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
Envelopes (including those with plastic windows, but not with padding)
Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
In main part of blue bin:
Cardboard packaging boxes (please flatten to make more room)
Plain card (no glitter/glue)
Cardboard sleeves from food packaging
Cardboard tube from toilet and kitchen rolls
Drink cartons (such as 'Tetra Packs')
Cardboard egg cartons
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
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.
Mineral water bottles
Washing up liquid bottles
Fabric conditioner bottles
Sun cream bottles
Plastic pots and tubs
Margarine and butter tubs
ice cream tubs
Plastic carrier bags
Plastic trays (microwavable)
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
Aerosols (only when empty)
Cooking oil drums
Any other metal items
Glass bottles and jars
Mineral water bottles
Pasta sauce jars
Wine, Spirit and alcopop bottles
Window glass and window panes
Mirror glass (do not recycle mirror glass)
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
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.