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Help us achieve our goal of recycling 50% of Wiltshire’s waste by using your black box for metal, paper, glass and clothes and your plastic bottles and cardboard bin.

Make sure your recycling bins and boxes are out at the kerbside before 7am on the morning of your collection day.

See rubbish collection days to find out when your fortnightly recycling collections are.

Use the green waste collection service for garden waste and household recycling centres or mini recycling sites for items you can't put in your bin or box.

Home composting can reduce the amount of rubbish you throw away. You can compost garden and food waste at home with compost bins and food waste digesters.

Black box 

What can I put in my black box?

  • Metal: food tins; drinks cans; empty aerosol cans; metal jar lids; clean aluminium foil
  • Paper: newspapers and magazines; telephone directories; catalogues and junk mail; envelopes (including those with windows); office paper
  • Glass: all bottles and jars (clear, green, blue, brown)
  • Clothes and Shoes: all types of unwanted clothes (any staining present does not matter); pairs of shoes (tied together); leather belts and handbags; curtains, sheets, blankets and duvet covers. (Please put all items in tied plastic bags to keep them dry. We can't collect wet items or those in black refuse sacks/charity bags).

What can't I put in my black box?

  • Metal: crisp packets; sweet wrappers; metallic gift wrap
  • Paper: cardboard; gift wrap; greeting cards; brown paper; shredded paper. (However, all of these items can be recycled using your blue lidded bin instead)
  • Glass: all broken jars and bottles; glass window panes; lightbulbs; glass ovenware e.g. Pyrex
  • Clothes: duvets; pillows

You can order a second black box, or separate your recycling into open carrier bags (not black bags) and place next to your black box.

Blue lidded plastic bottle and cardboard bin

Which plastic bottles can I put in my blue bin?

  • Cleaning product bottles e.g. washing-up liquid, bleach and fabric conditioner
  • Cooking oil bottles
  • Drinks bottles e.g. still water bottles, fizzy drinks bottles
  • Juice, squash or cordial bottles
  • Milk and yoghurt drinks bottles
  • Shampoo, conditioner and hand wash bottles


  • All grey and brown cardboard (please rip up large pieces to fit in the bin), such as cereal boxes, egg boxes and ready meal sleeves
  • Brown paper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Food packaging boxes
  • Greetings cards
  • Paper based wrapping paper (but not the foil kind)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Shredded paper (leave it loose or in a cardboard container e.g. a cereal box, but not bagged)
  • Toilet or kitchen rolls

What can't I put in my blue bin/bag?

  • Books (please take them to a charity shop or recycle them at your nearest household recycling centre)
  • Boxes with plastic windows (unless all plastic is removed)
  • Cling film
  • Crisp packets
  • Disposable drinks cups
  • Foil-lined cardboard tubes
  • Food trays such as oven-ready or microwave meal trays
  • Ice cream or margarine tubs and yogurt pots
  • Meat or fish trays
  • All plastic tubs, pots and trays
  • Plastic packaging
  • Paper (please recycle this in your black box)
  • Plant pots (please recycle this at your nearest household recycling centre)
  • Plastic bin liners
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Plastic packaging (please recycle this at your nearest household recycling centre)
  • Waxed or aluminium coated cartons such as Tetra Pak (recycle them at your nearest household recycling centre) e.g. soup cartons, food cartons

How can I recycle other types of plastic?

Recycle clean plastics such as containers, pots, packaging and rigid plastics including toys and garden furniture at your local household recycling centre.

Collection crews will check for any of these materials in your bin. If these items are included in your bin, it will not be emptied and we will leave a note to explain why.

Help putting your bin out

If you find it difficult to put out your rubbish and recycling bins or bags you can apply for an assisted collection by calling us on 0300 456 0102.

Your bins or bags will be collected from an arranged place on your property and returned after emptying. 

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