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Household recycling

Recycling Collection Update:

Recycling collections are taking place as normal. To assist our crews please continue to sort your recycling, more information can be found below. For health and safety reason and to minimise risk to our crews they will not be handling any loose recycling, all items should be in a container.

Please present all items on the kerbside for 7am on the scheduled collection day. Even if the crews normally come later. Recycling may be collected by different vehicles throughout the day, please present your items as normal and leave them out until they have been collected.

What day is your recycling collected?

We now have a simple tool to check your bin day.

Every household in Gloucester is entitled to have a recycling collection. For the majority of residents this will be through our kerbside collection where residents will have green boxes, blue sacks and brown food caddies to present your recycling in. Residents who live in flats will have communal recycling facilities.

For queries regarding recycling please contact us.

Flats communal recycling bins (fortnightly collection)

*There will be no changes to communal recycling collections*

We've different types of recycling facilities for flats which are dependent on the number of flats in a block and the storage space available to house the bins. If you feel these facilities need to be reviewed or you wish to discuss recycling improvements with us please contact us.

For flats who have communal recycling find out more information about your recycling.

Green boxes (weekly collection)​

Gloucester City Council's recycling box collections are weekly. Please put your recycling box out by 7am on the day of collection. You can also contact us for an additional or replacement box or to arrange an assisted collection for the elderly or infirm. We no longer collect recycling put out for collection in carrier bags.

Recycling should be sorted. You'll need to make sure that glass is in a box, separated from plastic, cans and tins, aerosols, foil and cartons.

Please ensure your recycling is sorted into the correct boxes. If it's not sorted correctly it will not be collected.

Yes please:

Box 1:

  • Clean glass jars and bottles (any colour)

Box 2:

  • 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​

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
  • Wet or dirty items (including nappies)
  • Paint tins
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Crisp packets, drink, baby food and pet food pouches
  • 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/carrier bags. Please note: plastic bags of any type can now be used to line your food caddy
  • Black plastic containers
  • CD,video and DVD cases (CD's and DVD can be recycled at local Household Recycling Centres)
  • Coat hangers
  • '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 www.thebutterflygarden.org
  • 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 www.thebutterflygarden.org

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. Remember you'll need to follow the recycling instructions - Recycling service changes 2019.

Blue sack (weekly collection)​

All types of paper and card will be collected in the blue sack.

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
  • Shredded Paper - Please put inside a paper bag or cardboard box (For example, cereal box) not a plastic bag and place inside your blue sack
  • 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 to fit inside your sack, if needed you can have more than 1 blue sack.

No thanks:

  • 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

Large amounts of cardboard should be taken to a local ​household recycling centre.​

Food caddies (weekly collection)​

​​Every household has been issued with two food caddies - a small food waste caddy for you to keep on your worktop or under the sink and a larger outside caddy to use for collection. Both caddies have locking handles to prevent spills and smells and protect the contents from vermin. The contents from the small caddy should be emptied into the large outside caddy - which should be placed at the kerbside for weekly collection.

To keep your caddies clean you can line them with any type of plastic bag, newspaper, kitchen paper, paper liners or compostable liners​.​​

Items we'll collect in your food caddy:

  • Meat and Fish (raw and cooked including bones)
  • Dairy products
  • Cooked and raw fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, cakes and pasta
  • Uneaten food from plates
  • Tea bags/leaves
  • Coffee grounds
  • ​Eggs/egg shell
  • Cereals
  • Pumpkins can be cut up and put into your food caddy. Remember to remove decorations such as candles first.

We will NOT collect your caddy if it contains:

  • Liquids
  • Crockery
  • Pet carcasses or faeces
  • Cooking oil (small amounts can be accepted. Larger quantities can be recycled at the Household Recycling Centre at Hempsted)

For more information on reducing food waste and for recipe ideas, please visit the Love food hate waste website.

Small electrical household items (WEEE)

Please see the items we collect.

What happens to the recycling?

The recycling waste does not go to landfill. Your recycling is sent off for processing at various plants. Examples of what it becomes :-

Gl​ass– b​ecomes another bottle or jar.

Paper – is recycled back into newspaper and magazines. ​It can also be shredded to make animal bedding and packing materials.

Ti​ns - Metal can be recycled with no loss of quality and can be used to make anything from a plane to a fridge or even another can.​

Plastics - Plastics can be made into a range of products such as bin liners, carrier bags, sewer pipes and even fleece jackets.​

Carto​ns – the various materials that make the cartons are separated into paperboard, aluminium and polymers and recycled into items such as cardboard and construction panels. Visit theAce-uk website for more information.

​Aerosols – the steel and aluminium is recycled to make items such as cans.​​

Cardboard – recycled back into corrugated cardboard.

Food waste - ​You can also reduce the amount of waste to landfill by using your weekly food waste caddy or by signing up for the garden waste ​service.

Other Recycling Information:

Assisted Collections:

If you are unable to present your containers at the kerbside you can apply for an assisted collection complete and return an application form​​. It is provided for households where there is no one living at the property who is physically able to carry the waste and recycling to the boundary for collection. The service is not available for residents that use communal bin stores. 

Reporting a Missed Collection:

Please note: we only accept missed collection reports after 4pm on the day of collection and reported by 4pm the following working day. (For example if your scheduled collection is on a Monday you have from 4pm Monday until 4pm Tuesday to report the missed collection.

Blocked Access:

Where access to property is blocked and it is a public highway instruction and not the residents fault, Amey will make one further attempt within 24 hours to collect your recycling. If access is still impeded the next collection will not take place until the next scheduled collection day. 

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