During kerbside recycling collections we'll normally collect up to 3 recycling boxes of correctly sorted items:
You must separate your recycling into these types; see further information about what happens to your recycling.
Excess items for recycling collections
Find out what to do if you have more items than fit inside each recycling box, such as:
Find out what to do with items which are not suitable for recycling at the kerbside.
If you have more plastic (labelled PET 1 and HDPE 2) than will fit into your recycling box, put out any excess in untied carrier bags (not black bin bags).
Leave bagged plastic next to your recycling boxes.
Excess tins and cans
If you have more tins than will fit into your recycling box, put out any excess in untied carrier bags (not black bin bags).
Leave bagged tins next to your recycling boxes.
Excess paper and cardboard
If you have more paper and cardboard than will fit into your recycling box, we’ll take up to the equivalent of 1 extra boxful.
Extra paper and cardboard must be flattened and broken into pieces; it must be put out for collection next to your recycling boxes, in a separate sturdy container of similar size (approximately 55 litres).
Please do not use card or cardboard boxes to present excess paper and cardboard, or there is a risk that the box containing the cardboard may be blown away. Cardboard containers may also be damaged by rain or damp conditions, leading to them falling apart when collection is attempted.
We cannot accept additional cardboard in plastic bags, as we cannot collect mixed cardboard and plastic.
If you have more glass than will fit into your recycling box, we’ll take up to the equivalent of one extra boxful.
Place excess glass in a separate, sturdy container next to your recycling boxes.
We cannot accept excess glass in plastic bags, for safety reasons.
Items which cannot be collected from the kerbside
- excess recycling
- large, unbroken boxes
- larger quantities of glass
Our recycle and reuse A to Z also explains how to recycle many common waste items.
Order additional waste containers
Order additional or replacement waste containers to store your household recycling if you're regularly producing more recycling than will fit in your containers.
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Waste and recycling collections
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