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Green recycling box

Find out what goes in your green recycling box and what doesn't, when it's collected and what you can do to help us collect your recycling.

We collect your recycling every week (except for your chargeable garden waste which we collect every other week). Find out when your next collection day is using our collection day finder

What goes in your green recycling box

WarningPlease do not put any nappies, tissues, wipes, or wrapping paper in your green recycling box

If you have two green recycling boxes (55 litres), please separate your recycling as detailed below. If you live in a flat, you may have communal recycling bins instead of a green recycling box.

1. Paper, glass and other items
Material Full list of individual items Further instructions
Paper Recycling A-Z Cardboard and brown paper go in your blue recycling bag
Glass bottles and jars Recycling A-Z Labels and lids can be left on
Small electrical items Recycling A-Z Place in a carrier bag
Batteries Recycling A-Z Place in a carrier bag at the top of your green recycling box. Car batteries go next to your box.
Engine oil and oil filters Recycling A-Z Place in sealed engine oil containers. Drain and wrap oil filters in plastic bags to avoid leaks.
Textiles and clothes Recycling A-Z Place in a carrier bag (must also be in good re-usable condition)

Please note, broken glass does not go in your green recycling box. You can put this in your rubbish bin as long as it's wrapped up securely to prevent injury.

2. Plastic and cans
Material Full list of individual items Further instructions
Plastic pots, tubs and trays (used to contain food and drink) Recycling A-Z No black plastic, plastic bags, film or polystyrene
Metal packaging and foil Recycling A-Z No crisp packets or paper backed foil
Cans and aerosols Recycling A-Z No crisp packets or paper backed foil

You can download and print out stickers (sticker 1 and sticker 2) to stick on your green recycling boxes to remind you how to sort them. If you would like us to send you stickers, please call us on 01225 39 40 41.

Why we no longer collect wrapping paper

Over the last couple of years the recycling market has significantly changed. We have always been fortunate to secure UK markets for our paper collected in B&NES, however, a huge proportion of paper from the UK was being exported until recent years. The drive to recycle more material closer to home has meant paper mills can demand higher quality. As an alternative, please use brown paper, which can be recycled along with your cardboard.

Putting your recycling out

WarningWe can fine you for leaving your boxes out after your collection day, for blocking pavements, or, if you live in the city centre of Bath and leave your recycling box on railings or steps.

To help us collect your recycling box, please take note of the following:

  • put your recycling boxes at the front edge of your property where we can see them
  • put your recycling boxes out by 6am on your collection day (or no earlier than 8pm the night before)
  • bring your emptied boxes back in on your collection day as soon as you can
  • if you live in the city centre of Bath, don't leave your boxes on railings or steps
  • don't put out large or hazardous items

Moving home

If you move, you must leave your green recycling box at your old home.