Recycle it Right

Find out more about your bin collections and how to correctly recycle your waste. Please note that garden waste collections run from the beginning of April until the end of October.

When is my bin day?

You can now find out your bin collection dates for the year ahead, including Christmas and Bank Holidays by using our new online postcode finder tool. All you need to do is type in your postcode below and click 'Check my bin day' below.

All your collection details will be provided; you can also download your bin collection calendar for the next 12 months here.

Please remember to have your bin out for collection by 7am and be aware that severe weather may affect our collections.

Garden waste collections will be on the same day as your recycling bin but at a different time.

Important Information

  • You shouldn't put your bin out any earlier than 4pm the day before your collection day or leave them out later than 8am the day after
  • Please do not put your bin out more than eight hours before collection and bring it in no more than eight hours after it has been emptied
  • Wheeled bins can be used as a tool for burglary or fire. Bringing your bin back in promptly will help to prevent this
  • Please make sure your bin is presented safely and it does not cause an obstruction
  • Please place the bin by the kerbside of your home, or at the agreed point
  • If we miss your collection, let us know here and we will come back within 24 hours


We all like to recycle as much as we can but do you know what rubbish should go where? By following the simple guidelines below you can help reduce contamination in your recycling bins and #recycleitright:

1) Do not put your recycling in plastic carrier bags, simply put it loose in your grey lidded recycling bin

2) These common household items CAN NOT be recycled:

  • Pizza Boxes (if these are contaminated with grease)
  • Large Cooking Oil Can (these can be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Lenton)
  • Tetra Paks or Juice Cartons 
  • Nappies

What goes in which bin?

As well as collecting household waste for residents within the city boundary, the Council also offers recycling collections for plastic, paper and card, garden waste, glass and food waste.

Unfortunately, not all of our recycling services are currently available to all households. If you would like to know which recycling service is available in your area then please call our Waste Management team on 0115 915 2000.

Green bin 

Most homes have a green bin for their household rubbish. Depending on the recycling service you have this bin will either be collected once a week or once every two weeks, on the same week day.

Green Bin

Yes please

Any household waste that cannot be put out as part of your recycling collections.

No thanks

  • Bricks
  • Rubble
  • Soil or large items

Brown bin with grey lid

We have a grey lidded brown bin for the collection of plastic, paper, tins and cardboard. We will collect recycling and composting one week and the remainder of your waste (in the green bin) the following week.

Yes please

  • Catalogues and brochures
  • Paper
  • Paperback or hardback books
  • Food and drink cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aerosols
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Large tins
  • Plastic tubs, pots and trays
  • Telephone directories
  • Glass bottle and Jars

No thanks

  • Bagged waste
  • Foil lined juice and milk cartons
  • Paper tissue
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Cling film
  • Foil
  • Wallpaper
  • Polystyrene
  • Textiles
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Window panes
  • Toys / hard plastics

Brown bin with brown lid garden waste 

The brown bin with a brown lid is used to collect garden waste. Please contact Rubbish, Waste and Recycling Team if you would like a brown bin.

Brown bins can only be delivered to customers who already have a recycling collection. Garden waste collections take place every two weeks on the same day as your recycling collection. Collections start again in April.

Yes please

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Leaves and weeds
  • Dead flowers
  • Small amounts of potting compost (not bags)

No thanks

  • Bagged garden waste
  • Plant pots
  • Plastic bags
  • Large amounts of soil or grass sods
  • Animal waste
  • Treated wood
  • Bricks and rubble
  • Organic food waste

Orange "Survival" Bag

Selected homes that could not use the grey-lidded brown bins (flats, communal dwellings and hard to recycle premises) can now use the specially provided orange 'survival' bags to recycle much of their household waste. The bag survives being compressed in the bin lorry intact, so that our recycling facility can retrieve and recycle their contents.

All you have to do is place your recyclable items into the orange bag, secure it, and place it in your normal rubbish container along side your other bagged non-recyclable waste.

Yes please

  • Aerosols
  • Plastic Tubs and Trays
  • Papers
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Tins 
  • Cardboard
  • Telephone directories
  • Food Cans

No thanks 

  • Glass
  • Foil lined juice and milk cartons
  • Paper tissue  
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Foil
  • Wallpaper
  • Polystyrene
  • Textiles

If your property has been selected for the scheme, please note that Orange Bags can be found in your bin store or at your communal office or reception. If for any reason you cannot locate them, call our Contact Centre on 0115 915 2000.

For more information on where you can recycle go to http://www.recycle-more.co.uk and fill in your postcode in the bank locator. This will provide you with a list and map of all your local recycling sites and what can be taken there.

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