Important information about food waste and black box recycling

From 4 November 2019, if your black box or food waste collection service is on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be changing to a weekday collection. Collection calendars are in the process of being updated. The new food collection day is currently showing and the black box day will shortly change to match.

Food waste is collected every week and is for all cooked and uncooked food. Food packaging and liquids are not accepted.

The black box is collected every 2 weeks (alongside the food caddy) and is used to collect glass bottles, jars, small electrical items, textiles(bagged in a recycling sack) and batteries.

If your black box or food waste caddy needs replacing, complete the replacement container request form.

If you have any questions, from 4 November 2019 a helpline will be available for food waste and black box collection day change enquiries only. The helpline will be open between 7am and 5pm Monday – Friday.

For all other enquiries relating to recycling and waste collections, please contact

Your black box and textile bag are collected every 2 weeks and must be at the kerbside by 6:30am on the morning of your collection day.

a picture of a black box and a textile bag filled with items for recycling

How do I use my black box and textile bag?

Photograph of plastic bag being used as a liner for the food caddy

Step 1: Collect and prepare your materials for recycling

Photograph of food being scraped from a plate in to the food caddy

Step 2: Place any glass bottles and jars into your black box

Photograph of the plastic bag liner being tied

Step 3: Place any small electrical items including any batteries into your black box

Photograph of the plastic bag filled with food waste being put in the outside food caddy

Step 4: Place any clothes, textiles and shoes tied in pairs into the textile bag

Black Box

The black box is provided to help you recycle glass, small electrical items and household batteries. The black box is sorted at the kerbside by the collection crew.

What can I put in my black box?

Yes please

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Small electrical items (hairdryers, hair straighteners, radios, irons, kettles, toasters, electrical toys, electrical drills and tools)
  • Household batteries (battery sizes A, AA, AAA, C and D, button batteries such as watch batteries, calculator batteries, laptop batteries, mobile phone batteries)

No thanks

  • Pyrex dishes
  • Window or flat glass
  • Broken glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Crockery
  • Pots and pans
  • Light bulbs

Collection crews are not required to collect electrical items larger than the size of the black box. Larger electrical items can be taken to one of our recycling centres.

If your black box contains the wrong material we will advise you by placing a sticker on it.

Materials that cannot be recycled in the black box should be taken to one of the recycling centres or put in your green bin.

The following items should be taken to a recycling centre:

  • Light bulbs
  • TVs
  • Computer monitors
  • Microwaves
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Car/van batteries
  • Power tools
  • Cordless appliances
  • Power packs
  • Motorised toys

Textile Bag

We provide clear bags to help you recycle textiles. If you require a supply of textile bags, please email:

What can I put in my textile bag?

  • Clothing
  • Towels
  • Blankets and curtains
  • Shoes (tied in pairs)
  • Handbags and belts
  • Quilt covers, pillow cases and sheets (NOT duvets)

Please ensure that all textile items are dry, shoes are tied into pairs and that a knot is tied in the top of the bag to keep the textiles dry.