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Waste and recycling collections will be changing this summer

You currently are able to recycle plastic bottles and cardboard in the blue-lidded bins.
You are also currently able to recycle glass jars and bottles, paper, tins and cans, clean foils, empty aerosols, and bagged textiles in the black boxes.
Please continue to recycle these materials in the same way until the service changes in July.

From 30 July 2018 you will be able to recycle more materials at home!

A new waste and recycling contract will start from 30 July and from this date you will be able to recycle a wider variety of materials including food and drink cartons, as well as plastic pots, tubs and trays. 

Blue-lidded bin
You will be able to put all of your recycling in your blue-lidded bin, excluding glass.
This will include
- plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
- cardboard
- food and drink cartons
- paper
- tins and cans
- clean foils
- empty aerosols
- bagged textiles and clothes

Black box
- glass bottles and jars will be the only items collected from the black box. 

Your collection day and time may change. 

Until 30 July, please continue to use your waste and recycling bins and boxes as normal, and put them out on your current collection days.


You will keep the same containers for your rubbish and recycling.
You will still be able to recycle all of the same items that you currently can, but will also have the oppurtunity to recycle a wider range of items as well.
We will still collect non-recyclable household waste. We will continue to collect garden waste and to charge for this service.
Collections will still happen fortnightly.


30 July 2018

There are no changes to what you can recycle or your collection days before this date.
Find out what you can currently recycle here.


No – we have designed the new services to use the same containers that you already have.

However, you will be able to order additional recycling bins nearer the time if you think your current recycling bin won't be big enough for the increase in materials you can recycle.

If you would like more information regarding this nearer the time, please sign up for email alerts.


They may change.  The time of day of your collection may also change so please make sure that your bins and boxes are out by 7am.  All collection rounds are being redesigned to ensure they are as efficient as possible.

You can sign up for personalised email alerts to receive more information


Yes.  Your household waste, your recycling, and your garden waste (if you pay for garden waste collections) will continue to be collected fortnightly.


We want to help you recycle more by increasing the range of materials you can recycle at home, and making the system easier to use. 

From 30 July 2018, we will increase the number of materials we will collect for recycling. To make all the services as efficient as possible, most collections days are expected to change.  The combination of more efficient collection rounds and increased recycling will mean the service is more cost effective, which is a clear priority for the council given significant ongoing budget pressures.  More cost effective services allow the council to use its resources to protect those who are most vulnerable. 


Glass needs to be kept separate from other materials to ensure the quality of all of the materials that we collect remains high.  We will be investing in sorting equipment to separate all other mixed recyclables but it can be very difficult to remove glass (especially smaller shards) once it is mixed with other items.  


Recycling materials has less impact on the environment than burying them in landfill or burning them to generate energy so the more we can recycle, the better it is for the environment.   In addition it tends to be more cost effective to recycle materials than to deliver them to energy from waste plants or to landfill them.


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Last updated: 9 March 2018 | Last reviewed: 9 March 2018