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What goes in my bins and boxes?

  • What goes in my bins and boxes?

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    General waste bin

    For waste that you can't recycle including:

    • Blister packs for tablets
    • Broken glass
    • Bubble wrap
    • Cellophane wrapping
    • Crisp bags and containers
    • Nappies and sanitary waste
    • Plastic cutlery
    • Styrofoam
    • Takeaway drink containers
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    Recycling bin

    • Aerosol cans
    • Aluminium foil (clean)
    • Biscuit tins
    • Cardboard food boxes
    • Cartons (including TetraPak)
    • Dry and clean cardboard
    • Empty plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
    • Food tins and drinks tins and cans
    • Magazines or catalogues
    • Paper
    • Soft back books
    • Toilet roll tubes
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    Compost bin

    • Bones
    • Bottle corks
    • Cold ashes
    • Eggshells
    • Food waste
    • Fruit and vegetable peelings
    • Grass cuttings
    • Hedge trimmings
    • Leaves, twigs and small branches
    • Paper napkins
    • Plants and flowers
    • Shredded paper
    • Takeaway pizza boxes (torn up)
    • Teabags and coffee grounds
    • Weeds
    • Wet paper and wet cardboard
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    Black or red recycling boxes*

    Option one

    • Aerosol cans
    • Clean aluminium foil
    • Food and drink cans
    • Food and drink cartons (for example, milk or juice)
    • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

    Option two

    • Cardboard
    • Paper (no tissues)

    Option three

    • Glass bottles and jars

    Textiles - leave in a tied bag next to your recycling boxes.

    What you can't put in your recycling boxes:

    • Batteries
    • Hand tools
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    Wheelie boxes

    Top box

    • Cardboard
    • Paper (no tissues)

    Middle box

    • Aerosol cans
    • Clean aluminium foil
    • Food and drink cans
    • Food and drink cartons
    • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

    Bottom box

    • Glass bottles and jars

    Textiles - leave in a tied bag and place into any of your wheelie boxes.

    What you can't put in your wheelie boxes:

    • Batteries
    • Hand tools
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    Green food waste bin

    • Bread, cakes and pastries 
    • Fruit and veg 
    • Meat, fish and cheese 
    • Potato and vegetable peelings 
    • Rice, beans and pasta
    • Teabags and coffee grounds
    • Any other leftover food
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    Glass recycling box

    • Glass bottles and jars

    *If you only have one or two boxes please rotate the materials you present each week, for example put out paper and cardboard one week, and glass the next week.

    If you have more recycling than will fit into your recycling boxes, you can leave a single additional tied bag containing one type of item next to your recycling boxes and we will collect it with the rest of your recycling.

    To order additional recycling boxes, go to order a bin.

  • Recycling your food waste

    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.

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

    If you are waiting for a caddy and have a food waste bin, you can place food waste directly into your food waste bin or wrap it in newspaper.

  • Disposing of needles and other sharps

    Sharps (needles, syringes and lancets) are clinical waste and must never be placed in a domestic bin of any type as they can cause injury to recycling and processing operatives. Sharps boxes can also be purchased from pharmacies.

  • Putting the wrong materials in 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. 

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