What goes in your bin

A guide to what household rubbish you can put in your grey bin and recycling bins. 

Grey bin

  • Food waste
  • Plastic trays and film
  • Polystyrene packaging
  • Wrapping paper
  • Clinical waste
  • Other household waste that can't be recycled
  • Soil, rubble or construction waste
  • Business waste
  • Electrical items
  • Carpets or furniture
  • Large toys
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos
  • Textiles
  • Any item that can be recycled

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
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Brown bin

  • Food tins and drink cans
  • Mixed glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles
  • Aerosols
  • Foil
  • Other metals
  • Pyrex
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass
  • Broken glass
  • Juice cartons
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Plastic food packaging      
  • Other plastic items                 

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 the bin. For safety, please make sure that anything glass is put inside the bin.
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Blue bin

  • Cardboard
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Plain Christmas/ birthday cards                  

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.

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Green bin

  • Garden waste
  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • bark and wood shavings                      
  • Hedge clippings
  • Twigs
  • Small branches

Please note: garden waste collections take place from March to November only. 

There are no collections in December, January and February.

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White bag

  • Mixed paper
  • Junk mail
  • White envelopes
  • Shredded paper
  • Office paper
  • Catalogues and brochures
  • Telephone directories
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Brown envelopes
  • Wrapping paper
What you should  put in What you shouldn't put in

We won't empty your bins unless the lids are fully closed so please don't overfill them. 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.

Watch the following videos about recycling in Barnsley. The first is a British Sign Language version.