Bins - What Goes in Them?

Waste & Recycling: Coronavirus Updates

Current information on bin collections, how to deal with waste if you're self-isolating and Community Recycling Centres being closed.

Information on what you can and cannot put into your general waste and recycling bins.

Want to know which bin to put something in or where to take it? Use the search below to find out.

If you would like download and then print the Bin Collection Calendar and Recycling Guide for 2021 (including Christmas 2020 dates), please click here.

What do I do with…?

Recycling Bin

When putting items into your recycling bin, please ensure they are clean and dry. Items should be placed in loose; please do not put them in a carrier bag or clear recycling sack.

Extra recycling will be collected on your recycling collection day as long as it is securely bagged in a clear recycling sack and placed next to your bin. Recycling presented in black sacks or carrier bags will not be accepted.

You can also order an additional recycling bin by completing the order a new bin form.


  • Put any cardboard stained/dirty with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt in your general waste bin; this cannot be recycled.   
  • Please remove any tape and polystyrene inserts and put them in your general rubbish bin.
  • Flatten (and fold/cut if required) large boxes to ensure they can fit into the recycling bin with the lid closed. 
  • If you have more than will fit in your recycling bin, place it in a clear recycling sack to keep it dry* and leave next to the recycling bin.

*Wet paper and card clogs up the machinery used at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where recyclable material is processed. As a result, it's presence in a load can result in the entire load being rejected by the facility. For this reason, only dry cardboard will be accepted by our waste contractor.

Yes please!

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Dry paper and cardboard 
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays – including detergent bottles, yoghurt pots and ready meal trays 
  • Metal food tins and drinks cans 
  • Clean aluminium foil and trays

No thanks!

  • Food waste - see food waste web page
  • Food and drink cartons (Tetrapak) - these can be taken to a Recycling Centre or Bring Site
  • Garden waste - garden waste can be taken to your nearest Community Recycling Centre or you can subscribe to the Garden Waste Collection Service
  • Hard plastics; such as Tupperware, toys and kitchen utensils
  • Plastic bags, cellophane and black bin bags
  • Polystyrene, including polystyrene food trays
  • Crisp packets, wrappers and food pouches (such as pet and baby food pouches
  • Grease stained pizza boxes
  • Tissues, wipes and tissue paper
  • Nappies
  • Aerosols

If you are unsure about how to recycle a particular item and cannot find an answer via the search tool, please call 01306 885001.

Refuse Bin

This bin is for your general waste, the contents of which are taken for landfill. You can dispose of all general waste that you generate within your household which is not recycling, garden waste or food waste in this bin.

No thanks!

Food waste

Food waste is collected every week in Mole Valley on the same day as your waste or recycling collections. All food waste bins in Mole Valley are emptied using a separate collection vehicle. This means it is important to keep your food caddy out until 4pm on your day of collection to ensure it is emptied.

MVDC also has a weekly kerbside collection service for small electrical items.

Garden Waste

MVDC runs a fortnightly garden waste collection service which offers residents an easy and convenient way to recycle all year round.

Bulky Waste

MVDC offers a bulky waste collection service for bulky household items.

Textiles and Electrical items

To use the weekly kerbside collection service, place your items into a tied standard size plastic carrier bag (use separate bags, i.e. do not mix textiles and electrical items) and leave it next to your rubbish or recycling bin on your collection day. Residents can recycle one bag of textiles and one bag of electrical items per week.

To find out what items can be recycled, visit the electricals and battery recycling page and the clothes and home textiles recycling page on the Joint Waste Solutions website.


A small number of properties in Mole Valley need to present their waste in sacks where it is not possible for them to have bins. Please note we will accept no more than 4 sacks on each collection day.