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What goes in my bins and boxes?

Recycling your food waste

From May 2017, we will no longer collect food waste from your black bin. Instead, you must put all food waste in your waste compost bin.

Tips to help you increase your recycling

  • Remove all food packaging before putting the waste in your food waste bin.
  • Remember to rinse and recycle the packaging, if possible. 
  • Only use the food waste bags we supply - they decompose with the food waste and we supply them free of charge.
  • If you need more food waste bags, please tie your last bag to your food waste bin. 

We will check black bins for food waste and if any is found in the first instance we will put a warning sticker on your bin as a reminder.

If you continue to put food waste in your black bin after the first warning, we will place a second warning sticker on your bin and send you a letter. On the third occasion we will put a tag on your bin that will mean it won’t be collected. 

You will need to remove the food waste from your black bin and put it in your food waste bin to ensure your black bin is emptied on the next scheduled collection day. We will not make any alternative arrangements to collect your black bin.

If you need more food waste bags, please tie your last bag to your food waste bin.

If you don’t have a food waste bin or a kitchen food waste caddy, you can:

What goes in my bins and boxes?

Compost bin

Recycling bin

Purple recycling box

Food waste
Paper Glass bottles and jars
Grass cuttings
Dry cardboard  
Plants and flowers
Aerosol cans  
Leaves, twigs and small branches     
Plastic bottles
 
Hedge trimmings
Food and drink cans
 
Shredded paper
Food and drink cartons e.g. milk or juice          
 
Takeaway pizza boxes (torn up)
Clean aluminium foil and foil dishes  
Cold ashes
Magazines / catalogues
 
Teabags and coffee grounds Biscuit tins  
Egg shells Soft back books  
Fruit and vegetable peelings Toilet roll tubes  
Bones Cardboard food boxes (such as cereal boxes)
 
  Plastic pots, tubs and trays  

If have 2 recycling boxes and a small green bin.

Please recycle your waste as follows:

Black recycling box

Red recycling box   

Green food waste bin    

Paper  Cardboard Meat, fish and cheese 
Plastic bottles Glass bottles and jars Fruit and veg 
Plastic pots, tubs, trays  
Textiles* Bread, cakes and pastries 
Food and drink tins Batteries* Rice, beans and pasta
Aerosols Hand tools Teabags and coffee grounds
Clean aluminium foil*   Potato and vegetable peelings 
Food and drink cartons e.g. milk or juice   Any other leftover food

*Please put in a separate bag.

If you have 3 stacked recycling boxes (wheelie box) and a small green bin.

Please recycle your waste as follows:

Blue recycling box

Red recycling box

Green recycling box

Green food waste bin

Paper (shredded paper*) Food and drink cans Glass bottles and jars
(no broken glass)
Meat, fish and cheese 
Textile*
Biscuit tins Cardboard Fruit and veg 
Foil *
Aerosol cans   Bread, cakes and pastries 
Batteries*
Food and drink cartons   Rice, beans and pasta
Hand tools
Plastic bottles   Teabags and coffee grounds

Plastic pots, tubs and trays   Potato and vegetable peelings 

    Any other leftover food
*Please put in a separate bag.

Your general waste bin is only for waste that cannot be recycled, like plastic bags, wallpaper and cling film.

Putting the wrong materials into your bins or boxes?

If you put the wrong materials into your recycling bins or boxes, we won't be able to collect them.  It can contaminate our collection and all waste in the lorry may have to go to landfill. 

We'll put a non-collection tag on it telling you why it wasn't collected.  Please remove the offending item, dispose of it correctly and put your bin or box out on the next collection date.


Contact us
Waste management
0800 032 8100
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP