How Do I Recycle

Recycling Collections

Birmingham City Council currently offers three doorstep recycling schemes:
  • Blue box/bag- Paper and card
  • Green box - Glass, Cans and Plastic bottles
  • Clear sack- Garden waste
Your recycling is collected every two weeks, with the blue and green boxes collected one week and the clear garden waste sack collected the other week. Please bear in mind that your recycling and refuse are not always collected on the same day of the week, so make sure you check which day is recycling day as it can vary depending on where you live. Please do not put your garden waste sacks out for collection at the same time as the boxes (unless told otherwise)
Again, you can use the table provided to check, or alternatively go to Birmingham City Council’s website
Birmingham City Council has a checking service which will advise you of your next recycling collections day: click here, and then click on ‘check your recycling, refuse day’.
Wheelie bin roads no longer have green box collections for recycling. All recycling will need to be taken to special on street collection bins. These are located:


There is an additional recycling bin located on Grange Road near to the gateway into university.


What can be recycled?

Blue box recycling scheme:

Your blue box is for paper and cardboard and is collected every other week on the same day as your usual refuse collection and your green box.

Yes please:

  • Cereal boxes

  • Junk mail

  • Telephone Directories & Yellow Pages

  • Newspapers

  • Cardboard

No thanks:

  • Milk and juice cartons

  • Soiled paper or card


Green box recycling scheme:

The green box is for glass, cans and plastic bottles and is collected every other week on the same day as your usual refuse collection and your blue box. 

Yes please: 

  • Drink bottles

  • Household bottles

  • Metal lids from jars

  • Wine bottles

  • Toiletry bottles

  • Aerosols

  • Beer bottles

  • Spirit bottles

  • Food cans

  • Drink cans

  • Other tins

  • Jam jars

No thanks: 

  • Plastic tubs

  • Yoghurt pots

  • Drinking glasses

  • Pyrex

  • Food cartons and trays

  • Carrier bags

  • Mirrors

  • Light bulbs

  • Polystyrene

  • Foil


Green garden waste recycling scheme:

The clear garden waste sacks are for garden waste only and are collected every other week on the same day as your usual refuse collection. They are collected on the opposite week to your blue and green boxes. 

Yes please:

  • Grass

  • Hedge clippings

  • Plants and weeds

  • Leaves

  • Bush and tree prunings

  • Dead flowers

No thanks:

  • Stones, soil, bricks, rubble

  • Metals

  • Plastic

  • Chemicals and treated wood

  • Household or kitchen waste

  • Very large branches

  • Japanese Knotweed

There are also a number of collection points positioned around the local area. For cardboard and glass recycling two banks are situated on Tiverton/Exeter Road junction.