At a glance

You can download a PDF showing what goes in each of your containers:

Houses and converted flats with wheelie bins

Flats with communal (shared) bins

Homes with purple and blue bags

Homes with red and blue bags

 

Food waste bin

Watch the video: How to use the food waste collection service (YouTube).

What goes inPlease...
  • Bread and bakery goods
  • Dairy products
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Peelings, egg shells, bones
  • Rice, pasta
  • Fish and meat
  • line your kitchen caddy with a
    compostable liner or wrap food in newspaper
  • no plastic bags
  • no packaging
  • no liquids
  • no oil or liquid fat
  • no kitchen roll

 

Garden waste bin

Garden waste collection is a paid-for service.

What goes inPlease...
  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Prunings and twigs
  • Weeds
  • Plants
  • Small branches or bark
  • Fallen fruit
  • Cut flowers
  • No branches more than 22cm diameter
  • No Japanese Knotweed
  • No flower pots
  • No flower trays
  • No hardcore, grit, bricks or rubble
  • No stones or bricks
  • No soil
  • No wire, string, plastic or metal
  • No animal bedding
  • No food waste

 

Recycling boxes

What goes inPlease...
  • Aerosols
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cans and tins
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Glass - bottles and jars
  • Lids - plastic and metal
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Empty and rinse all containers
  • Squash plastic bottles
  • Remove film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • No paper or card

 

Blue-topped wheelie bins and clear bags

If you have no outside space we may supply you with clear bags for your paper and card.

What goes inPlease...

Paper and card

  • Tear up and flatten large boxes
  • No shredded paper
  • No food-soiled pizza boxes
  • No tissue paper
  • No food or drink cartons

 

Purple bags, blue striped bags and communal recycling bins

If you have no outside space we may supply you with blue striped bags or purple bags for your rubbish.

What goes inPlease...
  • Aerosols
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cans and tins
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Glass - bottles and jars
  • Lids - plastic and metal
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Paper and card
  • Empty and rinse all containers
  • Wash and squash items
  • Tear up and flatten large boxes
  • Remove film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • No shredded paper
  • No tissue paper

 

Black-topped wheelie bins, blue bags and red bags

If you have no outside space we may supply you with blue bags or red striped bags for your rubbish.

What goes inPlease...

Non-recyclable household waste

  • Tie your sacks securely
  • No building or DIY waste
  • No clinical waste such as syringes, dressings and pads
  • No garden waste - we offer a separate garden waste collection service or you can take it to the Garth Road recycling centre (tip)
  • No hazardous waste such as vehicle batteries, gas cylinders, paints, chemicals, oils, asbestos, tyres, electrical appliances, fluorescent tubes and light bulbs.
  • No dead animals – we offer a collection service for dead animals
  • No paint tins - allow the paint to dry before taking tins to the Garth Road recycling centre (tip)
  • No commercial waste
  • No cooking oil - this can be recycled at the Garth Road recycling centre (tip)

 

Tied carrier bags (textiles and shoes)

Put textiles and shoes in one tied plastic carrier bag beside or on top of your bins or boxes. Look up your collection days to find out if you have a textiles collection: it will be listed as a separate service.

What goes in Please...
  • Clothes
  • Linens
  • Shoes (tied in pairs)
  • Clean, dry items only
  • No more than one bag per collection
  • Use only normal-sized carrier bags: no large bags or sacks
  • No cushions
  • No duvets
  • No curtains

 

Untied carrier bags (batteries)

Put batteries in one untied plastic bag beside or on top of your bins or boxes. Look up your collection days to find out if you have a batteries collection: it will be listed as a separate service.

What goes in Please...
  • AA
  • AAA
  • C
  • D
  • 6v
  • 9v
  • Button
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • No more than one bag per collection
  • Use only normal-sized carrier bags: no large bags or sacks
  • No car batteries
  • No children's ride-on toy batteries
  • No sealed lead acid/gel batteries
  • No motorbike batteries
  • No industrial batteries

 

Other ways to dispose of your rubbish

You can take many types of waste to the Reuse and Recycling Centre (tip) or local recycling banks.

Special collection services are available for clinical waste and hazardous waste.

 

What happens to your recycling

Your food waste is turned into fertiliser and biogas fuel, through a process called anaerobic digestion.

Your garden waste is turned into compost.

Your dry recycling is separated into different materials, cleaned and re-processed so that it can be used make new products.

Your textiles are sent to developing countries for re-use where possible. Items of a lower quality are recycled to make wiping cloths for use in industry, and filling material for furniture and car seats.

Your batteries contain a range of metals which are recovered and recycled into secondary raw materials.