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This guide has been designed to provide you with information about where to recycle your unwanted items.

Refuse and recycling boxes and containers

Recycling bags

Your black and blue containers will soon be replaced with black and blue recycling bags. Please continue to recycle your items as you normally would, so plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays and metals should be placed in the black recycling bag and paper and card should be placed in the blue recycling bag.

Recycling bags

What you can recycle and where

As well as using your bins, boxes and containers, you are also able to recycle many of your unwanted household items at the Stevenage Recycling Centre on Caxton Way.

Where to put your items

Item Where does it go?
Aerosol cans Refuse bin or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Aluminium cans and foil Black container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Ash (once cooled) Refuse bin
Batteries Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Biscuit tins Black container
Black sacks Refuse bin
Bones Brown bin
Branches (up to 6 inches (150 mm) in diameter) Brown bin
Bread Brown bin
Broken glass (wrap in paper) Refuse bin or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Brochures Blue container
Builders waste – non-trade only Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Butter tubs Black container
Car batteries Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Cardboard (no sticky tape and labels) Blue container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Carpet Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Carrier bags Refuse bin or some supermarkets will recycle your bags
Cartons (Tetra Paks) Blue container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Catalogues Blue container
Cereal boxes Blue container
Christmas trees (real) Brown bin
Cling film Refuse bin
Clothing Recycling centre, Caxton Way or recycling banks and charity shops
Coat hangers (plastic) Refuse bin
Coffee grounds Brown bin
Cooking oil Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Crisp packets Refuse bin
CDs Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Directories Blue container
Drinks cans Black container
Drinking glasses Refuse bin or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Duvets Recycling centre, Caxton Way
DVDs Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Egg cartons (cardboard) Blue container
Egg cartons (plastic) Black container
Egg shells  Brown bin
Electrical appliances (WEEE) Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Engine oil Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Envelopes Blue container
Fish Brown bin
Flowers Brown bin
Foil (metal) Black container
Food scrapings Brown bin
Food tins Black container
Fluorescent lighting tubes Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Fridges and freezers Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Frozen food bags Refuse bin
Fruit Brown bin
Fruit punnets (cardboard) Blue container
Glass bottles and jars Red box or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Grass cuttings Brown bin
Green garden waste Brown bin or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Hay Brown bin
Hedge trimmings Brown bin
Ice-cream containers (plastic) Black container
Jars (glass) Red box or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Junk mail Blue container
Kettle (broken/unwanted) Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Kitchen roll tubes Blue container
Leaves  Brown bin
Leftovers (food) Brown bin
Light bulbs Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Low energy light bulbs Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Magazines Blue container
Margarine tubs Black container
Mattresses (bed) Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Meat (raw or cooked) Brown bin
Medicines Take to the Chemist 
Metals Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Microwave meal trays Black container
Milk bottles (plastic) Black container
Mirrors (wrap in paper) Refuse bin
Mobile phones Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Motor oil containers  Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Nappies Refuse bin
Newspapers Blue container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Oven and hobs Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Paint pots and containers Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Paper bags Blue container, Brown bin or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Peelings (vegetable and fruit) Brown bin
Pet bedding Refuse bin
Pillows Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Plants Brown bin
Plasterboard Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Plastic bottles and lids Black container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Plastic carrier bags Recycling centre, Caxton Way or some supermarkets will recycle your bags
Plastic food packaging Black container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Plastic furniture Recycling centre, Caxton Way or charity shops
Plastic plant/flower pots Black container
Polystyrene food trays Refuse bin
Plastic toys Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Pyrex glass dishes Refuse bin or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Reading glasses Charity shops
Rigid plastic Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Shoes Recycling centre, Caxton Way or recycling banks and charity shops
Shredded paper Blue container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Soil (including conditioner) Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Steel cans Black container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Straw Brown bin
Sweet wrappers Refuse bin
Takeaway drink containers Refuse bin
Tape (sticky/sellotape) Refuse bin
Tea bags Brown bin
Textiles (including towels and clean bed sheets) Recycling centre, Caxton Way or recycling banks and charity shops
Toilet roll tubes Blue container
Toner cartridges Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Toothpaste tubes Refuse bin
Treated wood (including fence panels, painted doors, furniture and wicker baskets) Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Tree cuttings Brown bin
Turf Recycling centre, Caxton Way
TVs and Monitors Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Tyres Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Washing powder boxes (remove plastic handles) Blue container
Weeds Brown bin
White Goods Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Window panes Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Wood Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Yellow pages Blue container or Recycling centre, Caxton Way
Yoghurt pots Black container