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What goes in my bins and boxes?

  • COVID-19 (coronavirus) update

    Most of our waste and recycling collections are running as usual.

    To help our crews as much as possible, you should:

    • not leave side waste or extra rubbish bags next to your bin, as we can’t collect them
    • sort your recycling properly
    • make sure you wash your hands, before and after handling your bins or recycling boxes
    • wipe the handle of your bin and boxes down after you leave it at your usual collection point
    • follow social distancing guidance (link opens in new window)
    • make sure disposable gloves are placed into your black bin once you’ve finished using the
    • visit nidirect for more advice on bin hygiene (link opens in new window)

    You must not put items such as used tissues or disposable cleaning cloths into your recycling bins or boxes. This is very important.

    Coronavirus waste

    If you have suspected, or confirmed coronavirus, follow these instructions before putting items such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in your black waste bin:

    • double-bag them, tying the bags securely
    • keep them separate from other waste for 72 hours before putting them into your black waste bin for collection
  • What goes in my bins and boxes?

    Please note: Cardboard drinks cups (including takeaway coffee and tea cups) cannot go into food waste collection.

    Compost bin (Brown bin or green for former North Down residents.)
    Food waste
    Grass cuttings
    Plants and flowers
    Leaves, twigs and small branches
    Hedge trimmings
    Shredded paper
    Takeaway pizza boxes (torn up)
    Cold ashes
    Teabags and coffee grounds
    Egg shells
    Fruit and vegetable peelings
    Bones
    Paper napkins
    Wet paper and cardboard
    Bottle corks
    Weeds
    Recycling bin
    Paper (no wallpaper)
    Dry cardboard
    Aerosol cans
    Plastic bottles
    Food and drink cans
    Food and drink cartons (such as milk or juice)           
    Clean aluminium foil and foil dishes
    Magazines / catalogues
    Biscuit tins
    Soft back books
    Toilet roll tubes
    Cardboard food boxes (such as cereal boxes)
    Plastic pots, tubs and trays
    Envelopes with cellophane windows (removed)
    Egg cartons (cardboard or plastic)
    Purple recycling box
    Glass bottles and jars
    Black bin
    Tissue paper
    Plant pots (plastic)
    Metal and plastic lids of glass bottles and jars
    Bubble wrap
    Plastic cutlery 
    Cellophane wrapping
    Envelopes with cellophane windows (not removed)
    Styrofoam
    Crisp bags and containers
    Plastic bags
    Barbecue foil bases
    Broken light bulbs
    Plastic ready meal packs (film attached)
    Carry-out coffee containers and lids 
    Nappies and sanitary waste
  • If you have two recycling boxes and a green food waste bin.

    Please recycle your waste as follows:

    *Please put in a separate bag.

    Black recycling box
    Paper (no wallpaper)
    Plastic bottles
    Plastic pots, tubs, trays  
    Food and drink tins
    Aerosols
    Clean aluminium foil*
    Food and drink cartons (for example, milk or juice)
    Red recycling box
    Cardboard
    Glass bottles and jars
    Textiles*
    Batteries*
    Hand tools
    Green food waste bin
    Meat, fish and cheese 
    Fruit and veg 
    Bread, cakes and pastries 
    Rice, beans and pasta
    Teabags and coffee grounds
    Potato and vegetable peelings 
    Any other leftover food
  • If you have three stacked recycling boxes (wheelie box) and a green food waste bin.

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

    Please recycle your waste as follows:

    *Please put in a separate bag.

    Blue recycling box
    Paper (shredded paper*) 
    (no wallpaper)
    Textiles*
    Foil *
    Batteries*
    Hand tools
    Red recycling box
    Food and drink cans
    Biscuit tins
    Aerosol cans
    Food and drink cartons
    Plastic bottles
    Plastic pots, tubs and trays
    Green recycling box
    Glass bottles and jars
    (no broken glass)
    Cardboard
    Green food waste bin
    Meat, fish and cheese 
    Fruit and veg 
    Bread, cakes and pastries 
    Rice, beans and pasta
    Teabags and coffee grounds
    Potato and vegetable peelings 
    Any other leftover food
  • 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 or you can always collect rolls of food waste bags from any of our main recycling centres.

    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 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. 

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