Bin waste advice

Putting your bins out

Please note: that any bin exceeding 50kg will not be collected and lids must be fully closed.

  • Please do not block pavements with your bins
  • Bins must be placed out by 6.45am on your collection day
  • Bins that contain wrong items will not be picked up (or returned for) and will require you to remove the incorrect items before your next collection date
  • Additional black bags, boxes of waste or any extra waste will not be collected, you will need to take this to the Household Recycling Centre
  • The council may need to suspend collections during severe weather to ensure the safety of people and properties
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Grey food waste bin

  • All cooked and uncooked solid food waste should go into your grey food waste caddy, no liquids, this will be collected every week on your usual bin collection day
  • Cooking oil should be allowed to cool and then poured into a plastic bottle no bigger than 1 litre, it can then be put into the large grey food waste bin for collection

We provide all households with a supply of waste liners to use with the food waste bin. These liners are not biodegradable but they are removed as a part of the treatment process. Biodegradable liners are more expensive and don't always degrade properly.

The food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion facility where it's turned into fertilizer for agriculture, the biogas is used to generate renewable electricity.

Need more liners/food bags?

Please attach the yellow tag or tie your last food bag to the caddy to indicate to the crew you require more food bags.

You can also request new liners by contacting customer services.

Green bin

Items are to be placed clean and loose in your green bin and you may recycle the following items:

Yes please

  • Plastics - tubs, trays, pots, film, carrier bags and bottles (tops and caps can be left on but please remove any absorbent layers)*
  • Metal - food tins, drink cans, clean foil, aluminium trays, empty aerosols, large metal sweet tins, biscuits tins (tops and caps can be left on)
  • Paper - newspapers, magazines, holiday brochures, junk mail, envelopes, telephone directories and catalogues
  • Cardboard - packaging card, egg boxes, juice and squash cartons
  • Glass - bottles, jars, (lids tops and caps can be left on)

No thanks

  • Polystyrene, crisp packets, baby/pet food pouches, toothpaste tubes, shredded paper, black bags, pyrex or ceramics
  • Food - please use your grey food waste caddy
  • Textiles - can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
  • Video tapes and CDs
  • Energy saving light bulbs or household batteries, these can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
  • Electrical appliances - can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
  • Hard non-packaging plastics (eg. washing up bowls, plastic toys, etc)
  • Non-household packaging metal items (eg. baking trays, saucepans, etc)
  • Any other waste not listed on the above 'yes please' list

Any acceptable recyclable items that are too large to place in your green bin may be left beside your green bin in either clear tied bags or open cardboard boxes if it is unlikely to rain.

Shredded paper is not accepted in green bins and as such will be rejected as contaminated if shredded paper is placed within them.

*Plastic packaging may detail a recycling classification code, or have on-package recycling information. We advise residents to look at the item itself as this information may not be relevant to items that can be collected in your green recycling bin.

Brown bin

Please see our garden waste service webpage for information on requesting this collection service.

Items are to be placed loose in your brown bin and are to include the following:

Yes please

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Tree and shrub prunings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Old flowers and plants
  • Windfall fruit and vegetable waste from the garden (not kitchen waste)

No thanks

  • Food or kitchen waste
  • Soil or rubble
  • Pet waste and bedding
  • General household waste
  • Flower pots and plastic bags

Black bin

Your black general waste bin should only be used for household rubbish that cannot be reused, recycled or composted.

Please make sure that all material is bagged and that you do not overfill your bin or push the contents down as this makes it difficult to empty properly.

Yes please

  • Nappies
  • Black bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Shredded or tissue paper
  • Other household waste that can't be reused, recycled or composted

No thanks

  • Hot ash or soil
  • Electrical items
  • Bricks and rubble
  • Stone, gravel, concrete or sand
  • Paint tins (if they contain any paint)

Any items listed above that you can't put in your black bin can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre.

Clinical and medical offensive waste

Clinical sharps

Clinical sharps within prescribed containers should be taken to one of the following participating pharmacies. You can get an empty sharps container from your GP or other healthcare provider. If there are exceptional circumstances that a visit can't be made to one of the following (either by the resident, family member or friend) please contact Peterborough Direct on 01733 747474 to discuss collections. 

  • Boots - Serpentine Green, Hampton Hargate, Peterborough, PE7 8BE
  • Boots - Queensgate Centre, Peterborough, PE1 1NW
  • Glinton Pharmacy - 4 Rectory Ln, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LR
  • Granville Pharmacy - 35 Granville Street, Peterborough, PE1 2QQ
  • Halls the Chemist - 57 Napier Place, Orton Wistow, Peterborough, PE2 6XN
  • Halls the Chemist - 14a Church Street, Thorney, PE6 0QB
  • Halls the Chemist - The Old Chapel, Church Hill, Castor, PE5 7AU
  • Halls the Chemist - 92 Peterborough Road, Farcet, PE7 3BN
  • Lloyds Pharmacy - 3 Bushfield, Orton Centre, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5RQ
  • Mi Pharmacy - 12A Skaters Way, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 6NB
  • Millfield Pharmacy - 387 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 2PF
  • Newborough Pharmacy - 42-46 School Road, Newborough, Peterborough, PE6 7RG
  • Odedra Rc - Rectory Gardens, Old Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8AY
  • Thomas Walker Pharmacy - Thomas Walker Medical Centre, 87 Princes Street, Peterborough, PE1 2QP
  • Well - 2-6 Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough, PE3 7JA
  • West Town Chemist - 63-65 Mayor's Walk, West Town, Peterborough, PE3 6EX

Medical and sanpro waste

We can collect and dispose of medical offensive waste for free if you are an NHS patient treating yourself at home only. This includes 

  • Waste items that are contaminated with infectious body fluids e.g. faeces, urine, blood when you have an infectious disease
  • Dialysis waste

When requesting a collection, you will need to tell us about the waste you would like us to collect, and how frequently you would like it collected. Collections are always on a Wednesday and are made weekly, fortnightly, and monthly or on request as required.

This service is not for residents who are being taken care of by a community nurse or other health professional at home as this waste should be disposed of by the healthcare provider.

If you are self-treating at home, items such as sanitary towels, nappies and incontinence pads (known collectively as sanpro waste) which are not considered to be hazardous when they originate from a healthy population can be safely placed in your black household waste bin.

If you do not have enough room to put all your sanpro waste in your black bin please telephone the customer service team on the number below for an application form for a larger capacity bin.

For any advice with regards to collections please contact our Customer Service Team on 01733 747474 or email

Collection of other items

Not only does recycling help the environment, it also saves the council money. Sending waste to landfill costs millions which could be spent on other vital services.

You can arrange a free collection of small items that are not allowed to go in your green or black bin, or a bulky waste collection for largter items. Find out more on the small items and bulky waste collection page.

Visit the Recap website for more information about Recycling in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.