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What to do with your waste and recycling if you live in a house, maisonette or flat in a converted house.

Downloadable guide to recycling

You can download our printable guide (pdf, 784 KB) to keep on your fridge.

Leaving your items for collection

You should leave your waste and recycling ready for collection from 8pm the night before and no later than 6am on your collection day.

Within the front boundary of your property

If there is space at the front boundary of your property, this is where any dustbins, sacks and recycling containers for collection should be presented. This also applies to bulky items awaiting collection and unwanted items being offered to neighbours and passers-by.

  • Ensure your bins and sacks are clearly visible from the road
  • Ensure sacks are tied securely
  • Avoid using blue sacks which may be confused with garden recycling sacks
  • Any unwanted items being offered to others should be clearly labelled as such

On the pavement

If there is not space within the front boundary of your property, you can put your waste and recycling on the pavement in sacks. However, you must:

  • Only do this after 8pm on the day before your collection is due
  • Ensure they do not obstruct doorways or the public highway (please consider wheelchair users and those with pushchairs)
  • Ensure sacks are tied securely
  • Avoid using blue sacks which may be confused with garden recycling sacks
  • Clear any litter that escapes from your sacks if they spill their contents prior to collection
  • Not use the pavement for placing items being offered to others

Some properties are not eligible for kerbside recycling. These are typically flats above shops or properties without any curtilage.

Containing your rubbish and recycling

Residents should recycle using the containers provided.

We provide blue and black boxes for recycling as well as special containers for recycling food waste. If you do not have these already, please order your recycling containers.

Do not overfill your recycling boxes as it makes them difficult to carry and may result in wind blown litter or non-collection. If you regularly struggle to fit all your recycling in the boxes provided, please order further boxes, or purchase net covers for them to prevent items blowing out.

View our list of recyclable items to find out where you can recycle them.

Blue recycling box

Your blue box is for mixed paper and cardboard.

  • Please recycle: Clean paper, card and cardboard, envelopes, junk mail, cartons (e.g Tetra Pak)
  • Not for: Plastic bags and film

Please place all clean paper, card and cardboard in your blue recycling box. Larger pieces of cardboard should be broken down until they fit. Alternatively, they can be flattened, tied in a bundle (using non-nylon string) and placed next to or under your blue box.

Black recycling box

Your black box is for plastics, cans and bottles.

  • Please recycle: Plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, unbroken glass bottles and jars, food tins, drink cans, foil, empty aerosol cans
  • Not for: Plastic bags, film or cups

Please rinse to keep items free of significant food remains. Squash plastic bottles and replace lids after rinsing as this helps fit more in the box. However, any pump action mechanisms should be removed and placed in your dustbin.

Food waste box

Use your kitchen caddy to store food waste in your kitchen and then decant into your large green food waste container.

  • Please recycle: All cooked and raw food waste
  • Not for: Food packaging, plastic bags

Read full details on using this service.

Bins

  • For: Anything that cannot be recycled including polyester, plastic bags, nappies, used kitchen towels, sanitary products, pet excrement, cotton wool, broken crockery
  • Not for: Garden waste, oversized items

We recommend that you purchase dustbins with clip-on lids if you have suitable external space to store them. If not, rubbish should be left in tied, un-split black refuse sacks.