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Mail :
Environmental Services
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 668000
Email :
Fax :
01752 304786


Items that can be recycled

Recycle from home

We collect your recycling every two weeks. Each household has a 240 litre wheeled bin or a re-usable plastic bag (if there's no room to store or put out a bin for collection).

What can I recycle?

Cans and metal

  • Aerosols (empty cans with plastic lids removed please)
  • Aluminium foil tins
    • Pie and cake trays
    • Ready meal trays
    • Takeaway containers
  • Biscuit and sweet tins
  • Drinks cans
    • Alcoholic drink cans
    • Fizzy drinks cans
  • Egg containers
  • Food cans/tins
    • Fish
    • Fruit
    • Meat
    • Pet food
    • Soup
    • Vegetable


  • Cardboard tubes
    • Kitchen roll tubes
    • Toilet roll tubes
  • Food packaging
    • Cereal boxes
    • Egg boxes
    • Pet food boxes
    • Sleeves from ready meals
    • Toothpaste boxes


  • Bottles (any colour)
    • Alcoholic drink bottles
    • Medicine bottles
    • Soft drink bottles
    • Sauce bottles
  • Jars (any colour)
    • Jam jars
    • Pickle jars


  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Envelopes (including those with plastic windows)
  • Greetings cards
  • Junk mail
  • Leaflets
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper (including printer, photocopier and note paper)
  • Shredded paper
  • Telephone directories (such as yellow pages)
  • Wrapping paper


  • Butter and margarine containers
  • Cosmetic bottles
    • Conditioner bottles
    • Hand cream bottles
    • Hand wash bottles
    • Shampoo bottles
  • Detergent bottles
    • Cleaning product bottles
    • Fabric softener bottles
    • Washing machine liquid detergent bottles
    • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Drinks bottles (tops removed)
    • Alcoholic drinks bottles
    • Fizzy drinks bottles
    • Milk bottles
    • Water bottles
  • Egg boxes
  • Fruit punnet/containers
  • Yoghurt pots

Things we can't take

  • Batteries (can be recycled at battery collection points around the city)
  • Cellophane
  • Clothes and shoes (can be recycled at recycling banks around the city)
  • Crisp packets
  • Glass
    • Drinking glasses
    • Light bulbs (can be recycled through the CoBRA scheme
    • Pyrex
    • Spectacles
    • Windows
  • Nappies
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Polystyrene
  • Polythene
  • Sweet wrappers
  • Tetra packs (drinks cartons)

Recycling collection

Please put your recycling container on the boundary of your property by 6.30am on the day of your collection (but not before 6.30pm the night before). The items should be loose and not in plastic bags. To find out your collection day please visit the find my collection day page or contact us. Further information is also given in the recycling calendar which you can download below:

Assisted collection

If you aren't able to put your bin out for collection due to age or disability and there is no one in your household that can help, you may be eligible for our assisted collection. You can download an application form below, or contact us for more information.

Missed bin?

If your bin has not been collected...

  • was it put out by 6.30am?
  • was it at the boundary of your property?
  • was it put out on the correct collection day?
  • did it only contain the type of items listed above (paper, cardboard, plastic, food and drinks cans, aerosols, foil)? Any other items must be removed and the bin will be collected on your next scheduled recycling collection day.

Call us by the end of the following working day and we will return within 48 hours (not including weekends and bank holidays) to empty your bin.

Need a smaller bin?

If your wheeled bin is too big for your household's needs and you are not producing much rubbish, please contact us and we will be happy to replace it with a smaller 140 litre bin.

Damaged and lost wheeled bins and collection bags

If your bin has been damaged, stolen or needs to be fixed/replaced please contact us by phoning 01752 668000 or email us at

You will be issued with a reference number to collect replacement wheeled bins or reusable waste and recycling bags free of charge from Prince Rock Depot. You must bring the reference number with you when collecting replacements.

Bags can also be collected from most libraries, the city centre 1st Stop shop and other locations - the Contact Centre can provide details.


For delivery of replacement wheeled bins there is a £15 charge. Brown and green bins can be delivered together at no additional cost but this must be requested at the time the order is placed.

Charges do not apply in certain circumstances – please contact us for details on 668000 or email

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