What we can and cannot take 2017

Proper Job is a not-for-profit re-use and recycling center, we collect unwanted furniture, electricals, books, textiles etc, that are in good re-usable condition. We aim to prevent useful items from ending up in landfill by putting them up for sale at affordable prices.

 We offer a special 15% discount on furniture to people who are on benefits, pensioners, people with disabilities and students upon supply of evidence.

If you would like to donate items for re-use or scrap for recycling, please check what we can and cannot take and what items we charge for. You can either bring them to us at Proper Job Ltd. or we can pick them up in our van for a small charge. Please call 01647432985 for collection quote or for more information.

We Can Take

All ferrous metal, Aluminum, Books, Brass, Bric a Brac (Clean and undamaged) Building materials (re-useable), Batteries, Baths (not plastic) Car batteries, CD’s, Children’s toys (as good as new and complete) Clothes, Clean duvets, Clean linen, Clean curtains (in good condition) Copper, Directories, DVD’s, Electrical cable, Electrical items (in working order) Furniture (in good re-useable condition), Kitchenware, Tools, Magazines and newspapers, Mattresses (Clean/ stain free & must have fire reg. ticket), Mobile phones, Paint (At least half full and re-useable), Paper, Plastic bags, Plumbing materials, Prams / Push chairs (in good clean condition and must pass our safety inspection) Printer Cartridges (no compatibles) Shoes, Soft furnishings (Clean/ stain free. Must have fire reg. ticket) Tetra-paks (must be clean), Textiles (clean), Tools, Washing machines, Ovens etc. (in good working order) Wood for re-use  (must be more than a meter in length and re-useable) Wooden doors and windows…. and much more. 

We cannot take

Asbestos, Plastic Baths & Shower trays (plastic, fibre glass or composite) Computer equipment, Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs, Fridges/ Freezers, Foot Spas and Razors (any other personal hygiene products), Food Waste, Garden chemicals, Gas bottles, Glass bottles, Hardboard, Landfill, MDF, Plasterboard, Plastic window and doors (if damaged or un-usable) Internet Routers, Shower Screens, Safety goods – car seats and harnesses etc. Stained mattresses, duvets and pillows, Tyres, TV’s and monitors, Plastic items that are broken, Well-loved cuddly toys


Chargeable Waste

Price (Minimum charge) a bag = 25kg sack

Soil and rubble: Includes un-us bricks, blocks, slates, tiles, rubble, paving slabs, concrete, gravel, tarmac, stones, soil, sand, hardcore and sanitary ware (ceramic toilets, sinks, pedestals etc).

  • £3.00 per bag.
  • £1.75 charge per item of white sanitary ware.
  • £4.50 charge per item of colored or damaged sanitary ware.

Plastic framed windows and doors: Please note we cannot accept doors and windows without frames or if the glass is smashed.

  • £3.60 each

Wood/ Chipboard / Plywood (off cuts) No MDF or hardboard. Please note if a piece of wood is less than a meter long it is considered scrap.

  • £1 per bag

Cardboard (Flat pack) – must be clean and dry

  • 20p per box or £1.50 per box of flat pack boxes.

All compostable materials from the garden Please no root boles, or chemically treated foliage.

  • 50p per bag or £8 per m3.

Chipboard and flat pack Furniture – Please note that we find it very hard to get flat pack, chipboard furniture re-used, and therefore we have to charge for scrappage.

  • £1 per bag
  • £2.50 per kitchen unit.


Ovens, Washing machines etc. for scrap. (un-useable/ broken)

  • £5 each



























Please note that we are not a council run facility, and therefore we have to pass on the cost of handling and recycling materials on to you. We are proud of being able to provide a local recycling service and we wish to continue, however we have to cover the costs of skip rental and disposal.

Please note that prices and what we are able to accept may change throughout the year.

Click on the items below to find out more.



Mining the raw materials to make aluminium is destructive and the energy required to transform the bauxite ore into the metal uses massive amounts of electricity (about 2% of global demand - according to Fred Pearce's Book 'confessions of an eco-sinner') - but recycling aluminium takes a fraction of the energy. The UK is one of the worlds worst recyclers of aluminium, doubtless in years to come we will be digging up our landfill sites to get the precious metals we have carelessly tossed aside. In the meantime put you aluminium cans out for recycling and take the rest to Proper Job!

so much is made from Aluminium

As well as your old pots and pans we can take window frames, greenhouse staging anything, in fact, made out of aluminium.

