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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 plastic bottles and cardboard.

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 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. Please 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.

Please put all clothes, shoes and accessories in tied plastic bags to keep them dry. We can't collect wet items or those in black refuse sacks/charity bag.

You can place any extra glass, cans, paper or textiles into separate open carrier bags (not black bags) and place next to your black box. 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
  • Pairs of shoes, belts, handbags
  • Curtains and sheets
  • Blankets and duvet covers
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  • 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 (you can put non-foil gift wrap in your blue-lidded bin)
  • Flat glass
  • Pyrex
  • Broken glass
  • Lightbulbs
  • Duvets
  • Pillows
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What can I put in my blue-lidded bin?

Please empty, wash and squash all plastic bottles. 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
  • Wrapping paper (but not the foil kind)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Shredded paper - please place inside a cardboard box, such as a cereal box
  • Toilet and kitchen rolls
  • Corrugated cardboard
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  • All other plastics
  • Black plastic
  • Cling film
  • Carrier bags and bin liners - these can be recycled at most major supermarkets
  • Crisp packets
  • Disposable drinks cups
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plant pots (including black) - these can be taken to most household recycling centres or returned to garden centres for reuse
  • 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
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What can I put in my chargeable 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)
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  • Any food waste including fruit, vegetables, peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, meat
  • 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
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How can I recycle other items?

This includes 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.

Many supermarkets have collection points for carrier bags and batteries

Real Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees can be taken to any of our houshold recycling centres or collected with your garden waste bin if you currently subscribe to this service.

Many charities also offer a collection service for a donation which helps them to raise funds - click here for more information.

Need help putting your bin out?

If you find it difficult to put out your rubbish and recycling bins or bags, you can apply for an assisted collection by calling us on 0300 456 0102

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Last updated: 21 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 21 August 2018