Hartlepool Borough Council

Recycling, rubbish and waste

Abandoned bins campaign

Bins left out:

  • Are regularly set on fire, which is a risk to you and your property
  • Can be used by criminals to access your property and carry stolen goods
  • Are more likely to be stolen, vandalised or have waste dumped in them

From 7th November 2014 the council will be running an education and enforcement campaign in selected streets. Every property within the target area has had a leaflet explaining the campaign posted through their door.

There will be 5 steps to the campaign:

  1. Households in the pilot area will first receive a leaflet (from Monday 3rd Nov) reminding them of the proper timescales for putting their bin out and removing it after collection and giving bin fire prevention tips.   
  2. Special stickers will be placed on all bins still in the street after the collection day (from Monday 17th Nov) to warn the owner of the dangers of leaving their bin out and instructing them to bring their bin back onto their property.
  3. Any bins still remaining in the street will be removed by the Council within three days. 
  4. Residents who have had their bins removed will be able to request a replacement provided they contact the Council within 14 days of the bin being removed. The replacement will have a serial number for identification and the resident will receive a formal warning notice (called a Section 46 Notice) about their responsibility to follow the refuse collection arrangements.
  5. Where bins continue to be left out or have been abandoned, the bin will be removed by the Council, which will charge the owner a £25 replacement fee and issue them with a £60 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaching the Section 46 Notice.

If your bin has been removed:

Call Customer Services on 01429 523333.

Recycling video

Check out our recycling video for tips on how to make the most of your kerbside recycling service.


A quick guide to using your bins (Hartlepool residents) from Hartlepool Council on Vimeo.

Download our Quick Guide to Using Your Bins leaflet here.

Carrier bag confusion

There has been some confusion around the use of plastic carrier bags/bin bags in the bins. Whilst plastic bags should never be used in your GREY or BROWN recycling bin you should continue to bag the rubbish you put in your GREEN rubbish bin.

  • Grey recycling bin - no bags
  • Brown garden waste bin - no bags
  • Green rubbish bin - use as many bags as you like!!

If you need any further assistance please ring 01429 523333.

2014 refuse and recycling calendars

Please note that bank holiday Mondays DO NOT affect refuse and recycling collections.

The Borough Council operates a Tuesday-Friday collection regime each week, so bank holiday Mondays will have no effect and it will be business as usual for the rest of the week.  

Your 2014 refuse and recycling collections calendar is available to view or download now!!


Some residents questions about recycling answered

In February 2014 we ran a Viewpoint Survey on the recycling service. Here are a selection of real questions from residents from that survey. Click on each one to see the answer. 



  1. As far as I can see it all goes in the same pot. Most of us put it in the right box...but on bin day it all goes in the same pot on the lorry so why do we have to sort our recycling?
  2. As we do not produce much glass waste the blue box is too big and cumbersome for an odd jar or bottle. As a result my glass waste usually ends up in my green bin. What alternative is there to the blue box for glass?
  3. Could the council provide a bin washer for after bins have been emptied?
  4. Why can't my bin be collected before 14:00 hours?
  5. Can we have clearer information e.g. posters on what goes in different bins?
  6. Isn't the recycling service too complicated for elderly people?
  7. Could the council collect food waste? I have a compost bin but it is full.
  8. Can the council ensure everyone got new tags on bins regarding new collection dates. We didn't get a new red tag on our bin. The rest of the grove got them. Old ones were blue, new ones are red.
  9. Can't we get rid of blue box and just use grey bin?
  10. I do not understand why potato and other veg peelings... are not allowed in the brown bin
  11. I have sometimes got the council to remove large objects (bed and mattresses). Is this still available?
  12. It would be an improvement if skips could be brought round the streets... for items that can't go in the bins. Can the council do this? 
  13. Why can't we separate the newspaper into a plastic bag but still keep it in the grey bin?
  14. How about offering compost bins/wormeries as an option for recycling?
  15. The problem with waste collection is there is no flexibility. I have left items in clearly marked bags as there was no room in the bin, yet these are not taken leaving me to dispose of them. Why don't you take black bags? 


If you would like to see the whole survey including results please click here.

Tees Valley Joint Waste Management Strategy

The Tees Valley Authorities have joined together to review recycling and waste issues and to develop a Joint Waste Management Strategy (JWMS) for the Tees Valley up to 2020. 

Consultation took place on the draft strategy, which was produced in April 2008. 

The Final Strategy comprises of the following documents:


Follow the links to visit the website.

Love Food Hate Waste

Every year in the UK we throw away £12 billion worth of food which could have been eaten. The Love Food Hate Waste programme from WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and has lots tasty recipes and top tips to help us make the most of the food we buy.

Can it be recycled?

Check out the "What to do with..." guide from Recycle Now for information on what to do with:

  • aerosols
  • clothing and textiles
  • electrical items
  • furniture
  • medicines
  • plastic film

Other useful rubbish, waste and recycling links

Contact us

Telephone: 01429 266522

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