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Please see abandoned vehicles for more information on reporting abandoned vehicles and what to do when your vehicle reaches the end of its useful life.
Please see our page on how to apply for an additional bin as well as the circumstances under which we will provide additional bins to households.
Recycle your aerosol cans in your blue-lidded bin.
Do not pierce, crush or flatten the aerosol before recycling. Detach any loose or easily removable parts, such as the plastic lid, and dispose of them with the rest of your rubbish. Don't worry about removing the plastic nozzle - this will be removed during the recycling process.
Aluminium cans should be placed in your blue-lidded bin.
Larger items can be recycled at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Please see waste and recycling app .
For more information, please visit our asbestos page.
Ash from wood fires which doesn't contain toxic materials can be used in home composting.
Assisted collections are available where all residents in the household are unable to place their bins at the collection point due to ill health, infirmity or a disability. To find out more about applying for an assisted collection, please see assisted collections.
Household waste collections operate Tuesday to Friday. For details of changes over Easter and Christmas check collection days in your road. The Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) is open on all bank holidays except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Any retailer selling large quantities of household batteries, such as AA and AAA will provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store. Alternatively, they can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Instead of buying normal batteries, why not buy rechargeable ones? They are better for the environment and last longer.
Car batteries can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
You can buy compostable liners through our website for your food waste caddy. Alternatively you can purchase compostable liners in most supermarkets. You don't have to line your food waste caddy if you don't want to food waste can be put directly into your brown lidded garden waste bin or wrapped in a single sheet of newspaper. Please do not use plastic bags in either your brown lidded food and garden waste bin or your blue lidded recycling bin. Any waste presented in a black bag in either the recycling or garden waste bins will be assumed as contamination and will not be collected.
Where possible, we will always aim to repair rather than replace your damaged bins. If your bin has been damaged or stolen then please visit new bin or bin repair / replacement for more information on how to request a new one.
Bin tags cannot be recycled and should be put in your green-lidded bin. We would have liked for them to be recyclable, however, for them to be weatherproof as well as low cost, they are made from plastic-coated card.
Black bag waste is anything that cannot be reused, recycled or composted and would therefore go into your green-lidded bin.
Please visit blue-lidded bins for more information.
All items bought at The Body Shop can be returned for recycling.
Books can be donated to a local charity shop, family, friends or school for reuse. You could also try using a website like BookMooch where you can swap your old books for someone else's.
Please visit brown-lidded bins for more information.
Bubble wrap cannot currently be recycled, but you could easily reuse it to wrap up valuables for transportation.
Up to 6 bags per load of building waste from home DIY (excluding footings, internal wall removal, foundation work or internal render) can be disposed of at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Please ask an advisor on site.
Bulky waste collections can be arranged for a charge. You can book for up to ten items at a time. Bulky waste items are currently collected by Emmaus who reuse and recycle as many of the collected items as possible.
Please see commercial waste.
Food and drink cans should be recycled in your blue-lidded bin. Don't forget to wash and squash them first! See also tin cans.
Please see batteries.
Recycle your cardboard in your blue-lidded bin. Large quantities can be recycled at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Make sure that any staples are taken out of boxes and then squash the cardboard flat. If you are putting it into your blue-lidded bin, please ensure that it will not get stuck, as this may prevent your bin from being emptied fully.
Carpets and rugs are made of a variety of fibres which are difficult to separate for recycling, therefore reuse of carpets and rugs is preferred. Carpets can be disposed of at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
These can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin, or they could be used for arts and crafts projects. Remember to wash and squash them first!
Many types of printer cartridges can be refilled at shops such as Cartridge World. Try to check that the cartridges can be reused before you buy a printer! They can also be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Many charities can also make money by recycling them.
These can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Most charity shops will take these in good condition, you could swap them or give them away to friends and family, or some websites will give you money for old CDs and DVDs.
Cereal boxes can be flattened and recycled in your blue-lidded bin. They could be used for arts and crafts along with cartons!
All hazardous and chemical waste that is destined for disposal must be cleanly and safely packaged in a container suitable for the purpose, clearly labelled and submitted for disposal at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Please advise staff of any items you may have upon arrival at the site.
If they are in good condition then they can be donated to a charity shop. Otherwise, please put them in your green-lidded bin as they cannot currently be recycled. Be careful to wrap any sharp edges.
