Green box recycling

Each household should have a minimum of 2 green boxes. These are provided free of charge to all households and emptied weekly. All containers need to be ready at the kerbside by 7am on your scheduled collection day.

How to order

Due to current supply chain issues, our green recycling boxes 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 green recycling box(es), you can still leave out your recycling for collection using any container(s) you have available. 

Please continue to separate your recycling using:

  • 1 box for glass
  • 1 box for plastic, cans, aerosols, foil and cartons. 

This helps us load the materials we collect into the different compartments in our vehicle, which ensures they are kept separate and can be easily recycled. 

See our waste and recycling updates for the latest news or sign up for waste and recycling email alerts.

Yes please:


  • Clean glass jars and bottles (any colour)

Glass should be presented in a box containing only glass items 

Plastic, cans, aerosols, foil, cartons:

  • Clean food tins
  • Drink cans (make sure they're completely empty)
  • Plastic bottles (please squash and rinse if necessary)
  • Bleach and detergent bottles (empty with lids on)
  • Toiletry bottles
  • Cartons such as Tetra Pak for milk, juice, soup (please rinse and squash)
  • Household aerosols - must be empty with lids removed (lids can be recycled in the box)
  • Mixed plastic containers such as meat trays, fruit punnets, yoghurt pots, butter and ice cream tubs, sweet tubs
  • Aluminium foil and food trays - takeaway containers, pie cases, pet food trays, foil lids, kitchen foil (please rinse to remove food). Scrunch foil lids, confectionery and kitchen foil together to make a larger ball​

The items listed above can be put together in your recycling box (Glass items must be in a box on its own)

Dirty items will not be collected, please rinse your items with water after you've finished washing up.

No thanks:

  • Batteries (you can take them to any major supermarket)
  • Textiles (you can take them to a clothes bank)
  • Mini beer kegs (see if the store you bought them from has a take-back service)
  • Wet or dirty items (including nappies)
  • Paint tins
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Crisp packets, drink, baby food and pet food pouches
  • Eco bricks
  • Window panes
  • Pyrex dishes or crockery
  • Light bulbs (these can be recycled at Hempsted Recycling Centre. Low energy light bulbs can be recycled at limited recycling bring banks)
  • Glass milk bottles (they need to returned to your supplier)
  • Cling film, cling film wrapping or packaging (such as multi-pack wrapping)
  • Carrier bags, please note: plastic bags of any type can now be used to line your food caddy
  • Bubble wrap
  • Black plastic containers
  • CD,video and DVD cases (CD's and DVD can be recycled at local Household Recycling Centres)
  • Coat hangers, some larger supermarkets recycle these
  • 'Pringle' style crisp containers
  • Take out drink cups (some store have 'take back' schemes)
  • Plant pots. If you'd like to recycle your plant pots please contact The Butterfly Garden (registered charity) based in Staverton who will be happy to help you
  • Video tapes and cassettes. If you'd like to recycle video tapes or cassettes please contact The Butterfly Garden (registered charity) based in Staverton who will be happy to help you

This list includes items that are frequently put into recycling boxes in error. You may find that your recycling crew have left other items in your box because they cannot be accepted.

Sainsburys at Gloucester Quays now accept a range of flexible plastic packaging items that we do not collect. Please visit their website for a list of items you can recycle at their store, 



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