mobiles.  (see clothes recycling section for opening times).

 

Nappies

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.
 

Office and House Clearance

 Office Furniture, IT Equipment and Telecoms clared free of charge for re-use as a 2nd user product.

Also houses and lofts cleared.

0121 472 3444

oils

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 http://www.livingfuels.co.uk   for other areas.

Packaging

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.     www.incpen.org

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

Paint

- 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 .  
www.communityrepaint.org.uk(see Chairs & Spares above)

- See New Life Paints made from recycled paint at http://www.newlifepaints.com

Paper

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.

Plasterboard

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

PLASTICS

Make sure you look in the Plastics part of this Recycling section, as there is lots of info, and more and more reasons to cut down on its use.

RAGS

We've noticed how many rags end up being burnt in the incinerator at Battlefield.  Unnecessary waste, as all the 16 charity shops in Shrewsbury can earn extra money from selling on their rags to rag merchants, who can sell on for  re-manufacture for texitle products like carpet underlay etc.  To help the charities out, please make sure whether you are giving them clothes and white goods, or rags, and label the bag so it's clear. They ask that no-one leaves any bags outside their premises after closing time, as these are thrown away.  If you want to sell your rags, take them bagged to the demountable shed near TK MAXX at the Meole Brace car park.  See also clothes.

Records

Cave Records sells new and old records . 28, The Parade, St. Mary's Place.
 

07772225651

Recycle now

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

 

Recycling in Shropshire

'Shropshire now recycles,re-uses or composts 50.9% of our household waste.  Very small fluctuations over recent years.  As well as recycling,  a lot of rubbish is now diverted for energy production via Incineration.

 We have come a long way since 2002/3, when  96% of Shropshire's waste went to landfill.

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.

Refills

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

reviive

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.

 

save-a-cup

Recycles hard plastic cups

savesomegreen.co.uk

Try out a Bamboo toothbrush. Completely recyclable!

Scrappies

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

Shoes

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.
 

Shrewsbury Food Hub

The Shrewsbury Food Hub is an umbrella group for charities and projects in Shrewsbury/Shropshire that feed people as part of their daily work and who can benefit from donations of surplus food from local companies. We aim to cut down Shropshire's food waste and help conserve our planet's natural resources

Cwm Harry
Unit H, Vastre Industrial Estate
Newtown
01686 626234

shrewsbury furniture scheme aka HOME Essentials

in Monkmoor .....to donate or retrieve used  furniture, including electricals

 

see detail under FURNITURE

Shrewsbury Repair Cafe

Broken toaster, hoover, trousers with a broken zip cluttering up your house? Bring them to the repair cafe and our friendly volunteers will help you repair them.

Unit 31-34 Ground Floor
Riverside Shopping Centre
Shrewsbury
01743 366771

shropshire council

See also www.recycleforshropshire.com

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

Anthony Tipton does complete restoration, re-upholstery service, custom built options on bar seating, fixed seating for pubs, clubs & hotels.

 

 

01952 77071

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  http://archive.org/web/web.php  and put in   www.smile-plastics.co.uk  to get this archived material.
 

01905 769 999

Soil And Rubble

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

Spectacles

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: www.vao.org.uk
(Sorting and packing these provides work for UK prisoners).

www.spex4less.com

www.glassesdirect.co.uk

Stamps


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.
 

stokes

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.
 

Televisions

See Home and Garden section.

TerraCycle

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

Tetrapak

 & 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

Take  clean clothing, bedlinen and  textiles - even clean rags and shoes to Charity shops, where they are bought by the public for re-use  or sold on to textile dealers who sort for re-use or recycling.  Or put in textile skips at supermarkets, or at Battlefield HRC .
(Please 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 have been collecting in bulk for 30 years, (from charity shops, car boots sales and in the past, jumble sales) - clean clothes, rags, bedlinen and shoes, mostly 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.

 

Toys

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

TRAID

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.  http://www.traidremade.com

 

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

Tyres

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

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,
Shrewsbury,
01743 452150

Water Filters

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

wear2

 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.

 

WeeeCare

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: SCWoodRecycling@googlemail.com  -  based in Whitchurch, collects over 20-mile radius, sell wood, recycle and make wooden garden items.  
  • Pallets to Palaces - http//: www.palletstopalaces.co.uk 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  .
 

Xmas

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


Cards
See  www.foe.co.uk/shop 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 - part of Cwm Harry

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.