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Waste and recycling collections from houses

In South Gloucestershire we provide a weekly collection for recycling and a fortnightly collection for non recyclable household waste.


You can recycle the following items from home using your weekly recycling collection. Make sure you sort your recycling to keep similar items grouped together. To show what materials can’t be recycled, please watch this short video.

cartons/Tetra Paks,
greetings cards
Cardboard, cartons/Tetra Paks and greetings cards

Cut down or flatten large cardboard boxes or take them to the Sort It recycling centre.

Remove all polystyrene, plastic and foam packing.

NO takeaway packaging.
NO glitter or plastic.

Cooked and
uncooked food waste
Cooked and uncooked food waste
Use an ordinary plastic bag or paper to line
your food waste containers.NO liquids or food in packaging
Glass bottles and jarsGlass bottles and jars

Wash out jars and bottles.

NO broken glass, drinking  glasses, window or oven proof

Food and drink cans,
foil, aerosols
Food and drink cans, foil, aerosols

Empty aerosols and wash out food and drink cans.

Mix metal cans, foil and aerosols with plastic bottles tubs and trays.

NO pet food pouches, crisp packets or sweet wrappers.

Plastic bottles,
trays, tubs
Plastic bottles, trays and tubs

Squash and wash plastic tubs and bottles.

Mix plastic bottles, tubs and trays with metal cans, foil and aerosols.

NO black plastic, flower pots, toys, carrier bags, pet food
pouches, crisp packets, cling film, polystyrene or foam.

Remove plastic windows from envelopes.
Put shredded paper in a plastic bag.NO paper with glitter or plastic.
Clothes, shoes
and textiles
Put clothes, shoes, towels, sheets, blankets, curtains in bags (not
black sacks or charity bags).NO stuffed toys, duvets, pillows or quilts.
Small electrical items
Small electrical items
NO larger than the green box.
These can be put out next to your recycling containers.
Household batteries In a plastic bag.

Sorting your recycling

You must sort your recycling so the collection crews can easily separate items into different sections of the vehicle. You can put recycling out for collection using one of the following options:

Two green boxes and a food recycling bin

A green box, a white bag, a green bag and a food recycling bin

Black bin

Your black bin is for non recyclable household waste only including:

  • black plastic
  • crisp, sweet packets
  • cellophane, film and plastic bags
  • nappies
  • pet waste e.g. cat litter, dog/bird faeces
  • pet food pouches
  • polystyrene and foam packaging
  • take away cardboard containers e.g. take away pizza boxes
Black bin for non recyclable waste only

Do not use your black bin for recyclable items, furniture, rubble, DIY waste, hardcore or soil.

You can take waste that is not suitable for kerbside collections to the Sort It recycling centres.

All of your black bin waste must be inside the bin and the lid must be closed. We cannot collect extra waste left next to your black bin unless it is in authorised nappy bags.

One black bin is provided to each household for non recyclable household waste. The current 240litre bins will be replaced with 140 litre bins for most households in January 2018.

Managing black bin waste

We provide extra services for households that have:

If you would like advice on managing your household waste please call 01454 868000.

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