All in one recycling

Recycling is now easier and you can recycle even more!

Residents living in the Keighley and Shipley constituencies started 'all in one recycling' in February 2017, and the rest of Bradford started on 30 May 2017.

If you live in a location which is hard to reach with a full size bin lorry, you may be on a rural round. Find out about recycling collections for residents on rural rounds.

Recycling is now easier and you can put more items in your recycling waste (grey) bin. There will be no need to separate your recycling.

  • You can now also recycle plastic food trays, yoghurt pots, margarine/butter tubs, food and drinks cartons
  • All recyclable items can now go in one bin, either grey bin or grey bin with blue lid
  • You do not need to separate your paper anymore, this can go in with other recycling items
  • If you have a bin insert you do not need to use this anymore

If you need a recycling bin, they are free, you can order one now. You can have more than one recycling bin.


  • Put your bins out by 6.30am on the collection day, make sure access is clear, if not your bin may not be emptied
  • Householders must put the right thing in the right bin, contaminated bins will not be emptied
  • Bins should have the lid closed with no waste at the side
  • We will only empty one general waste bin per household
  • You can have more than one recycling bin
  • The Domestic Waste and Recycling Policy will be enforced

If you have a smart phone or tablet, you can download our free app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, just search for Bradford Council. It will remind you when to put your bins out for collection.

What can I put in my recycling bin?

Yes please

  • Catalogues
  • Junk mail
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Envelopes
  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Drinks cans
  • Food cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Plastic bottles
  • New - plastic food trays
  • New - margarine/butter tubs
  • New - yoghurt pots
  • New - food and drinks cartons (eg Tetrapak)

No thanks

  • Plastic plant pots or seed trays
  • Plastic bags, bin bags, cellophane, cling film or bubble wrap – these are a low grade plastic which also get tangled in the sorting machine
  • Foam/polystyrene take away cups, food trays or packaging
  • Waxed/coated cardboard take away drink cups - the card and plastic cannot be separated
  • Mirrors or sheets of glass - these can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • Pyrex jugs or dishes - made from toughened/treated glass
  • Paint tins or oil cans - these can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • Wallpaper - some have adhesive or coatings on them which can’t be separated
  • Plastic toys or kitchenware such as kettles and washing up bowls
  • Greetings cards with glitter, foil or beads
  • Other items such as needles, colostomy bags, incontinence pads, nappies, dog poo, food waste, garden waste, car parts, car batteries, bricks, wood, carpets, textiles, electrical items including cookers, dryers, vacuum cleaners, gas bottles or hazardous waste should not be put in your recycling bin

Don’t forget

  • Please rinse out items to remove any remaining food or liquid
  • You don’t need to take the labels off
  • Lids can be left on plastic bottles but squash the bottle first

Extra waste

Excess waste or large items can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre where as much as possible will be recycled.

If you can’t take your waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre you can request a bulky waste collection. A small charge is made for the service.

Frequently asked questions

What other items can I put in my recycling bin?

You can now also recycle plastic food trays, yoghurt pots, margarine/butter tubs, food and drinks cartons.

Why can’t I put more items in my recycle bin?

We know that many residents are keen to recycle as much as possible but what we leave out is just as important as what we put in our recycle bins. There is not always a suitable or cost effective end market for all recyclable materials - but we ask you to reduce, reuse and find alternative ways to get rid of items you no longer want or use.

Do I still need to separate my paper/card?

No, you do not need to separate your paper/card anymore, this can all go together in your recycling bin with other recycling items.

Which bin should I use?

All recyclable items can now go in one bin, you will have a recycling bin or a grey bin with blue lid, either of these can be used for recycling.

Do I still need my bin insert?

No, if you have a bin insert you do not need to use this anymore. After 30 May any inserts put out with your bin will be removed.

I forgot to put my bin out last week so have extra waste next time.

It is the responsibility of each household to remember to put out the correct bin on the correct collection day. Excess waste because you forgot to put your bin out must be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

I have lots of recycling. Can I put extra recycling out with my recycling bin?

Householders should not place excess recycling or non-recyclable waste at the sides of bins.

Occasional excess recyclable waste should be taken to a local recycling bring site at the nearest supermarket for instance, or Household Waste Recycling Centre, where it will be recycled. However, if you regularly produce a large amount of recyclable waste, you should call 01274 431000 to request an additional recycling bin, which is free of charge.

Why can’t I put extra waste out that won’t fit in the bin?

Excess waste should not be placed at the side of bins. It is unsightly, may create a hazard for pedestrians, attract animals and pests or result in littering. The Council reserves the right to take enforcement action where a household continues to present side waste.

Does the lid on my bin need to be closed?

All bins should be presented for collection with the lid closed. This is to prevent spillage or odour problems, access by animals and pests, nuisance or accidents to staff or members of the public.

If I squash my lid down is that ok?

Yes. We encourage residents to make the best use of the storage capacity of the bin by compressing the waste in it.

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