Kerbside recycling collection service

What can I recycle at kerbside?

On 1 August 2016 the Forest of Dean District Council introduced a weekly recycling service from the kerbside.

Paper and Cardboard

Each household should use a blue woven bag for paper and cardboard, including:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail and flyers (please remove any polythene outers)
  • Yellow Pages and telephone directories
  • Catalogues
  • Office paper and envelopes (windows can be left in)
  • Grey card (such as cereal boxes and egg boxes)
  • Brown corrugated cardboard
  • Plain greetings cards (no ribbons, glitter, foil or beads)

Not accepted: Cartons (such as Tetra Pak). 

Cardboard must be inside the blue bag in order for it to be collected.


Plastic Bottles and Cans

A single recycling box should be used for plastic bottles and cans/tins, such as:

  • Steel and aluminium tins and cans (please squash if possible and rinse)
  • Metal sweet and biscuit tins
  • Aerosol cans (must be empty; remove lids; nozzles can be left on.  Do not crush or pierce the can.  Please note we cannot accept any aerosols containing hazardous materials (i.e. car spray paints, pesticides))
  • Plastic bottles (i.e. milk bottles, pop bottles, shampoo bottles,

Not accepted: Plastic trays, punnets, margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, cling wrap or plastic bags


Glass and Textiles 

A second recycling box should be used for glass jars/bottles and textiles (textiles need to be bagged first and the bag then tied to keep them dry):

  • Glass bottles and jars (no broken glass, no Pyrex, no window glass, no light bulbs)
  • Clothing and paired shoes
  • Hats, gloves, belts, scarves
  • Handbags 

Not accepted: Wet textiles, heavily soiled fabrics (oily rags etc), pillows, duvets, cushions, rugs and carpets

Recycling boxes and bags need to be left out at the kerbside by 7.30am on your collection day.  Although boxes and bags need to be clearly visible from the roadside please take care not to cause any obstruction to pedestrians or vehicles.   


Small Electrical and Electronic Appliances

The Forest of Dean District Council has also introduced a fortnightly collection for small electrical and electronic appliances (such as irons, kettles, cameras, toasters, clocks, hand-held power tools).  Items will be picked up on the same week as your refuse collection.  Appliances must be placed inside a standard-sized supermarket carrier bag and put on top of the black refuse bin ready for collection.  Residents can also include household batteries in with their small appliances (i.e. AA, AAA, C, D, 6v, 9v, button batteries, mobile phone and laptop batteries). 

We cannot accept car batteries, light bulbs/fluorescent tubes or large electrical goods (such as white kitchen goods, vacuum cleaners, television and microwaves) as part of this service.


When will my boxes and bag be emptied?

To find out what day your recycling is collected, please use this link and select your property from the drop down menu.  Please remember that collections will take place a day later than stated during weeks where a Bank Holiday Monday falls due.

If you would like a calendar sent to you detailing all the dates that your waste and recycling will be collected , please contact our Customer Services Team on 01594 810000.

For information about how collections are affected by Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year please visit Bank Holiday Collections.

What do I need to do if my boxes or bag are not collected?

If your kerbside boxes or bag has not been collected please call 01594 810000 or complete the online form.  Please report missed collections to us by 12.00pm the following day (or Monday if your collection was due on the preceding Friday) and we will endeavour to return to your property and pick up the missed waste as soon as possible.  To enable us to make the collection, please leave your recycling boxes and/or bag out ready at the kerbside.

Remember all waste and recycling must be presented at the kerbside by 7.30am.

In the event of adverse weather disrupting services please ring 01594 812666 (recorded message) or visit the bad weather page for up to date information about your collections.

What happens if I am are unable to carry my boxes or bag to the kerbside?

If you are elderly, infirm or disabled and cannot manage to take your boxes or bag to the kerbside then it may be possible to arrange an assisted collection service for you.  Please telephone us on 01594 810000 and we will send you a form which will need to be completed and returned to us before your collections can begin.  Alternatively, complete our online form and one of our Customer Services Team will contact you.

To find out more, please read our Assisted Collections leaflet.

How do I get a new or additional recycling box or bag?

If you need a new or additional recycling box or bag please call 01594 810000 to order one.  Delivery may take a couple of weeks.

If you need a recycling box urgently this can be collected from any of our five leisure centres by prior arrangement with our Customer Services Team who can be contacted on 01594 810000.  Recycling boxes are free of charge.

If you do not currently have a recycling box or you have ordered one from us and are waiting for it to arrive, you can use any plastic box that is similar in size to ours (please remove the lid so that the crews can see what is in it).

The Council now only supplies 55ltr green recycling boxes to residents, however, if you still have one of the old-style black baskets (in which to recycle your paper and cardboard) you are welcome to continue to use this.

Recycling boxes can also be ordered online using this form.

What happens to the materials once they have been collected?

All the materials we collect at kerbside or at our recycling banks are sent to reprocessors. From there the materials are made into new products either for commercial use or returned back to the domestic market as new cans, bottles and jars for example.  To view a list of our current reprocessors, please click here.

Why should I recycle?

Quite simply, the more that is recycled the better it is for the environment. Currently the district recycles and composts close to 50% of household waste.  However, the waste which is not recycled, equating to about 400kg per household per year, still ends up in landfill.  Not only does this waste take up space at the landfill site but also biodegradable waste - such as food and paper – once buried will produce harmful methane gas that contributes to climate change. 

Much of the waste still going into landfill sites could be recycled.