Waste Recycling Site

How to recycle

Recycling hints and tips

Visit the Love Food, Hate Waste website for tips on how to save money and reduce the amount of food your household wastes.

Home composting

Recycle for Tees Valley has teamed up with Get Composting to provide lower prices on products such as home compost bins, water butts and more.

By composting green garden and kitchen waste at home you'll reduce the amount of rubbish your household sends to landfill. Using a compost bin for items such as raw fruit and vegetable peelings, grass and hedge clippings, egg shells, tea bags and thin cardboard packaging will give you free compost that you can use to help your garden bloom.

To take advantage of this offer visit the Get Composting website.

Recycling frequently asked questions

Q. What can I put in my blue lid recycling bin or clear plastic recycling sack?

A. A full list is available under what goes in my bins?

Q. Are there any things that cannot go in my blue lid recycling bin or clear plastic recycling sack?

A. A full list is available under what goes in my bins?

Q. Can I bag waste to go into my blue lid recycling bin and black refuse bin or clear plastic recycling sack?

A. Recycling should go loose (unbagged) into your blue lid recycling bin. Rinse food containers to keep your bin clean and avoid odours, especially milk bottles. Non-recyclable refuse should be bagged in your black lid refuse bin to keep it clean and avoid odours. This should mainly be bags of food and kitchen waste.

Q. Do I have to pay for my new bins?

A. No. The first bins are free. Replacement, or additional, recycling or green garden waste bins (where appropriate) are free.

Replacement or additional refuse bins (where appropriate) will incur an administration and delivery charge.

Q. Can I put my name, street, or house number on my bin?

A. Yes. As long as you do not weaken, damage, or alter the structure of your bins, you are welcome to identify your bin to avoid confusion on collection days. House number stickers or permanent markers are a good option.

Q. What time should I put my bin out for collection?

A. By 7am on the day of collection.

Q. What will happen if I put the wrong things in the wrong bin, or I put the wrong bin out for collection?

A. It's very important that the right waste is put in the right bin for collection. We won't be able to empty bins that contain the wrong materials (see what goes in my bins?), or that are put out on the wrong day for collection (find your bin collection date). You may be required to remove incorrect items from the bin yourself before we can empty it.

Q. If I have extra refuse, and put it out next to my bin in bags, will it be collected?

A. No. Only materials contained within the black lid refuse bin will be collected for disposal. Please refer to the no side waste/closed lid policy section.

Q. Will my black lid refuse bin be big enough?

A. With care, the average household should find the black lid refuse bin is enough for their needs. Over 60% of your waste is recyclable, and the blue lid recycling, and green garden waste, bins will help you recycle more. Please make full use of these, and remember to squash and flatten all your waste and recyclables to save space before putting them in the appropriate bin.

Q. I live in a flat, what will I do?

A. The council’s waste and recycling service is for all residents, meaning people living in flats will still get a collection service. The system used (sacks or bins) will vary depending on the site. For further information contact the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

Q. What happens if I need help with my refuse and recycling bins?

A. Any resident who is unable to put their bin at the kerbside for emptying may request an assessment to determine if they're eligible for assistance.

Q. I don't need my green waste bin or a green waste collection. Can I have my green waste bin taken away by the council?

A. Yes. If you don't have a garden or don't need a green waste collection, the council can take your green waste bin away. To arrange this please contact the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.