How to Dispose of (nearly) Anything
|Anything of Value||Used Batteries||Clothes||Daily Living Aids||Scrap Metal||Furniture||House Clearance||Lawn Mowings||Surplus Fruit|
|Plastic Plant Pots||Spectacles||Silver Foil||Books||Recycling Bottles etc||Jumble Sales||Large Items||Printer Cartridges||Smoke Detectors|
|Skip Hire||Organ Donation||Old Computers||Old Tools||Dead Animals||Plastic Bags||FlyTipping|
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Anything of Value
Take it to an auction such as Littleton Auctions for an assessment and maybe entry into one of their fortnightly sales.
Take them to the collection bins in shops such as Nisa and Budgens in Broadway.
Just under 10% of portable batteries in the UK are recycled.
New regulations which came into force on the 1st February 2010 require recycling levels to rise to 45% of batteries placed on the market by 2016. This equates to over 500 million batteries per year.
The nearest collection bin for clothes and shoes is the Salvation Army bin on the Broadway Road, near the Gloucestershire sign.
There are many local charity shops, with the nearest being the three in Broadway. They are Break 64a High Street Tel: 01386 859020, Sue Ryder 2, Kennel Lane, High Street Tel: 01386 853925 and St Richards Hospice 15, The Green Tel: 01386 854686 . Oxfam and the Salvation Army, both in Evesham, take clothes in any condition from new to totally worn out. They sort them for sale, either in an appropriate retail shop, shipping abroad, provision to good UK causes or as a last resort use as industrial wipes, pet bedding or insulation.
Often a plastic bag from a charity is delivered to your house and typically promises that say £75 to £110 for each tonne of collected clothes will go to the charity.
This article claims that the clothes are worth more than this. Maybe its much better to deliver directly to your chosen charity? Here is some more background on this.
(To maximise the profit to a charity, do buy any Christmas cards from the charity directly.)
While on bags, England at last caught up with the rest of the UK on October 5th 2015 with retailers charging 5p per plastic bag. Small shops will be exempt but hopefully many will still charge.
Daily Living Aids
Items such as crutches, wheelchairs, rollators, walking frames and smaller items can be donated to any Hospital or Hospice rather than being discarded.
Ferrous or Non Ferrous metal
Non ferrous metal in particular can be surprisingly valuable. Take it to R & C Metals ( Recycling) on the road to Honeybourne. It will help to have proof of identity, know where the scrap came from and you will be paid by cheque. They also take cars and car batteries for scrapping. Gas cookers are heavy and have some scrap value.
Its usually worth your while to take small ferrous items the short distance there rather than incur the expense of driving to the nearest council tip!
You can sell better quality furniture at the auction - see above. The Sue Ryder Charity shop and St Richard's Hospice shop in Evesham both take furniture as well as other household items including large and small electrical goods. If you are a UK tax payer, then do register with your chosen charity shop(s) and they can reclaim the tax back to increase their revenue from your items by 25%.
St Richard's will also take bicycles. Roundabout in Evesham ( Tel:01386 83 30 30 ) will collect furniture from you for delivery to those in need.
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If you need a house cleared for any reason then St Richard's Hospice offers a service to do this.
Garden Cuttings and Lawn Mowings
Either compost them in a heap in the corner of your garden or sign up to the council's garden waste service at £30 per year. You can put the following items into your garden waste bin :-
Grass cuttings Leaves, bark and tree prunings
Twigs and small branches up to 5cm (2in) across Tree stumps up to 10cm (4in) across
Bedding from herbivore pets (rabbits and guinea pigs etc)
Cut flowers Plants and weeds Windfalls from your garden trees
Vegetable waste from the garden (e.g. potato tops)
Real Christmas trees (cut into 2-3ft sections and please remove decorations!)
Kitchen roll Tissues Cold wood ash Food waste
After Christmas you can also take any real Christmas trees to be shredded and composted at Batsford Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9QB.
To efficiently compost at home, divide your compostable material into greens and browns. Examples of greens are fruit and vegetable peelings, apple cores, teabags, coffee grounds, grass cuttings and old flowers. Browns are dry hedge trimmings, twigs, torn up cardboard and paper, paper mache egg boxes, egg shells, tissues, paper tubes, shredded paper, straw and hay. The ideal mix is roughly 50:50 of each by volume. Pile into a heap on garden soil, ideally greater than one cubic metre in volume. Cover and keep damp. Turn occasionally to mix well rotted with new. Wait for six months according to the weather.
