What goes in which bin? find your waste/recycling collection day


Purple Lidded Bin
The purple lidded bin is for all your household waste that cannot be recycled or composted and is collected every two weeks


Black Box
The black box is for all your household waste that can be recycled and is collected every week


Blue Bag
The blue bag is for all your cardboard and is collected every two weeks


Brown Caddy
The brown caddy is for all your food waste and is collected every week

Green Bin
The green bin is for all your green garden waste and is collected every two weeks (March to November)


Yellow Bag (Nappies)
The yellow bag is for disposable nappies and is collected fortnightly with your purple lidded bin

Purple Lidded Bin

What goes in the purple lidded bin?

The purple lidded bin is for all your household waste that cannot be recycled or composted. A list of what can and cannot be placed in the bin is available below.

Yes Please

Day-to-day rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted such as:
Cold ashes
Pet waste
Disposable nappies
Broken glass
Plastic film
Polystyrene


No Thank You

 

  • Anything that can be recycled

  • Food waste

  • Garden waste

  • Stones, rubble, soil or building materials

  • Car parts or batteries

  • Oil, paint or chemical

  • Textiles/clothing

  • Tree branches

  • Asbestos-based materials

  • Hot ashes

  • Anything too large to fit comfortably into the bin

  • Clinical waste or hypodermic needles

  • Large glass objects

  • Anything hazardous


We do not collect extra rubbish left out next to your purple lidded bin, or empty your bin if the lid is left open.
Where does the content of the purple lidded bin go?

Any materials placed in the purple lidded bin goes to landfill sites. As we produce more rubbish, space in landfill sites begins to run out. It's important that we work together to reduce, re-use and recycle as much as possible.
What day will my bin be collected?
Use our mapping system to find your waste/recycling collection day.
You can find out what colour bin is due for collection this week by viewing the Calendar of Collections for your round.
Missed collections
If your purple lidded bin was not collected we will no longer return to collect it unless there was
Access issues due to road works, major incidents or adverse weather such as snow
A record that a bin was damaged and couldn’t be collected
A missed assisted collection
The council will not return until your next scheduled collection for any other reason.
This means bins need to be out before 7am on their collection day and placed where your property meets the pavement (or in your designated collection areas).
Further information is available on the  Missed Purple Lidded Bin Collections - Frequently Asked Questions page.
Replacing purple lidded bins
Residents will now be charged £5 for replacement purple lidded bins, unless they were broken or damaged during the actual bin collections.
To reduce the risk of your bin being lost, misplaced or stolen, residents are advised to number and/or personalise their bins. This makes it easier for the crews to put bins back in the right place.
If your bin is damaged or broken during the collection the crew will record this using the tracker system, you will receive a card through your door notifying you that a replacement has been ordered. There is no charge for replacement recycling receptacles.
Further information is available on the Replacement Purple Lidded Bins - Frequently Asked Questions page.
Developers will be charged £55 for a full suite of recycling/waste containers.
If you wish to order a purple lidded bin, please contact Call Torfaen on 01495 762200.

Blue Bag


What goes in the blue bag?
The fortnightly blue bag collection is for your cardboard.
Yes Please

  • cereal boxes

  • any cardboard packaging

  • cardboard tubes

  • egg boxes

  • greetings cards

  • corrugated cardboard
     

Remember, you'll fit more in if you flatten the items
No Thank You
plastic inserts
tetra paks
foiled card
polystyrene
Where does my cardboard go?
We take your cardboard to a reprocessor. There, card is processed into unique and innovative packaging, displays and products. This includes easy glue packaging, dangerous goods packaging, adhesive and sealant cartridges, composite packs, corrugated pallets and heavy duty packaging.

Green Bin


What goes in the green wheelie bin?
The green wheelie bin is for all your green garden waste. A list of what can and cannot be placed in the bin is available below.

Yes Please

  • Garden Waste

  • Grass cuttings

  • Leaves

  • Hedge clippings & small twigs

  • Dead plants & flowers
     

No Thank You

  • Food Waste (please use your brown caddy)

  • Soil

  • Rubble

  • Pet litter

  • Large pieces of wood

  • Cardboard

  • Plastic bags

  • Japanese knotweed


We will not collect your green bin if it contains any of the rubbish listed above. Please remove the rubbish and put it into your purple lidded bin.

Winter collections
We no longer collect green waste from November through to March as we collect food waste weekly as part of the new brown caddy service. You can download a calendar showing you when your green waste service stops and resumes.

Where does the content of the Green Bin go?
Your garden waste will be taken to a composting facility. When has been broken down into compost it is used in agriculture.
What day will my bin be collected?
Use our mapping system to find your waste/recycling collection day.
You can find out what colour bin is due for collection this week by viewing the Calendar of Collections for your round.


Missed collections
If your bin was at the collection point by 7.00am on the day of collection however has not been emptied, please let us know immediately by completing the report a missed collection online form and we will make arrangements to collect it as soon as possible.

Black Box


What goes in the black box?
The weekly black box collection is for all your household rubbish that can be recycled. Please label your box.


Yes Please

 

  • Cartons (Fruit Juice, Children’s Drinks, UHT Milk/Milkshake, Soup)

  • Catalogues and telephone directories

  • Clothes, textiles and paired shoes (please bag)

  • Envelopes

  • Empty aerosols (no spray paint of industrial aerosols)

  • Foil (clean)

  • Food tins and drink cans

  • Glass jars and bottles

  • Newspapers, magazines and junk mail

  • Plastic (e.g. yoghurt pots, ice cream and margarine tubs, microwave food trays, detergent bottles, plastic lids)

  • Wrapping paper (that doesn’t have foil on it)

  • Please squash bulky items and rinse all recyclates


No Thank You

 

  • Broken Glass

  • Cardboard

  • Disposable Nappies

  • Plastic Bags

  • Polystyrene, plastic film, cling film

  • Toys, flower pots, seed trays, coat hangers, crisp packets
     

What happens to my recycling?

Paper is used in newsprint, plastic is turned into sheeting and pipes, tins and cans go towards everything from cars to roller blind systems. Glass gets processed back into glass bottles and textiles are sorted and sold as clothes in the UK and overseas. The remainder is used for cleaning cloths and sound proofing.
What day will my box be collected?
Use our mapping system to find your waste/recycling collection day.
I have too much recycling for my black box, what can I do?
We can provide you with a second box. To request a new bin/black box/blue bag complete the online form or call 01495 766608.


Missed collections
If your box was at the collection point by 7.00am on the day of collection however has not been emptied, please let us know immediately by completing the report a missed collection online form
and we will make arrangements to collect it as soon as possible.