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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. Each household is provided with one black bin for non-recyclable household waste and separate containers for recyclable items.

To make sure we can collect your recycling every week you should:

  • Separate different items in the recycling containers so we can easily sort them into the right part of our vehicles
  • Empty and rinse plastic, metal and glass food and drink packaging
  • Cut cardboard into pieces no larger than the green box
  • Only put items that can be recycled in your containers
  • Do not put broken glass in your containers

What can I recycle from home?

You can recycle the following items from home every week. We provide containers to sort your recycling:

  • 2x green boxes
  • 1x kerbside food recycling bin
  • 1x food recycling kitchen caddy

You can order extra recycling containers if you need them free of charge. Order recycling containers.

Yes please, we can recycle these…

No thank you, we can’t recycle these…

Which container?

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Mixed plastics, cans, aerosols, foil



Plastic bottles, tubs and trays

Metal food and drink cans, biscuit tins, empty aerosols, aluminium foil


Black plastic, plastic bags, pet food pouches, crisp packets etc.

Scrap metal i.e. pots or pans

Packaging containing food or liquid

Green box

Empty and rinse any food or drink packaging

Keep these items separate from others by putting them at one end of the green box

Cardboard and cartons



Cardboard boxes and packaging

Cartons (Tetra Paks)

Greetings cards (without glitter or plastic)


Take away pizza boxes

Packaging containing food or liquid

Polystyrene or plastic packing material

Card with glitter or plastic attached

Green box

Cut large cardboard into pieces no larger than the green box

Keep these items separate from others by putting them in one end of the green box

Food waste


Cooked and uncooked food waste, leftovers, peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, eggs shells, pet food etc. Liquids, packaged food

Food waste bin

Line your food bin or kitchen caddy with an ordinary plastic bag, newspaper or compostable bag

Glass bottles and jars


Any coloured or clear glass bottles and jars

Broken glass

Window or oven proof glass

Drinking glasses

Glass containing food of liquid

Green box

Keep these items separate from others by putting them in one end of the green box



Newspapers, magazines, leaflets

Envelopes with plastic windows removed

Wrapping paper without glitter or plastic

Paper with plastic wrapping

Paper with glitter or plastic attached


Kitchen towel

Green box

Keep these items separate from others by putting them at one end of the green box


Clothes and paired shoes, towels, sheets blankets

Duvets, pillows, cushions, toys, soft furnishings

Items in black plastic bags

Green box

Put these in a loosely tied plastic bag.

Put shoes in pairs


Household batteries Car or vehicle batteries

Green box

Put batteries in a small plastic bag

Small electrical items


Small electricals up to the size of the green box

Items larger than the green box

Televisions, mini fridges

Green box

Put these next to your recycling containers if they don’t fit inside the green box.

Other items that are recyclable, but cannot be taken through the kerbside service such as furniture, light bulbs/fluorescent tubes, large electrical appliances to the Sort It recycling centres. They may also be suitable for our bulky collection service.

Non-recyclable waste

Most household waste can be recycled from home every week. One black bin is provided to each household for non recyclable household waste.

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 such as furniture, light bulbs/fluorescent tubes, DIY waste, mattresses and extra bags that do not fit inside the bin 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.

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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