Household collections

What goes in my bins, bags and boxes?

More Recycling from 1st August 2016

From 1st August 2016 there will be changes to your weekly recycling collections. You will be able to recycle more than ever before from home, using your existing recycling containers and the weekly collection service.

Your containers will not be changing, however you should put cans (including aerosols) into your white sack instead of black box from 1st August.

Plastics: The new collections will include more plastics, such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, food trays and punnets. No plastic film or rigid plastics (eg plant pots, children’s toys). Plastics will be collected in your white sack along with food and drink cans

Corrugated cardboard will be taken from inside or underneath your box

Cartons (also known as Tetra Pak) will be taken from your green sack with mixed paper and thin card

Small electrical items, such as kettles and irons will be collected; please put them in a carrier bag into or next to your box

Find out more at: Changes to some waste and recycling collections from 20th February 2017.

Your weekly recycling collections

Every week we collect food waste, plastic bottles and their tops (lids off please), glass, cans, paper and textiles from homes in Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden and surrounding areas.

Your fortnightly non-recyclable waste (refuse) collections

For any non-recyclable waste that remains, you have a wheelie bin, where appropriate, which will be emptied once a fortnight. Households that are not suitable for a wheelie bin have a maximum of four standard issued refuse sacks collected each fortnight.

Your bins, bags and boxes

The containers you need are - a recycling box for glass and cans, two brown food caddies (one large and one small), a green bag for paper, a white sack for plastic bottles and loose lids, and where appropriate a wheelie bin. Textiles can be placed into a carrier bag. If you don't have all of these containers please use the request a recycling container online form

What's collected each week?

Collection receptacleMaterial(s)
Empty recycling box

Glass bottles and jars, brown / corrugated cardboard, small electrical items

Yes Please…

  • Drinks bottles, sauce and food jars and any clear, green, brown or blue glass bottles and containers (Please rinse your bottles and jars).
  • Brown / corrugated cardboard (please remove any plastic packaging, flatten card so it fits into or under your box).
  • Small electrical items such as kettles and irons. Put them in a carrier bag into or next to your box.

No Thanks…

  • Broken glass (please wrap it carefully and place it in your refuse bin).
  • Crockery and Pyrex.
  • Cans – these need to go in your white sack.
Food bin

Cooked or uncooked food waste

Yes Please…

  • Meat, vegetables, cereals, bread, rice, pasta, peelings, bones etc. Please only use the compostable liners provided (no plastic bags or packaging).

No Thanks…

  • Pet food or animal waste.
Plastics bag

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays. Food tins and drink cans

Yes Please…

  • Any food tins and drinks cans (please rinse and squash your cans).
  • Any plastic bottle which held a liquid, e.g. Milk bottles, drinks bottles, detergent bottles, cleaning fluid bottles, shampoo bottles, etc. We also want your plastic bottle lids, but please take them off the bottle and put in the bag loose.
  • Pots, tubs and trays, such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, fruit punnets, plastic food trays.

No Thanks…

  • Any other types of plastic packaging such as polystyrene trays, plastic film, rigid plastics such as plant pots or children’s toys.
Papers bag

Newspapers and magazines, thin card, cartons (tetrapak)

Yes Please…

  • Newspapers, magazines, brochures, office paper, junk mail (remove plastic wrapping), telephone directories, catalogues, thin card (cereal packets, food packaging sleeves and toilet roll holders), etc.
  • Food and drink cartons (known as Tetra Pak) Please rinse and flatten.

No Thanks…

  • Hardback books, brown / corrugated or thick cardboard.
Textiles bag


Please put any clean textiles that you would like recycled neatly into a separate carrier bag.

Yes Please…

  • Any unwanted textiles; clothes, blankets, bedding, shoes (pairs only and please tie laces together), curtains, etc.

No Thanks…

  • Duvets, cushions or pillows, or any dirty items.
Wheelie bin

Non-recyclable household waste

Refuse such as packaging, nappies, animal waste, Hoover dust, etc. can be placed in your wheelie bin, or up to 4 standard bin bags if your house is not issued with a wheelie bin.

Please note: Non-recyclable waste is collected every other week. Check your collection days by visiting your: Collection day finder.

Can't find what you're looking for? Please use the A to Z of Waste and Recycling.

How to use your food caddies

The Council provides two food waste caddies (one small 7 litre caddy for indoors and a larger 25 litre caddy for outdoors) and some compostable liners. Place one of the liners inside the small kitchen caddy. Once the smaller caddy is full, tie up the full liner and put it into the larger caddy.

You should keep the smaller caddy in your house; don’t place it outside for collection. Place the larger caddy out for collection on the weekly collection day. Put the black handle fully down, this locks the caddy lid.

Only use the compostable liners provided. Caddies containing any other type of liner will not be emptied as this will contaminate the entire consignment of food waste. When you are getting towards the end of your roll of caddy liners, please leave a note on top of the large caddy on collection day, requesting more liners.

Please use your food caddy for all of your cooked or uncooked food waste including: Any type of food leftovers, meat, vegetables, cereals, bread, rice, pasta, peelings, bones. Please do not use your kitchen caddy for any animal food or animal waste. Contaminated loads of food waste are rejected by the composting site and sent to landfill.

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Last Updated: 22/02/2017