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.

More information

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 as long as there are five or more people living permanently in your home.

Brown bin

From 7 December 2021 the items you can put in your brown bin for recycling are changing. The list below shows what you should and shouldn't put in your bin. You can also read more about the changes to what you can put in brown bin.

What you should put in:

  • Clean milk bottle tops
  • Clean baking foil
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Food tins
  • Food/drink cans
  • Foil trays
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots (eg yoghurt pots)
  • Plastic tubs/trays (eg margarine tubs)

What you shouldn't put in:

  • Plastic film
  • Plastic lids (eg from yoghurt pots)
  • Juice cartons
  • Carrier bags
  • Kitchen foil
  • Aerosols
  • Broken glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Window glass
  • Other metals
  • Other plastic items

More information

Remember to remove film lids and rinse and squash all plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, food tins and cans where possible, and rinse out all glass bottles and jars before placing them in your bin.

If you have more recycling than will fit in your brown bin you can place any extra plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, tins, cans and foil trays in a clear bag at the side of your brown bin on your collection day. Our crew will then refill your bin and empty it again. For safety, please make sure that anything glass is already inside the bin and not in a bag at the side.

If you want an extra brown bin, or have a small brown bin and want to replace it with a large one, you can order a bin online (delivery charge applies). You can also take your recyclable waste to a household waste recycling centre.

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

More information

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.

Please don't put items with food residue on them in your blue bin, as this may lead to large lorry loads of waste becoming contaminated and being rejected at the sorting mill. This negatively impacts the recycling process and prevents us from being able to recycle large amounts of materials.

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 can't pick it up when wet. It may also leave a mess outside your home.

If you want an extra blue bin, or have a small blue bin and want to replace it with a large one, you can order a bin online (delivery charge applies). You can also take your recyclable waste to a household waste recycling centre.

Green bin

What you should put in:

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

More information

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.