New recycling service goes live today

Published on 16th October 2017

New recycling trucks

From today, residents can recycle a huge variety of materials from their kerbside thanks to a brand new service which has just launched.

More types of plastics, dry and clean textiles, paired shoes, small electricals and household batteries are all included in the scheme to make recycling easier. Residents can also use their new blue reusable bags from today to recycle all types of cardboard.

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment is pleased the day is finally here, he said: “After a huge amount of work, crews are now ready to go out and deliver this new, improved service. Residents will be aware that they can now recycle many more materials from the kerbside. We want to make recycling as easy as possible and after listening to local people’s views, we are now offering a service which reflects what they want. 

“Residents will see the crews 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 residents are reminded where possible to separate their recyclable items so that they remain high quality. This also ensures that the collection crews are able to minimise the amount of time they spend blocking roads.’’

In some areas there is a collection day change so residents are urged to look at their new calendars or visit our website to confirm the arrangements for their area.

To check your collection day, including your garden waste collection day (if subscribed), visit our website and use our new waste and recycling search tool

For any other information about the new recycling service please also go to

For press enquiries, contact Jemima Lawson communications officer, on 01242 775050, email


Recycle even more at kerbside

Mixed plastics

More types of plastic (pots, tubs and trays) can now go into your green kerbside boxes as part of the new service. You'll need to separate recyclables so that mixed plastics, tins, cans and aerosols are put together in a box, and paper and glass are put in another.

Electricals, batteries and textiles

Unwanted (dry and clean) textiles and shoes, small electricals and household batteries will also be included as part of the scheme.

Small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) includes items such as toasters, kettles, irons, DVD players, cameras, hand-held power tools and mobile and digital phones. 

Textiles, small waste electricals and household batteries should be put in separate tied carrier bags and placed on top of either recycling box.

New blue bag for cardboard

You will be able to present all of your cardboard in your new blue woven bag and use green recycling boxes for other materials. Ubico will be delivering blue bags in time for the service launch on 16 October.