Because of its history there are many, many fruit trees in the area. Apples, pears, plums and cherries are the commonest. Of course you can eat them fresh but faced with a glut, try making jams, chutney, pickling, cooking & then freezing, storing individually wrapped in a cool place and drying. You can also ferment them to make alcoholic drinks. Maybe you can find someone who keeps chickens, horses or cattle which would like them.
Plastic Plant Pots
The Garden Centre at Batsford Arboretum collects then for subsequent recycling.
Greys Opticians in Chipping Campden High Street will take any unwanted glasses.
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Amanda Taylor at Willersey Garage collects this for Beckford Wildlife Hospital. ( Please no silvered plastic foil as in sweet packaging.)
Take them to any of the Charity shops in the area.
Glass Bottles and Jars, Cans, Tins, Plastic Bottles, Paper and Cardboard
These are collected by the council in various recycling boxes and sacks. Find your day to put out your bins. From Monday 19th September 2016 our bin collection day in Willersey is Monday. You can also take bottles etc to the bins in Childswickham Road, Broadway (see picture above) but curiously you can recycle everything there except plastic bottles.
You can take any glass jam jars to Dorothy Hart 840869 at Chipping Campden lower town hall for reuse any Friday between 9:00 and 11:00 am.
Flatten cardboard and paper and please remove any internal plastic and external plastic wrappers. Black plastic food trays are not too welcome as the automatic sorting machines cannot see them. The council will not collect extra refuse from you but it will usually collect extra recycling. There are also bins for bottles, cans and paper at Weston sub Edge village Hall.
This is the comprehensive list of Wychavon recycling banks.
Waste plastic accumulating in the oceans has a devastating effect on wildlife. Here is one possible solution.
If you buy a plastic bottle of water, do refill it from the tap multiple times before you discard it. Each family uses an average of 440 bottles a year. Each bottle takes 7 litres of water to make. In the UK we use a staggering 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day! Only half of these are recycled, so it's no surprise that many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans. Plastic bottles take 450 years to break down, killing marine life, harming the coastal ecosystem and ruining our beaches. Placing a small deposit on plastic bottles and cans would dramatically increase recycling and reduce marine plastic pollution. For full information on deposit return systems please visit Surfers Against Sewage's Message in A Bottle campaign site. The UK lags behind many other countries. The UK may have a bottle charge soon.
England has at last caught up with the rest of the UK from October 5th 2015 by charging 5p for one trip bags. Rather then making this simple, the legislation is unnecessarily complicated and confusing.
Under the government's new rule-book shoppers are not charged for plastic bags which are used for uncooked fish, uncooked meat and poultry, takeaways, loose seeds and flowers, unwrapped blades (including axes, knives, and razor blades), prescription medicine and goldfish.
The rules also list a series of bags which should not incur a 5p charge, including woven plastic bags, paper bags, re-usable bags-for-life and bags used by service providers such as dry cleaning or shoe repair shops. Under the new rules a bag can contain multiple items from this list and not incur a charge but if the bag contains any other items then it must be charged. Here are some of the official rules. (Is the government really trying to reduce red tape?)
Demand for plastic bags has dropped dramatically. Do reuse any of your bags you do buy. At the checkout bags cost 5p, are convenient, easy to dispose of and then someone else's problem. In the world, they use oil to make, take decades or longer to decompose, are poisonous if burnt without precautions, are a wildlife hazard and are everyone's problem. Had Henry VIII used a plastic bag it could still be around today!
An even more troublesome form of plastic pollution are microbeads found in mostly cosmetic products. They are not trapped by filters at the works and end up in the oceans where they enter the foodchain and come back to us when we consume fish. Longterm they will severely reduce the health of the oceans (and maybe ours). Does the product you use use contain microbeads?
Because of plastic pollution in the oceans, both the one-use coffee cups used in coffee shops, and cotton swabs are in line for a redesign to eliminate their plastic components.
Donating to any local jumble sale is a useful way of supporting local organisations.
You can take these to the Wychavon household recycling centre
but do note that it is over 12 miles away so maybe its good to accumulate enough items before making the journey.
Larger trailers over 1.3m internal size will require a permit and you are limited to 12 trips a year.
They accept the following items - but see their website:-
The nearest Gloucestershire household recycling centre is 25 miles away at Fosse Cross.
