What goes in my recycling and waste bins and bags?

Residents living in the Bradford district can now put more recyclable items all in one recycling bin.

If you live in a location which is hard to reach with a full size bin lorry, you may be on a 'rural round' and you may have a different arrangement.

Grey bin or grey bin with blue lid

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

Brown bin

There is now an annual charge for the garden waste collection service. You can still sign up to the garden waste collection service. Alternatively, you can take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or you may wish to make your own compost.

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

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 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?

For residents living in Bradford (not the Wyke ward, Keighley or Shipley constituencies), general waste in your green bin is collected once a week. Recycling from your grey bin is collected fortnightly for most households. Residents in rural areas (using blue bags and caddies) will not be affected by alternate week collections at this stage.

If you live in the Wyke ward, Keighley and Shipley constituencies, your general waste bin and your recycling bin will be emptied on alternate weeks.

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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