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Did you know? Households in Shropshire produce around 150,000 tonnes of waste every single year – a staggering amount which costs the taxpayer around £30 million pounds a year to deal with.  All this waste results in around 11 million individual collections and around 500,000 trips to the ‘tip’ every single year – it means that huge heavy refuse and recycling trucks drive over 2 million miles a year to do the collections (which is the same as driving round the earth 80 times!!) and it means each individual in Shropshire is producing about 550kg of waste per annum – about seven times their own body weight – the equivalent to a small car  – more than one tonne from every single household!  Shocking! Whilst its great that most folk are now into the habit of separating their waste out and so the majority (~53%) of this waste is now being recycled (or composted) it is clear that we still have a lot of work to do and with ever rising waste disposal charges and the “resource crunch” faced by some of our key industries we are going to have to improve on this and recycle more.  Also whilst recycling is good it would be far better if we all just produced less waste in the first place!


This company seems to have relocated to Whitchurch.  For a price, they will collect your old mattress, sofa or carpeting.

Unit 11
Prees Industrial Estate
01948 840 251


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

Check customer.service@shropshire.gov.uk Opening times 9 - 5pm 7 days per week (except Xmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day). Same times of opening for all of Shropshire's HRCs.  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


Made of polythene - smallish amounts can be recycled with plastic bags in larger supermarkets, like Sainsbury and Morrisons.  Larger peices can be given away, or used to protect fragile plants, or to line greenhouses.


You can now take them to the Battlefield Recycling Centre, where there there is a designated skip for old carpets.  If you need it collecting, see AAT Recycling, above.

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.


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.


Have you always wanted to get involved a clothes swap but don't know where to start?

Are you concerned about the effect on the environment of fast fashion? Do you question the working conditions of those in the garment making industry in developing countries? Do you want to consume less and recycle more?

Jackie and Naomi have been organising neighbourhood clothes swaps for 10 years and they would love to share their simple, no frills formula to running a successful clothes swap in your street/ group.

email us at jackiejonesfacebook@gmail.com for free help and advice.

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


Drinking Straws

Plastic straws will soon be banned in Scotland, and the UK. Once used, the plastic ones may take centuries to disintegrate, and then stay as tiny, dangerous-to-wildlife particles. Plenty of alternatives - bamboo, metal, glass, silicone, or best of all, and simplest by far, buy locally paper straws.

Environmental Computer Recycling

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

0121 472 3444

Green Options

Greenoptionszerowaste is a single use plastic free store. The idea is simple, bring your own container and refill. There is a large range of dried foodstuffs, spices, teas, oils, cleaning liquids and multi-use items. There is a till system that allows people to self-serve ( help will be available), and lots of tips and advice on how to cook or use any of the products. There's lots to see, try out and explore with new stock available upon popular demand. They offer a choice to alternative consumption, with a closer connection to what we buy and use. Open 6th April Tuesday-Saturday 9.30-5.00

SU11 Upper Level
Charles Darwin Centre

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 – see www.foe.co.uk/phonerecycle ) www.fonebak.com recycle them, this helps Children in Need. Another local charity, Omega Care for Life, accepts mobile phones for safe recycling. tel 01743 245088. www.omega.uk.net (see coins and currency for more details).


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
Wool-insulated boxes made from degradable fibreboard, brilliant and local alternative to polystyrene, etc.


Sainsbury will accept all types of plastic wrappings No.4 (LDPE) in their in-house plastic bag recycling scheme - wrappers from bakery goods, breakfast cereals, toilet rolls, and plastic bags from fruit, veg, bread, freezer bags, and magazine and shrink wraps. Also bubblewrap.  Any plastic that can stretch a bit.  You can post clean plastic wrapping to Polyrpint Mailing Films.

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.

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.



Open 10-5 Wed. 10-4 Thurs,Fri and Sat
Collects worthwhile scrap and sorts and stores it in their shops, 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 any new and interesting stock, and suggest you get in touch by phone first.)  or info@scrappies.org

1 Sherratt Court,
Beaumont Road,
Church Stretton,
01694 328 508

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
01686 626234

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.

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.


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.  See the Shrewsbury United Reformed Church (below) who will receive certain hard-to-recycle plastics.

0800 0470 984

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.


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, including their shop on Castle Gates, Shrewsbury.


01743 344702

United Reformed Church

Will accept small HARD-TO-RECYCLE plastic items for recycling ;  Any biscuit and cake-bar and mini Cheddars wrappers. Any crisp bags. All toothpaste tubes, brushes, brush heads.  Many beauty products - packs, pumps,trigger sprays. Old plastic roll-on deodorant containers.  Face-washtubes.   Ink jet and toner Cartridges. These can be taken (separated by type please)  to the Church Office Mon - Fri (10-00 to 13-30) .  See also www.terracycle.co.uk who recycle all sorts of small plastic items, not usually recyclable.


English Bridge
01743 368932


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