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What to do with floor and wall tiles?

09 Feb 21 1 minute read

If your kitchen or bathroom remodelling has left you feeling creative then try using any old broken tiles for gardening projects – they look great as a decorative border or can be useful to add draining to your plant pots by placing broken bits in the bottom before adding the soil. 

Household recycling collections

Floor and wall tiles are not collected as part of household recycling schemes but you can usually take them to your local household waste and recycling centre.   

Tiles will often come in cardboard packaging. This can be placed in household recycling if clean.  

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Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

Most household waste recycling centres will accept tiles in their rubble collection.  

At sites where rubble including household tiles are accepted, make sure not to overfill transport containers as site colleagues may not be able to provide physical assistance to unload and dispose of material. Remember to recycle any containers such as clean cardboard boxes where possible. 
If you have a large quantity to dispose of, you can arrange for a skip or jumbo-style bag to be delivered to your home for removal by a waste disposal company. Check SEPA’s online register of licensed waste carriers and brokers before accepting any offers, using an unregistered waste carrier could lead to your items being flytipped. 

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What can you do?

  1. Ask family and friends if they would like them for a project they might have.  

  2. Check locally - a community project near you may have a use for them. 

  3. Try advertising them on local selling sites like Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree.  

  4. Recycle them at a recycling point. Check out the recycling sorter tool to help. 

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.