Orange bins or sacks - recycling
What you can put in your recycling bins or sacks.
Paper, cardboard and cartons:
- junk mail
- greeting cards
- cereal boxes
- food and drink cartons (Tetra Paks)
- ready meal boxes
- cardboard packaging
Plastic food packaging:
- plastic film
- plastic food containers
- plastic packaging
- plastic bags
- plastic bottles and tops
- yoghurt pots and lids
- margarine tubs and lids
- meat trays
- fruit punnets (containers)
- food tins
- drinks cans
- aluminium foil and trays
- empty aerosols
Remember to wash out any dirty food and drinks containers, squash items to save space and place items in the bin loose.
Green bins - garden waste
What you can put in your garden waste bin.
- grass cutting, plants and weeds
- flowers, prunings, hedge clippings
- leaves and bark
- vase plants and pond plants
What you can’t include in your garden waste bin
- soil and rubble
- vegetable peelings and kitchen waste
- plastic bags, plant pots and polystyrene trays
- animal bedding and pet waste
- general household waste
- persistent and noxious weeds (Ragwort, Japanese Knotweed, Spear Thistle, Creeping Thistle, Broad Leaf Dock, Curled Dock)
- fake plants
Black bins - general waste
What you can put in your black bin. Black lidded bins are for all your non-recyclable household waste only, including food waste.
What you can’t put in your black bin
- uncontained liquid waste
- commercial/business waste
- waste electrical and electronic equipment
Many items can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Barkers Lane, please visit our recycling site webpage for more information.
We collect used household batteries as part of our ongoing efforts to increase recycling rates.
- Put your used batteries in a small, clear plastic bag and seal it when full.
- Place the sealed bag on top of your black lidded bin or black sacks on your normal day of collection.
Which type of batteries can be recycled
We cannot accept car or other industrial batteries as part of this scheme.
Waste and recycling guide
For more information on what can be put into your bins or sacks and where other items of household waste can be taken for recycling download our waste and recycling guide (PDF).
Our waste and recycling policy statements (PDF) set out our approach to the collection of waste within Bedford Borough.