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What to put in your blue recycling bin

The main part of your bin is for: 

  • Cardboard packaging (cereal boxes, egg boxes, ready meal sleeves, toilet / kitchen cardboard roll holders)- No takeaway pizza boxes
  • Glass bottles and jars (beer, wine, perfume / medicine bottles, pasta sauce)
  • Plain card (not glue/glitter)
  • Food tins (baby milk formula, tins, pet food)
  • Drink cans
  • Aerosols
  • Cartons (milk, juice)
  • Plastic (milk / juice / water / shampoo bottles, washing up liquid / bleach / fabric softener bottles, yoghurt / soup / noodle pots, margarine / ice cream tubs, plastic trays)

The inner caddy is for paper. This includes: 

  • White office paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Envelopes (including those with plastic windows)
  • Junk mail
  • Telephone directories (yellow pages)
  • Catalogues
  • Printed paper
  • Brochures
  • Letters/writing paper
  • Shredded paper (please wrap inside other paper to stop it from flying away)

More information

For more detail about what can and can't go in your blue bin, see below:

It's important to keep your recycled items dry and your bin lid closed. No wet paper or cardboard should go in the bin and you should empty all cans and bottles before recycling. If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will stick to any glass items. This means we cannot recycle these items anymore. Wet paper and cardboard can also stick to the machinery and clog up the system at the recycling plant. Therefore, we cannot remove wet cardboard placed next to your bin either.

Paper, cardboard and cartons



In inner black caddy:

  • White office paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes (including those with plastic windows, but not with padding)
  • Catalogues
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Shredded paper

In main part of blue bin:

  • Cardboard packaging boxes (please flatten to make more room) 
  • Plain card (no glitter/glue)
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard sleeves from food packaging
  • Cardboard tube from toilet and kitchen rolls
  • Drink cartons (such as 'Tetra Packs')
  • Juice cartons
  • Milk cartons
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Books
  • Corks (from wine and champagne bottles)
  • Padded envelopes (such as 'Jiffy Bags')
  • Metallic gift wrap
  • Christmas/birthday cards with glitter
  • Any paper or cardboard soaked with food waste
  • Gift wrap or wrapping paper
  • Wallpaper

Takeaway food containers

We do not accept takeaway pizza boxes or any takeaway food container that has contained food or grease. No paper, cardboard or polystyrene containers should be put in the recycling bin. No food can be recycled and the grease cannot be separated during the recycling process.


All plastic bottles and trays should be rinsed. Always detach lids before putting in the blue bin.



  • Milk bottles 
  • Juice bottles
  • Mineral water bottles
  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Sun cream bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Bleach bottles
  • Plastic pots and tubs
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Margarine and butter tubs
  • ice cream tubs
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Black sacks
  • Plastic trays (microwavable)
  • Cling film
  • Bubble wrap
  • Polystyrene
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic film and wrapping from packages
  • Plastic egg boxes
  • CD's, DVD cases
  • Takeaway pizza boxes
Tins and cans



  • Food tins (soup, tuna, baked beans, spaghetti hoops etc.)
  • Pet food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Cola tins
  • Beer cans
  • Aerosols (only when empty)
  • Paint tins
  • Cooking oil drums
  • Any other metal items
Glass bottles and jars



  • Jam jars
  • Curry jars
  • Mineral water bottles
  • Pasta sauce jars
  • Wine, Spirit and alcopop bottles
  • Lager/beer bottles
  • Juice bottles
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass and window panes
  • Mirror glass (do not recycle mirror glass)
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Drinking glasses

Other items

These items cannot go in your blue bin:

  • Disposable nappies - should only be disposed of in your grey household bins. Do not place in the recycling or green waste bins
  • NO plastic bags or sacks of ANY kind! Plastic bags cannot be recycled
  • General waste - all food waste should be disposed of through your grey household bin
  • Garden waste - this should go in your green bin if you have subscribed to the payable service
  • Vegetable peelings - please use a compost bin or dispose in your grey household bin
  • China (plates, cups, bowls) - if in good condition donate to local charity or wrap carefully and dispose of in your grey household bin
  • Polystyrene - put in your grey household bin
  • Hazardous materials including paint, petrol etc.
  • Pet waste - dispose of in your grey household bin only
  • NO batteries of any kind in your blue recycling or grey household bin

These items cannot go in your recycling bin, but can be collected through a Bulky waste collections or recycled at the Recycling Village

  • Televisions and monitors
  • Oil - Engine and cooking oil should be disposed of at the Recycling Village
  • Textiles - find out more about Textiles recycling
  • Mattresses
  • Carpets
  • Large electrical goods (fridge, freezer etc.)

Useful tips

  • Use your old washing up water to clean your tins, bottles, jars and plastics - that way you aren't using extra water. Rinsing out packaging that contained food, drinks or other residues helps prevent the load of recyclables becoming contaminated and rejected at the sorting facility. Rinsing materials also helps prevents flies and your bin getting dirty.
  • Flatten cardboard, cans, plastic bottles, and cartons.
  • Remove and rinse lids - plastic lids can be put in the blue recycling bin separately. 
  • Squash as much material as possible as this takes up less space.
  • Keep your bin lid shut to stop rain getting onto the recyclables.


Other ways to recycle


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