Information on your green recycling box and blue bag

green box and blue bag

Green kerbside recycling boxes and blue cardboard recycling bags will be collected fortnightly, alternating with your green refuse bin.

Collection days

Find out when your collection day is.

We will collect your recycling box together with your food caddy one week and your green refuse bin and food caddy on the same day the following week.

When there is a bank holiday in the week, recycling is normally collected one day later. Separate arrangements are made for the Christmas/New Year period. Check our bank holiday collections page for details.

Find information on:

Green recycling boxes (paper, glass, cans and plastic)

Recycling small electrical items, textiles and batteries

Blue cardboard recycling bag

Green recycling boxes

You will need at least two recycling boxes so that you can separate your recyclables. You can have up to four boxes. If you need extra recycling boxes, you can request these using this form or call 01242 262626.

Box one - Paper and glass Box two - Cans and plastics
Newspapers, letters, general paper and junk mail Food and drinks cans (please wash and squash)
Magazines, catalogues and brochures Empty aerosol cans (do not squash)
Shredded paper provided it is inside a paper bag or large paper envelope Metal chocolate and biscuit tins
Glass bottles and jars (please wash, no broken glass) Clean foil and foil food trays
Telephone directories Plastic pots, tubs and trays
Yellow pages Milk, squash, fizzy pop and water bottles
  Shampoo and conditioner bottles

No plastic bags, clingfilm, cartons/tetra packs or polystyrene

Do not place diabetic needles, syringes or lancets in any general refuse or recycling sacks or bins - you may not only be risking your own health but that of the operatives that pick up the waste. Find out how to dispose of sharps.

Small electrical items, textiles and shoes, household batteries

Small electrical items (including fairy lights), textiles/shoes and household batteries can be put into separate plastic carrier bags. Please tie the carrier bags and then place them in one of your recycling boxes for collection.

Please ensure that textiles are kept dry.

Blue cardboard recycling sack

  • All cardboard boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Food packaging
  • Greeting cards

Please flatten your cardboard. Cardboard must be inside the blue bag in order for it to be collected, so reduce larger pieces so they fit inside with the lid closed. Cardboard outside the bag will be left as this will not fit on the vehicle.

Help us to help you!

By collecting more on our vehicles, we cut down on the number of returns to the recycling transfer station, saving time, fuel and the impact on the environment.

  • Crush all cans and tins
  • Flatten card and cut into pieces that fit into the bag with the lid closed. Cardboard outside the bag will be left as this will not fit on the vehicle.
  • Separate paper, glass, cans, card and plastic bottles as described above

To make this easier, additional recycling boxes are available. Use this form or contact our customer service team for an additional or replacement box to be delivered to your property at no extra charge.

You can also contact our customer service team to arrange for assisted collection for the elderly or infirm.

Please do not present recycling in cardboard boxes or plastic bags/sacks or alternative plastic boxes.  We will collect recycling which has been presented in an alternative plastic box of a similar size to the council issue boxes for a short period of time whilst you are waiting for recycling boxes to be delivered by the council.

Sorting your recycling

This is why it’s good to sort your recycling.

Thanks to Gloucestershire Live for allowing us to share their video.

Our crews are out and about in the new bright green Romaquip recycling trucks. These incredibly efficient vehicles enable us to take all the different materials away for recycling and separating your recyclable items means that they remain high quality. This also ensures that the collection crews are able to minimise the amount of time they spend blocking roads.