Blue sack

Each household should have a blue sack and are provided free of charge to all households and emptied weekly. Your blue sack will need to be ready at the kerbside by 7am on your scheduled collection day.

How to order

Our blue sacks are currently out of stock, please check back in a few weeks to order online.

What you need to know

If you are waiting to order a new, additional or replacement blue sack, you can still leave out all types of paper and card for collection.

You will need to make sure the paper and card is:

  • flattened
  • less than A3 size or the size of green recycling box
  • piled neatly and secured (you can secure it by placing it in a cardboard box or tying it up with a string or tape)

We will not collect paper and card in plastic bags. 

Yes please:

  • Newspaper and magazines
  • Phone directories, including Yellow Pages
  • Catalogues and paperback books
  • Junk-mail, letters and cards
  • Thin card egg boxes
  • Envelopes
  • Cereal and thin​ card food packaging
  • Corrugated cardboard including mail-order packaging
  • Sachet pet food boxes
  • Washing powder boxes
  • Clean pizza boxes (make sure all food is removed)

Remember to break up your cardboard so that it fits inside your sack with the lid closed, if needed you can have more than 1 blue sack.

No thanks:

  • Photographs 
  • Polystyrene
  • Bubblewrap
  • Wallpaper
  • Hardback books
  • Shiny foil or glitter wrapping paper, cards or gift tags
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes that have not been flattened and broken up
  • Wet or greasy cardboard/paper

Cardboard that is not contained within the sack will not be collected. Large amounts of cardboard should be taken to a local ​household recycling centre.​

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