Please see toys.
Glitter and foil wrapping papers can’t be recycled - they need to go into your green lidded bin. If you’re unsure try the scrunch test to check if your paper is recyclable. If your paper springs back after you scrunch it up it can’t be recycled. If it stays in a ball it can go into your blue lidded bin. You can tear the glitter section off of cards before you recycle them or save them to make gift tags for next year.
There are some great alternatives to traditional wrapping paper. You could consider using brown paper and twine to wrap your presents the brown paper could then be recycled or reused.
Plastic and glass baubles can’t be recycled. If they are in good condition you could take them to a charity shop or resell them to fund new decorations. If they are past their best please put them in your green-lidded bin or take them to the tip.
Real Christmas trees can be cut up and placed in your brown-lidded bin. Otherwise they can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). If Christmas trees are artificial then these may be reused for subsequent years, or given to a friend or family member for reuse.
Cling film cannot be collected for recycling. It can damage the machinery used for sorting recycling by becoming tangled around it. It must go in your green-lidded bin. Why not try to reduce the amount that you use by storing things in reusable containers instead.
For needles or syringes in a public area please visit needles and syringes.
Every year 900 million textile items go to waste in this country, but old jumpers and unwanted clothing are a valuable resource in many less developed countries. In Africa and the Baltic States 90% of people depend upon reclaimed textiles from developed countries for their clothes!
We are unable to recycle drinks cups at present. Why not reduce the number of coffee cups you use by using a reusable coffee cup or mug? Many coffee shops offer discounts for bringing your own mug!
Most charities have a scheme where you can donate your unwanted foreign currency. If you have notes why not exchange them using a currency conversion service.
Please see our commercial waste page.
Subsidised composting bins are available to Coventry residents through Coventry Recycling Club.
Why not visit our composting pages to find out more on:
If your computer is in good working order you could try selling it using online auction sites. If you can't sell it you could try giving it away using Freecycle.
Alternatively, you can dispose of them at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
You should ensure that all personal information is removed before attempting to sell or dispose of your computer.
Putting things that we can't collect into the recycling (blue-lidded) or garden (brown-lidded) bin can contaminate the whole load collected by our crews. Putting the wrong items into these bins can cause problems with the recycling process and increase costs of providing the service.
Natural corks can be sliced finely and put into a compost bin, or they could be reused to make an interesting notice board.
These should be given to friends or family members or bunched into sets and taken to a charity shop.
If your wheeled bin is damaged then it may be unsafe to empty it. You should contact us through My Account to request a repair or replacement. We aim to repair rather than replace wherever possible. Please see new bin or bin repair / replacement for more information.
Disposable nappies make up 4% of Coventry's household waste - that's 14,000 tonnes per year! They can take up to 500 years to decompose, more if disposed of in a plastic bag.
Each household with a baby in disposable nappies generates an extra bag of rubbish each week. Reusable, cotton nappies are a good way of reducing this rubbish.
These can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin. Please wash and squash them first!
Please see quilts.
If made from cardboard these are great for your home composter; just make sure that you break them up first!
Egg shells are excellent for home composting as they reduce the acidity, making the compost better for worms, which are very important in the composting process. They can also be a slug deterrent if crushed and sprinkled around plants. Egg shells can also go into your food and garden waste bin.
Electrical goods and appliances can be recycled at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Alternatively you can arrange for a collection using our bulky waste collection service for a small charge. Electrical appliances of any size should not be put into any of your household bins.
If your items are still in working order and good condition (no mould or rust) why not donate them to a charity shop, or offer them to friend or family?
Switch off electrical appliances when they are not in use. Many electrical appliances still use 50% of the electricity on standby as when they're on!
Engine oil can be disposed of at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
If you can't reuse old envelopes, recycle them in your blue-lidded bin.
For more information on how Coventry is doing in terms of current rubbish and recycling please see where are we now? For more information on what you can do to help, please see:
Please see clothing, textiles and bedding.
Cooking fat can cause blockages if it is poured down the drain. It can be sealed in a container and taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip), or you could mix it with bird seed and leave it to solidify. This makes a great bird feed for the winter!
Fire extinguishers should never be put in a household bin as they can be very dangerous. They can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) for disposal.
These can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Please visit flytipping for more information.
