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FAQs about waste and recycling?

We've put together some handy FAQs on a range of questions about waste and recycling:

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What happens to my waste and recycling?

We've put together a handy guide on what happens to your waste and recycling - find out more.

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What do I do with my food waste?

Please put your food waste in your black bin, either loose or in a carrier bag.

We used to compost waste in the brown bin, but this was an expensive process, as it had to be sent to a special indoor composting facility, where the composting takes place at a controlled temperature. This is necessary to kill the bacteria in the food waste.

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Can I recycle aerosols?

Yes, please put your aerosols in your blue bin. Please do not squash or pierce them. Thanks.

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What should I do with old clothes and textiles?

We do not offer a textile recycling service. Please either donate them to charity, take them to a local collection point (such as Tesco car park) or take them to your local household recycling site.

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What should I do with old furniture?

If your old furniture is broken and unusable, we can take it away for you. We offer a bulky (furniture) and scrap metal (old appliances such as fridges and freezers) and you can book this online:

You'll need your credit or debit card handy.  Please remember to take a note of your collection day when you have booked it, as payment is non-refundable, so you need to remember to put your items out on time. Alternatively call our team on 0345 002 0022.

Alternatively, if your furniture/items are still usable, why not donate them to charity or let someone else locally benefit from them. Many local charities offer a collection service including St Giles, Lichfield Furniture Transfer Scheme (Michael Lowe's and Associated Charities), or why not find out about Lichfield Freecycle?

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What should I do with paint scraps?

You can either take your paint scraps to your nearest household recycling centre (or tip) or find out about Community Repaint - a scheme that collects leftover paint and redistribute it to benefit individuals, families, communities and charities in need at an affordable cost.

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Can I recycle my Christmas tree?

If you are signed up to our garden waste scheme ( you can recycle your real Christmas tree in your garden waste (brown bin) once you have finished with it.

All you need to do is follow these simple rules:

  • Make sure you remove all decorations from the tree before putting it in the bin.
  • Chop the tree up and make sure no branches are sticking out.

Your tree will then be taken to a composting site where it will be turned into soil improver, which may even be used to grow more Christmas trees!

If you are not signed up to our garden waste scheme, you can take your tree to your local household recycling centre and deposit it in a green waste container.

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Phone our contact centre: 01543 308 000
District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

If you need to contact a team direct, please visit our contacts page for team phone numbers and email addresses.

Opening times

Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm. Our phone lines close at 5pm.