Refuse Collection

The Vale of White Horse District Council waste collection service helps you recycle more and reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

Food waste must be separated and is collected weekly whilst non-recyclable waste and recyclable waste are collected in alternate weeks.

Follow this link for collection dates

See below for instructions on what to put in each of the bins. For more information read the Waste Instructional Leaflet produced by the Vale of White Horse District Council.

What goes in which bin

Here is a summary of what you can and cannot put in each bin. For more details see the leaflet on the right of the page.

Recycling Rubbish Food waste

Wheeled green recycling bin


Wheeled grey rubbish bin


Food waste bin bin and caddy

YES Paper and card including magazines and telephone directories
Steel and aluminium food and drink cans
Aluminium foil including food trays
Household plastics packaging, including plastic bottles, food trays, yoghurt pots and margarine tubs
Glass bottles and jars (any colour)
Food and drink cartons (Tetra Paks)
Plastic bags
Cling film
Crisp packets
Confectionary wrappers
Cold ash
Sanitary products
Animal litter and straw from rabbit or guinea pig hutches
Used tissues/kitchen roll
Cat food pouches
Meat and fish – raw and cooked, including bones
Dairy products such as cheese
Raw and cooked vegetables and fruit
Bread, cake and pastries
Rice, pasta and beans
Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
Tea bags and coffee grounds
Cooking oil, lard and fats
Windfall apples (although these can also go in your brown bin if you pay for one)
NO Batteries*
Mobile phones
Window panes, glass cookware (Pyrex), glasses etc
Children’s toys
Food waste – can go in your food waste bin
Garden waste**
Recycling – can go in your recycling bin
Garden waste**
Food waste – can go in your food waste bin
Bricks, Rubble, Soil
Large items, e.g. furniture
Hot ash
Electrical items*
Packaging of any sort
Plastic bags
These can all go in your recycling bin

* These can be recycled at the County Council Waste Recycling Centres.

** See the Vale of White Horse Garden waste pages for details of how to dispose of this.

Please put recycling loose inside your bin and make sure the bin lid is closed. Extra recycling can be put out next to your bin in clear or opaque sacks, carrier bags or cardboard boxes. Please wash and squash your recycling and remove the tops off bottles (these can still go in the recycling bin).


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