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Blue recycling bin

There are two parts to your recycling bin

  • the main body of the bin and
  • the inner black box

Different recyclable items should be places in separate parts of the bins

What to put in the main body of the bin

  • All white, grey and brown cardboard - such as cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes and ready meal boxes
  • Food and drink cartons - such as empty juice cartons, milk cartons and food cartons
  • Household plastic packaging - all plastic bottles and plastic food packaging such as yoghurt pots and plastic milk cartons
  • Empty food tins, clean foil, drink cans and aerosols - such as clean foil pie tins, baby milk formula tins, pet food tins and pop cans
  • Glass bottles and jars - such as jam jars, perfume bottles and coffee jars
  • Greeting cards without glitter

Please rinse out food and drink containers before you put them in your blue bin.

What to put in the inner black box:

  • Paper including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, telephone directories, catalogues, envelopes, printed paper and loose shredded paper.

What you can NOT put in the bin:

  • Batteries - they can cause fires. You can take them to battery collection points in most supermarkets and many high steets, find out which local shops they are by visiting Recyclenow.
    You can also dispose of any batteries at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in the dedicated battery recycling bins and not in the general waste skip. Ask a site attendant if you're not sure
  • Small electrical items containing batteries - they can casue fires. Take these to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre and put them in the correct containers, they should not be placed in the general waste skip. Ask a site attendant if you're not sure
  • Any electrical items
  • Tissue paper or wall paper
  • Textiles, fabrics and shoes - such as old clothes, tea towels and towels
  • Nappies
  • Plastic films - such as cling film, bread wrappers, crisp packets, biscuit wrappers, vegetable wrappings and magazine wrappings, cellophane and bubble wrap
  • Take away pizza boxes which have grease stains or food residue on the cardboard
  • Hard plastic - such as toys, kitchenware, electrical plugs and CD or DVD cases
  • Plastic guttering, plant pots and planting trays
  • Glittery cards and other glittery items
  • Styrofoam or Polystyrene packaging
  • Wrapping paper
  • Light bulbs
  • Dog waste bags
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste - such as prunings and grass cuttings
  • Paint tins

Please do not place recyclable items into a plastic bag then into your recycling bin as plastic bags cannot be recycled.

Watch our video to find out what can and can't go into your blue recycling bin:

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