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Green bin

We will empty your green recycling bin every two weeks. We’ll let you know if we plan to collect weekly over the winter months.


Please stick to the Top 20 below - don’t include anything you are unsure about, or have not been asked to recycle for Walsall. If you are unsure about any item just put it into your grey bin instead.


juice-cartons plastic-tubs plastic-bottles carrier-bags plastic-trays

newspapers junk-mail yellow-pages writing-paper shredded-paper

food-cans foil-trays foil drinks-cans aerosols

cardboard-boxes bottles egg-boxes  cereal-boxesjars

Strictly no food waste, general rubbish, nappies, black bags, items made from black plastic such as food trays or pots, clothing/bedding or electrical items in your green bin or communal recycling bin, as they cause  problems at the recycling plant.

Clothing and textiles

Items such as clothes, shoes, curtains, duvet covers etc cannot be put into your recycling bin.  Both of our Household Waste Recycling Centres in Walsall can help with recycling your unwanted textile items.  Tip opening times can be found here.  Alternatively, if your clothes and textiles are in a good condition, many local charity shops would be pleased to accept them as donations.  Some charities also provide large bags through your door to fill and leave outside your property, which are collected by the charities themselves on specified days.  Help us to reduce recycling contamination by taking your unwanted textiles to a tip, or by donating items in a good condition to relevant charities.

Please contact us if you would like any more advice on recycling clothing or textiles in your area.

There will be no tolerance of non-recyclable items (contamination) in green bins. Any green bins that contain incorrect items will have a yellow tag placed on the handles and will not be emptied until the contamination is removed.

If you have any further queries please call our helpline on 01922 653344 or email cleanandgreen@walsall.gov.uk

What can you recycle in your green bin?

  • Plastic bottles and tubs (emptied and rinsed)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Food and drinks cans (emptied and rinsed)
  • Cardboard (clean)
  • Glass bottles and jars (emptied and rinsed

What can’t you recycle in your green bin?

  • No Black bags
  • No Textiles ( clothing and bedding)
  • No Food waste
  • No Polystyrene
  • No Electrical items
  • No Nappies or hygiene products
  • No Garden waste


Why recycle?

Recycling your waste protects your environment

We want you to think differently about your rubbish, to start to see it as something useful rather than something that has reached the end of its life. Here is a list of the benefits:


  • Using a wheeled bin instead of a box means less risk of recyclable materials being blown around on windy days, and paper products stay dry.
  • More recycling
    • Saves resources – recycling reduces demand on the world’s rapidly depleting natural resources.
    • saves energy – recycling and re-use can reduce energy needs , meaning less fossil fuels are used and less pollution, helping to reduce climate change.
    • Reduces your carbon foot print.
    • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill – burying waste in landfill sites produces harmful greenhouse gases and polluting liquids. Reducing the amount of waste buried reduces the amount of pollution produced.
    • Protects the environment – less waste is dumped in landfill sites
  • Provides employment – recycling initiatives can create new employment opportunities.

Recycling your rubbish is one of the most environmentally friendly things that you can do in your home.

Reduce, re-use, recycle


Are you amazed at the amount of rubbish you produce? How often do you have to squeeze all of your rubbish into the bin just to get the lid shut? Have you ever wondered what happens to the rubbish after the bin men take it away?

The majority of waste we create is the result of our shopping habits. Quite literally the food we eat, how it is packaged, the type of clothes we wear, the materials we use in everyday life – all help shape the word that we live in. The only way to reduce waste and improve the environment is to start thinking about what we buy and where we buy it from.


Many items found around the home can be used for different purposes, so before you throw those items away, think about how they can be reused. Below are some suggestions of how to reuse those everyday bits and pieces.

  • If you have serviceable good quality household items you no longer require you can use the Freecycle® Network. For more information please visit their website uk.freecycle.org/.
  • Carrier bags and twist ties. Carrier bags can be reused while shopping or as bin bags at home. Pretty paper bags can make useful wrapping paper and twist ties can be used to secure loose cables, such as computer wires.
  • Envelopes can be re-used with the help of labels and sticky tape.  Alternatively, use as scrap paper for notes and shopping lists.
  • Jars and pots, once cleaned can be used as small containers to store odds and ends.
  • Newspaper, cardboard and bubble wrap make useful packing material for posting or when moving house.
  • Old clothes – can be ‘upcycled’ into other textile items such as quilts, cushion covers or teapot cosies.
  • Packaging such as foil and egg cartons can be donated to schools and nurseries, where they can be use in art and craft projects.
  • Scrap paper Can be used to make notes and sketches and recycled when you no longer need it.
  • Old tyres can be used to make garden containers or rope swings.
  • Wood can be used in woodcrafts for making a variety of objects. or used as firewood.
  • Donate old clothes and books to charity shops or jumble sales.
  • Set up at a car-boot sale or hold a garage sale and pass on your unwanted items. Other people may find a use for them, and it may generate some extra cash for you.
  • Rechargeable batteries can be reused many times before they need throwing away,whereas regular single use batteries create unnecessary waste.
  • Build a Compost Bin to make lovely compost for your garden from eggshells, old tea bags,vegetable peelings and grass cuttings.
  • Grass cuttings created from mowing your lawn can either be used as a mulch on your garden or composted.

Government targets

Every council has demanding government targets to reduce the amount of waste produced and to recycle more. If these are not met councils face tough financial penalties, which may ultimately be passed on to residents through their Council Tax bills.