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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.

cartons/Tetra Paks,
greetings cardsCardboard, cartons/Tetra Paks and greetings cards
Cut down or flatten large
cardboard boxes or take them to
the Sort It recycling centre.
NO takeaway packaging.
NO glitter or polystyrene.
Cooked and
uncooked food wasteCooked and uncooked food waste
Use a plastic bag or paper to line
your food waste containers.
NO liquids or packaging
Glass bottles and jarsGlass bottles and jars NO broken glass, drinking
glasses, window or oven proof
Food and drink cans,
foil, aerosols
Food and drink cans, foil, aerosols
Empty aerosols.
NO pet food pouches, crisp
packets or sweet wrappers.
Plastic bottles,
trays, tubs
Plastic bottles, trays and tubs
NO black plastic, flower pots,
toys, carrier bags, pet food
pouches, crisp packets, cling film,
polystyrene or foam.
Remove plastic windows from
Put shredded paper in a plastic
Clothes, shoes
and textiles
Clothes, shoes, towels, sheets,
blankets, curtains in bags (not
black sacks or charity bags).
NO stuffed toys, duvets, pillows
or quilts.
Small electrical itemsSmall electrical items NO larger than the green box.
These can be put out next to your
recycling containers.
Household batteries In a plastic bag.

Your recycling containers

To make recycling as easy as possible, you can choose the way that you put your recycling out for collection from one of the following options:

I use two green boxes and a food recycling bin

I use 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 or foam packaging
  • take away cardboard containers e.g. take away pizza boxes
Black bin for non recyclable waste only

Please 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 later this year.

We provide extra services for households that have:

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