Recycling collections from your home

Refuse workers putting recycling waste into the wagon

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We are temporarily operating an alternate weekly collection service of recycling and household waste.

Recycling collections will continue on your designated red or blue week, with household waste being collected on the alternative week. If you do not know whether you are a blue or red week, use the search below or view our Recycling Calendar.

This excludes household waste collections from back alleys or farms which will continue to be collected weekly.

We collect recycling from domestic properties across the Stockton Borough on a designated day (from Tuesday through to Friday) every two weeks. 






Replacement Recycling Equipment

You can collect replacement recycling equipment without prior booking from:


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)
  • Aerosols (fully extinguished)
  • 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.