We are recycling approximately 37% of Worcester City's household waste which is a whopping 21% increase from when we first introduced kerbside recycling services in 2003!

Please help us keep up the good work! And don't forget to use recycling sites and centres for textiles, furniture, electronics, foil, batteries – and many more items. Good quality items are always appreciated at your local charity shop too.

What can I recycle?

The table on this page lists the materials that can be recycled in your green bin.

  You can recycle Please remember...
Food tins and drink cans
  • food tins
  • pet food tins
  • drink cans
  • aerosol cans
  • sweet / biscuit tins
  • metal jar lids
  • FOOD AND DRINKS CANS ONLY
    No other types of metals e.g. saucepans, cutlery, tools etc
  • Please don't flatten cans
  • Please make sure all items are clean
  • Push sharp lids into cans
  • Separate plastic lids off aerosols and put them in your recycling bin loose
  • NO FOIL – this can be taken to your nearest Household Recycling Centre
  • NO FOIL POUCHES OR COFFEE PODS – these need to go in your black/grey bin.
  • NO CRISP PACKETS OR SWEET WRAPPERS
  • NO GAS BOTTLES


Tip - Labels can be left on

Tip - No need to squash

Mixed glass bottles and jars
  • glass bottles
  • glass jars
  • GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS ONLY
  • NO DRINKING GLASSES, PYREX, WINDOW GLASS ETC
  • NO NAIL VARNISH BOTTLES
  • Rinse bottles and jars
  • If your kerbside recyclables are collected in sacks, you cannot put glass bottles and jars in the sacks.
  • NO PUMP TOPS

 

Tip - Labels can be left on
Tip - All colours accepted
Tip – Lids can be left on

Plastic bottles and containers All plastic bottles e.g.
  • drinks bottles
  • milk / juice bottles
  • detergent / fabric conditioner bottles
  • cleaning / bleach bottles
  • toiletry bottles

Plastic containers e.g.
  • Takeaway containers
  • yogurt pots
  • margarine / ice cream tubs
  • fruit / vegetable punnets
  • plastic meat / fish trays
  • cream / custard pots
  • cake / pastry trays
  • soup / sauce pots
  • egg boxes
  • Rinse bottles and containers
  • Bottle caps can be recycled either on or off the bottle
  • NO BLACK PLASTIC OR POLYSTYRENE
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS OR FILM
  • NO CRISP WRAPPERS OR SWEET WRAPPERS
  • NO PUMP TOPS

 

Tip - Labels can be left on
Tip - No need to squash

Paper
  • newspapers / magazines
  • phone directories
  • catalogues / brochures
  • junk mail / leaflets
  • letters
  • greetings cards
  • envelopes
  • Keep paper flat
  • Remove plastic wrappers
  • NO GLITTERY CARDS OR WRAPPING PAPER
  • NO METALLIC/ FILM COATED WRAPPING PAPER
  • NO DIRTY/ STAINED PAPER/KITCHEN ROLL/PAPER SERVIETTES
  • NO STICKY PAPER e.g labels

 

Tip - You can compost your shredded paper at home

Cartons

All cartons e.g.

  • milk / juice / smoothie cartons
  • fabric conditioner cartons
  • soup / chopped tomatoes cartons
  • custard cartons
  • Rinse cartons

 

Tip - No need to squash
Tip - Plastic spouts can be left on

Cardboard
  • Cardboard boxes e.g. cereal boxes, ready meal boxes, thick/corrugated
  • egg boxes
  • kitchen / toilet roll tubes
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and tubes
  • NO CONTAMINATED PACKAGING e.g. food waste in takeaway pizza boxes
  • Remove inner packaging – film, bags and polystyrene need to go into your black/grey bin

pdf View a printable document of what can / cannot be recycled in your green bin (229 KB)

I use recycling sacks to recycle, what can I put in them?

You can recycle the same items listed above with the exception of glass. pdf A document showing the items that can be recycled in the green sacks is available here (117 KB) .

What happens to my recycling?