A detailed guide about what can and cannot be recycled can be found here.

Waste collections have changed in Malvern Hills district. Click here to find out more.

You can report missed collections, request sacks/bins, sign up to our Garden Waste service and much more via our online SelfService system. This system is available 24/7. You can find it here or you can call us on 01684 862490 (Opening hours Monday - Friday 8-4).

Household recycling is collected:

*if your recycling is collected in sacks, your collection is still fortnightly.

Put items into your green bin loose - do not use a bin liner or put recycling in bags.

Please note, the Household Recycling Centres in Malvern, Tenbury and Upton are managed by Worcestershire County Council and not by MHDC. Information can be found at

  • If you have difficulty placing your recycling bin out for collection we offer an assisted collection service
  • Households that are unsuitable for a recycling bin are provided with a recycling sack collection. For safety reasons glass cannot be recycled via recycling sacks. On the day of collection sacks must be made visible to and ready for collection by the refuse operatives. We cannot guarantee that sacks left in bins or other containers will be taken and we will not return to collect them if reported as missed. Please ensure sacks are tied at the top.
  • Shredded paper - Please do not put loose shredded paper in your recycling bin or sacks. The Recycling Plant is unable to deal with shredded paper and there is no easy way to keep it all together. Shredded paper will get mixed up with the glass and affect the quality of it meaning it is unsuitable for recycling. You can use shredded paper for pet or animal bedding or you can compost it at home. Another solution for recycling shredded paper is to put it into a paper bag or cereal box and take it to your local household waste recycling site.
  • Polystyrene can not be recycled.
  • Residents who use recycling sacks can take glass bottles and jars to the nearest bottle bank 
  • Find out when your recycling is collected
  • Where does your recycling go?


Recycling Hints and Tips

You can find out more about reducing, re-using and recycling from Let's waste less. More information about what can and cannot be recycled can be found on the Severn Waste website:

  1. Make space next to your waste bin for a recycling and/or compost container.
  2. Recycle bottles and jars at your local supermarket when you do your weekly shop - drop before you shop!
  3. There is no need to squash cans, cartons or bottles anymore - but do please wash them out.
  4. Recycle clothes, books and unwanted gifts at charity shops, clothes banks, or door step charity bags.
  5. Re-use take-away plastic containers for packed lunches or food storage.
  6. When you go shopping use an environmentally friendly re-usable material shopping bag. 
  7. Reduce your junk mail by contacting The Mailing Preference Service.
  8. Place a compost bin in your garden for kitchen and soft garden waste.
  9. Larger items can be taken to a household waste site or you could arrange for a bulky collection.
  10. For information on furniture re-use try Malvern Hills Freecycleclick here for 'A detailed guide to recycling' page 4-5

click here for 'A detailed guide to recycling' page 6-7

click here for what can I recycle? List

Bottle tops are now recyclable but MUST be left on the bottles please.  Any recyclable material should be clean so with bottles please clean them (just a rinse to remove any residue will do) and then screw the lid back on.  The  tops and bottles are often two different plastics (usually HDPE and PET respectively with drinks bottles for example) but Severn Waste's reprocessors are able to deal with the two plastics.

Any type of plastic bottle, tub, pot or tray from inside someone's home can be recycled via the kerbside collection.

Don't worry about the resin codes (number in a triangle of arrows on the base of many plastic items). Containers need to be empty and clean. Black plastic cannot be recycled (any other colour is fine). Lids are absolutely fine to include (including trigger spray tops like on cleaning sprays). The only tops which are not currently recyclable are pump tops - like on handwash bottles. Please remove any film lids/bubble wrap layers etc. too


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