Plymouth City Council Waste and Recycling Information

In this section, residents living Plymouth can find out information on recycling and refuse collection in their area. Click here to find out what your collection days are. Click here to find out about household bulky waste collections. If you have missed your refuse/recycling collection, please contact Plymouth City Council on  01752 668000 or email For more detailed information regarding refuse and recycling in Plymouth, please click here

What can I recycle?

Green recycling bin

Paper –  newspapers, magazines, yellow pages, shredded paper, wrapping paper, catalogues, telephone directories and junk mail

Cardboard – kitchen roll tubes, cereal boxes, egg boxes, pet food boxes, sleeves from ready meals, toothpaste boxes.

Plastics – bottles, yoghurt pots and margarine containers, cleaning product bottles, fizzy drinks bottles, alcoholic drinks bottles.

Metals – food and drinks cans, Aerosols, Foil.

Glass – bottles and jars any colour.

Garden waste bag

  • Branches up to 7cm in width (the width of a drinks can)
  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Plants
  • Twigs
  • Weeds

Please don’t put the following in your garden waste bag:

  • Food
  • Japanese knotweed or ragwort
  • Plant pots or trays
  • Soil
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Any other non-plant material