Rubbish and Recycling Policy


What goes in each bin or box? Only the following. If you’re in doubt consult the packaging. Taken from:

Blue Bin

  • Paper, magazines, envelopes
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Jars and bottles
  • Phone books & catalogues
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Plastic bottoles, tubs, pots and trays
  • Clean foil
  • Cans, tins & metal jar lids
  • Large tins

Green Bin

  • All compostable waste
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Untreated wood & sawdust
  • Shredded paper
  • Batteries (put in a separate plastic bag and tie to the green bin handle)

Black Bin

  • Any other plastics, wood, metal or non-electrical or chemical items made of these.
  • Broken crockery

ASH coop skips

ASH hires 4 skips a year, these will take large items that cannot fit in your black bin.

Disposing of hazardous or large items

Your household bins, or the ASH Coop skips cannot take the following:

  • Rubble
  • Electrical
  • TVs
  • Car batteries
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Computer monitors
  • paint and decorating chemicals
  • Pesticide
  • Gas bottles
  • Asbestos
  • All light bulbs

The items above need to be safely disposed of. The City Council will collect them, but for an extra charge. Otherwise you can take these to Milton Landfill. To recycle and reuse these, you have some options:


Furniture in good condition can be given to:

British Heart Foundation (East Road) Sally Anns (Mill Road)


Unstained matresses can be given to: Sally Anns (Mill Road)


Working electrical goods can be given to:

Red Cross (Burleigh Street) British Heart Foundation (East Road)

Broken stuff in the following list can be given to Cambridge Computer Recycling

  • CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors and televisions (including terminals, iMacs, eMacs and other integrated PCs)
  • TFT screens / flat-panel televisions
  • PCs & any component parts
  • Laptops / notebooks / PDA / netbooks / tablets
  • Servers / Apple Macintoshâ„¢ / Sunâ„¢
  • Printers / faxes / scanners / photocopiers / toners / cartridges
  • Keyboards / mice / wires / cables / power supplies
  • Network switches / hubs / routers /wireless access points / modems
  • Telecoms equipment / mobile phones
  • A/V equipment / video & DVD players / projectors
  • Office furniture / computer desks / chairs / trolleys / filing cabinets
  • Other items may be accepted at the discretion of our driver

Giving stuff away

Anything working can be given away:


Members of Cambridge Freecycle trade unwanted working goods with each other using an email group.

Charity Shops

Will take clothes, soft furnishings and assorted bric-a-brac. Mill Road (non-town side) and Burleigh Street are a good source of them.