Three Bins Guide

In September 2012, the Council introduced new vehicles which can collect food waste and dry recycling/non-recycling at the same time. This means the council has moved to a four-day week for collections, meaning less disruption for residents during bank holiday weeks.

Click on the links below to find out how to sort your waste:

Brown food waste caddy

Green Lidded Bin (Dry Recyclables)

Black Lidded Bin (Non-recycling)

What to do on collection day

Wheeled bins should be available on the collection day (7.00am), by placing them at the curtilage of the property or a place designated by the Council, or we will assume that you do not need a collection. Please bring your bins back in once they have been emptied.

Bin lids must be closed

Extra sacks / bags of non-recyclables left next to or on top of the bins will not be collected.

Extra sacks / bags of dry recyclables left next to or on top of the green lid bin will be collected. Do not use black sacks (due to licensing agreements with the Environment Agency, we are unable to collect and deliver recyclables into the recycling facility in black bags as this is deemed as non-recycling waste).

Try to avoid putting the wrong item in one of your bins (for example plastic in the kitchen waste bin). If this does happen the Council is entitled to refuse to empty your bins.

Help us improve recycling

It's no secret that Uttlesford residents are keen recyclers - but make sure you are doing what you should to ensure all your recyclable waste does go off to be used again.

Recently there has been an increase in instances of recycling being put in black bin bags before being placed in the green-lidded recycling bin. Please do not do this as it means the waste cannot be recycled. Any black bin bag is simply removed at the sorting plant and sent to landfill, including its contents.

If you have too much recycling to fit in your bin you can leave the extra items next to your bin in cardboard boxes or any sort of plastic bag except black bin bags. Again, anything in a black bin bag will be sent to landfill.

Please also remember to rinse out empty food containers, including tins and bottles, before putting them in your recycling bin.


Dry Recyclables (Green Lidded Bin)

Collected every fortnight

Paper, card, plastic, tin cans, foil - which includes:

  • Greetings/Birthday/Christmas cards
  • Cardboard food packaging such as cereal boxes
  • Cardboard juice and milk cartons
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Cans and tins - aluminium and steel
  • Aerosols
  • Foil
  • Ready meal containers
  • Take away food containers
  • Party platters
  • Meals on wheels containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Ice-cream containers
  • Ready meal and food trays
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets
  • Plastic tubs
  • Bottle top lids
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic bottles
  • CD / DVD / video cases
  • Sandwich packs
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Glass

Do not include:

  • Textiles (Clothes, shoes, bed linen and curtains)
  • Bubble wrap and cling film
  • Food recycling
  • Black sacks
  • Patterned or flock wallpaper
  • Expanded polystyrene / Styrofoam
  • Jiffy bags
  • Crisp packets / sweet wrappers

All items must be clean and free from any food waste.

Excess recyclables can be presented at the side of your bin in carrier bags, pedal bin liners or cardboard boxes. Please do not present excess dry recyclables in black sacks.

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Non-Recycling (Black Lidded Bin)

Collected every fortnight

General household waste - which includes:

  • Jiffy bags
  • Patterned or flock wallpaper
  • Disposable nappies
  • Cling film
  • Bubble wrap, shrink wrap
  • Cellophane
  • Crisp packets, chocolate wrappers etc.
  • Black bin liners
  • Expanded polystyrene / Styrofoam
  • CDs, DVDs, Video or cassette tapes
  • Hard plastic items such as toys

Do not include:

  • Food recycling
  • Dry recycling
  • Building rubble
  • Garden waste
  • Paint or oil tins
  • Hazardous waste such as car batteries, pesticides, Herbicides, etc.

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Nappies (have you thought about cloth nappies?) and incontinence pads should be tightly wrapped to avoid bad smells.

Only non-recyclables placed in the bin with the lid firmly closed will be collected. Sacks left on top of or around the bin will not be collected.