Household recycling

Use your blue top bin for dry recyclable items.  

When recycling:  

  • put items straight into your bin without using a bag 
  • wash out your items before you put them in the bin or we cannot recycle anything in the bin 

If you live in a property with a front boundary you will be able to use the wheelie bin recycling service. Based on space available, some households are unsuitable for wheelie bins, these properties will use green boxes instead of blue wheelie bins for recycling.

Items to put in your blue bin 

You can recycle:  

  • glass bottles and jars 
  • plastic bottles, tubs and trays unless it’s black plastic 
  • tins, cans and empty aerosol cans 
  • kitchen foil and foil meal containers 
  • cardboard like cereal boxes, pizza boxes, toilet roll tubes, food and drink cartons 
  • cartons and Tetrapaks (often used for juice cartons)
  • cards without glitter 
  • newspapers, magazines, catalogues, phone books and paperback books 
  • letters, envelopes, junk mail, copier paper 

Items not to put in your blue bin

You cannot recycle:  

  • carrier bags, black sacks and cling film - carrier bags are now usually recycled through many supermarkets (particularly the larger ones). Find your nearest locations to recycle your plastic bags
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • crockery, pyrex and glassware (vases and drinking glasses)
  • polystyrene packaging - the only polystyrene exception is a type used for certain yoghurt pots, these will be indicated with a 6 PS symbol somewhere on the packaging
  • nappies 
  • grease covered pizza boxes 
  • coffee cups - but can be returned for recycling at some high street coffee shops (or take a reusable cup)

If your bin or box has been lost, stolen or damaged, you can order a replacement online

Your recycling will be collected on alternate weeks on your collection day. Check your collection schedule to find out when your recycling is collected. Please place your recycling at the edge of your property by 7am on collection day.

Extra recycling will be collected but please try to fit it in the bin first. If you are unable to fit your extra recycling in to your bin please present it in clear sacks so that the crew can see what is in the sacks.

Any extra recycling presented in a black refuse sack will not be collected.

Other items you can recycle

The following items can be recycled by placing separately on top of or next to your blue wheelie bin: 

  • textiles (please put in a clear or white plastic bag so that the crews can easily identify as recycling and tie shoes together in pairs)
  • engine oil (please stand upright in a sealed container; no cooking oil - this can be taken to a reuse and recycling centre)
  • domestic and vehicle batteries (keep household batteries in a tied up bag; please do not place car batteries on the pavement) 

You can also recycle other materials at reuse and recycling centres.

The symbols on the bottom of many plastic products identify the different types of plastic and their chemical composition, and if they can be recycled.