Household recycling


Household waste can either be collected from your home or taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

We are committed to increasing the amount of waste we recycle in Swindon. Currently we are only recycling 38% which is well below our target. Find out more about what we are doing to increase recycling on the Improving recycling in Swindon webpage.

Lots of your waste can be recycled. Non-recyclable rubbish such as food waste and nappies goes in a black wheelie bin or blue bags. Black wheelie bins are collected fortnightly, while blue rubbish sacks are collected weekly.

There are four types of recycling collection in the Borough.

Type of collection

How often?

What’s collected?

Recycle box


Recyclable materials other than plastics. For example, paper, card, glass bottles and jars, cans, foil and textiles.
More information

White or transparent bag


Plastic recyclable materials. For example, plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles.
More information

Green wheelie bin or green bag

Fortnightly (subscription service)

Garden waste.
More information

Communal recycling Fortnightly (for flats and other communal buildings) Clearly labelled wheelie bins for the separate collection of paper & card, glass bottles & jars, tins/cans and foil.

These collections may happen on different days. You can find your collection day for all your collections, including your rubbish collection, using our online calendar.


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