Household recycling

Recycle box collections

Recycle boxes are collected fortnightly. Their contents are hand-sorted into different compartments on the collection vehicle.

If you leave more than one box out for collection, you should separate recycling into two boxes: one for paper and card and another for glass bottles and jars, tins, foil and aerosols. Sorting your recycling in this way makes collections quicker and safer.

Boxes should be placed at the nearest point of your property to the highway by 6.30am on your collection day. You can find your collection day using our online calendar.

What should and shouldn’t go in

Your recycling box or boxes can contain any of the items listed under ‘yes please’ below. Please note, they cannot contain food waste (this goes in your household rubbish) or plastics, which have their own collection. It is very important that only the correct, clean and dry items are put in the recycling box otherwise we cannot recycle them.

Paper and card

Yes please

No thanks

  • Newspapers and magazines 
  • Junk mail and leaflets
  • Letters and envelopes
  • Non-metallic wrapping paper and greetings cards
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Shredded paper (contained in an  envelope, paper bag or box)
  • ‘Tetra Pak’ food and drink cartons  (these should go in your household rubbish)
  • Metallic wrapping paper and greetings cards
  • Dirty or wet cardboard
  • Dirty or wet tissues or kitchen roll
  • Dirty paper plates or cups
  • Plastic packaging or carrier bags (these go in your plastics collection)

Glass bottles and jars, cans and tins, foil and aerosols

Yes please

No thanks

  • Glass bottles and jars (rinsed and without lids)
  • Food and drink tins and cans
  • Clean aluminium foil and foil trays
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Broken glass 
  • Pyrex, vases or drinking glasses
  • Pots, pans or crockery 
  • Light bulbs
  • Full aerosol cans 
  • Coffee capsules (for example, Tassimo, Nespresso)

Mixed textiles and clothes (placed in a plastic bag inside the box)

Clean textiles can be placed in any supermarket carrier bag or white or transparent liner. These should be tied securely and placed inside or on top of your recycle box on collection day.

Yes please

No thanks

  • Clean clothes and paired shoes
  • Clean towels, linen and curtains
  • Dirty clothes or other textiles
  • Duvets, pillows or sleeping bags

Missed collections

We will collect recycle boxes that meet the requirements stated above. If your recycle box isn’t collected, we will place a sticker on the box explaining why. If a recycling box has not been collected when you believe it should have been, you should report a missed collection by 12 midnight on the working day that follows the missed collection.

Assisted collection

We offer an assisted collection for people who are physically unable to transport their household rubbish and recycling to the front of their property.

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