Recycling guide

Recycling collections

We’re committed to reducing waste and increasing recycling to protect our environment.

We collect your recycling boxes, reusable recycling bags and black wheelie bins or blue refuse bags every fortnight. Food waste is collected weekly.

We’ll collect waste that is put in your containers and left out, clearly visible, at the closest point to the public highway by 6.30am on your collection day. Any waste outside containers won't be collected, and instead should be presented on your next collection day.

Your collection day depends on where you live. You can find your collection day using our online calendar.

You can also take household waste to the household waste recycling centre (HWRC).

You can use our waste wizard to find out where the specific items below should be placed.

Food waste recycling

Food waste should be placed in your outdoor caddy and is collected weekly. Place the caddy at the closest point to the public highway by 6.30am on your collection day. More information: Food waste collections

Paper and card recycling

Paper and card should be placed in the same recycling box. Large pieces of cardboard should be broken down before being placed in the box. Try to keep paper and card dry.

Please note: If you have large sheets of cardboard that do not fit in your recycling box, we will collect them as long as they are bundled and tied together. The cardboard bundle should be no taller than the height of two recycling boxes or wider than one recycling box (approximately 65cm x 65cm). 

Yes - we will accept this:

Cardboard collection image showing what we will take

No - we will not accept this:

Cardboard collection image showing what we won't take

Glass recycling

Glass should be placed in a recycling box. Please take the lids off glass items and add them separately to your recycling.

Broken glass is dangerous and cannot be recycled at the kerbside. Please wrap broken glass carefully and put it in your black wheelie bin or blue bag.

Plastic and metal recycling

We collect plastic recyclable materials every fortnight. You should place plastics and metal recycling in a reusable recycling bag. Squash your recycling down to fit as much in as possible. You should place bags at the nearest point of your property to the highway by 6.30am on your collection day.

Plastic items should be rinsed before they are recycled. Dirty plastic items pose a risk of contamination and will not be collected.

Textiles, clothing and shoes recycling

Textiles are collected at the same time as your recycling boxes. Textiles must be securely tied in a carrier bag marked ‘TEXTILES’ and placed on top of, or inside, your recycling boxes. Please do not put wet or damp textiles out for recycling as they will not be collected.

Garden waste

There are three ways we can dispose of garden waste. You can:

Our subscription service is available to all residential properties. Each subscriber receives a 240 litre bin (or green bag alternative) for an annual fee.

We recycle all the garden waste we collect into environmentally friendly compost/soil improver. See also: Garden waste

Bulky waste

If you have unwanted large free-standing household items (bulky waste) that won’t fit in your bin, you can:

The bulky waste collection service is available to all residential properties in the borough.

Clinical waste

You can request a clinical waste collection free of charge. You should not include hazardous clinical waste in your black wheelie bin or blue bag.

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