Recycling - kerbside service

Items we collect

All items need to be washed.


  • Plastic/carrier bags (not black bags) - New from 4 March 2019
  • Plastic bottles of all types, which need to be empty
  • Plastic yoghurt pots and similar items
  • Plastic tubs, for example margarine, ice cream tubs or similar
  • Plastic trays which hold fruit or meat, but not the cellophane wrappings that secure the contents to the tray
  • Plastic plant pots (except black pots)
  • Cling film - New from 4 March 2019
  • Plastic film - New from 4 March 2019
  • Cellophane - New from 4 March 2019
  • Bubblewrap - New from 4 March 2019


  • We now collect plastic bags, this changed from 4 March 2019. You can also take your plastic bags to a supermarket recycling points
  • We won't collect any black plastic, including bags. This needs to go into the refuse bin


  • Glass bottles (all colours)
  • Glass jars (all colours)


  • Other types of glass (pyrex, window glass, mirrors) are unsuitable for this particular recycling. Bins with unsuitable items cannot be emptied. Bottle tops are unsuitable because they are made from a mixture of items

Food and drink tins/cans:

  • Aluminium and steel food/drink tins/cans including sweet/biscuit tins
  • Aerosols, must be empty
  • Aluminium foil trays, must be clean 


  • These items are recycled into the same type of product, therefore, other metal items (for example scrap metal, kitchen pots and pans) are unsuitable


  • Food/liquid cartons, such as long life milk, fruit juice, soup. These are often called 'tetrapak'

Crisp tubes:

  • Crisp tubes (such as Pringles) - New from 4 March 2019

Paper and cardboard:

  • Books (softback and hardback) - New from 4 March 2019
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Junk mail
  • Clean cardboard (dirty cardboard, for example take-away pizza boxes, is unsuitable)

Large pieces of cardboard will also be taken - just flatten and place next to the recycling bin on the collection day.

Greetings cards and paper based gift wrap:

  • You can recycle greetings cards as long as they don’t contain glitter, plastic, metal or similar. If they do, please put them in your refuse bin. All greetings cards can be taken to a recycling bank for cards. Please contact us if you are not sure
  • You can recycle paper based gift wrap as long as there is no glitter, plastic, ribbon, tape, foil or similar. If your gift wrap contains these items please put it in your refuse bin

Shredded paper:

  • Make sure this is kept secure to prevent it blowing around
  • Small quantities can be wrapped in newspaper or put inside a cereal box and then put into the bin
  • Larger quantities, or where the bin is full, should be placed into an unwanted cardboard box and placed next to your recycling containers. Shredded paper cannot be taken if it is presented in plastic bags.
  • If you always have lots of paper/cardboard you can order extra recycling container(s) 

We also collect:

Recycling containers

Most of the properties in our borough have a recycling wheeled bin with the option of an additional recycling bag. However, properties unsuitable for wheeled bin collections are able to use our blue recycling bag and blue box containers.

Extra recycling containers

If you need extra space, you can use our reusable blue recycling bag as well as the bin. If you always have lots of paper/cardboard you can order extra recycling container(s) which are available free of charge.

If your property is unsuitable for wheeled bin collections and would like to request a blue box please complete our contact form

Last updated: 11/03/2019 10:19