Household waste - what to put in which bin

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What collection services for household waste and recycling does the Council provide?

We collect household waste and recycling from most homes in Derby.

Theses homes have:

  • black wheeled bins for any non-recyclable household waste
  • blue wheeled bins – for glass bottles and jars, drinks cans, food tins and aerosols, plastic bottles, tubs and containers, drinks and food cartons, paper, newspaper, magazines, catalogues, telephone directories and junk mail and cardboard boxes and packaging. Please remember to wash and squash your plastics, cartons, cans and cardboard to fit in your bin.

We also offer a garden waste collection service.

Some homes are not suitable for the blue wheeled bins for mixed recyclables. From these we collect just household waste as well as paper and cardboard in orange bags.

  • orange bag – for paper, newspaper, magazine, catalogues, telephone directories and junk mail and cardboard boxes and packaging. You can get replacement bags from your local library or the Council House.

For more information visit our A-Z of recycling and rubbish


My wheeled bin is damaged, broken or missing - what should I do?

Complete a bin or bag replacement e-form.

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I have more waste and recycling than I can fit in my wheeled bins and bags - what can I do?

If you have a large household or medical needs, we may be able to tailor our service to meet your needs. Please complete the bin request e-form. Please note that this may require a visit from our officers to assess your needs.

We are happy to provide additional blue (recycling) bins at no extra cost if you regularly fill the one you have. We want to encourage people to recycle as much as possible, so please get in touch if you would like to request another blue bin.


Putting out my wheeled bin/bags is a problem for me - can you help?

We provide a service to disabled or older people. You can request this by completing an assisted collection e-form.


I have large items that will not fit in my bin - what can I do?

If you have waste or recycling that is too large to fit in your bin, you can take it to Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Alternatively, you can use our large or bulky item collection service. Fridges and freezers cost £10.50 per item to be removed.

Contact Streetpride on 0333 200 6981 to:

  • find out what items we can and can't collect
  • find out how much it will cost
  • arrange a collection.


Find information on:

Find out all about recycling opportunities in Derby.

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Contact details

e-form: Ask us a question
Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street