Blue bin - recycling

All the information you will need about your blue recycling bin.


When is my collection?

You can check when your collection day is by using the paper calendar that is delivered annually or by using the interactive calendar by clicking on the button below.

For updates and information on collections during periods of bad weather follow Doncaster Council on Facebook  and Twitter

What should I do so my blue bin is collected?

  • put your bin out to the edge of your property by 7am on your collection day and take it back in when emptied
  • with the exception of any small electrical items, all waste must be presented inside your blue bin
  • additional cardboard can be placed in a sturdy cardboard box at the side of the bin
  • please ensure the lid is firmly closed to prevent littering

Report a missed collection

To report that your bin has not been collected on your scheduled collection day, please see our missed bin collection form.

What can I recycle in my blue bin?

You can put the items below in your blue bin.

You do not need to bag up the recycling separately, simply place it straight into the bin.

  • paper (including shredded paper and envelopes except padded ones) but not wrapping paper, gift bags or books
  • cardboard (large pieces should be broken up so they fit in), but not greetings cards with glitter, foil or ribbons 
  • tins
  • cans
  • foil
  • empty aerosols
  • plastic bottles and bottle lids. Please take the bottle lids off before putting them in your blue bin. The lids can also go into your blue bin
  • lids from glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars are collected from your green box.

Small electrical items (such as toasters or kettles) can be put in a plastic bag next to your blue bin or green box

Other questions you may have

Why can I not put plastic pots, tubs and trays in my blue bin?

Unfortunately, low grade plastics like plastic food trays, yoghurt pots and plastic bags are difficult to separate and send for recycling. These items should go in your black bin where they will be used to create ‘refuse derived fuel’ – a replacement to fossil fuel that will be used to generate electricity.

I have help with my collections, will I also get help with my blue bin?

If the collection crews currently collect your other bins and box from your property because you are unable to bring them to your collection point, we will automatically collect all bins and boxes from this point.

Why do I need to put glass in my green box when everything else goes in my blue bin?

Your recyclables will be collected and tipped a number of times during the journey from your home to the recycling facility, and at each stage there is a high risk of glass being broken. The shards of glass would mix with your other recyclables and make it harder for them to be recycled. By collecting glass separately we are making sure that as much of your recycling as possible is turned into something new.

I use sacks or a small black bin for my waste which has been agreed with the Council, can I get a blue bin?

If you use a small black bin or receive a sack collection service a blue bin would also be unsuitable.  An alternative collection method will be provided ensuring you have the ability to recycle the same materials, likely via a kerbside box.  

Where is my blue bin collected from?

All bins (blue, black and green) are collected from the same location.  If you are required to present it in another location this would be communicated in writing.

My bin is damaged or missing - what do I do?

Please visit our ordering a new or replacement bin page for information on reporting a damaged blue bin.

Have more questions or need help understanding the service?

If you've read all the information above and still need help, you can contact our customer services team by phoning 01302 736 000

Last updated: 16 February 2022 13:43:54