Calderdale’s local recycling rules

27 April, 2022

Calderdale’s local recycling rules

Recycling rules are a lot like algebra – you understand what you’re supposed to do, but it still doesn’t quite add up. But we’re here to change that! We’ve laid out what you can and can’t recycle, as well as some general bin rules that may have been lost in translation. With this handy guide, you’ll be a recycling genius in no time.  

 According to Calderdale Council: 

Here’s what you CAN put into your recycling containers:

Black box: 

  • • Drinks bottles, sauce and food jars and any clear, green, brown or blue glass bottles and containers 
  • • Brown/corrugated cardboard – please remove any pesky plastic packaging before flattening it so it fits into, or under, your box 
  • • Small electrical items like kettles and irons – please put them in a carrier bag in, or next to, your box. 

Brown caddy: 

  • • Cooked or uncooked food waste, which includes: 
  • • Meat, vegetables, cereals, bread, rice, pasta, peelings, bones and similar.

White sack: 

  • • Empty aerosols (e.g., deodorant, hairspray) 
  • • Foil and foil trays 
  • • Any food tins and drinks cans.  
  • • Any plastic bottle which held a liquid – this includes milk bottles, drinks, detergent, cleaning liquid, shampoo, etc) 
  • • Pots, tubs and trays, such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, fruit punnets, plastic food trays  

Green sack: 

  • • Newspapers, magazines, brochures, office paper, junk mail (remove plastic wrapping), phone directories, catalogues, thin card (cereal packets, food packaging sleeves and toilet roll holders) and similar. 
  • • Food and drink cartons, known as Tetra Pak 

Carrier bag: 

  • • Any unwanted textiles, such as: clothes, blankets, bedding, shoes (pairs only and tie laces together) and curtains. 

Here’s what CANNOT go into your recycling containers:  

Black box: 

  • Broken glass – this can be wrapped carefully and placed in your refuse bin. 
  • Crockery and Pyrex 
  • Cans – these need to go in your white sack 

Brown caddy: 

  • Pet food and animal waste 

White sack: 

  • Any other types of plastic packaging, such as polystyrene trays, plastic film and rigid plastics (like plant pots and children’s toys) 

Green sack: 

  • Hardback books, brown/corrugated/thick cardboard 

Carrier bag: 

  • Duvets, cushions/pillows or any dirty items 

As well, your council has a few extra notes to keep in mind when sorting out your waste.   

Stay safe! If you’re washing containers that had raw meat, please first carefully rinse them in warm, soapy water before you pop them in the recycling.  

Calling all plastic bottle lids, your council needs you! Please take them off the bottle and place them loosely in your recycling. 

When using your brown caddy, please only use the provided caddy liners. Plastic bags or packaging are a no-go. If you need more liners, you can order them online, or leave a note for the crew. 

Keep your crew safe. Place any lateral flow test kits in a bag and in your household waste bin. These do not belong in recycling. 

For more of Calderdale’s recycling details, just follow the link here

We hope this helps uncomplicate your local recycling rules and makes it easier to sort through your paper and tins. We know recycling isn’t the answer to the waste crisis, but it’s a step in the right direction. Happy recycling! 

This information is up to date as of 14th April 2022.