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What goes in each bin

Find out what goes in each bin and how to recycle in your area.

Paper and card

You can put in:

  • newspaper, magazines and paper (including shredded paper)
  • food and drink cartons 
  • all cardboard and flattened boxes
  • non-metallic wrapping paper
  • envelopes (including windows), junk mail, leaflets and flyers
  • telephone directories, catalogues and books
  • clean paper bags

Do not put in:

  • nappies

Plastic and cans

You can put in:

  • plastic bottles with lids
  • other plastic tubs, trays, punnets and pots (such as yoghurt, pots, margarine tubs)
  • all foil (wash off food)
  • food and drink cans
  • empty aerosols
  • crushed large tins (e.g. sweet and biscuit tins)

Do not put in:

  • carrier bags or heavy duty plastic bags
  • plastic film, wrappers
  • crisp packets
  • polystyrene
  • nappies
  • thick or hard plastics such as washing up bowls
  • empty paint tins
  • barrels or kegs
  • metallic wrapping paper
  • cosmetic products (such as cotton buds and face wipes) are not recyclable and cannot be flushed down the toilet  

Glass

You can put in:

  • all glass bottles and jars
  • spectacles

Do not put in:

  • window glass
  • pyrex glass
  • light bulbs
  • drinking glasses
  • glass crockery
  • mirrors

Your black wheelie bin or green sacks are for the disposal of non-recyclable rubbish.

Only one black wheelie bin will be collected per household. No side waste (additional bags or boxes) is allowed.

In Northampton, green sacks are collected weekly. Each household is given 2 sacks per week.

What to put in your general waste bin (or green sack in Northampton)

You can put in:

  • nappies
  • plastic bags
  • cling film
  • wrappers
  • crisp packets
  • sweet packets
  • broken toys
  • polystyrene
  • duvets
  • pillows
  • non-recyclable rubbish

You can't put in:

  • hot ashes
  • liquids
  • large items - see bulky waste collection
  • heavy materials like car parts, stones or rubble
  • hazardous materials - see hazardous waste
  • batteries - see small electrical or battery-powered items below

Collection times

We will collect your black wheelie bin every 2 weeks (the alternate week to your recycling blue lidded bin).

In the Daventry area, collection is every 3 weeks.

Check your bin collection day.

All black wheelie bins must be at the kerbside by 6:30am on your collection day. If you are unable to present your bins kerbside due to age or disability, find out how to get help putting your bins out.

Although you may be used to seeing the crews at the same time each week, there is no set time for collections to take place; only the day of the week is set. Please do not report missed collections until the morning after the specified collection day.

Preparing your bin

You must close the bin lid to ensure that no waste escapes prior to collection. Although this is not an offence in itself, it can prevent the bin fitting on the bin lift when being emptied. We will not empty open bins and we will decline any request for a missed collection.

Do not overfill your bin. If your bin is packed too tight, when it is lifted by the lorry it may not empty all the contents, Veolia will not return for part empty bins and will decline any request for a missed collection.

Daventry area

In the Daventry area these collections are only made during your general waste week (not the recycling week). Place your old electrical items and batteries on top of your general waste bin for collection.

Northampton area

Small electrical or battery-powered items like kettles, toasters and toys that can fit into a standard size carrier bag can be placed on top of (not inside) your recycling bin for collection each week.

Recycle household batteries by putting them in a small, clear bag and place on top of (not inside) your recycling bin for collection.

South Northamptonshire area

Small electrical or battery-powered items like kettles, toasters and toys that can fit into a standard size carrier bag can be placed on top of (not inside) either your general waste or recycling bin for collection each week.

Recycle household batteries by putting them in a small, clear bag and place on top of (not inside) your general waste or recycling bin for collection.

You can put in:

  • any cooked leftovers
  • meat and bones
  • fish
  • out of date or mouldy food - please remove any packaging
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • bread and cakes
  • fruit and vegetables
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • eggs, cheese and yoghurts
  • peelings

Do not put in:

  • any packaging - empty out all food
  • plastic packaging
  • liquids like milk or oil 
  • glass

Collection from flats

At the current time it isn't possible to provide a food waste collection service from flats.

Last updated 01 September 2022