Changes to black box items

From 01 October 2024 your black box collection service will change to collections for glass bottles and jars only.

We will no longer collect small electrical items, household batteries and textiles from the black box.

Your black box will continue to be collected every 2 weeks from the kerbside.

Retailers will take back and recycle your old electrical item when you buy a new one, regardless of brand, or whether the item being returned was bought in store, online or via mail order, for more information visit: Recycle your electricals - The retailer take back scheme

Your food waste caddy is collected every week from the kerbside.

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The weekly food waste collection service allows you to recycle all types of leftover and unwanted food.

On your collection day please present your caddy at the kerbside or agreed location by 6:30am on the morning of your collection.

What can I put in my food waste caddy?

All types of food waste - cooked and uncooked.

Yes please

  • Dairy and eggshells
  • Meat and fish – raw and cooked including bones
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Pizza
  • Pet food
  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
  • Semi-liquid food

No thanks

  • Liquids and oils
  • Nappies (use your green bin and AHP collection)
  • Glass bottles and jars (use your black box)
  • Bricks and stones
  • Animal waste including dog waste and cat litter (use your green bin)

We will provide you with two caddies to recycle your food waste, a small caddy for your kitchen and a larger caddy to present at the kerbside on your collection day.

How do I use my food waste caddies?

Photograph of plastic bag being used as a liner for the food caddy

Step 1: Use any plastic bag, compostable liner or newspaper in your kitchen caddy

Photograph of food being scraped from a plate in to the food caddy

Step 2: Put all cooked and uncooked food waste into your kitchen caddy

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Step 3: When the liner is almost full, tie and remove it from the kitchen caddy

Photograph of the plastic bag filled with food waste being put in the outside food caddy

Step 4: Place the full liner in your kerbside caddy

Please do not place plastic containers in your food waste caddies. If you find an out of date yoghurt pot in your fridge, empty the contents into your kitchen caddy, rinse the container and place the container in your blue bin for recycling.

Top tips on food waste recycling

  • Where possible, use liners for all food waste. Once full tie/wrap up your liner tightly before placing it in the kerbside caddy.
  • Using a plastic bag, biodegradable liner or newspaper will keep your caddy clean.
  • Make sure you keep your kitchen caddy lid shut.
  • Please remove all packaging before putting food waste into the caddies.
  • The kerbside caddy should be locked at all times by pulling the handle upright.
  • Put your kerbside caddy out for collection every week.