Blue recycling bin

Infographic explaining what can go in your blue recycling bin

What should I do so my blue recycling bin is collected?

  • Place your bin out on the kerbside by 6am on the day of your collection. Remember to take it back when emptied. Check your collection day.
  • Make sure that all your recycling is inside your blue bin and the lid can close.
  • Items should be clean, dry, empty and loose. Please do not place recycling in a plastic carrier bag.
  • Do not include items other than those accepted.

What can I recycle in my blue bin?

Only the following items can go into your blue recycling bin:


  • Newspapers
  • Envelopes
  • Magazines & catalogues
  • Junk mail

Please do not put shredded paper in your blue bin.

Tins and cans

  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Aerosol cans


  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Cardboard tubes

Please do not put takeaway pizza/burger boxes as these will be contaminated with food and grease.


  • Drink bottles (e.g. pop, squash, milk)
  • Shower gel and shampoo bottles
  • Cleaning product bottles (please remove the trigger spray)
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Margarine tubs

Please note: Glass bottles and jars cannot be recycled in your blue bin, however, these can be taken to one of our bottle bank sites.


Blue bins are collected every two weeks. Find out your collection day

For updates on collections during periods of bad weather, please follow Bassetlaw District Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Assisted collections

We can help you with your collections if you are unable to take your bins to the kerbside due to a disability or ill health. Visit our assisted bin collections page.

Report a missed collection

To report that your bin has not been collected on your scheduled day, please see our missed bin page.

Questions about why we only recycle certain items

Why can't Bassetlaw District Council provide a glass collection?

The Government has announced changes to bring consistency to recycling collections across England.  We are waiting for details of the funding that will be provided to allow us to introduce new kerbside glass and food waste collections at as low a cost to the local taxpayer as possible.

In the meantime we have over 50 locations in the district where glass can be taken to be recycled. In the last year, residents recycled 1,335 tonnes of glass at these sites. Thank you for using these sites and recycling more of your waste. Find your local bottle bank.

Where are the bottle banks located in Bassetlaw?

We have over 50 locations in the district that collect glass. These can be found on our mapping system.

What happens to my recycling waste?

All recycling collections in Nottinghamshire are transported to the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield where they are sorted and sent on to reprocessors to be made into new items.

Why can other areas recycle different materials to us?

In Nottinghamshire the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield was designed to sort paper, cardboard, aerosols, cans, tins, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic bottles, as these recyclables have sustainable and economically viable end destinations where they get reused or recycled.

We only collect items that we know can be recycled. Where there is any doubt that items may not be recycled please place these in your general waste.

Frequently asked questions provided by the Waste Management Authority, Nottinghamshire County Council

  • Plastic FAQs (external link to Nottinghamshire County Council)
  • Paper / Card FAQs (external link to Nottinghamshire County Council)
  • Metal FAQs (external link to Nottinghamshire County Council)
  • Glass FAQs (external link to Nottinghamshire County Council)

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024