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What goes in your household bins

Recycling bin

Your blue-top bin is for recyclable waste. All recycling must be clean, loose and dry in your bin. Below is a list of the most common items that you can put in your blue-top recycling bin.

Cardboard box

Paper and card

Yes please

Newspapers and magazines, office paper, food packaging sleeves, greeting cards, egg and cereal boxes, catalogues and brochures, wrapping paper and envelopes.

No thanks

Shredded paper, metallic wrapping paper and paper towels.

Metal cans

Metal cans and aerosols

Yes please

Food cans, drink cans, pet food cans, empty aerosol cans e.g. hairspray and paint.

No thanks

Paint tins, saucepans, electrical items, garden tools, utensils, gas canisters and batteries.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles and containers

Yes please

All plastic bottles, all plastic pots e.g. yoghurt, all plastic tubes e.g. ice cream, all plastic food trays e.g. food and meat, all plastic lids e.g. container and jar lids.

No thanks

Plastic films, plastic bags, plastic bottle tops, crisp packets and wrappers, polystyrene, plastic toys or garden plastics.

Aluminium foil

Aluminium foil and foil containers

Yes please

Aluminium foil and aluminium foil containers.

No thanks

Crisp packets, cat food pouches, soup pouches, dirty foil and foil wrapping paper

Cardboard carton

Cartons

Yes please

Fruit juice cartons, long life milk cartons, soup cartons, smoothie cartons and other cardboard cartons.

No thanks

Crisp packets, cat food pouches and soup pouches.

Glass jars

Glass bottles and jars

Yes please

Coffee jars, wine bottles, beer bottles, jam jars and sauce bottles/jars.

No thanks

Mirror or window glass, Pyrex, drinking glasses, milk bottles, ceramics, crockery, glass vases, paperweights and spectacles (as these have different chemical properties)

What to do with items you cannot put in your recycling bin

We want to help you recycle as much waste as possible. Here's how to responsibly dispose of items that you cannot put in your recycling bin.

Plastic bags

We cannot recycle plastic bags, or accept recycled items that are tied up in plastic bags. Check your local supermarket to see if it has a plastic bag recycling scheme.

Food pouches and crisp packets

Check to see if there is a community recycling scheme near you that will recycle these.

Food waste

We do not currently recycle food waste, but peelings and eggshells can be composted. Find out more about composting

Large items

Book a large item collection, or take your item to the Household Waste Recycling Site.

Hazardous waste

Including fire extinguishers, asbestos and electrical items. Take these to a Household Waste Recycling Site