Recycle as much as you can
Brand new to recycling? Start by ordering your recycling containers, find out which day we collect from you, and what to put in each bag and box.
- We'd love you to recycle as much as possible. But if you’re new to all this, then recycling your plastic is a great place to start and will help to reduce your rubbish. Remember to put your plastic milk bottles, yoghurt pots, meat tubs and food trays in your red bag for plastic, food tins and drinks cans.
- Another good material to recycle is glass, as it’s infinitely recyclable. Remember to put your jam jars, pasta sauce jars and beer and wine bottles in your black box.
- More and more people in Cornwall are recycling their cardboard. Put yours in your orange bag and if you have a lot, flatten it, tie it and leave it next to your orange bag. Remember to make sure it can’t blow away.
- More and more people in Cornwall are recycling their unwanted clothes, shoes, old sheets and pillowcases. Put them out in a tied plastic bag on your black glass box and we will recycle them.
- We don’t collect food and drink cartons (Tetra Paks) from you at the moment. But you can take them to most Household Waste and Recycling Centres. Check to find your nearest centre that recycles them – you’ll find a list of centres at the bottom of the page. Click through to see what they recycle.
- We can’t recycle cling film, plastic bags (some supermarkets do), black plastic food trays and the film lids/covers on food trays and tubs. See the full list of pots, tubs and trays we can and cannot recycle.
- We can’t recycle take away coffee cups, even if they are labelled ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable’. Unfortunately, these have to go in your rubbish bin. A re-useable cup is the best option for takeaway teas and coffees.