Your blue recycling bag is collected every two weeks. It’s the container for all paper, shredded paper, wrapping paper (not if it’s glittery or plastic), greetings cards, cardboard packets and cardboard boxes. You'll find a full list of the items which you should put in your blue bag on our A to Z of items for Recycling and Waste page. Disposable masks and gloves must be disposed of in your household rubbish. They cannot be recycled.
Please make sure that all the paper and card which you put in here is clean. It’s important that pizza boxes don’t have tomato sauce or cheese stuck on them. Clean material has a value, and this supports other Council services. Dirty materials and plastic bags are seen as contamination, and can result in everything in the vehicle being rejected. This wastes your recyclable materials, as well as those of your neighbours. There’s also a penalty charge to the Council if recyclable bin contents are rejected, taking money from other Council services.
If you have more paper, shredded paper, wrapping paper (not if it’s glittery or plastic), greetings cards, cardboard packets and cardboard boxes than fit in your recycling bag, please put them out tied in a bundle by your recycling bin. If you regularly have more than fits in the blue bag, you could ask us for another one. Please don’t put extra recyclable materials out in a bag – as we won’t be able to take it. We’ll leave your blue bag under the lid of your bin when we’ve emptied it.
If your bag is light, and there’s room in the recycling bin for the bag, you can present the bag inside the bin.
If your recycling bag is too heavy for safe handling or contains the wrong materials we won’t be able to take it. If this happens we’ll put a bright sticker on the bag explaining that there’s a problem, and you’ll need to take the bag back onto your property, remove the problem items, and put the bag out on the next collection day.
For Information about rinsed drinks cans, food tins, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, and glass bottles and jars, and the blue bin they are collected in, visit our Blue Recycling Bin page.
You need to put your recycling bin out in the same place that you put your household rubbish for collection.
Last updated 5 March 2021