Batteries (inc. car batteries)

Only bring batteries which have been kept clean and dry please.

Batteries are sorted into chemical type, bulked up and sent for recycling. Base metals are recovered for re-use. See www.batteryback.org for more information on battery recycling.


We take all books what ever condition they are in as we can recycle the materials if we are unable to resell them.


The brass industry is well organised and equipped to recycle brass products at the end of their lives. Making brass from new copper and zinc sources would be uneconomical and a waste of raw materials.
New brass articles are made from recycled scrap, making brass a sustainable sector. In the UK brass manufacturers use almost 100% brass scrap.

Bric a brac

Pots, pans, cups and crockery we take the lot.

* Please be aware that if crockery it is cracked and broken we will ask for a small donation for it to go in the rubble skip.

* If your items are made from plastic that we cannot sell or recycle we will kindly ask you to take them away with you.

Bubble wrap

We recycle bubble wrap how ever you could always re-use it.

Re-use it...

Bubblewrap is particularly useful for:

  • Protecting gifts or valuable items that are being posted 
  • Wrapping items that are being moved or going into storage

Pass it on... 

  • Ask family and friends if they can use it - if they are moving house or putting items into storage this will be most helpful
  • Go online to give it away - try sites like Freecycle

What else can I do with it?

  • Use it in the garden to protect plants and pots from frost damage
  • Insulate your shed or greenhouse with it, piercing it to allow for ventilation

Can I recycle it?

Yes, bubblewrap is made from a type of plastic called polythene bring it down to Proper Job! Please make sure it is clean!

Building materials

We take bricks, tiles, wood, screws and lots more. If the materials are too big or heavy to fit in your car we can collect it. See we collect page.


The main types of cardboard we find at home are corrugated cardboard (i.e. packing boxes) and the types used for food and drink packaging - such as cereal boxes, egg cartons, cardboard sleeves or boxes from ready meals etc. We take both types at Proper Job. All cardboard must be dry.

Alternatively you could -

Re-use them...

  • Cardboard boxes are useful for storage - remember to write the contents on the box so you can see at a glance what it contains!  
  • Large cardboard boxes make great toy boxes - try decorating with left-over wallpaper or get creative with scraps of fabric to jazz them up a bit!
  • Kids love to play with cardboard boxes - especially the very big boxes. Just add imagination and they can be anything from play houses to fire engines!
  • Pass them on

  • Ask family and friends if they need them - large cardboard boxes are handy if moving house and smaller boxes are great for storage
  • Local schools or playgroups might find them useful for craft projects

What else can I do with cardboard?

  • Egg boxes and other cardboard can be home composted. 


We take CD's and DVD's what ever condition they are in we will separate them and recycle each component part.

What else can I do with them?

  • Cut your discs into small pieces and use them to create a mosaic pattern on picture frames, flower pots or mirrors
  • Hang them up in the garden - they not only look pretty spinning in the wind but make good bird scarers on the vegetable plot!
  • Use the discs as coasters for drinks

Ceramics (whole)

We can resell ceramics that are undamaged however if they are chipped or cracked we will ask for a donation to put it in the rubble skip.

Children's toys

We can only take children's plastic toys if they are complete and undamaged so we can sell them. We are unable to send the plastic off for recycling therefore it ends up in landfill. 


We charge £1 for a (bin bag sized) bundle to put it in out wood skip. 

This also applies to OSB and Ply-wood.

Please note that many pieces of funiture made from these materials especially after being 'flat packed' for transport never go back together as well and we may charge to dispose of them. eg. a kitchen unit will cost you £2.50.

Duvets and pillows

We are unable to take duvets and pillows that are stained because we are unable to resell them. They end up going to landfill and we have to pay for it.


So what can I do with dirty duvet?

  • Turn them into home made dog and cat beds. Maybe you could even make a removable covers using an old bed sheet.
  • Okehampton Exeter or Newton Abbot skip will take them

Clean linen

We re use clean linen by selling it and we send off the linen we can not sell to a recycling company to make rags and insulation. 

Clothes in good clean order

At Proper Job we have the largest range of clothes in Chagford so why not drop off some old clothes you don't want anymore and buy some new ones whilst you are here.

Did you know that.

  • the average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – but around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for at least a year, most commonly because it no longer fits
  • an estimated £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill
    in the UK every year.


