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
Note: Please don't put items into a plastic bag and then into your recycling bin, as plastic bags cannot be recycled.
- 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 (caddy)
Note: Please don't put items into a plastic bag and then into the caddy, as plastic bags cannot be recycled.
Paper including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, telephone directories, catalogues, envelopes, printed paper and loose shredded paper.
What you can NOT put in the bin or caddy
- Any type of batteries - they can cause fires. Instead, take them to:
- battery collection points in most supermarkets and many high streets, find out which local shops they are by visiting Recyclenow.
- local community centres and venues that have battery collection containers/tubes
- the Household Waste and Recycling Centre, in the dedicated battery recycling bins, they should not be put in the general waste skip. Ask a site attendant if you're not sure
- Small electrical items containing batteries - they can cause fires. Instead, take them to:
- Any electrical items
- Tissue paper or wall paper
- Textiles, fabrics and shoes - such as old clothes, tea towels and towels
- 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
Watch our video to find out what can and can't go into your blue recycling bin: