You are here


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
0330 133 0166


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.


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:  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.


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


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 
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.

Read, recycle and swap and talk about books online. You can recycle book paper and it's cardbard cover , in the blue kerbside bag.

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 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.


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  -  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:

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.


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.

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
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



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 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.


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
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


Try to choose containers that may be recyclable, with minimal packaging. e.g. glass perfume bottles can be recycled with jars and wine bottles, most plastic pots can be recycled in the plastic kerbside collection.
See plastics section for details about how cosmetics and beauty products have been packed with tiny microbeads, which are causing havoc for marine life and land.  Their use will only be partially banned, please investigare carefully these products.

Environmental Computer Recycling

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

0121 472 3444

UK IT Recycling

recycle ALL waste ELECTRICAL/Electronic goods EXCEPT TVs AND FRIDGES    they are about 4 miles from the Town Centre so may be closer than going to Battlefield.

pitchford Road
01743 761278