What goes in my recycling and waste bins and bags?

Grey recycling bin or blue bag (rural areas only)

Collected fortnightly

Yes please No thanks
  • catalogues 
  • junk mail 
  • cardboard 
  • newspapers 
  • magazines 
  • office paper 
  • envelopes
  • cans 
  • glass 
  • plastic 
  • tins 
  • wallpaper

Grey bin with blue lid, insert or separate caddy/insert

Collected fortnightly

Bottles (glass and plastic), jars and cans should be free from food. You don't have to remove the labels.

Yes please No thanks
  • aerosol cans 
  • aluminium foil 
  • drinks cans 
  • food cans 
  • glass bottles 
  • glass jars 
  • plastic bottles - lids can be left on, but squash the bottles first
  • mirrors 
  • sheets of glass 
  • paint or oil cans 
  • Pyrex 
  • plastic food trays 
  • margarine, butter or yoghurt pots

I don't have enough room in my insert for all my glass, cans and plastic bottles

If you have more glass, cans and plastic bottles than paper and cardboard you can swap around the contents of the insert and grey bin. Please note that paper and cardboard should always be kept separate from glass, cans and plastic bottles. Please do not mix them together because separating out mixed loads costs us a lot of money.

Brown bin

Collected 4 weekly between March and November

Some households in specific areas have a garden waste recycling collection. Your brown bin is for biodegradable garden waste only.

Yes please No thanks
  • grass cuttings 
  • leaves 
  • twigs and small branches (cut into small pieces) 
  • hedge clippings 
  • garden plants and weeds
  • soil, rubble and stone 
  • plant pots and seed trays 
  • wire or plastic plant ties 
  • glass or metal 
  • cardboard, plastic and plastic bags 
  • food, including fruit and vegetable peelings 
  • dog and cat faeces 
  • pet bedding and straw

Green bin

Collected once a week

Only household waste that can’t be recycled should be put in this bin.

Most homes have a green bin for general waste, except for hard to reach properties.

Your bin lid should be closed on your collection day.

You must not put sacks or bags of waste at the side of your bin.

We will only empty one green general waste bin from each household, unless otherwise agreed.

The following items must not be put in the general waste (green) bin

Garden waste

Do not put garden waste in your general waste (green) bin, contaminated bins will not be emptied. For a small fee we can collect your garden waste or you can take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or you may wish to make your own compost.

Gas bottles

Return these to a commercial supplier or to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Bowling Back Lane or Royd Ings Keighley. Please note only these two sites are able to accept gas bottles.

Needles and syringes

Return these to the provider or one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres


These can be taken to any retail outlet that sells batteries or one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres

Electrical items (such as fridges, washing machines, hairdryers)

These can be recycled and can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. If you are unable to transport large electrical items you can book an electrical waste collection now.


Up to 4 tyres per household per year can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Bowling Back Lane or Royd Ings Keighley.

Where can I dispose of items not listed above?

When is my recycling and waste collected?

General waste in your green bin is collected once a week. Recycling from your grey bins, blue bag or caddy is collected fortnightly for most households. Garden waste is collected 4 weekly between March and November

We collect your recycling and waste between 6.30am and 5.15pm on your collection day. You can check your bin collection dates now.

Find out more about collections in bad weather.

Where should I put my bins and bags?

Your bins and bags should be placed at the side of kerb or at your agreed collection point for emptying. Your bins should not obstruct the footpath or road. Please return your containers to your property when your recycling and waste have been collected.

Missed bin collections

Find out more about missed bin collections and report a missed bin.

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