Green recycling bags for the collection of kerbside recyclable materials may be obtained free of charge from the Town Hall at Long Eaton or Ilkeston, Shopmobility in Long Eaton or Ilkeston.

Blue bins/green recycling bags should be placed out for collection on the same day as your brown bin, your black household bin is collected the following week. If you use green bags you may wish to leave a plastic bottle filled with water or sand for the crew to secure the bags when emptied. On very windy days residents may chose not to leave their green bags out, preferring to leave collection to the following fortnight, to reduce the likelihood of recycling bags being blown over.

Buy a blue bin

You can still use green bags for extra recyclable material if you have a blue bin.  The cost of a 140 litre blue bin is £28.80, or £30.90 for a 240 litre bin. Please see the Terms and Conditions as the bin is your property.

If you would like to purchase a blue bin contact our Customer Service Advisors on 0115 907 2244.

We usually take no more than 28 days to deliver your bin.  Remember that if you move address within the borough to let us know if you are taking the bin with you so that we update our records to show that your blue bin needs to be emptied at the new address as not every address has a blue bin collection. If you use a blue bin that has not been purchased from us we will not empty it.

Blue bin lugs

If your blue bin lid detaches because the "lug" has broken, call into Ilkeston or Long Eaton Town Hall where we might be able to provide you with a replacement?  There are different sizes/types of bin and so if you have the other lug we can provide you with the right size.

What can be recycled in your blue bin/green bags?

Check the A-Z of recycling services to find out what you can recycle.  Recycling means you have more room in your black bin for household waste. We also post information and videos on recycling on our Facebook page.

Please carry out the following when recycling:

  • Ensure that all plastic, food cans, and glass bottles/jars are empty and clean by rinsing.
  • Ensure that carrier bags are empty and tied in a knot.
  • Wash all food cans and food dishes.

Help us to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill:

All councils are trying to reduce the amount of waste that is going to landfill and the range of collections are helping us achieve these targets.  We measure how much waste is collected and how much can be sent for reuse, recycling and composting.  The measure is per household and is linked to a national benchmark to identify an accepted standard of performance and show what areas of improvement are required.

There are recycling sites at key locations around the borough including the household waste recycling centre on Manners Road in Ilkeston.

Together we can help to reduce unnecessary waste.


  • Buy eggs in recyclable cardboard or plastic cartons, not polystyrene.
  • Buy drinks and alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles or glass and Tetra Pak® containers and recycle.
  • Buy pasta, tea, cereal in cardboard rather than plastic packaging.
  • Buy all fruit and vegetables without an extra plastic bag; if paper bags are available use these instead.
  • Avoid double-bagging your shopping.
  • Remember to take shopping bags when you go shopping.
  • Reuse envelopes and wrapping paper where possible.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Avoid junk mail - contact MPS, Freepost 22, London, W1E 7EZ , visit or call 0845 703 4599 for further details.
  • Buy goods manufactured from recycled products.


Save on resources and cost by re-using what you can. People re-use items all the time, but are probably not aware that they are doing it and of the environmental benefits that it has.

Suggestions for re-use are:

  •  Passing on clothes to relatives, friends or charity shops.
  •  Using items for arts and crafts.
  •  Selling useful items such as working electrical goods rather than disposing of them.
  •  Re-use bags when shopping.
  •  Remodel items - cut the bottom off a plastic "pop" bottle and use it as a mini cloche for seeds or a funnel for re-filling bird feeders. 
  •  Use boxes, cartons, bottles and jars for storing household items.
  •  Use real nappies rather than disposable ones.
  •  Home Compost your kitchen and garden waste.

If you would like to offer your items to someone in your area free of charge, recyclenow is a free service that allows members to list unwanted items for charities to claim if they wish to do so. After 48 hours the listing becomes available to the general public if it is no use to the charity partners.

Food Waste - a family of four could save £60 per month.

Nearly 20% of food brought into the home is thrown away – that’s like throwing one bag of shopping away out of every five.  Wasting food is estimated to cost the average household £470 a year and over £700 for families. Advice on how to reduce the amount of food wasted can be found on the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Plan ahead

  • Save time and money by checking what's already in the cupboard, fridge and freezer before you go shopping.
  • Make a shopping list.

Know your dates

  • Food can be eaten right up to the end of the use-by date
  • Best before dates are used for quality so you can sometimes still eat certain foods after this date.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
0115 907 2244
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