What can I recycle in each bin or box?

Food waste

Food waste is collected weekly in Daventry District.  

There are two containers for food waste - a small caddy for your kitchen, and a larger bin with a lockable lid which should be presented on your collection day. 

All leftover raw and cooked foods can be put into the caddy, including vegetable peelings, out of date food, plate scraping, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

You can line your caddy with paper, compostable bags or plastic caddy liners.

We would encourage every household to use this service, as recycling your food waste will also help to slim the waste in your black bin and reduce potential smells from it.

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What can I recycle?

✓  Meat and fish - raw and cooked inc bones

✓  Fruit and vegetables - raw and cooked

✓  All dairy products such as eggs and cheese

✓  Bread, cakes and pastries

✓  Rice, pasta and beans

 Uneaten food from your plates and dishes

 Tea bags and coffee grounds

✓  Fats - solid and semi-solid but not liquid

Please do not put in:

✗  Food packaging or wrapping of any sort

✗  Liquids

✗  Kitchen towel


Recycling should be put in your blue-lidded bin for collection every fortnight. 

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What can I recycle?

✓  Large cardboard 

✓  Wrapping paper (not metallic) 

✓  Drinks cartons (ie juice, soup, long-life milk)

✓  Card and paper inc envelopes with windows

✓  Telephone directories and catalogues

✓  Mixed plastics inc yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, fruit punnets 

✓  Foil and foil trays

✓  Food and drink cans

✓  Glass bottles and jars (including lids)

✓  Empty aerosols

✓  Plastic bottles (including lids)

Please wash and squash all your plastic bottles, tubs and trays

Please do not put in:

✗  Broken glassPyrex glass, Drinking glasses, sheer glass

✗  Children's toys

✗  CD/DVD cases

✗  Other metal items inc steel kegs, knives, cooking pans, coat hangers

✗  Crisp packets, cellophane/cling film, plant pots or polystyrene

✗  Carrier bags

  Black plastic food trays

✗  Hardback books

✗  Batteries - can be taken to your nearest recycling centre and most supermarkets



General waste should be put in your black bin for collection every three weeks. Your black bin is for all your general household waste that cannot be recycled or composted.

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What can I put in?

✓  Polystyrene

✓  Crisp packets and sweet wrappers

✓  Nappies

✓  Kitchen towels and tissues

✓  Cat litter

Please do not put in:

✗  Hot ashes

✗  Corrosive materials

✗  Liquids inc oil and paint

✗  Large items which do not fit in the bin

✗  Heavy materials inc stones, car parts or rubble

Please present it for collection with the lid closed. Extra bags of rubbish at the side of the bin will not be collected.

More information:  
View our list of FAQs 

Related Services:  
Report a missed collection,  Order a new bin,  Check your collection day

Garden waste

If you have registered for this service then your bin will be collected every fortnight.  You must opt in to this service and pay the annual fee if you want your garden waste collected.

Please note: the 2021/22 subscription period runs for ten months - from 1 June 2021 to 1 April 2022 - and costs £35 per bin.

This is to bring the service in line with the garden waste scheme that is in operation in the Northampton area, and which runs from April to March.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card or by direct debit. The fee must be paid in full when you sign up to the service. 

Register and pay online for the 2021/22 season here

View the terms and conditions

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What can I recycle?

✓  Grass cuttings and weeds

✓  Cut flowers and plants

✓  Leaves and bark

✓  Prunings and hedge trimmings

✓  Twigs and small branches

✓  Straw

Please do not put in: 

✗  Cardboard or paper

✗  Soil, mud or rubble

✗  Large logs or wooden planks

✗  Plant pots

✗  Food waste

✗  Dog and cat waste


More information: 
Find out more about the Garden Waste service

Alternatives: If you do not want to subscribe to the new service, garden waste can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre

You may also wish to consider home composting. Type in your postcode at the getcomposting website to find out the latest deals on composters.

Additional information and services

  • If you have an excess of waste and recycling please use your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre 
    (please note a new e-permit scheme has been introduced which may restrict the number of visits you make) 


Reporting a missed collection

If your waste or recycling is not collected by the end of the scheduled collection day, please report it no later than by the end of the next working day.  For example if your scheduled collection day is Monday and your waste and recycling have not been collected by 5pm on Monday you must report the missed collection by 5pm on Tuesday. Report missed bins using the self service missed collection reporting form.