Guide to Bins, Boxes & Collections

In East Herts we have black bins, blue lidded bins, brown bins and paper boxes. Read our guide to what goes in each bin and how and when they will be collected.

Bin Collections

East Herts Council has an alternate refuse and recycling collection service. This means your black wheeled bin is collected fortnightly on your waste week with your blue and brown bin being emptied on the alternate week.

For more information on your recycling, composting & refuse service, please see our latest service guide.  We are currently in the process of updating our A-Z guides.  If you have any questions, please email

Please note the following;

  • Only items that cannot be composted or recycled should go into your black bin or sacks.
  • East Herts Council provides each household in the district with one black bin, one brown bin and one blue lidded bin.
  • Only waste contained within the wheeled bins will be collected.
  • For residents who have difficult access or no front or rear garden we operate a sack collection service. In these circumstances we also provide a green paper box and a blue recycling box which will be collected fortnightly on your recycling week. More boxes are available on request.
  • We offer a boundary collection service; this means your bin must be presented with the lid closed at the boundary of your property by 7am.
  • The boundary of your property is where the front of your property / garden meets the public highway (pavement or road).
  • Operatives will not step onto your property. Extra waste left at the side of the bins or placed on top of the bins will not be collected.
  • If you are not physically able to place your bins on the boundary you may qualify for an Assisted Bin Collection.
  • If you have a bin that is damaged or you have a bin missing, please request a new bin

Waste & Recycling Bins/Boxes

Waste & Recycling bins guide
Type of Bin Yes Please No Thanks

Black Bin


  • Ash (once cooled)
  • Black sacks
  • Bubble wrap
  • Carrier bags
  • Cereal bags
  • Cling film
  • Crisp packets
  • Drinking glasses
  • Nappies
  • Plastic bags - not widely recycled but often supermarkets offer recycling
  • Plastic film/wrap
  • Polystyrene - expanded/white - usually found in packaging
  • Pyrex
  • Tape - sticky parcel tape
  • Wrapping paper

But these items and many others below can be recycled, often at Household waste recycling centres.

  • Batteries
  • Bricks and Rubble
  • Clothing
  • Duvets
  • Electrical Items

Other items accepted at these centres would include:

  • Unused Paint

Brown Bin


  • Kitchen caddies are small boxes that are useful for food waste.  If you need one, please request
  • These kitchen caddies can be wrapped in newspaper or Compostable bags to keep the caddies clean. 
  • These are available via most good supermarkets or found online in stores such as Caddy Liners Direct
  • Only bags that have the seedling logo can be placed inside the brown bins
  • Bones
  • Branches (no more than 6mm diameter)
  • Bread
  • Coffee grounds
  • Dairy
  • Egg shells
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Food scrapings
  • Fruit
  • Fruit peelings
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hay
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Leftover food
  • Meat - raw or cooked
  • Peelings
  • Pet bedding - from vegetarian pets only and only paper, straw, hay
  • Plants
  • Straw
  • Tea bags
  • Tree cuttings(only small twigs and branches accepted)
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Weeds
  • Caddy liners without the seedling logo
  • Cardboard
  • Carpet
  • Cat Litter
  • Household waste
  • Plant post and planters
  • Polystyrene
  • Soil
  • Turf
Blue Lidded Bin
  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Biscuit tins
  • Butter tubs
  • Cardboard (no sticky tape or labels)
  • Cartons
  • Cereal boxes
  • Drink cans
  • Egg cartons - cardboard
  • Egg cartons - plastic
  • Foil
  • Food tins
  • Fruit punnets
  • Glass - bottles and jars
  • Ice-cream containers
  • Jars
  • Kitchen roll tubes
  • Margarine tubs
  • Microwave meal trays
  • Milk bottles - plastic
  • Plastic bottles - put the lids in separately
  • Plastic plant/flower pots
  • Plastic sweet containers/tubs
  • Plastic food trays
  • Tetra Paks?
  • Tin Foil
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Washing powder boxes
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Black Bags
  • Carrier Bags
  • Black bags and liners
  • Food bags eg cereal packets, vegetable/fruit bags, bread bags
  • Cling film/shrink wrap
  • Film wrap on magazines, postal packaging
  • Bubble wrap
  • Clothing/textiles
  • Drinking glasses and Pyrex
  • Food items and garden waste
  • Light Bulbs
  • Nappies
  • Paint tins
  • Plastic coat hangers
  • Polystyrene
  • Wood and branches
  • Wrapping paper
Inner Paper Box/Kerbside Box
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Directories
  • Envelopes - white only (please remove plastic windows)
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Shredded paper
  • Yellow Pages

Clothing & Textiles

You can recycle clothing or textiles at one of our Textile Banks across East Herts.

Textile Bank Locations

Textile bank locations in East Herts
Area Locations
  • Hartham Car Park
  • Matalan/Wickes Car Park
  • Sele Farm Car Park
  • Wallfields Car Park
  • Library Car Park
  • Crane Mead Car Park
  • Fanshawe Swimming Pool Car Park
  • Kibes Lane Car Park
  • Wodson Leisure Centre Car Park
Bishop's Stortford
  • Grange Paddocks Car Park
  • Link Road Car Park
  • Waitrose Car Park
  • Bell Street Car Park
  • Bowling Green Lane Car Park
Stanstead Abbotts
  • High Street Car Park
  • Turkey Farm Car Park


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