Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Recycling collections from your home

waste collection

We operate a collection service of recyclable household waste from your home every two weeks.


We collect recycling from domestic properties across the Stockton Borough on a designated day (from Tuesday through to Friday) every two weeks. This system means there are no changes to recycling collection arrangements following Bank Holiday Mondays, your recycling collection day will be the same as your waste collection day.


View the Recycling Collection Calendar for 2019.


Use the following search facility to find collection details for your area.



Please ensure that you have your recycling boxes and bags out before 7am on the morning of collection, and remove them as soon as you can once they have been emptied.

Unfortunately the white recycling bags are currently out of stock at all contact centres. They are due to be delivered in early January 2020. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Festive Changes to Waste and Recycling Collections 

Please see Christmas Collection info below:

Normal Collection

Revised Collection

Wednesday 25th December

Friday 27th December

Thursday 26th December

Saturday 28th December

Friday 27th December

Monday 30th December

Tuesday 31st December

Tuesday 31st December

Wednesday 1st January

Thursday 2nd January

Thursday 2nd January

Friday 3rd January

Friday 3rd January

Saturday 4th January

Normal collections resume Tuesday 7th January 2020.

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas trees will be collected as part of normal refuse collections. Residents are advised to place their trees out with their wheeled bin on their normal collection day from Tuesday 7th January.

Alternatively, residents can recycle their Christmas trees by taking it to the Household Waste Recycling Facility at Haverton Hill. Opening hours at the facility are 8am to 6pm up to 31 March 2020.

There are plenty of opportunities for people to recycle rather than throw rubbish away in their wheeled bin - wrapping paper, boxes and cards, including cards with glitter, can all be recycled, as can glass bottles and aluminium cans.

Recycling boxes and bags are available free of charge from Customer Service Centres at Stockton Central Library, Thornaby Central Library and Billingham Library. 

For more information about Christmas collections, visit the Waste collections from your home webpage or call 01642 391959.


Replacement Recycling Equipment

Did you know you can collect replacement/additional recycling equipment from the following Customer Service Centres.

Unfortunately the white recycling bags are currently out of stock at all contact centres. They are due to be delivered in early January 2020. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Report Issues with your household recycling collection

You can report a missed recycling box/bag collection or issues with your recycling collection online or by telephone. We will ask you for your details and the location of your request.

Contact the Care for your Area team on 01642 391959 or email: [email protected] to report issues with recycling collections


Blue box for glass and batteries recycling scheme

Domestic properties are supplied with a blue box for the storage of glass and batteries for recycling.

We accept the following waste materials for recycling:

  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, green and brown)
  • Batteries (within their own clear bag)




Change to Paper Bag recycling scheme

We no longer supply blue bags for Paper recycling, as our new White Hessian Sacks have a pocket on the front for Paper, the items below have not changed therefore you can continue to recycle your paper as before.

Please note should you still have a Blue Bag, our crew will still empty these as normal.

We accept the following waste materials for recycling:

  • Paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Telephone directories
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes


White hessian sack for plastic, cardboard, cans and paper

Domestic properties are supplied with a white, hessian sack for the collection of plastic, cardboard and cans for recycling.  If it is one of our New White Sacks then you can also recycle paper in the pocket at the front.

We accept the following plastics for recycling:

  • Any plastic bottles (such as empty milk and pop bottles, cooking oil, washing up, laundry liquids, shampoo, toiletry and baby care bottles)
  • Clean yoghurt pots, margarine and butter tubs
  • Liquid food and drink cartons (such as those made by Tetra-Pak)
  • Pot noodle pots
  • Plant pots

We do NOT accept the following plastics:

  • Hard, rigid plastic (such as children's toys or pen casings)
  • Any plastic contaminated with food waste
  • Black plastic bags
  • Carrier bags
  • Crisp packets
  • Plastic microwave meal trays
  • Plastic meat trays
  • Plastic toothpaste tubes

We accept the following cardboard:

  • Cereal boxes
  • Greetings cards (including glittery ones)
  • Any brown cardboard (such as toilet/kitchen roll tubes)
  • General cardboard packaging (such as shoe boxes)
  • Corrugated packaging (such as Pringle Tubes, cardboard egg boxes and clean frozen food boxes)

We do NOT accept the following cardboard:

  • Pizza boxes
  • Any cardboard contaminated by food
  • Any polystyrene (such as polystyrene egg boxes)

We accept the following cans:

  • Aluminium/steel tins and cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Aerosols (fully extinguished)


Help putting your waste and recycling out for collection

We offer an assisted collection service for those customers who are unable to move recycling to the collection point and where there are no other able bodied persons available to assist. If you would like to be considered for this service please contact us.

Contact the Care for your Area team on 01642 391959 or email: [email protected] to advise that you need help putting waste and recycling out for collection.