What to put in each bin

Household waste and recycling binsFind out what goes in each waste container:

If you have communal binsyou can use them to deposit exactly the same materials as individual bins.

Blue bin - mixed recycling

Please place all items loose in the bin, don't put them inside bags. Items must be clean, dry and loose.

You can put these in your blue bin:

  • Aerosol
  • Aluminium foil and trays
  • Brochures
  • Cardboard
  • Drink cans
  • Drink cartons (tetrapak type containers)
  • Envelopes
  • Food tins (after biscuit and sweet)
  • Greetings cards
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper
  • Phone books and Yellow Pages
  • Plastic drinks, detergent and cosmetic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Shredded paper (please wrap in a large sheet of newspaper or put into a cereal box or similar as this stops it blowing around on windy collection days)

Don't put these in your blue bin:

  • Ceramics - put them in the black bin
  • Food waste or garden waste
  • Glass
  • Metallic wrapping paper - put them in the black bin
  • Nappies - put them in the black bin
  • Oil or paint tins - put them in the black bin
  • Painted paper or card - put them in the black bin
  • Paper, card or plastic contaminated with food - put them in the black bin
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Soft plastic tubes like toothpaste tubes - put them in the black bin
  • Textiles

Food caddy

When you need more liners, tie an unused liner to the handle of the outside caddy and put it out for collection on your normal collection day. A new supply of liners will be left with your caddy after it has been emptied.

The collection is for all food waste, both cooked and uncooked:

  • Beans
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Coffee grounds
  • Dairy products such as cheese
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and fish (including bones)
  • Pasta
  • Pet food
  • Rice
  • Tea bags

Please don't put these in your food caddy:

Black refuse bin - materials that can't be recycled

Your black bin is for general household waste that can't be recycled. The most common items that should be put in this bin are:

  • Nappies
  • Cat litter
  • Plastic bags, wrapping or film
  • Packaging contaminated with food
  • Tissues and plastic tubes
  • Ceramics
  • Polystyrene
  • Oil or paint tins

Before putting paint tins in your refuse bin, leave the lid off water based paint so it can go hard. For oil based paint, mix it with saw dust or cat litter so it won’t spill.

You shouldn't put food waste, garden wastetextiles and glass or items that can be recycled in your black refuse bin.

Sometimes bins are too heavy to safely wheel to the lorry and empty. You will need to remove items from the bin to reduce the weight.

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