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You should put your wheelie bin, boxes and bags at the kerbside by 7am on your collection day.

We operate on an alternate weekly collection service. This means one week we collect your kerbside recycling (in two black boxes and two blue bags), and the next week we collect your residual waste (in a black wheelie bin). Households that are not suitable for a wheelie bin will have a maximum of two rubbish sacks collected each week.

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We use black boxes and blue bags to ensure the recycling you collect is the best quality to send the recycling reprocessors. Ensuring the right things go in the right containers means all recycling you collect gets recycled without being contaminated. Recycling that contains contamination (the wrong items or food waste/residues) costs more to dispose of at the recycling facility and the recycled material produced can be of a lower quality. The boxes and bags allow the crews to see whether the recycling is contaminated. 

It costs considerably more to dispose of waste that is not collected in your kerbside recycling containers.

We know sometimes it can be confusing to know what materials go in what bin or box so we have a handy recycling leaflet which tells you all about what to put in your bin, box and bag.

The containers you need are

Two black recycling boxes. Please wash and squash your recycling

  • mixed glass - bottles and jars of any colour
  • mixed plastics - squashed plastic bottles including trigger spray bottles
  • yoghurt pots
  • plastic tubs
  • margarine tubs
  • mixed cans - food and drink, aluminium or steel
  • tin foil including foil food trays
  • food and drinks cartons
  • empty aerosol containers such as air fresheners, deodorant cans, shaving foam
  • light coloured/ clear plastic food trays

Two blue bags. Please flatten cardboard boxes and cut down to fit in the blue bag

  • mixed paper
    (newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, office paper any colour, clean paper bags, envelopes including window, wrapping paper, junk mail, telephone directories and catalogues). Please protect yourself against identity fraud - don't throw out anything with your name, address or financial details without shredding it first.
  • card such as cereal boxes and ready meals packaging
  • greetings cards
  • egg boxes
  • brown cardboard

One black wheelie bin for

  • non-recyclable waste only

One wheelie bin with a brown lid for

Please do not include the following in your recycling collections:

  • broken glass
  • Pyrex or cookware glass
  • ceramics
  • glasses or spectacles
  • light bulbs
  • paint cans
  • other metals
  • dark plastic food trays
  • wrapping paper made with glitter or foil
  • plastic bags or plastic wrapping
  • takeaway pizza boxes

To request a new, replacement or additional bins/box or bag please complete the enquiries form below.

Order black box/blue bag Order a replacement bin

Enquiries form

Find out what happens to your recycling and other ways to recycle.

Page last updated 01/10/2018