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Green box

Your green box is for paper and cardboard recycling.

Fortnightly collection (alternating with refuse), please put out together with your recycling bin, food waste bin and batteries.
Please use this box for paper and cardboard recycling only.

✔ What can go in the box?

Newspapers, supplements, magazines, brochures, catalogues, phone directories, leaflets and flyers
Cardboard (e.g. cereal, egg and shoe boxes)
White paper (e.g. office paper)
Envelopes & greeting cards
Gift wrap (non metallic)
Corrugated cardboard
Large cardboard boxes (flattened or put next to your green box)
Please remove tape where possible

Missing a box?

If you do not have a green box, please contact us and we will arrange delivery

Order a new box

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

You can flatten any large boxes and put them beside the box on collection day.

You can also use any cardboard boxes to store extra cardboard and paper if necessary.

We will always supply an extra green box if you want one.

Request another box

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 sizeHeightWidthDepth 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
55L box 352mm 633mm 384mm  
Please note container dimensions may vary slightly, as we have used different manufacturers

Different sizes

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

Request a smaller or larger bin

If you ask for a larger (360L) bin, we may do a waste audit to make sure you need it.

If your bin or boxes are damaged you can fill in our online form to let us know.

Tell us about a damaged container

Where possible we will repair your damaged bin, if a repair is not possible we will deliver a replacement bin and the damaged one will be recycled.