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What can I put in my recycling bins and boxes?

Recycling box

You should use your recycling containers for the following items:

Red lidded container (paper and cardboard)

Red lidded container (paper and cardboard) Red lidded container open (paper and cardboard)

We do collect

  • Paper
  • Catalogues and Directories
  • Wrapping Paper (Non Foil)
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Junk Mail / envelopes
  • Cardboard Food Packaging
  • Ready meal sleeves
  • Cardboard Boxes (must be cut down to fit inside container, even if it is left next to the container as extra recycling)
  • Toilet Roll and Kitchen Roll Tubes
  • Greetings Cards
  • Cereal Boxes 
  • Cigarette cartons (remove foil inner)
  • Cardboard medicine boxes (remove the plastic/foil pill packets are not recyclable)

We don't collect

  • Drink / soup cartons (Tetra Paks)
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic wrapping / cellophane
  • Wallpaper
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic bags / carrier bags (loose items only)
  • Textiles / shoes
  • Paper towels
  • Padded envelopes
  • Train tickets (paper with magnetic strips)
  • Books

Yellow lidded container (plastic bottles, pots, trays and tubs, glass bottles and jars and cans)

Yellow lidded container (plastic bottles, glass bottles, jars and cans) Yellow lidded container open (plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars and cans)

We do collect

  • Pop bottles
  • Detergent bottles
  • Plastic bottles (e.g. detergent, bleach, shampoo, milk, pop, yoghurt, medicine)
  • Car oil and antifreeze bottles (must be EMPTY with lids TIGHTLY on)
  • Plastic lids (either on or off the bottles)
  • Plastic tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream, Christmas chocolates) no film lids
  • Plastic pots (e.g. yoghurt, soup) no film lids
  • Plastic trays /punnets (e.g. ready meals, meat trays,  fruit /veg punnets) no film lids or polystyrene trays
  • Plastic items with numbers ♻ 1(PET), ♻ 2 (HDPE) or ♻ 5 (PP)*
  • Makeup containers
  • Plant pots
  • Hand gel bottles (must be rinsed as contents are flammable)
  • Car oil and antifreeze bottles (must be empty with lids tightly on)
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Biscuit and sweet tins (metal and plastic)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Co2 cartridges (laughing gas canisters)
  • Clean foil
  • Foil pie cases
  • Foil takeaway containers
  • Pet food tins
  • Metal bottle caps/lids (off the jars)
  • Aluminium tubes e.g tomato puree tubes (remove cap)

You should not place hard plastics labelled with these symbols, such as plastic boxes or garden furniture, in your kerbside recycling. These can instead be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres, where there is a skip solely for hard plastics. Anything which is mixed with another material, such as metal, fabric or insulating foam is unsuitable to go in the container.

Food containers must be clean.

Remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays, and put these in your general rubbish.

Please do not separate items using carrier bags as this may be classed as contamination.

Please note: recycling boxes may only be used for households with no storage facilities for bins and need prior approval from the Waste Management Department.

We don't collect

  • Plastic bags / carrier bags (loose items only)
  • Film lids on from plastic pots and trays
  • Plastic wrappers / cellophane
  • Absorbent pads (from the bottom of plastic trays)
  • Polystyrene
  • Drinking glasses, plates or other ceramic items
  • Pots and pans or other scrap metal
  • Electrical items
  • Toys
  • Batteries (this can cause fires when compacted in the wagons)
  • Lighter fluid containers (or other flammable liquid containers)
  • Nappies
  • Paper / cardboard
  • Textiles / shoes*
  • Disposable coffee cups

* We no longer collect textiles or shoes on the kerbside. Textiles can be brought for recycling to:

Garden waste bin (brown bin)

To find out what you can and can't put in your garden waste bin see what can I put in my garden waste bin?

Reduce, reuse, recycle this Christmas

For top tips on reducing, reusing and recycling your Christmas items this Christmas see reduce, reuse, recycle this Christmas.

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