Kerbside recycling

Request a container

Your kerbside recycling is collected every fortnight. Please follow the five 'Simple Steps' to pre-sort your recycling.

  1. Use one black recycling box for paper and magazines. (If you only have room for one box - please put the papers at one end and the glass at the other).
  2. Use a second black recycling box for all glass bottles and jars - no broken glass please. (You can order a second box if you need one, in fact households can have up to 4 black recycling boxes).
  3. Use the white recycling sack for tins/cans, aerosols, plastic bottles, food trays, yoghurt pots and other types of mixed rigid plastics.
  4. Use the blue recycling sack for corrugated (brown coloured) cardboard or light (grey coloured) card.
  5. Use the green caddy for food waste.  

See below for further details about each container.


  • place your recycling containers so they can be seen from the road by 7am on your collection day
  • make sure your containers are out of the way of pavement and road users

To find your house's bin and recycling collection dates please:

  • Type your house number and street or postcode in the 'My Cotswold' box and click 'Go'
  • Find your address in the list and click the Select your address button
  • Your house's bin and recycling collection dates are displayed in the box

If you are a new resident and you do not have a grey wheelie bin or refuse sacks, please contact us. You can ask for recycling and refuse containers by using the 'request a container' button. To register with us to vote and to sign up for Council tax please use the 'Related' links shown.

Additional recycling containers

We can supply up to three blue sacks and three kerbside boxes per household. Please use the 'Request a container' button for additional ones to be delivered to you, or collect them from the Council offices in Trinity Road Cirencester or Moreton Area Centre.

Missed recycling collections

If your recycling containers are not emptied please contact us. Please do not contact us before 4pm as the crews may still be on their way to your property. 

Blue recycling sack

Blue Recycle Sack

 Yes please

  • All cardboard boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Food packaging boxes
  • Greeting cards

No thanks

  • Tetra Pak-type cartons (these can be taken to recycling banks)
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Garden or food waste
  • Household waste
  • Wrapping paper

Please flatten card and cardboard and place it in your reusable blue sack. Occasional excess cardboard can be left out in pieces cut down to a maximum of one metre by one metre, up to the equivalent of 2 blue recycling bags worth. Please place it tidily next to your blue bags on your collection day. Packaging from large appliances or big-screen televisions etc. will not be collected unless it has been cut down. Larger pieces of cardboard can be taken to one of the Household Recycling Centres.

Black recycling box

The Council encourages residents to keep paper and magazines separate from glass items either within the confines of one black box (if you only have room for one) or by using additional black boxes (households can have up to 4 boxes).

Box 1 - Yes please

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Envelopes (please remove plastic windows from window envelopes)
  • Thin catalogues and brochures
  • Letters and general paper (NOTE: gift wrapping paper is normally not acceptable unless it is very thin and dissolves in water)
  • Shredded paper provided it is inside a paper bag or large paper envelope

Box 2 - Yes please

  • Glass bottles and jars (please wash first - and also note that broken glass will not be collected)

Black Recycle Box

No thanks

  • Cardboard
  • Thick, mail order clothing catalogues
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissues, kitchen roll or baby-wipes
  • General household rubbish
  • Plastic wrappers
  • Plastic bottles or film
  • Textiles
  • Broken glass - the contents of the boxes are sorted manually at the kerbside by the crew, and they risk injury if there is broken glass in the boxes.

White recycling sack

You can place tins/cans and aerosols into the white sack together with plastics as these can now be separated at the recycling plant.

Yes please 

A large range of rigid plastic materials including:

White Recycle Sack

  • plastic bottles
  • food trays
  • boxes
  • yoghurt pots
  • and many more

And also:

  • Food and drinks cans (please wash and squash)
  • EMPTY aerosol cans (please do not squash)
  • Metal tops from beer bottles

No thanks

  • Plastic bags
  • Food Pouches
  • Food wrap and cling film
  • Tetra-Pak (drink cartons)
  • Polystyrene



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Recycling containers in windy weather

In windy weather household waste and recycling containers and their contents can easily get blown around, and this has led to some littering issues across the district.

With high winds it may help to put containers in a sheltered spot at kerbside but please make they can still be seen by collectors.

Our collection crews pick up materials they drop or spill and may be able to pick up items blown close to containers, but cannot pick up those blown down the street.


Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road