Recycling where you live – Runnymede


Wheelie black blue bin

Recycling bin

Your blue lidded recycling bin is emptied on alternate weeks to your rubbish bin.

Extra recycling will be collected if it is put in a cardboard box and left next to your recycling bin.

Yes please

  • Dry paper and cardboard
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays – including detergent bottles, cleaning bottles with trigger sprays, yoghurt pots, ready meal trays and ice cream tubs
  • Metal food tins and drinks cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic and metal lids – please put these back on bottles and jars

Please rinse out any containers before putting them in your recycling bin.

No thanks: hard plastics (like Tupperware, toys and furniture), food and drink cartons, aerosols, plastic bags, plastic film, polystyrene, liquid soap pumps, food pouches (like pet food or baby food pouches), light bulbs and sanitary products, nappies and incontinence pads.


caddyOutside food waste bin

Food waste is collected every week from your outside food waste bin. You can use plastic liners and bags to help keep your caddy clean.

Yes please

  • All cooked and uncooked food
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Egg shells
  • Meat
  • Fish bones and skin
  • Mouldy bread, cakes and pastries
  • Food that’s passed its use by date

No thanks: packaging, liquids like milk or yoghurt, and oil or liquid fat.

Find out more about food waste collections.


Clear waste bagClothes and home textiles

Clothes and home textiles are collected every week. Place items into a tied carrier bag (not a black sack), and place it next to your bin on your normal collection day.

Yes please

  • All clothes, including shirts, coats, tights and underwear
  • Pairs of shoes
  • Accessories like belts and bags
  • Home textiles including towels and sheets

No thanks: single shoes, rugs and carpets and stuffed items like cushions and duvets.

It is important that items are dry so please avoid putting out clothes and home textiles in wet weather. The Runnymede Borough Council has more guidance on textiles recycling.


Clear waste bagSmall electricals

Small electricals are collected every week. Place items into a tied carrier bag, and place it next to your bin on your normal collection day.

Yes please

  • Kettles and toasters
  • Hair dryers and straighteners
  • Laptops and games consoles
  • Radios
  • Clocks, alarms and watches
  • Batteries (tie up in a separate bag)

No thanks: large electrical items like televisions or white goods, household batteries.

Household batteries are hazardous items and therefore should not be put in the rubbish bin. Do not put them in with electricals recycling either.

Take them to your local Community Recycling Centre or to a shop, such as a supermarket, that sells batteries and hence will provide a collection point.


Wheelie light green binGarden waste bin

You can subscribe to a garden waste collection service in Runnymede and have garden waste collected from a green bin.

Yes please

  • Hedge cuttings
  • Cut flowers, prunings and plants
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Grass cuttings and leaves

No thanks: bricks and rubble, soil and turf, plant pots and plastics, pet waste, food waste, branches thicker than 3″ (7.5cm).

Find out more about how garden waste can be composted at home or taken to Surrey’s recycling centres.


Wheelie grey binRubbish bin

Your black lidded rubbish bin is emptied on alternate weeks to your recycling bin. It is for anything that cannot be recycled.

No thanks: batteries and electricals, energy saving light bulbs, gloss or oil based paints, gas canisters and bricks, rubble or soil. Visit a community recycling centre to dispose of these.

The Runnymede Borough Council website has full details of Runnymede’s recycling and rubbish service.




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