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Blue Bin - Recycling

Find out what you can put in your blue bin

We collect recycling every two weeks. Please ensure your blue bin is placed outside your property or at your designated collection point by 6.30am on the day of collection.

Coronavirus update

All waste collections are operating as normal. The government has issued guidance about the handling of waste, especially from households where someone has tested positive for, or is showing the symptoms of, the coronavirus.

Waste such as used tissues or cleaning cloths should now be double-bagged and be put aside for 72 hours before being put out for collection in the Green bin, even if you have a wheelie bin.

Tissues, kitchen roll, paper towels, hand wipes, nappies and sanitary products cannot be recycled and must go in the green household waste bins.

There have been high levels of contamination in recycled waste in Craven recently. Therefore, we are inspecting recycling bins and if the waste is contaminated, we will not collect it. We will leave a red sticker to let you know why the bin has not been emptied.

If your bin has a red sticker on it, please remove the contaminated waste and then put the bin out again on the next scheduled collection date. Alternatively, you can take the waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Skipton or Settle.

Please do not call Customer Services to report this as a missed collection.


What CAN'T go in your blue bin

We CAN'T recycle a number of items including: clothing and other textiles, black plastic, bagged waste, crisp packets and other food wrappers, polystyrene, cling film, plant pots, toys, cereal bags, jiffy bags, books, pots and pans, paint tins, wallpaper, cutlery, pottery or ceramics, window glass, light bulbs, Pyrex, spectacles, and furniture. 

From June 2018 we are accepting even more items in your blue bin.

These include yogurt pots, margarine tubs, fruit/veg punnet containers, cream/custard/sauce pots, foil containers/trays and aluminium foil. 

Stickers are being placed on residents' blue bins to remind them of the new arrangements.

You can download this information to print out here: Recycling sticker PDF 

For a full list please see below.

What to put in your blue bin...

recycling items

Plastics (Types 1, 2, 3, 4 5)

  • Plastic bottles and tops
  • Milk/juice/water bottles
  • Shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Detergent/Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Toiletry/cosmetic bottles
  • Cleaning/bleach bottles
  • Ready meal trays (NO black plastic, NO film)
  • Yogurt/jelly pots
  • Margarine/ice cream tubs
  • Fruit/veg punnet containers
  • Cream/custard/soup/sauce pots
  • Clean bubble wrap

We will not accept:

  • Black plastic
  • Black bagged waste
  • Toys
  • Polystyrene
  • Cling film or plastic film
  • Food wrappers (e.g. biscuit wrappers, crisp packets/tubes)
  • Cereal plastic inner bags


Tip: Bottle tops should be placed back on plastic bottles before placing in the bin.

Paper and card

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Catalogues/brochures/directories/junk mail
  • Envelopes (including window type)
  • Greetings cards (NO glitter)
  • Wrapping paper (NO foil/plastic)
  • Cardboard packaging (must be no bigger than 4ftx2ft, must be flattened) 
    PLEASE NOTE If cardboard packing is too big to fit into the blue bin, it will be treated as a contaminant and will not be collected by the collection team.  Anything over this size must be broken down and placed either into the blue bin or clear sacks.
  • Cereal boxes
  • Ready meal boxes/sleeves
  • Egg boxes
  • Kitchen/toilet roll tubes

We will not accept:

  • Books
  • Hardback directories
  • Wallpaper
  • Jiffy Bags


Tip: There is no need to remove staples, but please remove any tape

Tip: Please ensure there is no food waste on any cardboard placed in the bag. All cardboard packaging must be kept clean and dry.

Metal packaging

  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Sweet/biscuit tins
  • All metal tin and can lids
  • Foil containers/trays
  • Aluminium foil (clean)

We will not accept:

  • Crisp packets
  • Pots and pans
  • Paint tins
  • Cutlery


Tip: There is no need to remove the label but please rinse out and squash cans before placing in the bin.


  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars


We will not accept:

  • Pottery or ceramics
  • Window glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Spectacles


Tip: Please rinse out all glass and jars before placing in the bin


  •  Milk/Juice cartons
  •  Fabric conditioner cartons
  •  Food/soup cartons


Tip: Please ensure that all contents have been disposed of before placing in the bin

General information 

All acceptable recyclables must be clean before being placed in the blue bins either loosely or in clear sacks.  Please ensure the lid is closed. 

We can supply clear sacks for recycling where properties have limited storage and are unable to accommodate a blue bin or if residents require extra capacity.  Additional clear sacks are available free of charge upon request. You can apply online or by contacting our Customer Services team who will arrange delivery. 

Please note black sacks containing recyclables will not be collected.

Please note that in cases where a blue bin is a first issue, this will be provided free of charge. However if the bin has been damaged, lost or stolen or where a property previously provided with a container no longer possesses a bin, it is Council's policy to make a charge for the bin. Repairs due to wear and tear will be done free of charge.

If you need an additional blue bin to accommodate all your recycling, this will be provided free of charge. Please use this online form or call Customer Services on 01756 700600 to request an additional blue bin. 

If you are moving into a new or previously empty property and wish to request commencement of waste and recycling collections, please contact Customer Services on 01756 700600.  You must be registered for Council Tax to be eligible for household waste and recycling collections.

Where does my recycling go?

Find out where your recycling materials go once we've collected it

We collect around 6,000 tonnes of recycling every year and residents often ask about the destination of the materials we collect for recycling.

Recycling material is collected from the Council's kerbside scheme. All recyclables are co-mingled and collected from residents' blue bins.

The material is then transferred to Halton East Transfer station, operated by Yorwaste.

The material is then loaded onto a bulker and transported to JB Recycling’s Material Recycling Facility Processing Plant in Hartlepool. 

The material is then sorted and separated at the Material Recycling Facility (MRF). Here's what happens then:

what happens to your recycling