Recycling

Starting June 2019, Helmdon has a dedicated Parish Recycling Warden. The Warden's role is to:

  • Provide support for individuals who are uncertain about how to recycle a wide range of items;
  • liaise with district (South Northants) council to identify problems with recycling services and raise awareness of recycling campaigns;
  • engage with local residents to encourage more recycling.

To contact the Parish Recycling Warden please click here.

Recycling is a South Northants Council operation, but details are included below for convenience.

Your blue recycling bin

  • Your blue bin is emptied once a fortnight
  • Items go in loose, give your cans, plastics, cartons, glass bottles and jars a quick rinse before putting in the bin
  • You can leave lids and labels on and you don't need to remove the window from envelopes
  • We'll take extra recycling left next to the bin in a box or bag (not black bags)
  • Recycle batteries by putting them in a small, clear bag on top of (not in) your bins
  • Small electrical or battery powered items like kettles, toasters and toys that can fit into a standard size carrier bag can be placed on top of (not in) your bins for recycling
  • You can download a poster of what to put in your blue bin here

What to put in your blue recycling bin:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Paper
  • Leaflets
  • Envelopes (with windows)
  • Shredded paper
  • Catalogues
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cans and tins
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic tubs
  • Plastic trays
  • Plastic pots
  • Cartons
  • Foil, foil trays
  • Aerosols

What NOT to put in your blue recycling bin:

  • Carrier bags
  • Cling film
  • Wrappers
  • Nappies
  • Drinking glasses
  • Pyrex
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Textiles
  • Bedding
  • Pet food pouches
  • Crisp packets
  • Flower pots
  • Polystyrene
  • Toys
  • Wood

Your green garden waste bin

  • Your green bin is emptied once a fortnight
  • We don't collect extra garden waste, we will only take what is inside your green bin
  • The lifting arms on our vehicles have a weight limit so if your bin is too heavy we can't empty it. To avoid this, don't squash too much waste into your bin and never put any soil or stones in with your garden waste.
  • If you regularly have too much garden waste you can have an extra green bin for £30 a year
  • You can download a poster of what to put in your green bin here

What to put in your green garden waste bin:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Pet straw
  • Untreated sawdust
  • Cut flowers
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Weeds

What NOT to put in your green garden waste bin:

  • Soil
  • Stones
  • Bricks
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Textiles
  • Flower pots
  • Plastic bags
  • Cat or dog waste
  • Fats and oils