Each property should currently be supplied with at least two recycling boxes and food waste bin, which are emptied every week. Please leave your recycling boxes and food waste bin out for collection on the edge of your property by 6am on your day of collection.

Right Stuff, Right Box

We are simplifying your collection with new colour coded stickers, orange and green, for the different recycling boxes and a new blue bag for your paper recycling. These will be delivered to all households across Torbay over the next few months as a pack left in your recycling box, so please look out for them. Once you receive the pack, please start using it immediately.

To help keep the collections as efficient as possible, please put the ‘right stuff’ in the right box.

If you are still waiting for your new stickers and blue bag, please sort your items into box one and box two.

Box One

Click on a material to see the items that will be accepted in this recycling box:

Yes please:
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Yellow Pages, phone books and directories
  • Catalogues
  • Letters, leaflets and junk mail (you may wish to shred letters that contain personal information)
  • All types of envelopes (no need to remove the window)
  • Shredded paper (please put in a clearly marked and loosely tied carrier bag. Limited to one bag per collection)
  • Coloured paper
No thanks:
  • Wrapping paper
  • Gift bags
  • Padded envelopes

*Note - For plastic film, wrappers and bags these can be recycled at participating supermarkets you find your closest collection point here

Yes please:
  • Plastic bottles (please squash the bottles and replace the lid)
  • Plastic pots (e.g. yoghurt pots, instant noodle pots)
  • Plastic tubs (e.g. margarine and ice cream tubs)
  • Plastic trays (e.g. meat and fish trays, fruit punnets and egg boxes)
No thanks:
  • No black plastic
  • No plastic film or wrappers
  • No plastic bags
  • No plant pots or plastic toys
  • No polystyrene
Yes please:
  • Foil packaging
  • Tin foil (please make sure it’s clean)
  • Aluminium food trays
  • Foil pet food trays
No thanks:
  • No shiny plastic wrapping
  • No crisp packets
  • No biscuit or sweet wrappers
  • No metallic wrapping paper
Yes please:
  • Metal food tins
  • Metal drinks cans
  • Large tins (e.g. chocolate tins)
  • Metal lids and caps from jars and bottles
No thanks:
  • No metal saucepans
  • No metal tools
  • No metal car parts
Yes please:
  • Empty metal aerosol cans
No thanks:
  • No gas canisters
Yes please:
  • Textiles should be placed in a supermarket size carrier bag and clearly marked. Limited to one bag per collection
  • Clean, dry clothes and underwear
  • Clean, dry sheets
  • Clean, dry towels
  • Pairs of shoes/trainers/boots
  • Clean, dry curtains
  • Accessories – purse / wallet / belts / hats / scarves / ties and jewellery
No thanks:
  • No wet or dirty items
  • No odd or single shoes
  • No duvets or pillows
  • No carpet
  • No rags or fabric scraps
  • No items with stuffing (eg cushions / soft toys)
  • No ripped or damaged items that are not suitable for reuse

Please put batteries in a plastic bag, do not put them inside any other recycling items

Yes please:
  • All household batteries
  • Button batteries
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Laptop batteries
No thanks:
  • Car and motorcycle batteries

Box Two

Click on a material to see the items that will be accepted in this recycling box:

Yes please:
  • Glass bottles - any colour
  • Glass jars - any colour
No thanks:
  • No broken glass
  • No drinking glasses
  • No glass tableware
  • No pyrex
  • No window panes
  • No light bulbs
Yes please:
  • Any cardboard packaging, please flatten or fold and place inside box
  • Cardboard cereal boxes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Brown paper
  • Egg boxes
  • Greetings cards (without glitter)
No thanks:
  • No dirty cardboard
  • Greetings cards with glitter or embellishments
  • No wet cardboard
Yes please:
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Fruit juice cartons
Yes please:
  • Please put cooking oil in a sealed, labelled container
Yes please:
  • Please put engine oil in a sealed, labelled container
Yes please:
  • Kettles, toasters and Irons
  • Mobile phones, remote controls and chargers
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Small radios, electronic toys and games consoles
  • Small power tools i.e. drills
  • Hairdryers, hair straighteners, curlers, hair trimmers and shavers
No thanks:
  • No larger electrical items, these will need to be taken to the Recycling Centre at Tor Park Road.

Orange Box

Click on a material to see the items that will be accepted in this recycling box:

Yes please:
  • Any cardboard packaging, please flatten or fold and place inside box
  • Brown envelopes
  • Cardboard cereal boxes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Brown paper
  • Egg boxes
  • Greetings cards (without glitter)
No thanks:
  • No dirty cardboard
  • Greetings cards with glitter or embellishments
  • No wet cardboard
Yes please:
  • Glass bottles - any colour
  • Glass jars - any colour
No thanks:
  • No broken glass
  • No drinking glasses
  • No glass tableware
  • No pyrex
  • No window panes
  • No light bulbs
Yes please:
  • Please put cooking oil in a sealed, labelled container
Yes please:
  • Please put engine oil in a sealed, labelled container
Yes please:
  • Kettles, toasters and Irons
  • Mobile phones, remote controls and chargers
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Small radios, electronic toys and games consoles
  • Small power tools i.e. drills
  • Hairdryers, hair straighteners, curlers, hair trimmers and shavers
No thanks:
  • No larger electrical items, these will need to be taken to the Recycling Centre at Tor Park Road.

Green Box

Click on a material to see the items that will be accepted in this recycling box:

*Note - For plastic film, wrappers and bags these can be recycled at participating supermarkets you find your closest collection point here

Yes please:
  • Plastic bottles (please squash the bottles and replace the lid)
  • Plastic pots (e.g. yoghurt pots, instant noodle pots)
  • Plastic tubs (e.g. margarine and ice cream tubs)
  • Plastic trays (e.g. meat and fish trays, fruit punnets and egg boxes)
No thanks:
  • No black plastic
  • No plastic film or wrappers
  • No plastic bags
  • No plant pots or plastic toys
  • No polystyrene
Yes please:
  • Metal food tins
  • Metal drinks cans
  • Large tins (e.g. chocolate tins)
  • Metal lids and caps from jars and bottles
No thanks:
  • No metal saucepans
  • No metal tools
  • No metal car parts
Yes please:
  • Empty metal aerosol cans
No thanks:
  • No gas canisters

Please put batteries in a plastic bag, do not put them inside any other recycling items

Yes please:
  • All household batteries
  • Button batteries
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Laptop batteries
No thanks:
  • Car and motorcycle batteries

Textiles should be placed in a supermarket size carrier bag and clearly marked. Limited to one bag per collection

Yes please:
  • Clean, dry clothes and underwear
  • Clean, dry sheets
  • Clean, dry towels
  • Pairs of shoes/trainers/boots
  • Clean, dry curtains
  • Accessories – purse / wallet / belts / hats / scarves / ties and jewellery
No thanks:
  • No wet or dirty items
  • No odd or single shoes
  • No duvets or pillows
  • No carpet
  • No rags or fabric scraps
  • No items with stuffing (eg cushions / soft toys)
  • No ripped or damaged items that are not suitable for reuse

Blue bag for paper

Click on a material to see the items that will be accepted in this recycling bag:

Yes please:
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Shredded paper (please put in a clearly marked and loosely tied carrier bag. Limited to one bag per collection)
  • White envelopes (no need to remove the window if it has one)
  • Yellow Pages, phone books and directories
  • Letter, leaflets and junk mail
  • Coloured paper
No thanks:
  • Brown paper – this goes in orange box with cardboard
  • Brown envelopes – this goes in the orange box with cardboard
  • Padded envelopes
  • Gift bags
  • Wrapping paper