Your green box is for paper and cardboard recycling.
✔ What can go in the box?
Please remove tape where possible
Please use a paper bag or cardboard box for shredded paper.
✖ What cannot go in the box?
- plastics and cans
- padded envelopes
- food and drink cartons
- metallic wrapping paper
What happens to all the collected paper and cardboard?
Paper and cardboard are taken to a local mill to be made into new paper and cardboard based products.
Your questions about green boxes answered
Separating materials into the boxes and bins helps to ensure they are not contaminated when they are sent to the recycling companies.
You may see the collection crews emptying the green boxes into a wheeled bin as they walk along – this is called a ‘slave’ bin and will be emptied using the automatic lifting equipment on the lorry when it is full.
The paper recycling companies your recycling goes to won’t accept paper collected with glass because there is a possibility of glass fragments sticking to the paper. Also, if paper has food residue on it, it cannot be recycled.
By separating the paper and cardboard from other materials you are helping to make sure it is recycled.
If you don’t have room to store bins let us know and we can either provide smaller bins or hessian sacks for your recycling and garden waste.
Container sizes and capacity
|Container size||Height||Width||Depth||Average capacity|
|140L Wheeled bin||1,050mm||475mm||545mm||2-3 bags|
|240L Wheeled bin||1,063mm||477mm||713mm||3-4 bags|
|360L Wheeled bin||1,098mm||596mm||878mm||5-6 bags|
Smaller (140L) bins are available in both green and brown for single occupiers, couples or small families.
Larger (360L) green bins are available if you:
- Have six or more people living permanently at your address
- Have two or more babies using disposable nappies
- Have a medical condition which produces additional rubbish
If you ask for a larger (360L) bin, we may do a waste audit to make sure you need it.