Two boxes are provided for weekly recycling collections, which are emptied by the same vehicle and at the same time as food waste.
Please keep different materials grouped and separate in boxes to help collectors quickly sort them into compartments on collection vehicles. Cans and plastic bottles can be mixed, as these are mechanically sorted at collection depots. It also helps to put materials in the two boxes split as listed below. One box can be used for smaller amounts if preferred. Do not use carrier bags within the boxes except to contain foil or to keep all textiles, clothes and shoes completely dry. Never use black sacks for recycling as these may be mistaken for rubbish.
BOX 1 (usually green)
Paper – newspapers, magazines, leaflets, directories, white envelopes (no need to remove windows) and other white paper.
Glass bottles and jars – rinsed and unbroken (no table or cook ware).
Foil – please bag, aluminium foil only and not if plastic or paper backed (check with the scrunch test; scrunch up and if stays squashed together it can be recycled as foil).
BOX 2 (usually black)
Food and drink cans – rinsed and squashed if possible; no need to remove labels; please place loose can lids inside squashed cans (including steel jar tops inside squashed steel cans); we take large metal food tins for biscuits and sweets, too, but not other metal items at kerbside (recycle these at recycling centres).
Aerosols – only recycle empty, used up aerosols; do not attempt to pierce or squash them; if you can, remove the plastic cap and nozzle.
Plastic bottles – no tops, caps or spray nozzles; please rinse, especially milk bottles; no pots, tubs, trays or film.
Cardboard – brown corrugated, grey card, greetings cards and brown envelopes; please flatten all card and cardboard boxes; small bits of card can be put into larger cardboard boxes before flattening the box and putting it in your recycling box; cut or tear up large sheets of card or cardboard boxes; large quantities of card (more than the equivalent of two recycling boxes when flattened) should be taken to a recycling centre and may not be collected at the kerbside.
ON TOP OR ALONGSIDE BOXES:
Textiles – clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, curtains and covers are all accepted, but not stuffed items, such as duvets, pillows and quilts; put out in bags (not black sacks) to keep dry (also avoid putting out on wet days) and please label ‘textiles’.
Shoes – tied in pairs and bagged.
Rinsing containers is best done after washing-up in the water used for other items to both save water and the energy needed in its supply.
Extra materials that will not fit in your collection boxes can be left alongside and it is best to use a carrier bag or similar. Vehicle capacity is limited, so as a guide we recommend no more than the equivalent of an additional recycling box worth. Never use black sacks as these may be mistaken for rubbish. If you regularly have extra materials, please contact your local customer services to ask for an additional box to be supplied.
Collection crews pick up materials they drop or spill, but cannot pick up those blown down the street.
We do not supply lids for recycling boxes. To assist with storage between collection, stretch covers are available to purchase. Click here for more information.
Also see questions and answers on kerbside recycling collections.