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.

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. Please ensure that any extra recycling is dry, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is unable to accept wet material.

If you need to present excess recycling, a small number (2 or 3) clear recycling sacks can be collected from the Pippbrook offices in Dorking, or from the Leatherhead Help Shop. Please note that stocks are limited. Clear recycling sacks are also available to purchase from all supermarkets.

Cardboard Please flatten large boxes and cardboard to make sure they can fit into the recycling bin with the lid closed. If you have more than will fit in your recycling bin, put it into a clear bag, not a black or coloured bag, to keep it dry and leave next to the recycling bin. Put cardboard stained/dirty with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt in your rubbish bin, these cannot be recycled. Remove all plastic inserts and polystyrene, as well as packing tape from online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes and put them in your general rubbish bin.

Yes please!

  • glass bottles and jars
  • paper and cardboard - all types of cereal boxes, clean dry cardboard, catalogues, junk mail (please remove all plastic wrapping), magazines, newspaper, telephone directories and shredded paper (this should be contained in a clear recycling sack, envelope or cereal box).
  • all plastic bottles (e.g. detergent bottles, fizzy drink and water bottles, milk bottles, shampoo and other bathroom product bottles) and food tubs, pots and trays. Please empty items of their contents and rinse before placing in the bin and leave the lids on
  • metals/foil - aluminium and steel food and drinks cans, as well as all clean aluminium foil. If possible, please remove labels.

No thanks!

  • broken glass - Please safely wrap this in newspaper and place in your rubbish bin
  • food waste - see food waste web page
  • fruit juice cartons (Tetrapak) - please take these to your nearest Community Recycling Centre
  • garden waste - garden waste can be taken to your nearest Community Recycling Centre or you can subscribe to the Garden Waste Collection Service
  • other plastic - see plastics web page
  • polystyrene
  • plastic bags, cellophane and black bin bags*
  • crisp packets and wrappers*
  • greasy pizza boxes and coffee cups*
  • tissues, wipes and tissue paper*
  • nappies*

*please place in your rubbish bin.

If you are unsure about how to recycle a particular item, 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 at the same time as your waste or recycling collections. From the week commencing 18 May, all food waste bins will be 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, rubble and plasterboard.

Textiles and Electrical items

The kerbside collection of textiles and small electrical items has been suspended due to the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak on our suppliers.These suppliers are currently unable to empty the car park 'bring site' textile and WEEE collection bins, so please do not take items to these sites for disposal.