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Kerbside recycling (black box and blue / green bags)

Recycling in the Dudley borough is collected in three different containers - a blue bag, a green bag and a black box. Residents can request additional containers if they are required.

It's really important that no other materials are included in either bag as it could lead to our reprocessors rejecting the material and sending it to landfill. In addition to being really bad for the environment, all materials sent to landfill incurs a significant cost to the taxpayer.

Blue Bag

Yes please

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Telephone directories
  • Cereal boxes
  • Greeting cards
  • Ready meal sleeves
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Brown corrugated cardboard

No thanks

  • Cartons - fruit juice and UHT
  • Polystyrene or plastic packaging
  • Wallpaper
  • Carrier bags
  • Any other items

Green Bag

Yes please

  • Food and drink cans
  • Aerosols
  • Biscuit tins
  • Jam jar lids
  • Plastic bottles - milk, washing up liquid, shampoo, household cleaning, squash

No thanks

  • Plastic trays - meat, fruit
  • Plastic tubs - margarine, ice cream
  • Cartons - fruit juice, UHT
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Flower pots
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic bags
  • Any other plastic items
  • Glass

Black Box

Yes please

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

No thanks

  • Window glass
  • Pottery or ceramics
  • Pyrex

New or replacement bags or boxes

New or replacement black boxes (as well as as well as additional recycling bags) can be requested using the online form.

Collection Issues

If you have a query or issue relating to a collection please report it using our online form.

What happens to our recycling?

Paper and Cardboard

Paper and cardboard are taken to Smurfit Kappa’s Birmingham mill where they are recycled back into new cardboard.

Food and drink cans

Plastic bottles and cans are taken to a sorting facility in the West Midlands. Magnets are used to separate the steel cans from the other materials; plastic bottles are then separated by polymer and colour, finally an eddy current separator is used to sort aluminium cans from any unsuitable items that remain.

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars are taken to Yorkshire based Berryman’s. Here machinery is used to sort the different colours of glass which are then used to make new glass packaging.