But it isn't always that simple.
Out in the driveway is an old car battery that has to be taken to a hazardous waste facility.
In the shed is a gas bottle that has to be degassed before it can be taken to the proper gas bottle recycling place.
There is hard rubbish (broken white goods / furniture) to be collected by the council during their hard rubbish collection, but that is only collected once every year and a half.
I can't add the concrete encrusted pole supports to hard rubbish or normal rubbish, it has to go the correct waste and recycling centre.
And there is the old guppy fish tank. I don't even know where we're allowed to take that but I'm not allowed to put anything glass out for hard rubbish, and it's too big for recycling and might not even be the right sort of glass for recycling.
You used to be able to take used fluorescent light globes to our local hardware shop for recycling. By the time I remembered to put them in the car and took them to the store they had ceased the recycling service.
There's rules for old computer parts and mobile phones too I think.
Why is it so hard to get rid of rubbish these days? No wonder I have too much stuff, sometimes it's actually easier to keep useless stuff then get rid of it.