Recycling collections from your home

Refuse workers putting recycling waste into the wagon

The Government has announced 'Local COVID alert level: high' restrictions for Stockton-on-Tees.

For further information about the rules and disruptions to Council services visit

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.


Use the following search facility to find collection details for your area. Or view our Recycling Calendar.




Christmas Collection Dates 2020

Residents across Stockton-on-Tees are being reminded to check the dates of waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

Here are the dates which will be affected over the festive period:


Catch Up Details

Thursday 24 December

Standard Duties

Friday 25 December

Bank Holiday

Saturday 26 December

Bank Holiday

Monday 28 December

Catch Up from Friday 25 December 2020

Tuesday 29 December

Standard Duties

Wednesday 30 December

Standard Duties

Thursday 31 December

Standard Duties

Friday 1 January

Bank Holiday

Monday 4 January

Catch Up of Friday 1 January 2021

Normal collections will resume from Tuesday 5 January 2021.


Christmas trees should be left next to wheeled bins on normal collection days starting on Tuesday 5th January until the end of January.

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.


Replacement Recycling Equipment

From the 20th July all recycling equipment requests including the purchase of garden waste bags must be reserved before collection. 

Please contact our Care for your Area Helpline to reserve your items, telephone: 01642 391959

You will be able to collect your reservation from the following Customer Service Centres:


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.