Blue-lidded bin

Blue lidded wheeled bin

We will provide you with one 240-litre blue-lidded bin. This bin is collected fortnightly and should be placed on the boundary of your property no later than 6.45am on the day of collection.

If you do not have a blue-lidded bin you can request one using our online forms.

Request a blue-lidded bin

What you can put in

Your blue-lidded bin is for your dry recycling, including:

  • Paper, newspapers and magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Mixed plastics, including black plastic (bottles, tubs, pots and trays)
  • Food tins and drinks cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Food and drink cartons (such as those made by Tetra Pak)
  • Clean aluminium foil
  • Empty aerosols
  • Shredded paper (please contain in another item that can be recycled, such as a cereal box or envelope. This will ensure it does not blow down the road when being emptied into the collection vehicle).
  • Wrapping paper (without glitter)
  • Greeting cards without glitter or three dimensional decorations

Please note: plastic bags, cling film and polystyrene (such as meat trays) cannot be recycled. Instead, they should be put in your grey wheeled bin. Remember, you can reuse your plastic carrier bags when you go shopping. Alternatively, you can use them (and your bread, potato and carrot bags) to line your kitchen caddy.

Please see our  Recycle for Dacorum service leaflet (PDF 5MB), which contains information on what can and cannot be recycled in the bins. You may wish to print this off as a reminder to ensure your household is recycling all that they can.

Are you recycling everything you can at home?


If the wrong items are found in your bin we will not be able to empty it. Our crews will record the problem and leave an advisory note on your bin. It will be your responsibility to remove the items of contamination for the next blue-lidded bin collection.

Contamination of any amount and any kind cannot be collected. A small amount of contamination can add up across a whole round. When the recycling is taken to be sorted at the MRF a whole load can be rejected if the percentage of items that cannot be recycled is too high. This can mean a whole lorry of recycling could be sent to landfill, a destination that is not only a waste of the materials but also very expensive.

Excess waste

You can put excess recycling in a sturdy container (such as a bucket or washing up bowl) beside your blue-lidded bin. You can also take excess recycling to one of the local Neighbourhood Recycling Centres or to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip/dump).

Missed collections

If you put your bin out for collection on the correct day and we missed it, you can report it online. Please ensure you report your missed bin within 48 hours of your scheduled collection day.

Report a missed bin collection

Swap your bin size

All residents will receive a standard sized blue-lidded bin (240 litre). Residents with access issues can have a small (140 litre) wheeled bin after an assessment has been made.

If you are overfilling your blue-lidded bin every fortnight then you may be eligible for a larger 360-litre blue-lidded bin.

Find out more about swapping your bins for another size.

What we do with your waste

The contents of the blue-lidded bin is sent away to be sorted at a plant in Kent. Find out what happens to your recycling once it has been collected.