For thousands of years, copper and copper alloys have been recycled. This has been a normal economic practice, even if regretted by some. One of the wonders of the old world, the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue spanning the entrance to Rhodes Harbour, was said to have been made of copper. No trace of it remains since it was recycled to make useful artefacts.

In the Middle Ages it was common that after a war the bronze cannons were melted down to make more useful items. In times of war even church bells were used to produce cannon.

The entire economy of the copper and copper alloy industry is dependent on the economic recycling of any surplus products. There is a wide range of copper based materials made for a large variety of applications. To use the most suitable and cheapest feedstock for making components gives the most economic cost price for the material.


When you've finished with your local Phone Book please recycle it by bring it to us.


We take both working and scratched CD's and DVDs as we can either resell or recycle them.

What else can I do with them?

  • Cut your discs into small pieces and use them to create a mosaic pattern on picture frames, flower pots or mirrors
  • Hang them up in the garden - they not only look pretty spinning in the wind but make good bird scarers on the vegetable plot!
  • Use the discs as coasters for drinks

Electrical cable

Electrical wire will be present in many areas of your home, including electronics and household appliances. You might also have old electrical wire lying around because you're not sure how to dispose of it. You may feel tempted to simply throw it away. However, before you do, understand that electrical wire has several recyclable components. By recycling your electrical wire, instead of throwing it away, you're helping to create new materials and protect natural resources, such as copper, which is commonly found in electrical wires.


  • Upholstered furniture such as sofas and mattresses need to have their fire safety label intact - otherwise we are unable to sell them on
  • Soft furnishings must be undamaged and free of stains and cat scratches.
Please note that many pieces of funiture made from Chipboard, OSB and Ply (especially after being 'flat packed' for transport) never go back together as well and we may charge to dispose of them. eg. a kitchen unit will cost you £2.50 to dispose of.
Give repairing a go...

If you have items which are broken and need a lick of paint or a simple repair to get them back into shape, why not have a go? With a bit of practice and TLC your old furniture could take on a whole new lease of life! 

Garden tools

Many gardening hand tools can be re-used by others, even if they need simple repairs.  If they are beyond repair though we can break them down to their component parts and recycle them

Glass – not bottles

There are plenty of varieties of glass including Pyrex, plate glass, fire glass, toughened and laminate. Where possible these items are re-used, but if not we can recycle them. However this service costs us and we may have to pass the cost on to you. £1.00 per bucket. Toughened laminate and double glazed units are very hard for us to process and are better off taken to a council facility if damaged. 

We only take glass bottles if we can re sell them as ornaments, you can recycle domestic glass bottles in your household recycling collection provided by the council

Green waste

What can I recycle?

  • Leaves and flowers
  • Grass and weeds
  • Tree bark and pruned branches up to 4inches
  • Clippings and twigs
  • Home-grown fruit or vegetables
  • Branches up to 6" max
Unfortunatly we have to charge for this service
40p - for 'council 25kg size bag'
50p - for 'garden bags and bin bags'
£6 - for a dumpy bag
£8 per m3 on larger loads like trailers or flat beds

We then turn your green waste in to wonderful fertile compost that we sell.


Seived compost- £4.00 a bag (40lt)

Unseived compost - £1.60 a bag (40lt)

Unseived loose compost - £25.00m3 (If you load it up)

Unseived loose compost - £40.00m3 (If we load it up)

50/50 Deal = you and a partner come and seive a load. You take 1/2 for free and we keep the other 1/2. (Please ring first)


We use paper every day and as a nation 12.5 million tonnes is used each year.

Did you know

  • It takes 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as a newspaper again.
  • 67% of the paper and cardboard used in the UK is recovered for recycling
  • 11 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions were avoided by recycling paper and board in 2008, the equivalent of taking around 3½ million cars off the road.

Mattresses in pristine condition

  • Upholstered furniture such as sofas and mattresses need to have their fire safety label intact - otherwise we are unable to sell them on
  • Soft furnishings must be undamaged and free of 'life stains'

Mobile phones

Mobiles contain a range of materials including metals, plastics and several valuable components - such as silver - which can be extracted and re-used. There are an increasing number of options for recycling and re-using old mobile phones. Remember to delete all personal data from your handset before selling or recycling your old phone - your service provider can advise on how to do this.


As part of Re-Paint we accept paint that is-

1) under 5 years old

2) is in its original container

3) the container must be free from rust and undamaged

4) it must be a non hazardous house-hold paint

5) the can must be over 1/2 full

6) it must be reuseable no thick skins or frost damage

Please note that all paint is check on arrival by a member of staff infront of the customer so please allow time for this to take place.


