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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.

Sorting recycling for collection

It is important to sort recycling in the green boxes so it is easy and safe for our collection crews to sort them into the compartments on our vehicles.

Our vehicles have compartments for:

  • paper
  • mixed plastics and cans
  • food waste
  • glass bottles and jars
  • cardboard and cartons (Tetra Paks)
  • small electricals, batteries and textiles

You can put recycling out for collection using one options below.

I use green boxes and a food recycling bin

I use a green box, a white bag, a green bag and a food recycling bin

What household waste can be recycled?

You can recycle the following items from home using your weekly recycling collection.

Cardboard, cartons/Tetra Paks,
greetings cards
Cardboard, cartons/Tetra Paks and greetings cards
Container: Green box or green bag

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 or takeaway pizza boxes.
NO glitter or plastic.

Cooked and
uncooked food waste
Cooked and uncooked food waste
Container: Food recycling bin
Use an ordinary plastic bag or paper to line
your food waste containers.NO liquids or food in packaging

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars

Container: Green box

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, aerosolsContainer: Green box or white bag mixed with plastics

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
Container: Green box or white bag mixed with cans, foil and aerosols

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.

Container: Green box
Remove plastic windows from envelopes.
Put shredded paper in a plastic bag. NO paper with glitter or plastic.
Clothes, shoes
and textilesContainer: Green box (in a plastic bag)
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
Container: Green box
NO larger than the green box.
These can be put out next to your recycling containers.

Household batteries

Container: Green box (in a plastic bag)

In a plastic bag.

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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