Please check online as some charities collect foil to raise money. Alternatively, it can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Food waste currently makes up the largest component of the average Coventry households waste. You can separate food waste in your kitchen using your food waste caddy. Once full your caddy can be emptied into either your food and garden waste bin or your household rubbish bin. More information on using your food waste caddy. For more information on reducing food waste, please visit Love Food Hate Waste.
Fridges and freezers can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) or a bulky waste collection can be arranged to remove them. Many retailers will take them away for you when delivering a new one. Flytipping is an offence.
Items in good condition can be donated to local charity shop, offered to friend or family or on website such as Freecycle. You may even be able to sell them using an online.
Items in poor condition can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Alternatively, you can arrange for a collection using our bulky waste collection service for a small charge.
Please see chemicals.
If your garden tools are in working condition why not give them to friends or family. Old tools can be recycled at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Compostable garden waste can be put in your brown-lidded bins. You can also home compost or take it to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Garden waste collections are carried out every other week all year round.
If you believe that you have harmful or non-native plant species, such as Japanese knotweed, please see the gov.uk website for guidance.
These can be returned to the supplier or taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Please see green-lidded bin.
Please see christmas cards and paper.
Glass can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin. Sheet glass can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip). Broken glass should be wrapped to avoid injury and put in your green-lidded bin.
Please visit going greener for more information on ways that you can become more environmentally friendly and reduce your waste.
Please visit green-lidded bin for more information.
Chemicals, batteries, electronic equipment and some paints are all classified as hazardous waste and should not be disposed of through the household waste collection service. Find out about controlled waste.
Please see the following pages for more information:
To find out when your collections are, please find your street in our directory.
If your bin is too heavy we cannot empty it as it may break, fall or damage equipment when lifted at the back of our vehicle. You should remove some of the items and return your bin to your property until your next scheduled collection day. You can take extra waste to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
The Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) is located on Bar Road off the London Road. It is free to use for residents of Coventry.
Coventry City Council provides fortnightly collections of your general waste (green-lidded bin) and on the alternate weeks for your recycling (blue-lidded bin) and garden waste (brown-lidded bin). Many other household waste items, that you cannot put in these bins, are accepted at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) e.g. batteries and light bulbs.
Unused inhalers should be returned to your doctor or pharmacist for safe disposal. Used inhalers may be disposed of in your green-lidded bin.
Please see cartridges.
Japanese knotweed requires special disposal and therefore cannot go into your household bins or to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. The Environment Agency must be notified if you find Japanese knotweed on your property or elsewhere. Information on harmful weeds and contact details for the Environment Agency can be found on the gov.uk website.
Glass jars can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Knives should not be disposed of loose in any of your bins. They may be transported carefully to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) and put in the metal container.
You do not need to remove labels from cans or bottles before recycling them.
Please see computers.
Love Food Hate Waste provides free information and cooking tips for reducing food waste.
Master composters are volunteers who try to encourage and promote home composting in their local community.
Many retailers offer removal of mattresses when they deliver new ones. If mattresses are in good condition and still have a fire label attached then they may be taken to a charity shop. Alternatively, you could arrange for a bulky waste collection for a small charge, or mattresses can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Please return any unused or out of date medicine to your local doctor or pharmacy. If medicines are allowed to escape into the environment then they could be harmful to animals or plants, so it is important that these are dealt with properly.
Please see electrical goods and appliances.
Plastic milk bottles can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin. Please wash and squash first!
Glass milk bottles should be returned to your milkman for reuse.
You could try giving away or selling mirrors using Freecycle or an online auction site. Alternatively, they can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) or can be collected as part of a bulky waste collection.
For more information on missed bins and details on how to report one, please see missed bins.
Unwanted mobile phones can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip), or can be sold on online shops.
Please see disposable nappies.
Bins for new build properties or where the previous bin has been stolen or damaged beyond repair can be requested through My Account.
These can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Please see electrical goods and appliances.
The most environmentally friendly thing to do is to try to buy things that have the minimum amount of packaging possible. Please see going greener for more information. You can contact retailers if you feel that they have used excessive or unnecessary packaging.
Check online as some charities can redistribute unused paint. You can also take it to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip), where water based paints can be disposed of in the landfill container. Gloss based paints should be identified to a site operative.
Plant pots are not currently recyclable, so must be placed into your green-lidded bin. You could also try to reuse them in the garden as you pot on smaller plants.
