Your kerbside recycling service
Green box and blue bag recycling
Each household will require green recycling boxes and a blue woven bag. These are provided to all households free of charge and are emptied fortnightly. All containers need to be out ready at the kerbside by 7.00am on your scheduled collection day.
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 further details.
If you would like more boxes/bag(s) to assist in recycling please visit the household recycling centre, Swindon Road. Alternatively you can order online, but please note it could take approximately 6 weeks for delivery. Also you can check your collection day for recycling, food waste, garden waste and refuse.
Five simple steps to sorted recycling
The materials we collect are loaded into different compartments on our vehicles to keep them separate and ensure they are of good quality so they can go on to be recycled easily so please remember to sort your recycling. Getting it right really makes a big difference and means we can recycle even more from the kerbside. Please use our handy five step leaflet to keep as a reminder.
Follow our step-by-step guide to find out how.
Step 1 – Green recycling box 1
Use one recycling box for plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots as well as metal tins, cans, foil and empty aerosols.
How to recycle plastic bottles, tubs, trays, metal tins, cans and aerosols
- Replace lids and tops. If they stay on the container they will get recycled.
- Squash bottles to save space.
- Empty and rinse bottles, tubs, trays, tins and cans. Left over foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables and if they contain liquid or left-over food residue they may not be accepted during the automated sorting process. Liquid can also damage the machinery.
- Labels and lids can all be left on but plastic film and plastic ring joiners must be removed and put in the general rubbish bin.
- Scrunch kitchen foil, tub and pot lids and wrappers together to form a ball - the bigger the ball, the easier it is to recycle.
- Soap dispensers can be recycled but not the pump section itself as it contains metal so needs to be removed and put in the general rubbish bin.
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
|Pots (e.g. yogurt, soup)||Medicine packs (e.g. headache pills)|
|Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream)||Film lids from the pots or trays or black polystyrene trays|
|Trays or punnets (e.g. raw or cooked meat trays; take-away trays; fruit & veg trays) black plastic accepted excluding black polystyrene trays||Laminated pouches (e.g. cat food and coffee pouches that spring back when you try and scrunch them - these are currently not recyclable)|
|Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays||Paint pots - recycle these at your local recycling centre (please check the website prior to visit)|
|Other clear plastic packaging||Plastic toys - these are currently not recyclable, but if good why not dontate to charity|
|Dishwasher tablet and washing capsule tubs||Expanded polystyrene (e.g. packaging inserts) or black polystyrene trays|
|Food and drink cartons or tetrapaks|
Food tins, cans and aerosols
|Drink cans||Laminated foil, e.g. cat food/coffee pouches that spring back when you try and scrunch them|
|Food tins (put tin lids inside the tin)||Crisp packets and sweet wrappers|
|Biscuit/chocolate tins and their lids||Metal containers for chemicals, i.e. white spirits, paints or engine oils|
|Aerosols (remove plastic caps and recycle with plastics)||General kitchen ware, e.g. cutlery, pots and pans|
|Aluminium foil, e.g. for baking, covering food - scrunch foil together to form a ball||Any other metal items, e.g. kettles, irons, pipes, white goods|
|Aluminium foil trays, e.g. take-away trays|
|Aluminium tubes, e.g. tomato puree - remove plastic caps|
Step 2 – Green recycling box 2
Use a second recycling box for all paper and any glass bottles and jars but please keep the glass and paper separate in the box. Help us further by using a third box to separate your glass from your paper if you can.
How to recycle paper and glass bottles and jars
- Put lids and caps back on. This reduces the chance of them getting lost during the sorting process as they can be recycled separately.
- Empty and rinse - a quick rinse will do. Leftover liquid can contaminate other recyclables which may mean they aren't recycled.
- Paper is a valuable recyclable material but only when it is clean.
- Remove any plastic wrapping from newspapers and magazines - this can be recycled with plastic bags at larger supermarkets.
- If you scrunch paper and it doesn't spring back, then it can be recycled.
