What to recycle

Waste and Recycling




Waste Wizard 

Recycle and dispose of items the right way with the Waste Wizard. Enter your postcode and an item below to see how to recycle or safely dispose of it. 

Household recycling centres

If you need to dispose of an item at the House Recycling Centre, you can find a list of local sites and opening times on the Buckinghamshire Council household recycling centres website.

Collection frequency

Bins are collected on an alternate weekly basis. One week we will collect your mixed recycling (blue lidded bin), paper (black box), and garden waste (green lidded bin), and the following week your general waste will be collected (black bin). Food waste is collected every week. 

What goes in your bins? 

Mixed recycling - Blue lidded bin (houses); large green bin (flats); reusable bags (notified properties)

  • brown cardboard
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic pots, tubs and trays (including black plastic trays)
  • glass bottles and jars (not in blue sacks - notified properties only)
  • tins, cans
  • tin foil, foil trays
  • aerosols
  • milk, juice and soup cartons

No -  paper and thin white cardboard (use paper box), plastic bags or liners, cling film, sweet or biscuit wrappers, plant pots, toys, china, household glassware, polystyrene, pet food pouches, electrical items*, takeaway cups, coat hangers and general waste.

Paper & thin white cardboard recycling - Black box (houses); black lidded bin (flats); reusable bags (notified properties)

  • thin white cardboard
  • paper
  • grey and white card
  • envelopes
  • books
  • newspapers & magazines
  • shredded paper (must be contained within an envelope, paper bag etc.)

No - brown cardboard, waxed or laminated paper, plastic bags or liners, cartons (use mixed recycling bin) and takeaway cups

Food recycling - Brown outdoor caddy (line your caddy with plastic bags, compostable liners or newspaper)

  • any food: raw, cooked, burnt, mouldy or out of date
  • peelings
  • plate scrapings
  • tea bags & coffee grounds
  • pet food
  • bones, shells and skins

No - non-food items, oil or fats, hard plastic packaging

Garden waste - Green bin

  • grass cuttings
  • plants & flowers
  • leaves
  • tree & hedge trimmings
  • weeds (non - noxious)
  • small branches

No - turf*, soil*, stones*, compostable liners, food, pet bedding & litter, plant pots, noxious weeds

Home composting may be a possibility for some residents. If you have the space and would like to give home composting a try, there is advice and a discount on compost bins available to residents at Get Composting

Textiles - Place a maximum of two (supermarket carrier bags) next to your black bin on refuse collection day

  • clothing
  • accessories
  • outerwear
  • shoes (paired)
  • towels, blankets and curtains

No - wet or soiled clothing, slippers, single shoes, duvets, pillows, sleeping bags

Batteries - (place in small clear bags on top of your mixed recycling bin or bag)

  • household batteries
  • mobile phone batteries
  • laptop batteries
  • power tool batteries

No - damaged / leaking batteries, car batteries, industrial batteries.

Small household electrical items - place loose next to your mixed recycling bin or bag

  • kettles
  • hair dryers
  • irons
  • small electrical items (items should be small enough to fit into a supermarket carrier bag)

No - large electrical items

General waste - Black bin or purple sacks (notified properties only) 

  • Items that cannot be recycled
  • plastic bags
  • nappies
  • plant pots
  • toys
  • polystyrene trays, cups and packaging
  • crisps, sweet and biscuit wrappers
  • china
  • household glass
  • pet bedding and litter
  • empty paint tins

No - batteries, garden waste, soil*, turf*, electrical appliances*, building materials*, car parts* and sharps**

* take to your local household recycling centre  

** set up a clinical waste collection -

Extra recycling guidance

A reasonable amount of excess recyclable material will be collected, as long as:

  • It is loose in a re-useable container - we will not collect recyclables in plastic bags
  • It is presented neatly alongside the relevant collection container
  • Cardboard boxes are cut down and flattened to a manageable size - remove all other packaging (polystyrene, plastic inserts etc.)

The Councils or its contractor will not be responsible or liable for any lost containers used to store extra recycling.

Service provisions

We only collect bins with lids shut flat

If your bin / bag contains items we cannot recycle, we will not empty it

Bins / bags must be presented at the boundary of your property by 7am (unless an agreed alternative is in place)