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.

Sometimes we may not be able to collect your rubbish. Find out how to put bins out for collection to make sure we can empty them for you.

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
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Cardboard
  • Drink cans
  • Drink cartons (tetrapak type containers)
  • Envelopes
  • Food tins (including 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

If you have tins from water based paint, leave the lid off so the paint can go hard before putting them in your refuse bin. For oil based paint, mix the paint with sawdust or cat litter first so it won’t spill.

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

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