What can I put in my bins and boxes?

If you live in a house, the information below applies to you.

If you have additional recycling which does not fit in your recycling containers, this can be put out for collection in an appropriate container (not a black sack) with your containers.

For a detailed list of materials accepted in each container download our A-Z recycling guide.

Blue container

  • Paper including shredded paperBlue-Recycling-Box-2
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes and junk mail
  • Telephone directories (please remove the outer cover before recycling)
  • Card and Cardboard including cereal boxes, toilet rolls and corrugated cardboard (this can be folded flat and left to the side of the blue box if too big to fit).
  • Food and juice cartons (tetrapak)

Black container

  • Plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays
  • Steel and aluminium cans/tins

Red containerRed-Recycling-Box-2

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

Brown bin

  • All food waste (raw or cooked)Brown-Bin-2
  • Garden waste (including hedge trimmings, grass cuttings, twigs and leaves - no plant pots, treated wood or tools please)
  • Compostable bags (with the seed logo) or newspaper for wrapping food.

Please note: soil should not be placed in your brown bin as this makes the bin too heavy to collect.

Have you considered purchasing a subsidised home composter for fruit/vegetable peelings and garden waste?

Green CaddyGreen-Caddy-2

Keep this in your kitchen for all your food waste, when it gets full, it can be emptied into your brown bin. You can line your caddy with compostable bags bearing the logo below or newspaper.

  • Vegetable and fruit peelingsCompostable-Logo
  • Leftover food and plate scrapings
  • Bread, cakes, pastries
  • Dairy, meat and bones
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

Black Refuse BinBlack-Wheeled-Bin-2

Items which cannot be recycled; e.g. crisp packets, chocolate wrappers, sanitary waste, disposable nappies, large polystyrene packaging, vacuum cleaner bags and contents, jar lids, glittery cards, pet faeces.


Recycling food waste

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Free refuse & recycling reminder service

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Contact details

Environmental Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242323