We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to provide additional support for those affected.

Each property is supplied with two recycling boxes which are emptied every week by the same collection crew that empty your food waste binRecycling boxes must be out for collection on the edge of your property, next to your food waste bin, by 6am.

To help us keep Torbay tidy, please use the nets on your recycling boxes to make sure that the recycling does not blow out of the boxes. You can order new nets for your recycling boxes from the replacement bin page.

To help keep the collections as efficient as possible please put the ‘right stuff’ in the ‘right box’, as shown on the stickers. Need new recycling box stickers? Order them from the replacement bin page.

Recycling facilities may be different if you live in flats or communal buildings.

Please squash items if possible and try to flatten cardboard so that we can fit as much as possible into our collection vehicles before we need to empty them. Since the recycling service was introduced in 2010, the amount of cardboard collected has more than doubled, as our shopping habits have changed. If you have large amounts of cardboard, from a big delivery, please consider taking this to the recycling centre separately or putting it out over several collections. 

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 loosely tied carrier bag and limit to one bag per collection)
  • Coloured paper
No thanks:
  • Wrapping paper
  • Gift bags
  • Padded envelopes
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:
  • Clean, dry clothes
  • Clean, dry sheets
  • Clean, dry towels
  • Pairs of shoes
No thanks:
  • No wet or dirty items
  • No odd or single shoes
  • No duvets or pillows
  • No carpet
  • No rags
  • No ripped or damaged items that are not suitable for reuse
Yes please:
  • All household batteries
  • Button batteries
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Laptop batteries
  • Car and motorcycle batteries
No thanks:
  • Batteries from commercial vehicles

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 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