Recycling and Waste - Know Your Bins

What can you do to help us provide a quality service?

Your wheeled bins must be ready by 7.00am on collection day. Place the wheeled bins for collection at the boundary of your property nearest to the collection point, clearly visible to the collection crew and avoiding any inconvenience to others. Please refer to your collection calendar which will indicate your day of the week and the wheeled bin(s) to be collected.

Bin lids must be closed.

If your wheeled bins are too heavy to be handled safely, or contain the incorrect type of materials, they will not be emptied. If this happens you will be notified of the reason for the non-collection. Do not put items in your wheeled bins that could be a health and safety hazard to the collectors. Wrap any sharp objects securely. Please return the bins back onto your property as soon as possible after collection.


Paper Caddy

Where possible the caddy should be kept inside the blue bin.  However if you need more room for your mixed recycling in the blue bin, the caddy can be taken out and placed at the side of the bin for collection.

If the caddy is placed beside the bin please put the paper inside carrier bags, to prevent the paper from blowing away or getting excessively wet.  These bags will not be returned to your property but will be recycled.

If your paper caddy is missing or damaged please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01785 619402 or email info@staffordbc.gov.uk
with your address details so that we can arrange a free replacement.

180 litre Green Wheeled Bins

The standard size green bin for residents in Stafford Borough is now 180 litres, replacing the previously issued 240 litre bins.  This size bin will be provided to all new properties and as a replacement bin for missing and damaged bins.

The 180 litre bin can also be provided on request if you are finding the existing bin too large for your requirements.

A replacement 240 litre bin can be provided for a one off charge of £35.

Please contact us on 01785 619402 to make required arrangements.

Further information can be found by visiting our Recycling Frequently Asked Questions page.


It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 with the 3 bin system.

Please ensure all items are placed loose in the blue bin and not bagged as this may result in your bin not being emptied.

Please do not use wheelie bin liners in either your blue or brown bins as these can cause contamination issues resulting in loads being rejected and sent for disposal as general waste.

All recyclable containers placed in the blue bin should be empty and free of food waste.

Blue Bin

Yes Please

  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Aerosols (e.g. shaving gel, polish and deodorant - must be empty)
  • Plastic bags (must be empty)
  • Wrappers (food, cellophane and cling film)
  • Foil (food trays and tin foil)
  • Cans (food and drink)
  • Glass (bottles and jars)
  • Plain Greeting Cards - no glitter or embellishments e.g. Bows
  • Plastic bottles (e.g. milk, soft drink, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and household cleaning fluid bottles, shampoo, bleach)
  • Waxed cartons (e.g. juice, soup and milk cartons)
  • Suitable plastic items

No Thanks

  • Engine oil bottles
  • Polystyrene
  • Pyrex
  • Textiles and Shoes
  • Any household waste, nappies, food or animal waste
  • Unsuitable plastic items

Blue Caddy

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes (including window envelopes)
  • Yellow pages
  • Shredded paper

No Thanks

  • Tissue paper
  • Greetings Cards (plain cards can go in the main blue bin, see above)
  • Jiffy bags
  • Wallpaper
  • Used and Un-used Tissues or Kitchen Towel
  • Wrapping Paper

Brown Bin

Yes Please

  • Bark and leaves
  • Small branches
  • Lawn mowings
  • Cut flowers
  • Plants and twigs
  • Windfalls
  • Hedge clippings

No Thanks

  • Cardboard
  • Shredded paper
  • Plastic of any description
  • Soil
  • Stone
  • Rubble
  • Turf
  • Any household waste, animal waste or food waste
  • Sawdust

Green Bin

Yes Please

  • Polystyrene food trays and packaging
  • Ash from fires (allow to cool first)
  • Disposable nappies, sanitary and incontinence products
  • Pet waste properly wrapped
  • Food waste properly wrapped and tied securely

No Thanks

  • Any recyclable waste that can be recycled or composted
  • Clinical waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Rubble
  • Soil