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A-Z of recycling

When is my bin collected?

Your recycling bin is collected every fortnight. You can use our bin collection day checker to find your bin dates.

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. If you have an inner caddy, this should be used 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 caddy

  • newspapers and magazines
  • paper 
  • telephone directories (including Yellow Pages)
  • envelopes
  • catalogues 

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, plastic sweet/biscuit tubs, waxed drinks cartons or Tetrapaks (for example: juice cartons, soup cartons, custard cartons).

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.

ItemWhere you can take them
BatteriesHousehold waste and recycling centres, supermarkets with battery recycling facilities, electrical retailers and some public buildings.
Batteries can cause fires and need to be disposed of in dedicated battery recycling bins or in the correct containers at our HWRCs.
Windowpanes, cookware, Pyrex, windscreens, ceramics, light bulbs, printers, TVs Household waste and recycling centres
Plastic bagsSupermarkets with bag recycling facilities
Garden wasteGarden waste bin
Pizza takeaway boxes and fast food packagingNot currently recycled - please put these in your household waste bin
Textiles, books, spectaclesCharity shop or relevant recycling bring bank
General waste including food waste, nappies, plastic films, black food trays, polystyrene, wallpaper, hard plastic - kitchenware, electrical plugs, stationeryNot currently recycled - please put these in your household waste bin
ElectricalsHousehold waste and recycling centres
Disposable vapesHousehold waste and recycling centres
Gas bottlesSome can be taken back to the supplier or take them to the HWRC
Household waste and recycling centres

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

Replacement bins can be ordered. There is a charge of £26 towards the cost of the replacement bin. Replacement caddys are only available for 240 litre bins, and are no longer available for 140 litre bins. 

Request a repair or replacement bin

Alternatively, you can order a replacement bin by calling us on 0191 433 7000.