Recycling and Waste - Know Your Bins

    We provide a 3 bin and a blue bag system collected on an alternate weekly collection: Green bin one week, the blue bin and bag and brown bin the next. Use the postcode search to find your collection day.

    How to present your bin/bag for emptying

    Bin and bag lids should be fully closed. If your wheeled bins are too heavy to be handled safely, or contain the incorrect type of materials, they will not be emptied. If this happens you will be notified of the reason for the non-collection.

    Wrap any sharp objects securely. Do not put items in your wheeled bins or blue bag that could be a health and safety hazard to the collectors. Please return the bins and blue bag back onto your property as soon as possible after collection.

    Please ensure all items are placed loose in the blue bin and blue bag and not bagged as this may result in your bin or bag not being emptied.

    Please do not use wheelie bin liners in either your blue or brown bins as these can cause contamination issues resulting in loads being rejected and sent for disposal as general waste.

    Further information can be found by visiting our Recycling Frequently Asked Questions page or:

    Why has the Recycling Service changed?

    We need to improve the quality of recycling collected in Stafford Borough. The recent changes mean that the recycling collected can be processed in the UK and that there are sustainable end markets for the materials collected. For more information please see our dedicated webpage.

    What happens next to the recycling and waste collected from my home?

    Stafford Borough residents want to know more about where the waste and recycling goes following collection. Please visit our webpage for further information and some short information films.

    Blue Bin - Recycling

    Please use the blue bin for the following items ONLY.

    If the item you have is not listed below then it should be disposed of in the green bin, at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (where a wider range of materials can be recycled eg. Tetrapak) or at designated drop off points in shops and supermarkets.

    If in doubt, leave it out – help us to improve the quality of recycling collected in Stafford Borough.

    Leave recycling loose in the blue bin, do not put in carrier or bin bags. Rinse items before placing in the blue bin and separate lids from containers.

    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Plastic bottles
    • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (no black plastic or plant pots)
    • Food tins
    • Drink cans
    • Tin foil and foil containers
    • Aerosols

    Do not put batteries, textiles or clothing in this bin Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Collection and Used Household Batteries and Textile and Clothing Collection

    Blue Bag - Recycling (Paper and Cardboard)

    Your blue bag will be collected on your scheduled recycling day, bag lids should be closed to contain the bag contents.

    If you have extra cardboard, tear or flatten the pieces to the size of your blue bag, secure together (not in any type of bag or bin liner) and leave beside your blue bag for collection. If you regularly have excess cardboard you can request an additional blue bag free of charge by calling 01785 619402 or emailing with your address details.

    Oversize cardboard, or cardboard that cannot be broken down should be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres

    Please ensure all non-card packaging is removed from cardboard boxes and card packaging. 

    Please contain any shredded paper in old envelopes, small cardboard boxes etc to prevent it from becoming a litter issue during the emptying process.

    Please use the blue bag for the following items only.

    • Newspapers and magazines
    • Letters and envelopes (no need to remove windows from envelopes)
    • Junk mail
    • Phone books and catalogues
    • Card packaging
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Egg cartons
    • Plain greetings cards

    Brown Bin - Garden Waste

    From January 2021 there will be an annual charge to empty your brown bin. The charge for January-December 2021 will be £36 per brown bin -  Information and how to sign up for the brown bin collections.

    Please use the brown bin for the following items only:

    Do not place soil, turf, rubble or stones in this bin.

    • Leaves
    • Small branches, twigs and bark
    • Grass cuttings
    • Cut flowers
    • Plants and weeds (excess soil shaken off)
    • Hedge clippings

    Green Bin - General Waste

    This bin is for your general waste which can't be recycled, examples of which are:

    • Plastic bags, crisp bags, sweet wrappers, food wrapping, waxed cartons, black plastic, plant pots and hard plastic eg. toys, buckets (some of these items can be returned to shops and supermarkets or taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres where a wider range of materials can be accepted for recycling)
    • Disposable nappies, sanitary and incontinence products
    • Pet waste properly wrapped and tied securely
    • Food waste properly wrapped and tied securely
    • Ash from fires (allow to cool first)
    • Polystyrene

    Don't pour cooking oil down the sink or toilet as it can cause blockages.

    Small amounts of used cooking oil from your household can go in your green bin but you must put the oil into a sealed container such as a glass jar or plastic bottle with a lid. Alternatively, use rags to soak up spillages and put them in a plastic bag. Please make sure the oil is fully cooled before you attempt to poor it into a container or to mop it up. Do not pour oil directly into your green bin. In addition, solidified cooking fat can be placed in sealed plastic bags and placed in your green bin also.

    If you are a commercial premises, you must make arrangements to dispose of used cooking oil through a waste disposal company.

    Do you live in a flat with a bin store or communal collection point?

    Don’t worry that you have not had a blue bag – we are making different arrangements for flats with bin stores or communal collection points. We will shortly be sending out letters explaining your new arrangements for recycling paper and card. Larger grey bins with blue lids, marked as paper and card only, will be delivered to your bin stores over the next few weeks – start using them as soon as they arrive. In the meantime, continue with your current arrangements as your recycling will still be collected and sorted properly.

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