What goes in your bin

A guide to what household rubbish you can and can't put in your grey bin and recycling bins. 

Grey bin

What you should put in:

  • Food waste
  • Plastic trays and film
  • Polystyrene packaging
  • Wrapping paper
  • Sanitary wear, personal hygiene items and nappies
  • Paint tins (in a carrier bag)
  • Other household waste that can't be recycled

What you shouldn't put in:

  • Soil, rubble or construction waste
  • Electrical items
  • Textiles
  • Large toys
  • Carpets or furniture
  • Business waste
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos
  • Any item that can be recycled

Please remember to remove all batteries and flammable liquids before you put any items in your bin or take them to a recycling centre.  Fire lighters and batteries left in old toys, games controllers, TV remotes and mobile phones can cause fires at recycling and waste treatment centres. Many stores which sell batteries have containers to dispose of old ones, and there are separate areas for them to be handed in at the household waste and recycling centres.

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If you’re already making full use of all our recycling bins and you still have too much household rubbish to fit into your grey bin, you can apply for an extra grey bin providing there are five or more people living permanently in your home.

Brown bin

What you should put in:

  • Food tins, foil trays and drinks cans
  • Mixed glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles

What you shouldn't put in:

  • Aerosols
  • Kitchen foil
  • Broken glass
  • Plastic food packaging
  • Juice cartons
  • Yogurt pots
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Window glass
  • Other metals
  • Other plastic items

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Remember to wash and squash all plastic bottles, flatten tin cans where possible and rinse out all cans, glass bottles and jars before placing in your bin.

If your bin is full we'll collect any extra cans or plastic bottles that you put next to it, ideally these need to be in clear sacks. For safety, please make sure that anything glass is put inside the bin. The bags you put out as extra must fit back into your brown bin for us to be able to re-empty your bin.

Blue bin

What you should put in:

  • Cardboard
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Mixed paper
  • Junk mail
  • Shredded paper
  • Office paper
  • Catalogues and brochures
  • Telephone directories
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

What you shouldn't put in

  • Wet cardboard
  • Food stained cardboard
  • Brown envelopes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Greeting cards with glitter, foil or embellishments
  • Food waste or anything with food residue
  • Pizza boxes
  • Nappies
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Juice cartons (Tetra Pak)
  • Tissues
  • Wet wipes

Putting items with food residue into your blue bin may lead to large lorry loads of waste becoming contaminated, and being rejected from the sorting mill. This negatively impacts the recycling process, and prevents us from being able to recycle large amounts of materials.

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Please tear cardboard into smaller pieces to stop it becoming wedged in your bin.

Our crews can't put their hands inside bins to loosen contents and you may find that your bin hasn't been fully emptied. 

What to do if you have extra cardboard

If your blue bin is full you can put out extra recycling, alongside your blue bin when the weather is dry.  Please cut up any large cardboard boxes into smaller pieces and put them back inside one small or medium sized cardboard box. Please make sure any extra recycling will fit into your blue bin so we can refill your bin and re-empty it.

Please don’t put extra cardboard out in the rain as we cannot pick it up wet; it may also leave a mess outside your home. 

Green bin

What you should put in:

  • Garden waste
  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Bark and wood shavings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Twigs

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Garden waste collections take place from March to November only.

There are no collections in December, January and February.

We won't empty your bins unless the lids are fully closed and any bin liners have been taken off the front lip of the bin.

Please don't overfill your bin as the lifting mechanism on our wagons has a maximum weight limit of 50kg.

We'll attach a contamination tag to your bin if it contains items that can't be recycled, or wrong items. You'll need to remove these items and put your bin back out for emptying on your next scheduled collection day.