Hartlepool Borough Council

Recycling, rubbish and waste

Quick guide to using your bins leaflet

Look out for your copy of the Quick guide to using your bins leaflet, which will be dropping through your letterbox during the week commencing 23rd June.

The leaflet offers residents a reminder of what goes in each bin, as well as those "nasties" which definitely should stay away from your grey bin. These include carrier bags, nappies, polystyrene, pet waste and children's toys. Putting items such as these into your grey bin can prevent us from recycling your waste. They can also damage our machinery and injure our staff. In large enough quantities they can even spoil the recycling for your whole street!

We are currently able to recycle 43% of Hartlepool's waste. With your help in making sure that your recycling is clean, loose and in the correct bin we can recycle even more!!

Every household in Hartlepool should receive a copy but if you would like another one you can either request one by ringing us on 01429 523333 or download a copy here.


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.

On 2nd July the Hartlepool Mail ran a story summarising the information in the leaflet but unfortunately they made an important typo by saying that plastic bags should not be used in your refuse bin. Please note this is a mistake and you should continue to bag your rubbish before placing in the 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!!


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:


Click on the logo 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.

 Tips and recipes to reduce food waste - Love Food Hate Waste

Can it be recycled?

Use this handy widget from Recycle Now to find out what can and can't be recycled.

Find out what you can recycle at Recyclenow

Other useful rubbish, waste and recycling links

Contact us

Telephone: 01429 266522

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