For more information please see our page on plasterboard.
Plastic recycling facilities are available at all of the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Some larger supermarkets now offer recycling facilities for plastic bags. However, reusing plastic bags or replacing them with a reusable "Bag for Life" or longer-lasting cotton or jute bags are the best options environmentally. With the new 5p plastic bag charge, you will save money by taking a reusable bag with you every time you go shopping.
Policy outlining Biffa's approach to managing plastics sent for recycling, including plastics which are exported.
Plastic bottles can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Please dispose of polystyrene in your green-lidded bin. Although polystyrene is a form of plastic, the process of expanding the plastic into polystyrene causes changes to the plastic, meaning that I cannot currently be recycled. The best option environmentally is to try to avoid buying anything in polystyrene, as it takes hundreds of years to break down after it is thrown away. We are able to collect small quantities of polystyrene in your green lidded bin, we would ask where possible this is bagged. Large quantities should be disposed of at the Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip), on the London Road.
Some charities collect old stamps to raise money. You can search the internet to find a charity that accepts stamps locally.
Please see cartridges.
These cannot be recycled as they can explode when heated up in the glass recycling furnace. If they are in good condition then they can be taken to the a charity shop, or they can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Can be given to friends or family members. Otherwise, they can be disposed of at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Why not collect rainwater in a water butt for use in your garden?
Please see blue-lidded bin.
Please visit the following pages for reporting anything related to waste:
To request replacement bins if yours are damaged or stolen, please visit new bins or bin repair / replacement.
Rubble and soil can be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip), where it will go for reuse.
Saucepans that are still in a usable condition should be taken to a charity shop or given to a friend or family member. If they are no longer usable then they may be taken to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
We work closely with many schools in Coventry in order to educate children on the importance of reuse and recycling, and what they can do to help.
If you don't want to keep a pair of shoes you can take them to your nearest charity shop, or recycle them at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Please see plastic carrier bags.
We will not collect any waste that is not presented within your bin. You can take any extra waste you may have to the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip) or arrange a bulky waste collection. Waste should not be compacted or forced into the bin as this may mean that your bin is not fully emptied.
Ask at your opticians or search online for charities that collect and reuse old spectacles.
If the container is made of plastic or foil then you can wash it and either reuse it or recycle it in your blue-lidded bin. Polystyrene containers cannot be recycled currently. The best option environmentally for polystyrene containers is to find an alternative use for them or to try to avoid having them in the first place. Pizza boxes which are contaminated with pizza (eg. grease on the inside of the box) cannot be recycled.
Can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Cans are sorted from other waste either by hand or by machine; the cans are then divided into metal types using magnets, steel cans are separated leaving aluminium cans to be shredded into small pieces. These small pieces of aluminium are then formed into blocks. The blocks are then put into a furnace and heated to over 750°C. Chemicals are added to improve the quality of the molten metal which is then poured into moulds and cooled by a curtain of water and then rolled into very thin sheets, ready to be into more cans and can be back on the shelves in just 6 weeks.
Please see the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Please see garden tools.
If your old toys are in good condition, why not take them to your nearest charity shop or give them to someone you know with Children?
Please see electrical goods and appliances.
Recycle your TVs and monitors at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
You can dispose of up to 4 car tyres or 2 motorcycle tyres at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Umbrellas are always useful particularly with the British weather! If yours breaks it can be disposed of in your green-lidded bin.
Please see junk mail.
Please see electrical goods and appliances.
Recycling Champions are volunteers who encourage others in their community to waste less and recycle more. Please see Coventry Recycling Club for more information.
Please see electrical goods and appliances.
We now have an app, Your Rubbish, that you can use to remind you to put out your bins on the right day, what you can put in your bins and more! Find out more about it on our Waste and recycling app page.
There are many ways that you can reduce, reuse and recycle water in the home. Please visit Waterwise for more information.
Water butts can be used to collect rainwater to use on your garden instead of using treated tap water. Please visit home composting for more information.
Please visit Our aims for your waste.
Wood can be recycling at the Household Recycling and Reuse Centre (the tip).
Old yellow pages' or telephone directories can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Yoghurt pots can be washed and then recycled in your blue-lidded bin.
Batteries have zinc in them - please see batteries for how you can recycle them.