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.

 

Recycling A-Z

Find out what you can recycle and which container it goes in using our A-Z search of recyling. Search either by selecting a letter or by typing in an item and clicking on search. We’ve tried to be as complete as possible in developing this guide, and have included as many items and materials as possible. 

If you feel there is an item missing please let us know by emailing us cornwallrecycles@cornwall.gov.uk and we'll do our best to include it.

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Find out what goes where

Recycling itemsYou should have 3 sacks and one box.

  • Red sack for plastics and metals
  • Orange sack for cardboard
  • Blue sack for paper
  • Black box for glass

 

Find out more about what you can put in each container, what to do if you have too much for one sack or download a leaflet.

 

Find out what goes in which container

What items cannot be collected

  • Black PlasticBlack plastic
  • 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
More about drinks and juice cartons  

What happens to recycling

Recycling photograph showing a glass jar turned to a glass bottleOnce your recycling has been collected it is sent to different parts of the UK and either sold,
re-used or turned into other things. 

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

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Recycling logoThere 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.

Order more recycling equipment

Whether you need more containers because you are so good at recycling or you dont havent any you can request some using our online form.

Please note it can take up to six 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 six weeks has passed since your order, please contact us.

You can also collect them for free from most of our Information Service offices. You can check our stock list to see which locations have stock available. 

Community initiatives

Cornwall has 3 Waste and Recycling Community Support Officers. They are available to work with groups to help inform, educate and support them. Find out more about Community Support Officers 

Clean Cornwall website - Find local organisations, communities and groups who arrange and take part in litter picks that help to keep their neighbourhoods and our county clean.

Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition - The coalition uses its collective knowledge and experience to deliver free education workshops, carry out research and investigation, as well as awareness raising and lobbying.