Recycling in Cornwall Reminder

Posted on: 8th October 2015

Recycling in Cornwall Reminder

The household recycling collection is provided to every household in Cornwall. The recycling is collected fortnightly from the boundary of the property on the same day as the refuse collection.


Every property should have a recycling box and three reusable sacks, which the Council provides. These can be collected from most One Stop Shops, ordered on line or residents can call 0300 1234 141 for delivery.

There used to be 6 different recycling schemes operating in Cornwall. When the new service was introduced in 2012,  some areas did not receive new containers, but were asked to continue using their old ones. This means that throughout Cornwall there is a mix of recycling containers being used. This will eventually change as containers need replacing, but will take some time.

What do we collect in what?

Recycling box

  • Glass bottles and jars – No broken glass, please, this should be wrapped, marked clearly as ‘broken glass’ and put it out with your household rubbish.
  • Textiles – Clean dry clothing, shoes, towels and sheets (no duvets or pillows). Put them in a plastic bag to keep them dry and put the bag in your recycling box, on top of your glass.

Sack for paper

  • Paper – Newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, catalogues, brochures, junk mail, white office paper, white envelopes (including windowed envelopes).
  • Shredded paper  – Please put it in a plastic bag and tie the top.

Sack for cans and plastic bottles

  • Plastic bottles – Plastic bottles and their lids only. We cannot take any other plastics, such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, food trays. Please wash and squash your plastic bottles.
  • Household metal packaging – Drinks cans, food tins, aerosols, clean aluminum foil, metal bottle and jar lids.

Sack for cardboard

  • Cardboard – Brown, white and grey cardboard, brown paper, coloured paper, wrapping paper (not shiny) and greetings cards. Please flat pack and remove all polystyrene and plastic wrapping.

Extra cardboard can be flattened tied and placed out beside the recycling box and sacks.

Residents who have regularly have more recycling than the standard box and sacks can hold, can order additional sacks and boxes.

If you are expecting a much larger amount of recycling than usual due to a party or a large delivery, contact us and we will make sure it’s collected.

Recycling destinations

All of the material collected in Cornwall is taken to two recycling facilities at Pool and Bodmin. It is sorted, baled and sent on to preprocessors who turn it into new items.