Recycling collections


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.

Which container should I use?

You should have a recycling box and three reusable sacks. If you don’t please see the section further down this page on how to obtain some. 

Use the tabs below to get more information on what should be put in each container. 


Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays 

Please remember to rinse and squash any dirty plastic pots, tubs and trays before recycling them.

Download a complete list of what plastic you can and can't recycle

Household metal packaging

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Aerosols
  • Clean aluminium foil
  • Metal bottle
  • Jar lids



  • Brown, white and grey cardboard
  • Brown paper
  • Coloured paper
  • Wrapping paper (not shiny)
  • Greetings cards

Please remove all staples, sticky tape and plastic bags.

Can I recycle cartons and paper cups?

No, it's not yet possible to put cartons and paper cups into your orange bag to be recycled.

However, you can now recycle food and drink cartons and paper cups by taking them to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC) listed below.



  • 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.


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.


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.

What items cannot be recycled?

We are currently unable to recycle the following items:

  • Black plastic pots tubs and trays - plastics are predominantly sorted with lasers that can identify the different types of plastic. The lasers cannot “see” the black plastic and it ends up in the reject pile at the end of the process and is not recycled.
  • Plastic film, eg, cling film
  • Plastic oil or pesticide containers
  • Plastic bags, eg, carrier bags, sandwich bags, freezer bags
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Pet food pouches
  • Film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • Crisp/sweet packets
  • Rigid plastics, eg, toys, furniture,
  • Plastic straws
  • Plant pots
  • Drinks and juice cartons - these can be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres at Connon Bridge, Falmouth, Helston, Launceston, St Austell, St Erth and United Mines 

What happens to my recycling?

Once your recycling has been collected it is sent to different parts of the UK and either sold, re-used or turned into other things.  Glass bottles and jars are shipped as far as Portugal where the glass is made back into glass bottles.

View the recycling destinations document to find out where your recycling ends up and what happens next.

What happens when plastic tubs are recycled?

Order new or extra recycling containers

If you regularly have too much recycling for your box and sacks, or you don't have any, you can collect them for free from most of our Information Service offices - please check this list to see which locations stock containment.

Alternatively you can order recycling containers online for delivery within six weeks.

Please note it can take up to five weeks for your containers to be delivered. If you have placed an order please do not place another one within that time as your containers will be delivered as soon as possible.  If more than five weeks has passed since your order, please contact us.

Order recycling containers

I have more cardboard to recycle than usual, what should I do?

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

You can also take it 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.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

There are simple things we can all do to help cut down on waste, like not buying more food than we need, buying things with less packaging and reusing household items and furniture.  Try some of our tips on the reduce, reuse, recycle page.