Recycling collections


What day is my recycling collected?

View recycling and rubbish collection days

When should I put my recycling out?

Recycling is collected fortnightly and collections begin at 7am.  Please make sure your recycling is out by this time.  Put it at the boundary of your property, as close to the public highway as possible.

You can also take your recycling to your local household waste and recycling centre or a recycling bank. You can enter your postcode on the Recycle Now website to find your nearest recycling bank.

See our reduce, reuse, recycle page for more ways to recycle and cut down on your waste.

How do I report a missed recycling collection?

You can report a missed collection online.

Which container should I use?

You should have a recycling box and three reusable sacks. If you don’t, you can order recycling containers online, or you can collect them for free from some local one stop shop,  

Some properties in Cornwall can recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays. Soon all properties in Cornwall will be able to do so, please visit the page for more information.

Recycling box

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  • Glass bottles and jars – No broken glass, please.  If you have broken glass, put it in a rigid plastic box like an ice cream container, mark it clearly as 'broken glass' and put it out with your household rubbish.
  • Textiles – Clean dry clothing, shoes, towels and sheets (no duvets or pillows). Put them in a plastic bag to keep them dry and put the bag on top of your recycling box.

Sack for paper

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  • Paper:
    • newspapers
    • magazines
    • BT and Thompson phone directories
    • Yellow Pages
    • catalogues
    • brochures
    • junk mail
    • white office paper
    • white envelopes (including window envelopes).
  • Shredded paper - Put it in a plastic bag and tie it shut.

Sack for cans and plastic bottles

We are currently expanding our collection service to include plastic pots, tubs and trays. This will take place throughout 2017. We will write to each property directly to inform you when we can begin the extended collections.

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  • Plastic bottles - Plastic bottles only until you are informed that you can begin the new pots tubs and trays collection.
  • Household metal packaging - Drinks cans, food tins, aerosols, clean aluminium foil, metal bottle and jar lids.

Sack for cardboard

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  • Cardboard - Brown, white and grey cardboard, brown paper, coloured paper, wrapping paper (not shiny) and greetings cards. Please remove all staples, sticky tape and plastic bags.

 Please do not include drinks cartons as we cannot collect them for recycling.

if you have extra cardboard, please flat pack it, tie it up with string and put it out beside your recycling.

What if I have extra recycling or don't have any recycling containers?

If you regularly have too much recycling for your box and sacks, or you don't have any containers, you can order extra equipment.

Order recycling containers 

Or you can get more containers from some of our one stop shops.

If you are expecting a much larger amount of recycling than usual due to a party or a large delivery, contact us and we will make sure it’s collected.

You can find your nearest recycling bank by entering your postcode on the Recycle Now website. You can also take extra recycling to your local household waste and recycling centre.