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What goes in your bins, bags and recycling boxes

PDF leaflets

You can download and print a PDF leaflet showing what goes in each of your containers, or see the information on this web page.

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. This includes:

  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • junk mail
  • catalogues
  • envelopes (including with windows)
  • card and cardboard packaging
  • egg boxes
  • toilet and kitchen roll tubes


  • Tear up and flatten large boxes
  • No disposable paper masks
  • No food-soiled pizza boxes
  • No food or drink cartons
  • Put shredded paper in a paper envelope or paper bag (this stops it from clogging the sorting machines)
  • No tissue paper
  • No plastic bags

Purple bags and communal recycling bins

If you have no outside space we may supply you with purple bags for your recycling.

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
  • Put shredded paper in a paper envelope or paper bag (this stops it from clogging the sorting machines)
  • No tissue paper

Blue striped bags

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

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
  • Wash and squash items
  • Tear up and flatten large boxes
  • Remove film lids from pots, tubs and trays
  • No paper or card

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

Types of plastic and how to dispose of them

We accept We do not accept
  • bottles including water bottles and milk bottles
  • tubs including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, cream cheese tubs, fruit punnets and pots from dips and sauces
  • household products including cleaning products, bleach bottles, cleaners with trigger spray, liquid soap bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • plastic sheeting around new furniture
  • polystyrene disc under pizzas
  • plastic film lid to film container
  • plastic prepared salad bag
  • plastic rings on multipack of cans
  • plastic pouches of baby or pet food
  • plastic carrier bags - many supermarkets collect these

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.