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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. Recycling should only be presented in Dudley Council containers. Residents can request additional containers if they are required.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

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 - paper, card and cardboard

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 - plastic, tins, cans and aerosols

Yes please:

  • Food and drink cans
  • Aerosols
  • Biscuit tins
  • Jam jar lids
  • Clean aluminium foil
  • Plastic bottles - milk, washing up liquid, shampoo, household cleaning,  (wash and squash)
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Margarine tubs
  • Food trays
  • Fruit punnets

No thanks:

  • Cartons - fruit juice, UHT
  • Flower pots
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic bags
  • Any other plastic items
  • Glass
  • Food Waste

Black Box - glass bottles and jars

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 and/or recycling bags can be requested using the online form. We do not limit the number of receptacles per household. Dudley Council will not reimburse for lost or damaged bags/boxes if they are non-council issue.  

Please note: Unfortunately, due to the current unprecedented circumstances, our services may be disrupted. As a result, the delivery of recycling bags and boxes may be delayed. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to resume normal services as quickly as possible.


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 is taken to Palm Recycling’s paper mill in Kings Lynne. Here it is sorted using state of the art technology including optical sorters and specially designed equipment into news and pam which is used directly in the paper mill. Cardboard is sent to a UK re-processing facility or Palm’s European mills.

Food and drink cans

Plastic bottles and cans are taken to Biffa’s sorting facility at Aldridge in the West Midlands. Plastics are then separated by polymer type and colour using Near Infra-Red Separation Technology. Beverage cans and food cans are recovered from the process by an over-band magnet. Non-Ferrous cans or Aluminium cans are recovered from the process using an eddy current separator.

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.