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Recycling Collection

Blue Wheelie Bin

Please ensure all material is clean and dry and put loose into you bin/box for collection. Please do not put materials in plastic bags / black sacks as it will not be recycled.

What should go into your recycling bin:

Material Examples
Paper Newspapers, magazines, scrap paper, envelopes, catalogues & directories and shredded paper (ideally contained in an envelop/newspaper/cardboard box)
Cardboard Greetings cards, boxes packaging material and corrugated cardboard (broken up to fit in the bin)
Glass Bottles and jars
Tins and Cans Food tins, drink cans, biscuit tins
Plastic Packaging Bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine / ice cream tubs, fruit punnets, microwave meal trays
Aerosols Deodorant cans, hair spray cans
Aluminium foil Clean kitchen foil, cake and pie trays
Cartons Drinks cartons, soup cartons and tetrapak

How to recycle even more through your kerbside collection service...

What should not go into your recycling bin:

Material Where it can go
Black refuse sacks In your grey refuse bin
Plastic bags, plastic film and film lids Take to your local supermarket and place in 'plastic bag banks' (where available). Please read Supermarket 'take back' scheme

Cling film

In your grey refuse bin
Expanded polystyrene In your grey refuse bin
Nappies In your grey refuse bin
Food Waste In your green compost bin
Garden Waste In your green compost bin
Hard plastic items Items such as coat hangers, plant pots and toys should be reused if possible or put in the grey refuse bin
Paint What to do with unwanted paint
Electrical and Electronic items Small electronic and electrical items can now be put out along side your wheeled bins for collection from the kersbide. For larger items, please read how to disposal of electical goods.
Clothes, textiles and shoes

Textiles and clothes can now be put out along side your wheeled bins for collection from the kersbide. Alternatively, they can be donated to charity through doorstep collections or 'textile banks'.

Shoes should be reused if possible. Alternatively they can be taken to one of the many 'textile banks' around the district, put out for charity collection or put in the grey refuse bin.


Household batteries can can now be put out along side your wheeled bins for collection from the kersbide. Car batteries can be taken to one of the Household Waste and Recycling Centres in the district or to a garage as part of a take back scheme.

What if I have too much recycling to fit in my bin?

Any excess material that does not fit in your bin can be placed in a rigid container next to your wheeled bin for collection. Alternatively, you can take it to a Waste and Recycling Centre.

What happens to my recycling?

Recyclable material is collected and taken to a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) run by Pure Recycling in Ettington. The mixed material is segregated using magnets, optical sorting and other technology until the different materials are sorted into separate waste streams.

Materials are then transported to specialist reprocessing facilities in the UK where they are made into new products. Examples of what your recycling could become are listed below:

Material New product
Paper Newspapers and telephone directories
Cardboard Boxes and packaging
Glass New bottles and jars, road surfacing material
Tins and cans Window frames, steel beams, engine parts
Plastic packaging Traffic cones, fleece clothing, carpets, pipes, recycling boxes

For more information on what happens to your material, please visit Pure Recycling's website for an in-depth look at the recycling process. Alternatively, you can watch a short film showing how the material is processed.

Recyclable material - a resource, not a waste

The Council has signed up to the national End Destination Charter which sets out where recycled material goes once it has been segregated at the MRF.

Collection calendar

View our bin collection calendar for your collection days.

Do It Online

Reporting a problem, concern or issue

Report a missed collection

Contact us

If you would like more information or wish to speak to a member of the Council's Streetscene team, please contact us:

Telephone: 01789 260616

Fax on 01789 260607, or

Email streetscene@stratford-dc.gov.uk