We accept all types of paper!

How is it recycled?

  • Paper is collected by us. The paper is graded into different qualities. We then send it off for treatment.
  • At the paper mill it is pulped in a tank containing chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, caustic soda, soap and water which separate out the various fibres.
  • These fibres are then screened to remove various bits of debris such as paper clips, staples, sticky tape and plastic.
  • In a floatation tank the fibres are cleaned and de-inked several times and as a result the fibres get whiter and whiter. Whitening agents are added at this stage and the pulp, which is 99% water and 1% fibre is then pumped onto a paper machine.
  • It is then passed over a vibrating machine or through rollers which remove most of the water. The water is sent back to the beginning of the process, the remaining material now contains half fibre and half water.
  • The sheets are then passed through a drying section on heated rollers where the temperature reaches 130 degrees and water is reduced by 5%. The process makes the paper whiter, smoother and more useable.
  • The paper is then dried and then run through a machine that acts like an ironing board and then wound into huge rolls that weigh up to 30 tonnes.
  • The paper is then tested to make sure it reaches the correct standard and quality for strength, gloss and brightness.
  • These rolls are then divided into smaller reels or sheets, packed and stored before despatching to printers.

The quality of paper produced through our recycled paper is comparable to that made from virgin raw material.

Plastic bags (must be very clean)

Plastic sheeting (must be very clean)

Plumbing materials


We do not accept trade rubble, we only accept small domestic amounts £3 carrier bag. 

Please note if you bring us broken crockery we will charge you to put it in the rubble skip.



Sanitary Ware (Toilets and sinks etc.)

We accept sinks, pedestals, toilets, cisterns and baths. If white we ask for a £1.75 donation (incase of disposal). Non white we charge £4.50 per item.



Electrical Goods

We now take electrical goods if they are in full working order. We only take items that we can check infront of the customer.

ALL FUNCTIONS MUST BE PROVEN TO WORK therefore we are unable to accept televisions, printers, scanners, videos and tape players, sky boxes etc. because they cannot have there functions tested onsite.

However if your appliance is made out or materials that we can recycle we will skip it for you. 

Vinyl Records




and lots more......

Wood/ Timber

We take wood and timbre that is reusable. 

If wood is not reusable then you will be charge for scrapage. £1.50 per bin bag sized bundle.

Any timber less than one metre long is considered scrap.


We take tiles for scrap and reuse we charge £3 per kg if tiles are unusable and £1.50 per kg if they are useable. 

Please note that if there is less than 1m2 or they are very dated  we treat the tiles as unusable and you will be charged £3 per kg.

We charge for this service to cover the high cost of disposing of our rubble skip.


We Can't Take:


We do not accept Asbestos.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and it was a building material used predominantly in the 1970’s there are 3 main types white, blue and brown. Asbestos was classified as a hazardous waste in 2005 as it is made of millions of tiny fibres and when it is handled these fibres can be disturbed potentially causing harm if breathed in. Asbestos should be handled very carefully and by specialists if possible.

Unfortunately there is no way of recycling Asbestos other than a new technology developed in the USA which converts Asbestos fibres into harmless minerals of non-toxic from at a price comparable to that of land filling.

Some skip companies can remove Asbestos safely and some local councils will accept Asbestos at their household waste recycling centres.

Computer equipment

Computer equipment notes to follow

Home recorded videos and tapes

Due to UK Copyright law we are unable to sell home recorded videos and tapes. We are also unable to recycle them, therfore we do not accept them.

Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs

Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs notes to follow soon

Garden chemicals

 Hazardous household waste items are those items that can cause damage to health or the environment. We do not accept household hazardous waste.

Gas bottles

Gas bottles notes to follow soon

Glass bottles

We recycle glass however we avoid glass bottles.

Glass bottle are taken away by the council in your house hold recycling. If you have alot after having a party take them to the local bottle bank and have a smashing time!


Hardboard notes to follow soon

Household waste

We do not accept bin bags of mixed house hold rubbish.


MDF notes to follow soon

Safety goods – helmets, car seats etc

Safety goods – helmets, car seats notes to follow soon

Stained mattresses, duvets, pillows

Stained mattresses, duvets, pillows notes to follow soon

Toxic materials

Toxic materials notes to follow soon

Unusable paint or empty tins

Unusable paint or empty tins notes to follow soon

Plaster and Plasterboard

Fridges and Freezer