Where to start?

When it comes to separating your household waste into recyclables and non-recyclables, we know it can be tricky to know where to start. That is why we have worked together with the local council to produce this handy guide to recycling for communal bin stores.


Print a copy of the guide to display at home

There is a lot of information in this guide, so we recommend downloading a copy and sticking it to your fridge or some other visible place so that it is easy to check which item goes where.

Mixed recycling
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  • No paper and/or card (please use paper & card bin where available)
  • No carrier bags, black sacks or household waste
  • No polystyrene, bubble wrap or cling film
  • No food (please use food recycling bin where available)
paper and card recycling
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  • No cartons – foil & wax lined (please use mixed recycling bin where available)
  • No polystyrene
  • No plastic bags or plastic packaging
  • No food (please use food recycling bin where available)
food recycling
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  • No food containers / packaging
  • No liquids
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  • Garden waste
  • Food waste (if you have the food
    recycling service)
  • Bricks, rubble & soil
  • Furniture
  • Clothes & shoes
  • Electrical items including batteries
  • Liquids, including paint & chemicals

Other important points

Gloucester County Council have rules when it comes to collecting waste and recycling from households. Below are some of the key points to be aware of:

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  • Gloucester City Council operate a closed bin lid policy and will not collect bins that have their lids open.
  • To help manage your waste, ensure you recycle as much as possible.
  • Do not leave any waste at the side of the bins, we will not collect it and if the waste causes an obstruction this may result in your bins not being emptied.
  • Large amounts of corrugated cardboard should be taken to Hempsted Households Recycling Centre.
  • Do not leave bulky items, such as mattresses and furniture etc., in the domestic waste bins or in the bin store. The bins will not be emptied if there are any obstructions in the way, or if they contain unacceptable items.
  • If you need a bulky item collection, please contact the Council to arrange a date/time. The bulky item collection is a chargeable service. Alternatively, you can take bulky items to the Household Recycling Centre at Hempsted.
  • Please ensure that your recycling is placed in the correct containers.
  • Recycling bins will not be emptied if they contain the wrong items or general waste.