Wiltshire Council provides, and collects, two types of bins for your household recycling: a blue-lidded bin for paper, cardboard, certain types of plastics and metal items; and a black box for glass jars and bottles.
Help achieve our goal of recycling more of Wiltshire's waste. Find out what items can go in your blue-lidded bin and what items can go in your black box (and what cannot), including things like batteries and small rechargeable items.
All household waste, recycling, and garden waste collection dates are available on our waste collection calendar.
Additional recycling containers can be requested here: Request a new waste container delivery (ilforms). You will need to create an account with the council if you do not already have one.
Extra items that cannot fit in your blue-lidded bin may be presented beside the bin in a suitable container, such as a plastic storage box. To prevent paper and cardboard getting wet, these items should be inside the bin, but plastic and tin items and cartons can be presented next to the bin.
Update on future food waste collections
At Full Council on 20 February 2024, Cllr Nick Holder Cabinet Member for Environment, provided an update on future food waste collections in Wiltshire, following recent discussions with Defra.
Recycling other items
Plastics we don't collect
Items such as plastic plant pots, packaging, and rigid plastics including toys and garden furniture, can be recycled at your local Household recycling centres (HRCs).
Many supermarkets have collection points for carrier bags and plastic films, you can find these using a recycling location locator.
Pool accessories such as goggles, floats, armbands and swim caps can currently be recycled at four swimming pools across Wiltshire (Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury, the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham, Trowbridge Sports Centre and The Vale Community Campus in Pewsey.) See Recycle the unrecyclable at your local swimming pool!.
Clothing and textiles
If textiles and shoes are in good condition, please consider donating them to charity as it helps them to raise funds. Textiles are also accepted at our Household recycling centres (HRCs) for your nearest see HRC locations and opening times.
Oils, electricals, and batteries we don't collect
At our household recycling centres we can take used cooking oil, batteries, mobile phones, glasses, CDs, DVDs and more - the list is long. You can see a full list on the household recycling centre page.
Many supermarkets have collection points for batteries, or you can check if there are drop off points for other materials at TerraCycle.
Help putting your bin out
If you need help putting out your rubbish and recycling bins or bags, you can apply online for an assisted collection.