Mixed recycling

4 commercial recycling bins of different sizes

Mixed recycling collections

Our mixed recycling service lets you safely and easily recycle dry mixed materials. We offer flexible collections from fortnightly or weekly, up to twice a week.

We have a range of bin sizes and if you're not sure what size bins to choose we can help you. If space is a problem you can have sacks for recycling. 

Bin sizes and price per lift 

Mixed recycling bins are available in the following sizes:

Bin size Height Width Depth Holds Price per lift until 31 March 2024 Price per lift from 1 April 2024
240 Litre 1070 mm 570 mm 720 mm 3-4 sacks £5.00 £5.25
360 Litre 1115 mm 580 mm 870 mm 5-6 sacks £6.50 £7.00
660 Litre 1215 mm 1370 mm 770 mm 10-12 sacks £9.00 £9.75
1100 Litres 1465 mm 1370 mm 1070 mm 15-18 sacks £12.00 £12.50

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Managing your mixed recycling collection

Waste should be contained within your bin so the lid shuts flat. We are unable to empty bins that are overflowing or surrounded by excess waste.

We know, on occasion you may have excess waste that won't fit into the bin and we can collect this for you, provided it is presented correctly. If you have additional waste, please:

  1. Secure the waste in clear sacks and make sure the bags are tied.
  2. Place the sacks neatly to the side or behind your existing bin.
  3. Make sure the crews have clear access to empty the bin.  This will then be refilled with your additional excess waste and recorded as an additional lift.

Please note that you will be charged for all additional lifts.

If you have any queries about excess waste please email businesswaste@cherwell-dc.gov.uk for advice.

What can go in your mixed recycling?

A number of items can go into your mixed recycling BLUE bin, including:

  • Cardboard, magazines and paper, including phonebooks and catalogues
  • Shredded paper
  • Metal tins and cans, chocolate and biscuit tins 
  • Tin foil and foil trays
  • Plastic bottles 
  • Plastic tubs, trays and pots 
  • Drink cartons
  • Aerosols
  • Envelopes (including windows)

What don’t we accept?

Please note that we are not able to accept mixed recycling bins that include:

  • Food waste (wrapped or unwrapped)
  • Polystyrene/foam board
  • Glass of any type, including Pyrex, glass sheet and drinking glasses
  • Black sacks and bin bags
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Building supplies, including wood, paint
  • Carpet
  • Plastic toys
  • Tapes (VHS) and discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray)

What happens to your mixed recycling?

Materials are collected and sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where they are sorted and sent to different manufacturers for repurpose.

Recycled materials are made into new products that are used here in the UK; for example, all newsprint is now made from 100 per cent recycled paper. The UK also exports recyclable materials to other countries, too.