Sort it out! Recycling in Gloucester set to change in December


From 9 December, households will need two green boxes and a blue sack, separating their recycling.


The way Gloucester’s household recycling is collected will change from early December.

From Monday 9 December, residents will need to sort their recycling in to separate sacks and boxes in order for it to be collected.

Residents will need to use 2 green boxes and a blue sack. Box 1 should have glass bottles and jars in it; box 2 should be filled with plastic, cans, foils and cartons; and cardboard and paper will go in to the blue sack. Anything that isn’t correctly sorted can not be collected.

Households already use blue sacks for corrugated cardboard only, but from 9 December all paper and cardboard can be placed in the same blue sack, making it easier for residents.

Households that either do not have a second green box or need an additional blue sack can request one by collecting them from the Eastern Avenue Depot, Eastern Avenue, GL4 6PG between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, residents can email Here to Help on or phone 01452 396396 to request any additional boxes or sacks.

Residents must still ensure that all recyclable packaging is clean before it goes in to the allocated box or sack, and the message from City Improvement and Environment Manager Meyrick Brentnall is “the cleaner the better.”

“These changes give us the opportunity to improve the kerb side service for Gloucester’s residents primarily, and get better value from that service.” says Meyrick.

“It will enable us to be more efficient with the collections, and for sorting processes to become more streamlined.

“Not only that, but there are increased benefits in the revenue generated from less contaminated recycling.”

A leaflet will be delivered to households from Monday 25 November explaining how recyclables need to be sorted, as well as information about Christmas collections.

There are other, smaller changes being made to the service. Going forward, batteries and textiles will no longer be accepted, but small electrical items such as hairdryers, kettles and irons will be collected.

A full list of recyclable materials, plus how they need to be sorted and when their recycling day is can be found on our website

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