Here is a list of what you can recycle there:-
Curiously they take used cooking oil whereas the Wychavon one does not!
Trailers must be under 4ft by 6ft in size. (Wychavon is metric, Gloucestershire imperial!)
No Car parts are accepted, except batteries and up to four tyres.
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Gloucestershire Household Recycling Centres also accept items for reuse, as well as recycling.
Currently it is piloting a reuse shop and invites members of the public to visit it during opening hours.
Every site also collects bikes for the Gloucestershire Bike Project which is a not for profit social enterprise.
It has a continually changing stock of adults and children's bikes, which are offered for sale at its Barton Street workshop. Tel: 01452 690797.
If you pay £14 then bulky household waste can be collected. Here is the official list of Cotswold Recycling Centres.
Some charity shops take them.
Ideally remove the batteries and recycle as above. Remove the top plastic cover and recycle with your other plastics. Take the rest of the smoke detector to the shop where you purchased it. If they will not accept it, just put it in your usual waste. It is not illegal to throw your smoke detector in the waste but it is just better for the environment if you don't. A common misunderstanding is that the crossed-out wheelie bin on the back of the alarm means that they must not be placed in a normal waste bin. This symbol just means that the alarm falls under the WEEE regulations.
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Should you need one, the local Skip hire company is Budget Skips.
Unwanted Computer Equipment
If your unwanted computer is complete, Pentium 4 or better then contact Chris Tombs on 01386 840406 to send it to Schools in Africa.
You can also try the charity shops as well as EcoIt which is a good starting point for this.
Which? has a comprehensive guide. Before parting with your old computer make certain you completely delete your data (or trust the recipient to do it for you). This now also applies to some smart phones.
The RNLI lifeboats will find a good home for old tools and the money raised will add to their funds. Contact Sue White on 01386 841987. Workaid collects and refurbishes old tools (and hand sewing machines) in any condition. These are then sent to vocational training projects in poor communities around the world. Don't bin those tools no matter what their condition; let them have a new life.
These of course can be any size from a mouse to a horse.
Animals which are normally domestic pets can be buried in your garden but for others, different rules apply.
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Fly tipping is totally unnecessary as the rest of this page demonstrates. In 2014 there were 852,000 reported flytipping incidents in the UK. This is an increase of 140,000 incidents over 2013. At a conservative £80 to clean up each one, this is a clean up cost of £4,000,000 this year. This is money that could more usefully be spent elsewhere. By 2016 this had risen to 936,090 reported cases on public land. There were more on private land which is the land owner's responsibility. As well as being unsightly, it also costs time and (essentially your) money to clean up but can carry large fines. Fly tipping pollutes our countryside, looks totally unsightly and threatens wildlife. Fly-tipped rubbish attracts more tipped rubbish. Flytipping and the law and other useful information. Cotswold District Council does prosecute fly tippers. Do report fly tipping here or on this free telephone number - 0800 807060.
As councils are charging more to accept waste more is being dumped in the countryside.
Recycling Tips (Clean, Dry and Loose)
Please take magazines out of their plastic wrappers. Just wash out steel and aluminium drink and food cans briefly - (No need to put them in the dishwasher!)
Take the tops off plastic bottles as they can explode in the sorting machinery.
No shredded paper - it clogs up the sorting equipment. Its ok in dedicated paper bins. No Polystyrene - too light to transport.
No plastic bags - they clog up the machinery. No aluminium foil - its not the same specification aluminium as in drinks cans.
The council provides a separate bin for waste food or it can go into your garden waste bin if you have one.
Supposedly recyclable paper coffee cups are not recyclable.
To reduce junk mail, every two years you have to telephone 0845 7034599 or write to Free Post rrbt-zbxb=ttts, Kingsmead House, Oxpen Road, Oxford OX1 1RX. This may help. To reduce unwanted Charity hassle sign up here.
Call 0345 070 0707 to opt out of unsolicited sales calls and BT offer 0800 328 1572 free to its customers.
Vagely related to recycling! Do consider signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. There is almost always a greater demand than availability.
Buddhism teaches that as soon as we obtain any material object, it has already started to deteriorate. Don't worship them however as they have a limited life. Dependence on material ojects is unstable. Aim to own an object, not have the object own you. ( Confidence from within will always be stronger than confidence based on external objects. )
The more of us there are, the harder it is to provide more food, shelter and other services. The harder it also becomes to dispose of all our used materials.
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