Glass bottles and jars
|Bottles of any colour, e.g. wine, beer, spirits||Glass cookware, e.g. Pyrex, microwave plates|
|Jars, e.g. sauces, jam, baby food||Drinking glasses|
|Non-food bottles, e.g. perfume, aftershave, face creams||Ceramics, e.g. crockery, earthenware|
|Nail varnish bottles|
|Mirrors or window panes|
|Light bulbs and tubes|
|Newspapers and supplements||Paper that is stained with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt (e.g. greaseproof or baking paper, kids paintings)|
|Magazines, brochures and catalogues||Hygiene/sanitary products (e.g. nappies, wipes, sanitary towels)|
|White paper (e.g. computer paper, letters)||Used paper towels|
|Shredded paper (contained inside paper bag)||Tissues|
|Telephone directories||Cotton wool and make up pads|
|Junk mail and flyers||Wet wipes|
|Envelopes (including those with a window)||Sticky papers (e.g. Post-it notes, sticky labels or paper tape)|
|Non-paper gift wrap or bags (e.g. foil-based gift wrapping)|
|Crisp or sweet packets or wrappers|
|Wallpaper and decoration paper|
|Brown paper (this should be recycled with card because it causes brown flecks in new paper)|
Step 3 – Blue recycling bag
Use your blue recycling bag for brown corrugated cardboard or light card.
All cardboard must be in the bag.
How to recycle cardboard
- Cardboard should be folded and flattened to fit inside your bag
- Tape, polystyrene and plastic inserts need be removed from cardboard packaging.
- Glitter, badges and batteries should be torn off greeting cards.
- Egg boxes and rolls from kitchen towel and toilet rolls can be recycled and also can be home composted.
|Cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal & dishwasher tablet boxes)||Card that contains foodstuffs, dirt or paint|
|Corrugated cardboard||Glitter covered greetings cards|
|Online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes||Food and drink cartons|
|Greetings cards without glitter|
Step 4 – Household batteries, small electrical appliances, textiles and shoes
Household batteries, small electrical appliance and textiles and shoes must be put in separate carrier bags and put inside a recycling box with the lid closed. Please tie all bags.
Which types of batteries can be recycled?
- All household batteries including 'button' batteries from watches.
- Battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote control units.
- Car batteries should be recycled at designated collection points at recycling depots.
How to recycle small electrical appliances
It's easy to check if an electrical item, toy or game is recyclable if it reached the end of its working life. Simply ask the following questions and if the answer is yes, to any of these, it is recyclable:
- Does it have a plug?
- Does it use batteries?
- Does it need charging?
- Does it have a picture of a crossed out wheelie bin on it?
Small electrical appliances
|Kitchen appliances (i.e. toasters, kettles, food blenders)||TVs and monitors|
|Home appliances (i.e. irons, fans, radios, lamps, clocks, dvd players)||Large appliances (i.e. vacuums, microwaves)|
|Personal care/grooming appliances (i.e. shavers, electric toothbrushes, hair dryers/curlers)||Light bulbs/fluorescent tubes|
|Hand-held power tools||Car/motorbike batteries|
|Games consoles, tablets, e-readers|
|Fairy lights, solar-powered lights|
|Children’s electronic toys|
|Household batteries (including AA, AAA, C, D, 9v, button batteries, mobile and laptop batteries)|
How to recycle unwanted clothes and textiles
- Bag your items (using an old carrier or a bag of similar size or smaller) and put inside your green recycling box
- Drop off your unwanted items at recycling centres and clothing and textile banks in supermarket and local car parks. You can find your nearest recycling bank.
- Donate items to registered charities and re-use organisations.
- One of the most convenient ways to donate clothes is through registered charity collection services. Some charities, such as The British Heart Foundation, offer a free clothing collection service from your home. It's easy to arrange via their website. You don't even need to order a bag, just re-use your own bags and boxes from home.
- If you are fundraising for your school, church or organisations such as Girl Guides or Scouts, there are textile companies who can arrange a collection to help you to raise money for your cause.
Step 5 – Food waste
Use your green caddy for food waste. Bag your food waste to help keep your caddy clean
Visit our food waste pages for more information on food waste recycling.