Recycling in Kettering – Full Guide & FAQs

Household Recycling

Find out which items can go in your black, blue and grey bins here on the North Northants Council website.

Recycling Bulky Items

If you know about a recycling or upcycling scheme that is not listed, please email: clerk @

Where to recycle items that are NOT for kerbside collection (A-Z list):

Waste that cannot be recycled

  • Clinical Waste: Sharps must not go in any wheeled bin under any circumstance. You should contact your healthcare provider regarding disposal.

The above list is a work in progress and will be built upon, but we welcome any information you have as a local resident to continue to make this even more useful to locals. Can you share some information or resources we haven't mentioned for recycling or upcycling materials?

Understanding recycling labels

We highly recommend the Recycle Now resource for understanding the different recycling labels, and making sure you are savvy about your seals. Specifically watch out for the greenwashing symbol below called 'the Green Dot' - this symbol does not necessarily mean that the packaging is recyclable, will be recycled or has been recycled.

Recycling labels Kettering Town Council

Meanwhile 'Recycle with carrier bags at larger stores' labels are also great to watch out for, as these can be saved up until you have enough to take them with you to the supermarket.

Resin codes (shown as numbers 1-7 within a recycling symbol) designate different types of plastic. Numbers 1, 2 and 5 are widely recycled, meanwhile numbers 4 and 7 are sometimes recyclable at specialist sites.

For further information on plastic symbols, the types of plastic and whether they can be recycled locally visit The Sustainability Guide page on Recyclable Plastic.

Pro Tips

  • Leave your foil takeaway tins to soak overnight. After a quick rinse, you can turn these into a container for all your clean foil bits. Big chunks of foil are more easily detected by recycling sorting machinery, so we like to create these "foil burritos" to help out the tech.
  • Have extra cardboard that wont fit in your blue bin? Flat pack and stack it next to your bin on collection day.

Common Mistakes

  • Placing recycling materials in plastic bags in the blue bin (plastic bags are not recyclable)
  • Placing contaminated recyclable materials in the recycling bin (eg. Pizza boxes with grease on them, soiled nappies, food waste)
  • Only flush the three P's - Poo, (Toilet) Paper, and Pee. Wipes are not flushable even if they say they are, and they are not recyclable. Sanitary products, tooth-floss and cotton buds can all contain plastic. Any time you flush something down the loo, someone or something has to remove it in order for us to access clean drinking water and prevent pollution of our water courses and sea. Read more about the Unflushables campaign.

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Last updated: Thu, 13 Oct 2022 11:04