What goes in my bins, bags and boxes?

In Calderdale, recycling is collected weekly and non-recyclable waste is collected fortnightly. The table below tells you what items can be recycled and which containers to put them in.

You can recycle clean foil, foil trays and empty aerosols in your white recycling sack.

Make your Metals Matter

Put two extra cans in your white recycling sack and you will save enough energy to run a computer for up to 12 hours.

What happens to the metal we recycle? It can be used to make cans, electricals, or even a bus, the possibilities are endless.

For more about this, read: PDFMetal Matters leaflet [PDF 1367KB] .

Watch our recycling videos below to find out more about recycling your metals:

Your bins, bags and boxes

The containers you need are:

  • a recycling box;
  • two brown food caddies (one large and one small) and a roll of caddy liners;
  • a green bag;
  • a white sack;
  • a wheelie bin or standard bin bags;
  • and textiles can be placed into a carrier bag.

If you do not have all of these containers, please use:

Request new or replacement bins, bags or boxes

What is collected and when?

Container type Material(s)
Empty recycling box

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

Collected weekly

Yes please…

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

No thanks…

  • Broken glass, can be wrapped carefully and placed in your refuse bin.
  • Crockery and Pyrex.
  • Cans, need to go in your white sack.
Food bin

Cooked or uncooked food waste

Collected weekly

Yes please…

  • Meat, vegetables, cereals, bread, rice, pasta, peelings, bones etc. Please only use the caddy liners provided, no plastic bags or packaging. If you need a new roll of liners, please order online or leave a note for the crew.

No thanks…

  • Pet food or animal waste.
Plastics bag

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, food tins, drink cans, aerosols, foil and foil trays

Collected weekly

Yes please…

  • Empty aerosols (e.g. deodorant, hairspray)
  • Foil and foil trays (please rinse)
  • Any food tins and drinks cans. Please rinse and flatten these.
  • 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. 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 (plant pots, children’s toys etc).
Papers bag

Newspapers and magazines, thin card, cartons (tetrapak)

Collected weekly

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 Tetrapak. Please rinse and flatten these.

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.

Collected weekly

Yes please…

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

No thanks…

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

Non-recyclable household waste

Collected fortnightly

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.

Note: Non-recyclable waste is collected every other week. To check your collection days, see: Collection day finder .

How to use your food caddies

The Council provides two food waste caddies:

  • a small 7 litre caddy for indoors (and some compostable liners)
  • and a larger 25 litre caddy for outdoors.

For more about this, please see: Food waste .

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