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?

  • Click here to Check My Bin Collection Day and Download Your Bin Calendar
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Please remember to have your bin out for collection by 7 am and be aware that severe weather may affect our collections.

Important Information

  • Garden waste collections will be on the same day as your recycling bin but at a different time.
  • You shouldn't put your bin out any earlier than 4 pm the day before your collection day or leave them out later than 8 am 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

Be a Nottingham Hero! 

Effective recycling helps protect the area you live and tackle climate change. Use this information on how to recycle effectively to ensure your bin is always collected and is never contaminated with the wrong items.



Many items can be put into your mixed recycling bin, just make sure they are empty, rinsed and dry before putting them in your recycling bin. 
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic tubs & trays
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Mixed paper
  • Metal food tins
  • Metal drinks cans
  • Glass bottles & Jars

Things to remember

Clean. Dry. Loose.

Please make sure any items you are recycling are clean and dry. Place these items loose into your bin (not in a plastic bag). If your recycling bin contains bagged waste we will not be able to collect it. 

Don't have a recycling bin?

You can order a recycling bin online or over the phone via our customer hub. If you live in rented accommodation you can order your own bin or speak to your landlord about ordering one for you.

If in doubt, leave it out!

Please make sure you DO NOT put the below items into your recycling bin:

  • Foil lined cartons
  • Greasy pizza & Takeaway boxes
  • Textiles or clothing
  • Bagged Waste
  • Electrical items

Items that are commonly put in the recycling bin that should NOT be there? 

Nottingham City Council bin crews commonly find these items in the recycling bin when they do not belong there. When non-recyclable material ends up in the recycling bin it is called contamination. Contamination makes sorting recycling incredibly expensive and difficult. It not only reduces the quality of the recycling in the whole bin truck it also harms the environment and costs the tax payer. 

  • Takeaway pizza boxes are NOT recyclable. This is because they are contaminated with food grease and waste.
  • Pyrex and other types of dinnerware or light bulbs are NOT recyclable. This is because they contain different chemicals to make them resistant to heat and continuous use.
  • Tin foil and cling film are NOT recyclable.
  • Wallpaper and other household decorating items are NOT recyclable.

Electrical items or Items that do not fit in your recycling bin:

You can recycle bigger items at the Household Waste & Recycling Centre or by a booking a bulky waste collection.

If you want to recycle a small electrical item you can drop it off at one of the local Tetrapak & Small Electrical Recycling drop off points.

Household Batteries:

You can recycle your Household batteries conveniently by collecting them in a clear plastic bag, sealing the bag and placing it on top of your bin on bin day, this can be either your recycling bin or general rubbish bin.

How to get involved? 

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