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Recycling bag and box collection

Recycling goes in weatherproof canvas green bags and a sturdy plastic green box for collection. Each household is entitled to two green bags and one green plastic box. You can have more green bags and another green box if you have a lot of recycling. Recycling collections are every fortnight. The recycling calendar shows recycling collection dates. Set bags and box on the kerb or collection point by 7am on collection days.

Use your postcode to search for a PDF copy of your recycling calendar.

We collect recycling from all domestic households in Eden. The recycling rate for Eden is 50.64% (May 2018).

Recycling bag and box on kerb side ready for collection

Using the recycling bags and box

The green box is for recycling glass and cans.

One green bag is for hard plastics - plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, plastic food trays, tubs and containers. Although other plastic products may display the recycling symbol, we are not able to recycle them.

The other green bag is for paper and card. Please do not mix hard plastics with paper and card in a green bag.

Large recycling

Fold and flatten any large pieces of cardboard and if possible put them in a green bag. If it is not possible to fold the card small enough to fit into a bag, please stand it next to your recycling containers.

Additional recycling

If you have, more recycling than will fit in your bag or box put it in an untied carrier bag. Place the carrier bag next to your recycling. We will collect the carrier bags containing either, only paper, only plastics, or only glass and tins in a collection. We will empty the recycling from the carrier bag but we will not take it away. Put the carrier bag in your blue refuse bag.

What to do with plastic bags, cling film, food wrappings or cartons

Do not put plastic bags, cling film, food wrappings or cartons in green bags. We will not empty bags that contain them.

Put plastic bags, plastic film and cartons in blue refuse bags, all the blue bags we collect go through a sorting process to remove plastic bags and cartons, which go to be part of the process to make refuse-derived fuel.

Why separate recycling into two bags and one box?

Paper and card are fibrous materials so need to be in a separate bag from plastics. To stop recycling blowing away fasten the Velcro seal on the lid to the Velcro seal on the green bag.

Please do not mix plastics with paper and card in the same bag they cannot be recycled together. Collection staff will not empty a recycling bag as a result.

Please use the plastic box for glass and cans as they can have sharp edges. Collection staff can empty a plastic box into the collection vehicle and do not have to touch the glass or tins inside.

It may appear the collection staff empty the contents of bags and boxes into the collection vehicle together; they actually empty them into separate containers

Can I use my own recycling containers?

We will only empty the bags and boxes we supply on collection day. If you fill other containers with recycling, we will assume you want to recycle them.

How often do you collect recycling?

We collect recycling every two weeks.

How will I know when to put my recycling out for collection?

Use your postcode to search for a PDF copy of your recycling calendar it will tell you which day to set your bags and box out for collection. In the calendar, there is recycling information about what to put in the bags and box. When the calendar is about to go out of date we will post a new recycling calendar to you.

I am not able to carry my bag or box myself

Apply for help with bag and box collection online, if you find it difficult to carry them. You can arrange for us to collect your recycling from outside your home.

Request recycling bags and a box

Request recycling bags and a box online, if you do not have two green bags and one green box. Every household is entitled to have two green bags and one green box.

Can I have another recycling bag or box?

Order recycling bags and a box online to replace damaged or stolen ones. If you need more recycling bags, you can order more. If you need another box, you can order more.

We will replace stolen or damaged bags and boxes free of charge. We will collect any damaged bags and boxes when we deliver the ones to replace them

Why are my bags and boxes still full, the collection has been?

Report bags and box not emptied online, if they were set out by 7am on the collection day shown on the recycling calendar, or telephone Customer Services on the number at the bottom of the page.

What happens if there is a road closure?

If a road closure prevents the recycling vehicle accessing your property we will attempt to collect your bags and box on your usual collection day two weeks later. If it is, a long-term road closure arrangements will need to be made by the organisation who is responsible for the road closures.

Find your bag and box collection day

Use your postcode to search for a PDF copy of your recycling calendar.