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Recycling collections

Recycling is collected fortnightly and collections begin at 7am.  Please make sure your recycling is out by this time.  Put it at the boundary of your property, as close to the public highway as possible.


This collection service is for domestic households only. Businesses are not eligible to use it and must set up a commercial collection service. This includes self catering and holiday let properties.

This also applies if you are renting out your home as temporary holiday accommodation. You should also not use this service for waste generated during these periods.  Please see our Commercial Waste page for more information.

Recycling A-Z

Find out what you can recycle and which container it goes in using our A-Z search of recycling. Search either by selecting a letter or by typing in an item and clicking on search. We’ve tried to be as complete as possible in developing this guide, and have included as many items and materials as possible. 

If you feel there is an item missing please let us know by emailing us and we'll do our best to include it.

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Find out what goes where

Recycling itemsYou should have 3 bags and one box.

  • Red bag for plastics and metals
  • Orange bag for cardboard
  • Blue bag for paper
  • Black box for glass


Find out more about what you can put in each container, what to do if you have too much for one bag or download a leaflet.


Find out what goes in which container

What items cannot be collected

  • Black PlasticBlack plastic
  • Plastic film, eg, cling film
  • Plastic oil or pesticide containers
  • Plastic bags, eg, carrier bags, sandwich bags, freezer bags
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Pet food pouches
  • Film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • Crisp/sweet packets
  • Rigid plastics, eg, toys, furniture,
  • Plastic straws
  • Plant pots
More about drinks and juice cartons  

What happens to recycling

Recycling photograph showing a glass jar turned to a glass bottleOnce your recycling has been collected it is sent to different parts of the UK and either sold,
re-used or turned into other things. 

View the recycling destinations document to find out where your recycling ends up and what happens next.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Recycling logoThere are simple things we can all do to help cut down on waste. For example:

  • not buying more food than we need
  • buying things with less packaging
  • reusing household items and furniture.

Try some of our tips on the reduce, reuse, recycle page.

Order more recycling equipment

Whether you need more containers because you are so good at recycling, or you don't have any, you can either collect from one of the offices on this list or request some using our online form.  (Please note this form should only be used by domestic properties to reorder recycling containers and should not be used to order Seagull Proof Sacks. Please see our Rubbish Collections page for more details.)

Please note it can take up to eight calendar days for your containers to be delivered.  If more than eight days have passed since your order and you have not received your containers, please contact us.

The recycling service is only available to householders in Cornwall and is not for commercial waste. 

Community initiatives

Cornwall has 3 Waste and Recycling Community Support Officers. They are available to work with groups to help inform, educate and support them. Find out more about Community Support Officers 

Clean Cornwall website. Find local organisations, communities and groups. These arrange and take part in litter picks that help to keep their neighbourhoods and our county clean.

Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition. The coalition uses its collective knowledge and experience to:

  • deliver free education workshops
  • carry out research and investigation
  • raise awareness
  • lobbying