These bins are for recycling only. Recycling helps us make savings on disposing of waste, which means we can do more for you and your family, as well as helping the environment. To download our latest blue bin leaflet please click here.
We need your help to ensure that we can recycle all the materials collected properly. Here are some important things you can do to help:
- put all your materials clean, dry and loose into the bin
- make sure all food and liquid is removed
- separate out recyclable components eg separate an Easter egg box into plastic, foil and cardboard
Below is a detailed guide to the materials that can be recycled in your blue bin.
All clean paper including newspapers, magazines, brochures and catalogues, white paper, telephone directories, leaflets and flyers, envelopes.
Wet or dirty paper including napkins, tissues, kitchen roll and wallpaper. shredded paper, cards or wrapping paper with glitter, takeaway coffee cups, wrapping paper.
All cardboard from around the home, including: cardboard boxes (eg cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes), corrugated cardboard (eg online delivery boxes, cardboard envelopes), greetings cards without glitter.
Wet or dirty cardboard food contaminated cardboard ie pizza, cards or wrapping paper with glitter, wallpaper.
Plastic Bottles and Containers
All clear and coloured plastic bottles from around the home eg (milk, drink, shampoo, detergent etc), pots (eg yogurt, soup, etc.), tubs (eg margarine, ice cream, etc.), trays/punnets (eg raw meat or ham trays; take-away trays; fruit/veg trays), chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays, other clear plastic packaging, plant pots.
Plastic bags film or wrapping eg bread bags and bubble wrap, polystyrene cups, trays and protective packaging. Crisp and sweet wrappers, plastic toys, medicine blister packs, toothpaste tubes.
Top tip 1: remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays, and put these in your general rubbish.
Good to know: some supermarkets have collection points for recycling your plastic bags.
Top tip 2: squashing will increase space in your recycling bin.
Metal Cans and Areosols
Drinks cans, food tins, biscuit/chocolate tins and their lids, empty aerosols, clean foil.
Laminated foil (eg cat food/coffee pouches), crisp packets and sweet wrappers, general kitchen ware eg cutlery, pots and pans. Any other metal items eg kettles, irons, pipes and white goods.
Good to know: larger metal and plastic items can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres across the district.
Drinks cartons (eg juices), food cartons (eg soups), tetrapaks.
Laminated plastic food/drink pouches (eg baby food pouches, cat food pouches, coffee pouches).
Glass Bottles and Jars
All glass packaging from around the home, including, Bottles of any colour (eg wine, beer, spirits), Jars (e.g. sauces, jam, baby food), Non-food bottles (eg perfume, aftershave, face creams).
Drinking glasses, glass cookware (eg pyrex), ceramics (eg crockery), vases, nail polish bottles, microwave plates, mirrors, window glass, light bulbs and tubes.
Good to know: other types of glass do not melt at the same temperature as bottles and jars. If they enter the glass recycling process, it can result in new containers being rejected.
•to prevent odour build up, remember to empty and wash all tins, cans and plastic containers
•to achieve best use of space in your bin, squash plastic bottles, tins and cans
•remove lids from all plastic bottles.
Top tip: you can recycle light bulbs and tubes at your local Household Recycling Centre.
Remember if in doubt, leave it out!
Contamination is a serious problem and can lead to tonnes of recyclable material being landfilled. Blue bins containing the wrong material will not be emptied.
If you need any further information, please contact:
Waste Department Customer Services Section
Telephone: 0330 137 4047