Recycling in Cambridge is collected mixed, which means you can put all clean recyclables in one bin and they are sorted after collection.

You can recycle:

  • Paper, magazines, catalogues and envelopes (including window envelopes)
  • Cardboard – large boxes (flattened) and packaging like cereal boxes
  • Tins, cans, aerosol cans / spray cans
  • Large tins from sweets or biscuits
  • Clean foil or foil trays from pies etc
  • Cartons from juice, milk etc
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Plastic bags and wrap
  • Glass bottles and jars (but not other glass items like dishes etc)

You can find out more about what can or can’t be accepted, and download posters at:

Domestic Bins and Collections (Cambridge City Council)


Find out more about recycling on the Council’s recycling social media accounts:


Facebook page


If you live outside College

Cambridge City Council collects mixed recycling fortnightly in a blue wheelie bin, alternating with general rubbish collections. Many properties also have a green wheelie bin for food and garden waste, which is collected with the blue bin.

To find out more, including what your bin day is please see the Cambridge City Council website:

Recycling collection dates


Recycling clothes, electrical appliances etc

British Heart Foundation banks for clothing, shoes, textiles, books, homewares, small working electrical appliances, CDs and DVDs are located at various locations in Cambridge. You can also recycle these items at various recycling points around the city.

Batteries can be recycled  recycling points around the city, including Sainsbury’s.