All the information you will need about your blue recycling bin.
Coronavirus - Update
Help us to keep you and our collection staff safe by taking these simple precautions. Please wash your hands before putting your bins out, and after putting them out wipe bin handles with soap and water, sanitiser sprays, alcohol wipes, normal cleaning agents or disinfectant. Repeat the process after you've collected your bin from the kerbside, wiping the handles down well and washing your hands.
Anyone whose household is displaying symptoms of corona virus and self-isolating (even if not a confirmed case) must store their recycling for at least 72 hours before putting it out for collection in their blue bin.
Please be aware that the collection of Small Electrical items & Textiles from the kerbside has been temporarily suspended, this is because the presentation of other materials is very high and due to service demand it has been necessary to acquire additional collection vehicles, the replacement vehicles are not equipped with compartments to separately store these materials for recycling.
To maximise the capacity for recycling in the blue bin householders should wash and squash materials including plastic bottles and cans and break up cardboard boxes.
When is my collection?
You can check when your collection day is due using our interactive collection calendar below, or using the paper calendar that will have been put through your door.
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.
Note that you do not need to bag up the recycling separately, simply place them 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.
- 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.
- Liquid food cartons (Tetra Pak)
Glass bottles and jars are collected from your green box.
Small electrical items (such as toasters or kettles) and textiles (such as clothes, shoes, towels and bed sheets) can be put in a plastic bag next to your blue bin or green box, please take care to ensure textiles are kept dry, wet textiles cannot be taken.
Other questions you may have
Why can I not put plastic pots, tubs and trays in my blue bin?
I have help with my collections, will I also get help with my blue bin?
Why do I need to put glass in my green box when everything else goes in my blue bin?
I use sacks or a small black bin for my waste which has been agreed with the Council, will I get a blue bin?
Where is my blue bin collected from?
My bin is damaged or missing - what do I do?
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
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