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A to Z guide on waste - K

Some ideas to help you decide what to do with your unwanted items.


Sew old keys into the bottom hem of your curtains to help them hang better.

Take them to the scrap metal skips at any of our household waste recycling centres.

Kitchen equipment

Offer unwanted items on your local Freecycle network.

Advertise them in the free ads section of your local newspaper.

Donate them to your local charity shops or offer them to homeless shelters.

Small electrical items such as toasters, kettles and juicers, can be taken to our household waste recycling centres to be recycled under Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations.

Kitchen waste

Compost your uncooked fruit and vegetables, tea bags and coffee grounds. Find out about composting your waste.

Add your kitchen waste to your kerbside collections where available.


Knives, for example kitchen knives, can be taken to a charity shop.

If they are beyond reuse, they can be taken to your local household waste recycling centres to be recycled. Please inform a member of staff that you have knifes.

If you cannot get to a household waste recycling centre then you can put knives in your refuse bin. Wrap them in old newspaper and put them in a plastic bag.

Knives must never be put in your recycling bin or in a public litter bin.