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Kerbside recycling

Help us achieve our goal of recycling 50% of Wiltshire’s waste by using your black box for metal, paper, glass and clothes and your blue lidded bin for pots, tubs, trays, food cartons, plastic bottles and cardboard.

What can I put in my blue-lidded bin?

Empty, wash and squash all plastic bottles and cartons. Leave lids on.

Plastic bottles of any colour except black, including:
  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Bleach bottles
  • Laundry liquid and fabric conditioner bottles
  • Cooking oil bottles
  • Drinks bottles
  • Juice or squash bottles
  • Milk and yoghurt drink bottles
  • Handwash bottles
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • upright 'pump' type toothpase tubes

Plastic pots, tubs and trays

  • yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs
  • plastic food trays i.e meat, fruit and vegetable trays (no black plastic)
  • Food and drink cartons
Cardboard of any colour including:
  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Ready meal sleeves
  • Food packaging boxes and sleeves
  • Brown paper
  • Greetings cards
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Shredded paper - please place inside a cardboard box, such as a cereal box
  • Toilet and kitchen rolls
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Wrapping paper if it scrunches into a ball and doesn't bounce back (not the foil kind)
  • Black plastic pots tubs and trays - plastics are predominantly sorted with lasers that can identify the different types of plastic. The lasers cannot “see” the black plastic and it ends up in the reject pile at the end of the process and is not recycled.
  • Film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • Cling film
  • Plastic bags, eg, carrier bags, sandwich bags, freezer bags, bin liners
  • Crisp/sweet packets
  • Pet food pouches
  • Disposable drinks cups and plastic straws
  • Plastic packaging and polystyrene
  • Plant pots (including black) - these can be taken to most household recycling centres or returned to garden centres for reuse
  • Rigid plastic eg toys, garden furniture
  • Boxes with plastic windows, please remove the window first
  • Foil-lined cardboard tubes (eg Pringles tubes)
  • Paper - this can be recycled in your black box

Your recycling is collected every fortnight in the following containers: 

  • Up to two wheeled bins for recycling cardboard, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays and food cartons
  • Up to two black recycling box for recycling cans, glass, paper and clothes 
  • Chargeable wheeled bins for recycling garden waste

To order a new or additional bin, use the online form on the new and replacement bins page. 

If you are unable to store wheeled bins, we may be able to offer you a bagged collection service. Contact us on 0300 456 0102 to discuss the options available. 

We ask residents to rinse their recycling for cleanliness purposes and to preserve the high quality of materials collected so that we can maximise the materials sent for recycling.
You can do this with your normal washing up to save water, or any other collected water.

What can I put in my black box?

If textiles and shoes are in good condition, please consider donating them to charity as it helps them to raise funds. We cannot collect duvets or pillows.

Please put all clothes, shoes (tied in pairs) and accessories in tied plastic bags to keep them dry and place them inside or alongside your black box. We can't collect wet items or those in black refuse sacks/charity bags.

You can put any extra glass and cans into separate open carrier bags (not black bags) and place next to your black box. Paper and textiles should be securely wrapped to keep them dry. If you frequently find you have extra recycling, you can order a second black box.

  • Clean food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Empty aerosols
  • Clean foil and foil trays
  • Metal biscuit tins
  • Paper (excluding brown paper - this goes in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Directories and catalogues
  • Envelopes (no need to remove windows)
  • Clean glass bottles (leave the lids on)
  • Clean glass jars (leave the lids on)
  • Clothes (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Pairs of shoes, belts, handbags (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Curtains and sheets (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Blankets and duvet covers (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Dirty cans or tins, please rinse all recyclables first
  • Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • Batteries
  • Plastics
  • Scrap metals
  • Books
  • Cardboard (this goes in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Shredded paper (this goes in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Brown paper (this goes in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Gift wrap - if it does not scrunch and stay in a ball (this can go in your household waste bin)
  • Flat glass
  • Pyrex
  • Broken glass
  • Lightbulbs
  • Duvets
  • Pillows

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

The garden waste collection service is chargeable. See our garden waste page for more information.

  • Grass cuttings
  • Cuttings
  • Bark
  • Prunings
  • Cut flowers
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Hedge clippings
  • House plants (please remove soil)
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Untreated sawdust and wood shavings
  • Real Christmas trees (can be left next to your bin)
  • Any food waste including fruit, vegetables, peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, meat
  • Windfall fruit
  • Animal waste
  • Pet litter
  • Dirty pet bedding
  • Soil or turf
  • Bricks, stones or rubble
  • Ash
  • Paper, shredded paper or card
  • Large items of garden waste
  • Large branches or logs
  • Seed trays and plant pots
  • Packaging

How can I recycle other items?

Other plastics 

Many items, including clean plastics such as plant pots, packaging and rigid plastics including toys and garden furniture, can be recycled at your local household recycling centre.

Other items

Used cooking oil, batteries, mobile phones, glasses, cds, dvds and more - the list is long. You can see a full list on the individual household recycling centre.

Many supermarkets have collection points for carrier bags and batteries or you could check if there are drop off points for other materials at Terracycle

Need help putting your bin out?

Apply for assisted collections

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In Kerbside recycling

Statement re: plastics recycling in Wiltshire


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Black Box contents list 2020

BB Contents list

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Blue lidded bin contents list 2020

Blue lidded bin contents list

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Last updated: 14 January 2020 | Last reviewed: 14 January 2020