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, please see drop-down list below for full information:
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.
All blue-lidded bins in the borough are being provided with an A4 information sticker confirming what should go in each bin. You may wish to print this sticker artwork to use in your household: Mixed recycling sticker (PDF 1MB).
If the leaflet or the information provided on this page does not answer your recycling query, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All clear and coloured plastics bottles from around the home:
- Drinks bottles (for example - juice, squash, milk, fizzy).
- Shampoo/shower gel bottles.
- Detergent and soap bottles - remove any pumps and dispose of these
- Cleaning product bottles (for example - bathroom cleaners and bleach)
- Trigger sprays can be left on to be recycled.
- Skin care product bottles.
- Ready-to-use plant food and pesticide bottles
- Leave on labels and bottle tops: these will be removed in the recycling process.
- Ensure any multi-pack plastic film is removed and put in the general rubbish bin.
- Plastic bottles containing chemicals (for example - anti-freeze). Strong chemicals that are highly poisonous are hazardous to staff and can damage the recycling equipment. Check the bottle for disposal instructions.
- Empty and rinse bottles, squash and replace lids/tops. For bleach bottles, ensure these are empty and leave lids off.
- Leftover foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables.
- Squashing will mean more space in your recycling bin.
- If bottles contain liquid they might not be recycled as they go through the automated sorting process (the extra weight stops the bottle being pushed into the correct recycling stream). Liquid can also damage the machinery and contaminate other recyclables.
Plastic pots, tubs and trays
- Pots (for example - yoghurt and soup).
- Tubs (for example - margarine and ice cream).
- Trays/punnets - including black plastic (for example - raw meat or ham trays, takeaway trays and fruit /veg trays). Remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays, and put these in your general rubbish.
- Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays.
- Plant pots.
- Film lids from the pots or trays.
- Carrier bags/plastic wrapping film (for example - bread bags and bubble wrap).
- Cling film
- Crisp and sweet packets/wrappers.
- Polystyrene (for example - packaging inserts, takeaway trays).
- Toothpaste tubes.
- Laminated pouches (for example - cat food/coffee pouches that spring back when you try and scrunch them. Pouches are currently not recyclable).
- Plastic toys
- Medicine packs (for example - paracetamol or ibuprofen pill packets)
- Rinse food packaging – leftover food residue can contaminate other recyclables. A quick rinse will do – they don’t have to be spotless.
- Separate any cardboard, polystyrene and paper from plastic packaging and recycle separately.
- We do accept black plastic trays.
Aluminium, aerosols and foil trays
- Aerosols - remove plastic caps and recycle with plastics. Only recycle empty aerosol cans.
- Aluminium foil (for example - for baking, covering food, sweet wrappers). Scrunch foil together to form a tennis-sized ball so that it can be easily sorted.
- Aluminium foil trays (for example - takeaway trays).
- Aluminium tubes (for example - tomato puree). Remove plastic caps.
- Laminated foil (for example - cat food/coffee pouches that spring back when you try and scrunch them. Pouches are currently not recyclable).
- Crisp packets and sweet wrappers.
- Metal containers for chemicals (for example - white spirit and paint) or engine oils.
- General kitchen ware or any other metal items (for example - cutlery, pots and pans, kettles, irons, pipes, white goods. These can all be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.)
- Empty and rinse items – leftover foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables.
- Aerosols should always be empty before they are recycled or these can become a hazard.
Food tins and drink cans
- Drinks cans.
- Biscuit/chocolate tins and their lids.
- Food tins
- Pop food tin lids inside the tin and gently squash the top to stop them falling out.
- You can leave labels on - machines ensure these get removed.
- Empty and rinse items – leftover foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables.
- Drinks cartons (for example - juice, milk, Tetra Pak). You can leave plastic tops on cartons and straws in drink cartons - these will be removed and recycled.
- Food cartons (for example - soup).
- Laminated plastic food/drink pouches (for example - baby food pouches, cat food pouches, coffee pouches).
- Empty drink cartons and rinse food cartons. Leftover liquid or food residue can contaminate other recyclables. A quick rinse will do.
Mixed paper and card
- Newspapers and supplements.
- Magazines, brochures and catalogues.
- White paper (for example - computer paper, letters).
- Telephone directories.
- Leaflets and flyers.
- Envelopes (you can include those that have a window).
- Gift wrap (if it does not have a plastic lining).
- Brown paper.
- Shredded paper (secured in an envelope or cardboard box - for example, a cereal box).
- Greetings cards without glitter or 3D embellishments (tear off the glitter or embellished section, as well as any badges or batteries).
- If you scrunch paper and it doesn’t spring back, then it can be recycled.
- Glitter-covered greetings cards or wrapping paper.
- Non-paper gift wrap which springs back when you scrunch it (for example - foil-based wrapping or bags).
- Sticky papers (for example - Post-It notes, sticky labels and paper tape).
- Tissues and used paper towels.
- Remove any plastic wrapping and free gifts from newspapers, magazines and flyers and put in the general rubbish.
All card from around the home, including:
- Cardboard boxes (for example - cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes).
- Corrugated cardboard.
- Online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes (remove all plastic inserts and polystyrene, as well as packing tape).
- Brown packaging paper.
- Egg boxes.
- Remove all plastic inserts and polystyrene, as well as packing tape.
- Ensure that boxes are empty of food (for example - cheese and pizza). If you have a greasy pizza box, tear off the parts which have grease on, dispose of these and recycle the clean cardboard.
Mixed glass bottles and jars
All glass packaging from around the home, including:
- Bottles of any colour (for example - wine, beer, spirits).
- Jars (for example - sauces, jam, baby food).
- Cosmetic glass containers (for example - perfume, aftershave, face creams).
- Metal lids and caps can be put back on – these will be removed and recycled. These are different metals to cans/tins/aerosols so are recycled in a different way. By putting the lids/caps back on glass jars and bottles it reduces the chance of them getting lost through the sorting process.
- Glass cookware (for example - Pyrex).
- Drinking glasses.
- Ceramics (for example - crockery or earthenware).
- Nail varnish bottles - it's difficult to remove the varnish and the bottles are so small that they are filtered out during the recycling process.
- Microwave plates.
- Light bulbs/tubes (these can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre).
- Window glass (this can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre).
- Empty and rinse – it doesn’t need to be spotlessly clean, a quick rinse will do. Leftover liquid and residue can contaminate other materials, which may mean they aren't recycled.
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.
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).
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 to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) facility in St Albans for sorting. Find out what happens to your recycling once it has been collected.