Changes to some waste and recycling collections from 20th February 2017.

In August 2016, we made changes to collection days across Calderdale as part of a new service, allowing us to collect more recyclables from your home. Households have embraced the new services, with over 500 tonnes of extra recycling collected so far; the equivalent weight of 357 family-sized cars.

It is now necessary to adjust some collection routes, to make sure that each of our crews are able to complete their rounds in the time they have available. This means that we need to make further changes to some households’ collection schedules. Not every household will be affected. If your collection schedule is changing you will be informed by post by 17th February. You will receive a new calendar with your new collection schedule. Please use this from 20th February onwards.

To see if you are affected you can check the Collection Changes finder

For more information about the changes see our waste and recycling FAQs

Your Waste and Recycling services

You can now recycle more than ever before from home, every week.

Please remember that we now collect cans in your white sack instead of black box.

What goes in my bins, bags and boxes?

Your weekly recycling collections

Every week we collect food waste, plastic bottles and their tops (lids off please), plastic pots, tubs and trays, cans, glass, paper, brown / corrugated cardboard, cartons (known as tetrapak), small electrical items and textiles from homes in Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden and surrounding areas.

Your fortnightly non-recyclable waste (refuse) collections

As we are offering a weekly collection of more recyclable materials, you should see a decrease in the amount of waste you put in your refuse bin. We will continue to collect one black wheelie bin with the lid closed with no extra waste at the side every fortnight. If you do not have a wheelie bin, we will take up to four sacks every fortnightly collection, to provide a comparable service to those with a wheelie bin.

If you are a large family (six or more permanent residents) or if you have two children under three in full time nappies, and you are recycling as much as possible on your weekly recycling collection, you can apply for an additional wheelie bin. Please contact us for an assessment.

Your bins, bags and boxes

The containers you need are - a recycling box for glass, brown / corrugated cardboard and electrical items, two brown food caddies (one large and one small), a green bag for paper, thin card and cartons, a white sack for plastic bottles and loose lids, plastic pots, tubs and trays, food tins and drink cans 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 liners provided. Caddies containing any other type of liner may not be emptied as this could 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, or order online at: Request a recycling container.

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 cannot be recycled.

Garden Waste

We offer a fortnightly, chargeable garden waste collection service. Garden waste collections will take place on Monday to Friday routes from 1st August. Your garden waste collection day will not necessarily be the same day as your waste and recycling collections. A separate leaflet with details about garden waste collections will be sent to households who have already subscribed. New subscribers will receive information when their garden waste bin is delivered.

The quickest and simplest way to subscribe to the garden waste collection service is online. Just visit the Council’s website at: Garden waste and composting

New Vehicles

The Recycling vehicles will be purpose-built to hold a variety of different materials. They will be able to hold more recycling so the collection rounds are more efficient.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Additional materials will be collected from Calderdale’s five Household Waste Recycling Centres. Containers will be available for Cooking oil, mattresses and carpet recycling. There will be a container for good quality bric-a-brac, furniture and items suitable for selling for re-use at a new re-use shop opening soon at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Brighouse. The shop, called ‘Revive’ will be open to the public to browse and buy good quality items at low cost.

Last Updated: 09/02/2017