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Kerbside recycling service

Help us achieve our goal of recycling more of Wiltshire’s waste by putting plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, drink cartons, cardboard, paper, tins and cans into your blue-lidded bin. You can put glass bottles and jars and bagged textiles into your black box.

Your recycling is collected every fortnight in the following containers: 

  • Up to two wheeled bins for recycling paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, food cartons, cans and aerosols.
  • Up to two black recycling boxes for recycling glass and clean and dry bagged textiles.  
  • Wheeled bins for a chargeable garden waste collection service

To order a new or additional bin, use the online form on the new and replacement bins page. 

If you are unable to store wheeled bins, we may be able to offer you a bagged collection service. Contact us on 0300 456 0102 to discuss the options available. 

It is important that materials collected for recycling are clean and dry. Materials should be presented in either blue lidded containers or black boxes. Should you need to put out more waste than can fit into these bins, please ensure you do so in a suitable container such as a reusable shopping bag. Wet cardboard will not be collected so should not be stacked beside your bin.

We ask residents to rinse their recycling for cleanliness purposes and to preserve the high quality of materials collected so that we can maximise the materials sent for recycling.
You can do this with your normal washing up to save water, or any other collected water.

What can I put in my blue-lidded bin?

Empty, wash and squash all plastic bottles and cartons. Leave lids on.

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays of any colour except black, including:

  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Bleach bottles
  • Laundry liquid and fabric conditioner bottles
  • Cooking oil bottles
  • Drinks bottles
  • Juice or squash bottles
  • Milk and yoghurt drink bottles
  • Handwash bottles
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • upright 'pump' type toothpaste tubes
  • yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs
  • plastic food trays i.e. meat, fruit and vegetable trays (no black plastic)

Cartons, cans, aerosols and foil:

  • Food and drink cartons
  • Clean food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Empty aerosols
  • Clean foil and trays
  • Metal biscuit tins

Paper and cardboard of any colour including:

  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Ready meal sleeves
  • Food packaging boxes and sleeves
  • Brown paper
  • Greetings cards
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Shredded paper - please place inside a cardboard box, such as a cereal box
  • Toilet and kitchen rolls
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Directories and catalogues
  • Envelopes (no need to remove windows)
  • Brown paper
  • Wrapping paper if it scrunches into a ball and doesn't bounce back (not the foil kind)
  • Black plastic pots tubs and trays - plastics are sorted using laser technology that can identify different plastic types. Black plastics are difficult for the equipment to detect so these cannot be separated for recycling from other materials managed at the facility, so are rejected.
  • Film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • Cling film
  • Plastic bags, eg, carrier bags, sandwich bags, freezer bags, bin liners
  • Crisp/sweet packets
  • Pet food pouches
  • Disposable drinks cups and plastic straws
  • Compostable plastics (including cups, trays, films, and cartons) 
  • Plastic packaging and polystyrene
  • Plant pots (including black) - these can be taken to most household recycling centres or returned to garden centres for reuse
  • Rigid plastic eg toys, garden furniture
  • Boxes with plastic windows, please remove the window first
  • Foil-lined cardboard tubes (eg Pringles tubes)
  • Dirty cans or tins - please rinse all recyclables first
  • Batteries
  • Scrap metal
  • Books

What can I put in my black box?

If textiles and shoes are in good condition, please consider donating them to charity as it helps them to raise funds. We cannot collect duvets or pillows.

Put all clothes, shoes (tied in pairs) and accessories in tied plastic bags to keep them dry and place them inside or alongside your black box. We can't collect wet items or those in black refuse sacks/charity bags.

You can put any extra glass into separate open carrier bags (not black bags) and place next to your black box. Textiles should be securely wrapped to keep them dry. If you frequently find you have extra recycling, you can order a second black box.

Wiltshire Council are no longer providing lids for black boxes. As black box containers are now only used for glass and bagged textiles, there is no requirement for a lid to protect these materials from wet weather. If your black box lid has been damaged, we will not be able to replace it.

  • Clean glass bottles (leave the lids on)
  • Clean glass jars (leave the lids on)
  • Clean and dry clothes (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Pairs of shoes, belts, handbags (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Curtains and sheets (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Blankets and duvet covers (in a tied plastic bag)

    All textiles must be clean and dry in a tied plastic bag - don't present these in black refuse sacks.

    • Pyrex
    • Broken glass
    • Lightbulbs
    • Duvets
    • Pillows

    What can I put in my garden waste bin?

    The garden waste collection service is chargeable. See our garden waste page for more information.

    • Grass cuttings
    • Cuttings
    • Bark
    • Prunings
    • Cut flowers
    • Weeds
    • Leaves
    • Hedge clippings
    • House plants (please remove soil)
    • Twigs and small branches
    • Untreated sawdust and wood shavings
    • Real Christmas trees (can be left next to your bin)
    • Any food waste including fruit, vegetables, peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, meat
    • Windfall fruit
    • Animal waste
    • Pet litter
    • Dirty pet bedding
    • Soil or turf
    • Bricks, stones or rubble
    • Ash
    • Paper, shredded paper or card
    • Large items of garden waste
    • Large branches or logs
    • Seed trays and plant pots
    • Packaging
    • Compostable plastics, including cups, trays, films, and cartons 

    How can I recycle other items?

    Other plastics 

    Many items, including clean plastics such as plant pots, packaging and rigid plastics including toys and garden furniture, can be recycled at your local household recycling centre.

    Other items

    Used cooking oil, batteries, mobile phones, glasses, cds, dvds and more - the list is long. You can see a full list on the individual household recycling centre.

    Many supermarkets have collection points for carrier bags and batteries or you could check if there are drop off points for other materials at Terracycle

    Need help putting your bin out?

    Apply for assisted collections

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    Last updated: 15 May 2020 | Last reviewed: 15 May 2020