What goes in your recycling bin

We collect your blue lidded mixed recycling wheelie bin (please make sure the lid can close), or clear recycling sacks, from the edge of your property nearest the road every other week. All containers must be available by 6am on your collection day. Please put your clean and dry recycling loose into your bin. Do not use black sacks as we need to be able to see it's recycling to empty it.

Recycling sacks are only supplied where wheeled bins cannot be used because of steep steps or difficult access and to residents unable to physically move a wheeled bin. We do not provide them for additional recycling.

What you can recycle

  • Books.
  • Cardboard – any size (as long as bin lid can close).
  • Cereal boxes.
  • Computer paper/print outs.
  • Envelopes including window type.
  • Egg boxes.
  • Greeting cards.
  • Junk mail.
  • Newspapers/ magazines.
  • Office paper white and coloured.
  • Other paper including clean paper bags.
  • Shredded paper (please contain in paper bags or cereal boxes when possible).
  • Telephone directories including Yellow Pages and other catalogues.
  • Wrapping paper (non-shiny and without any glitter).
  • Food and drink cartons (eg soup, milk, juice).
  • Plastic caps and lids.
  • Plastic coloured and clear bottles eg detergent, fabric conditioners, bleach, household cleaning fluids, hair care, bath, shower and cooking oil bottles.
  • Plastic coloured and clear drinks bottles.
  • Plastic coloured and clear food trays.
  • Plastic containers eg yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs, margarine containers.
  • Singular empty plastic carrier bags (not black bags).
  • Plastic packaging (but not cling film, bubble wrap or crisp/biscuit packets).
  • Toothpaste tubes.
  • Yoghurt containers, straws and other containers.
  • Aerosol cans (fully discharged).
  • Drink and food cans.
  • Foil, including metal food trays (with any remaining food removed before being put in the recycling bin).
  • Metal lids eg screw tops, beer bottle tops, jam jar lids, can lids.
  • Bottles and jars (please remove lids. Metal lids can go in the recycling bin and corks should go in the general waste bin).

​Your questions answered

  • Ash from heating house/water - put in your rubbish bin/bags when cool and please make sure the bags aren't too heavy.
  • Batteries - you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
  • Bubblewrap - reuse it or put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • CDs and cases - donate to a charity shop or put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Ceramics such as broken plates - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken wrap any sharp edges and put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Cling film and other stretchy plastic wrapping - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Clothes - you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
  • Clothes hangers (plastic and metal) - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Coffee cups - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Corks - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Crisp packets and any confectionary packaging such as biscuit or chocolate wrappers - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Flower pots (plastic and ceramic) - donate to a keen gardener if reusable. If broken put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Food containers that food cannot be removed from - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Food waste - you can recycle this every week in your food caddy.
  • Garden waste including cut flowers – compost at home, join the Green Waste Club or take to a community recycling centre.
  • Hard plastic such as toys, milk and beer crates - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken put in your rubbish bin/bags or take to a community recycling centre. 
  • Large electrical items - donate to a local charity if reusable, sell or give it away online or take to a community recycling centre.
  • Light bulbs - old style ones can be wrapped and put in your rubbish bin/bags. New style ones should be taken to a community recycling centre as they are hazardous.
  • Medicine blister packs/pill packets - put empty ones in your rubbish bin/bags. Any unwanted or out of date medicine should be returned to your local pharmacy.
  • Nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products - put in your rubbish bin/bags. Please make sure it's double bagged and not too heavy.
  • Pet litter and bedding - put in your rubbish bin/bags. Please make sure it's double bagged and not too heavy.
  • Plastic strapping - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Polystyrene and Styrofoam - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Pyrex, kitchenware and broken glass - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If broken wrap any sharp edges and put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Rubber hose pipe - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Saucepans, oven trays and other larger metal items - take to a community recycling centre.
  • Small electrical items - you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
  • Textiles and shoes – you can recycle these in plastic carrier bags from home.
  • Toothbrushes - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Wet/used kitchen paper or tissues - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Window glass, drinking glasses and mirrors - donate to a charity shop if reusable. If not please take to a community recycling centre.
  • Wipes - put in your rubbish bin/bags.
  • Wood - take to a community recycling centre.

You can place additional recycling in plastic carrier bags (no black sacks, we need to be able to see it's recycling), cardboard boxes or clear recycling sacks bought from some supermarkets or online next to your recycling bin. We do not provide clear sacks for additional recycling.

If you often fill up your blue lidded recycling bin you can have another one by filling in the request a recycling container form.

You can also take your recycling to a community recycling centre or certain items can be taken to a recycling bank.

If you are physically unable to move the recycling wheelie bin, we can arrange for an assisted recycling collection from your front door. Please contact us.

You may be able to store your wheeled bin at the roadside and put it at the edge of your property for collection every other week. If this is not possible we can provide clear plastic recycling sacks.