What happens to your recycling

You can recycle your household waste through the kerbside collection scheme by using either a grey bin or green recycling bags.

Please remember to give your containers a quick rinse this will help to remove any food or drink and keep your bins / bags smelling fresh.

Extra recycling is always collected throughout the year. Please put out your extra recycling in reusable containers such as a plastic box or if it is not raining a cardboard box next to your recycling bin by 6.30am.

Please keep your glass separate and put it out in a separate container. Please do not put any of your recycling out in black bin liners because they will not be collected.

What items are acceptable in the grey recycling bin / green bags?

Yes please:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogues
  • White directories
  • Shredded paper
  • Paperback books
  • Envelopes (please remove plastic windows)
  • Yellow pages
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Card packaging e.g. cereal boxes, toilet rolls, greeting cards
  • Hardback books

No thanks

  • Musical greetings cards
  • Hard rolls
  • Confidential papers (unless shredded and placed in either a paper bag or the middle of your bin to prevent littering)
  • Envelopes (unless the plastic window has been removed)
  • Cartons e.g. soup, milk, juice etc (these can be recycled at Derbyshire County Council Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Taylor Lane Loscoe)

Please remember to give your tins a quick rinse, this will help remove any food or drink and keep your bin/bags smelling fresh. 

Yes please

  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Empty aerosol cans (except from DIY or gardening)
  • Cake, biscuit and sweet tins
  • Aluminium foil and clean take-away containers
  • Metal bottle tops and lids

No thanks:  

  • Household tins e.g. oil or paint
  • Metal pipes
  • Chemical containers
  • Batteries

Tins of oil, paint, DIY or gardening aerosol cans can be disposed of at the Recycling Centre at Taylor Lane, Loscoe.  


Yes please

  • We can only collect plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and margarine tubs inside the grey recycling bins. Please do not place any other plastic items in the recycling bin.

No thanks:  

  • Polystyrene
  • Cling film
  • Food trays
  • Fruit punnets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic bags

Glass must be kept separate inside the black caddy provided with your bin, or green recycling bags.

Glass mixed in with other recyclable materials cannot normally be collected for recycling. When glass is collected mixed in with the other recyclable materials it reduces the quality of those recyclable materials and this means that they may no longer be suitable for recycling and would have to be sent to landfill.

If residents do not keep their glass separate inside the black caddy or green recycling bags, the recycling bin/bags will not be emptied.

If your caddy is lost or damaged, please contact the Council for a replacement on the refuse helpline: 01773 841326.

Until you receive your caddy please put out your glass in a plastic box of a similar size.

Yes please

  • All bottles and jars of any colour

No thanks:

  • Pyrex dishes
  • Drinks glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Windowpanes
  • Light bulbs
  • Candle jars
  • Glass spectacles

On rare occasions we may have to collect the glass and other recyclable materials together, please see why on our mixed recycling page.


Our recyclable materials are sorted at the HW Martins materials recycling facility (MRF) in Alfreton. The MRF in Alfreton has a list of the materials that can be accepted for recycling.

Please ensure that you put the right items inside the grey bin / green recycling bags because the wrong items cannot be recycled. If you put the wrong items into the bin / bag it causes problems for the workers at the MRF who must try to remove them.

If there are a lot of the wrong items inside the grey bin / recycling bags it can be too difficult to remove them from the rest of the recyclable materials. This can result in lorry loads of good recyclable material having to be disposed of as waste to landfill.

Please help us to avoid this serious problem by ensuring that you only recycle items that can be recycled. Thank you

What happens to my recycling?

See below for end destinations of some of the materials sent for recycling. We also produced a useful diagram to show you where your recycling goes.

You can also view a material recycling video at www.hwmartin.com/waste-recycling/services/materials-recycling.

Which companies recycle the materials from my grey bin?

Recyclable Material End Destination
Televisions Sims Metals Group
Fridges Sims Metals Group
Washing Machines / Tumble Dryers etc Sims Metals Group
Fly-tipped tyres Monckton Rubber

Co-mingled mixed paper, newspaper, pamphlets, cardboard, plastics, steel and aluminium cans.

Tonnage accepted is 85,000 tonnes per annum.

HW Martins, Alfreton MRF

Mixed glass bottles and jars INGS Environmental Limited
Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841326 or email refuse@ambervalley.gov.uk

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