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Where and what you can recycle.
Your recycling bin is collected every fortnight, on the same day as your household waste.
Bins should be put out by 7.30am on your collection day.
What can I put in my bin?
Your blue bin makes it easier to recycle a wide range of items at home including cardboard and plastic bottles. It has an inner box to keep all paper based items separated.
Please only put the correct items in your recycling bin to prevent contaminating the load. Contaminated loads will have to go to the landfill rather than for recycling.
In the inner box
- newspapers and magazines
- telephone directories (including Yellow Pages)
In the main part of the recycling bin
- all flattened white, grey and brown cardboard (for example: cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, clean ready meal boxes, egg boxes, kitchen roll inners)
- empty and rinsed food tins, drink cans and aerosols (for example: baby milk formula tins and biscuit tins)
- rinsed and squashed plastic bottles (for example milk, water, pop, shampoo). Please replace the bottle tops after rinsing out.
- rinsed glass bottles and jars (for example: jam jars, coffee jars, sauce bottles, wine bottles, baby food jars, face cream jars, perfume bottles) Please replace the lids after rinsing out..
- yogurt pots, margarine and butter tubs, plastic ice cream tubs, fruit punnets, small plastic toys, plastic cups, plastic sweet/biscuit tubs, waxed drinks cartons (for example: juice cartons, soup cartons, custard cartons).
- small electrical items (for example: toasters, kettles, hairdryers)
It's important to keep your recycled items dry and your bin lid closed. No wet paper or cardboard should go in the bin and you should empty all cans and bottles before recycling.
If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will stick to any glass items. This means we cannot recycle these items anymore.
Wet paper and cardboard can also stick to the machinery and clog up the system at the recycling plant. Therefore, we cannot remove wet cardboard placed next to your bin either.
What can I not put in my recycling bin?
We are unable to take the items listed below in your recycling bin, but some of the items can be recycled at other locations.
|Item||Where you can take them|
|Windowpanes, cookware, Pyrex, windscreens, ceramics, light bulbs, printers, TVs||Household Waste and Recycling Centres|
|Plastic bags||Supermarkets with bag recycling facilities|
|Garden waste||Garden waste bin|
|Textiles, books, spectacles||Charity shop or relevant recycling bring bank|
|General waste including food waste, nappies, plastic films, black food trays, tin foil, shredded paper, polystyrene, wallpaper, hard plastic - kitchenware, electrical plugs, stationery||Not currently recycled - please put these in your household waste bin|
What if I can't manage to move my bin?
We understand that some people are not able to move their bins to the collection area. Find out about requesting an assisted bin collection.
Replacement bins can be ordered. There is a charge of £25 towards the cost of the replacement bin. There is no charge for a replacement inner box. Call customer services on 0191 433 7000 to arrange a replacement bin.