Richmondshire District Council

Green or black box: glass, metal, plastic recycling

Glass must be kept separate

To keep glass separate, please:

  • Place glass in your green box using a divider
  • Request a black box just for glass
  • If you have a second green box use that just for glass

All must be rinsed clean and empty of food and liquid, and cans, tins and plastic bottles should be squashed if possible. Labels can be left on.

Changes from 1 April 2023

Please note that from the 1 April, you will not need to keep glass separate from cans and plastic. These items can be placed together in your green or black box. A divider will no longer be required if you only have a green box.

✔ can recycle

✘ cannot recycle

✔ Glass: Bottles and jars

✘ Glass: Broken, window, pyrex and drinking glass

✔ Plastic: Plastic bottles, including trigger sprays, plastic pots and trays, yogurt pots and margarine tubs

✘ Plastic: Black plastic, plastic films, plastic bags, corrugated and plastic shredding, polystyrene and bubble wrap

✔ Cans: Food, drink and pet food cans

✘ Cans: Oil cans

✔ Foil: Foil and aluminium trays

✘ Foil: Foil pouches

✔ Aerosols: Including deodorant containers

✘ Paint: Paint tins and paint aerosols


✔ Cartons / Tetra pak

✘ DIY: product containers


✘ Household: Toys, CDs and DVDs, washing up bowls, plant pots


✘ Medical: Pill packs and nappies

Please do not overfill your bin:  If it is too heavy to move, it will be too heavy for the bin lift

Blue and white bags: paper and card recycling

You can get extra recycling boxes, lids, dividers and blue or white bags free from our community offices, or extra recycling can be put out in open carrier bags. Alternatively the recycle crew carry stock of all the above items on their vehicles, so either catch them on the round or leave a note requesting the items that you wish the crew to leave.

✔ Yes.. you can recycle

✘ cannot recycle

✔ All paper

✘ Takeaway pizza boxes

✔ All card: brown, grey, corrugated, egg boxes, cardboard tubes,
food packaging card, composite card and plastic, cardboard and
fibre packing, and carrier trays. Please fold cardboard into smaller
pieces so they fit inside your recycle bag.

✘ Takeaway containers

✔ All envelopes

✘ Fish and Chips paper

✔ Newspapers and magazines

✘ Used kitchen roll and tissues

✔ Yellow pages and other directories

✘ Wallpaper

✔ Junk mail

✘ Photographs

✔ Shredded paper

✘ Books


✘ Polystyrene


Please leave textiles in an untied plastic bag and place them next to your recycling bags and boxes on your allocated day for recycling items.

✔ can recycle

✘ cannot recycle


✘  Duvets







For further details on recycling read our recycle at the kerbside leaflet.

Textiles will not be collected from 1 April 2023

Please note that from 1 April we will no longer be collecting textiles at the kerbside. To recycle your textiles please take them to the local bring sites and household waste recycling centres.

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