A big thank you for helping us to recycle 41 percent of our waste last year in Herefordshire.

We collect your recycling fortnightly using green wheeled bins. Where wheeled bins are not appropriate, recycling is collected using the clear plastic sacks we provide.

Our recycling collection guides are available to download which you could put on your fridge or noticeboard as a handy reminder.

Green recycling bin or clear sacks

Please put the following clean and dry items into your green recycling bin or clear sack:

We are not yet able to recycle some waste including foil, polystyrene, cling film, plastic bags and brown and black plastics. View a list of items you cannot put in your recycling bin.

Food tins and drink cans

  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Metal jar lids

Remember to

  • Please wash all tins and push lids inside or remove. Remove container seals.
  • Tip - Labels can be left on and no need to squash

Plastic bottles and containers

Please wash all bottles/containers and remove plastic film which cannot be recycled. You can put the lid or top back on the item loosely, unless it's made of black plastic. Black plastic must go in the black waste bin/bag.

  • Drinks, milk and juice bottles
  • Detergent, fabric conditioner, cleaning and bleach bottles
  • Shampoo, conditioner and other toiletry bottles
  • Yoghurt, cream and custard, soup and sauce pots
  • Margarine and ice cream tubs
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets, plastic meat and fish trays
  • Cake and pastry trays
  • Hard plastic caps and lids
  • Clean plant pots (not black ones)

Remember to

  • Rinse bottles and containers
  • Remove plastic film and foil which cannot be recycled
  • Tip - Labels can be left on and no need to squash

No black or brown plastic


  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Phone directories
  • Catalogues and brochures
  • Junk mail and leaflets
  • Letters
  • Greetings cards
  • Paperback books
  • Envelopes
  • Shredded paper (small amounts placed inside an envelope, paper bag or cereal box)

Remember to:

  • Keep paper flat
  • Remove plastic wrappers
  • Tip - Take hardback books to a charity shop or book bank
  • Tip - You can compost your shredded paper at home

Please do not include tissue, toilet roll, paper towels, or shiny wrapping paper.


  • Milk, juice, smoothies, soup, chopped tomatoes, custard, fabric conditioner cartons


Break large cardboard boxes into smaller pieces

  • Cardboard boxes, for example cereal boxes, ready meal boxes
  • Corrugated and thick cardboard boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Kitchen and toilet roll tube

Mixed glass bottles and jars - recycling bins only

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Metal caps and lids

Glass bottles and jars - if you have a recycling sack

Please do not place glass bottles and jars in recycling sacks. Placing glass in your recycling sacks poses a number of health and safety risks to the collection crews and those working in the recycling facility, EnviroSort. 

You can find a list of alternative places to recycle glass near you, at www.recycle-more.co.uk

Remember to

  • Rinse bottles and jars
  • Tip - Labels can be left on and all colours accepted

No corks. 

Please remember:

  • Rinse out all food and drink containers
  • Only clean and dry recyclable items
  • Place items loose into the bin - no bags or carriers
  • Labels can be left on
  • No need to squash cans, bottles, plastics or cartons

For further information on what you can recycle, see the recycling collection guides, which you can download and put on your fridge as a reminder.

Back to items you can recycle

Red cross denoting do not recyclePlease do not put the following items in your recycling bins or sacks, they are not currently recyclable

  • Aluminium foil
  • Batteries
  • Brown and black plastic
  • Carrier bags
  • CD and DVDs and their cases
  • Cling film
  • Clothes and textiles
  • Corks
  • Crisp packets
  • Electrical items
  • Flat glass
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Light bulbs
  • Paint containers
  • Pet food pouches
  • Polystyrene
  • Pottery and crockery
  • Pyrex glass
  • Sharps (for example, needles)
  • Shiny wrapping paper
  • Tissue, toilet roll or kitchen towels
  • Wet or dirty items
  • Wood
  • Other general rubbish