What goes in my bins?

What goes in my bin




Mixed recycling - only these items clean and loose   

  • plastic bottles
  • plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • glass bottles and jars
  • tins, cans
  • tin foil, foil trays
  • aerosols
  • milk, juice and soup cartons
  • thick brown cardboard

No - white paper & cardboard (use paper box), plastic bags or liners, cling film, sweet or biscuit wrappers, plant pots, toys, china, household glassware, polystyrene, pet food pouches, electrical items*, takeaway cups, coat hangers and general waste.

Paper recycling - only these items clean and loose   

  • paper
  • grey and white card
  • envelopes
  • books
  • newspapers & magazines
  • shredded paper (must be contained within an envelope, paper bag etc)

No - brown cardboard (use mixed recycling bin), waxed or laminated paper, plastic bags or liners, cartons (use mixed recycling bin) and takeaway cups

Food recycling - only these items - line your caddy with plastic bags, compostable liners or newspaper

  • any food: raw, cooked, burnt, mouldy or out of date
  • peelings
  • plate scrapings
  • tea bags & coffee grounds
  • pet food
  • bones, shells and skins

No - non-food items, oil or fats, hard plastic packaging

Garden recycling - only these items loose - Please note: This is a chargeable service and costs £40 per bin, per year.

  • grass cuttings
  • plants & flowers
  • leaves
  • tree & hedge trimmings
  • weeds (non - noxious)
  • small branches

No - turf*, soil*, stones*, compostable liners, food, pet bedding & litter, plant pots, noxious weeds

Textiles - place a maximum of two (supermarket carrier bags) next to your black bin on refuse collection day

  • clothing
  • accessories
  • outerwear
  • shoes (paired)
  • towels, blankets and curtains

No - wet or soiled clothing, slippers, single shoes, duvets, pillows, sleeping bags

Batteries - place in small clear bags on top of your mixed recycling bin or bag

  • household batteries
  • mobile phone batteries
  • laptop batteries
  • power tool batteries

No - damaged / leaking batteries, car batteries, industrial batteries

Small household electrical items - place loose next to your mixed recycling bin or bag

  • kettles
  • hair dryers
  • irons
  • small electrical items (items should be small enough to fit into a supermarket carrier bag)

No - large electrical items

General waste

  • Items that cannot be recycled
  • plastic bags
  • nappies
  • plant pots
  • toys
  • polystyrene trays, cups and packaging
  • crisps, sweet and biscuit wrappers
  • china
  • household glass
  • pet bedding and litter
  • empty paint tins

No - batteries, garden waste, soil*, turf*, electrical appliances*, building materials*, car parts* and sharps**

* take to your local household recycling centre  

** to have sharps collected please set up a clinical waste collection

Extra recycling guidance

A reasonable amount of excess recyclable material will be collected, as long as:

  • It is loose in a re-useable container - we will not collect recyclables in plastic bags
  • It is presented neatly alongside the relevant collection container
  • Cardboard boxes are cut down and flattened to a manageable size - remove all other packaging (polystyrene, plastic inserts etc.)

The Councils or its contractor will not be responsible or liable for any lost containers used to store extra recycling.

Service provisions

We only collect bins with lids shut flat

If your bin / bag contains items we cannot recycle, we will not empty it

Bins / bags must be presented at the boundary of your property by 7am (unless an agreed alternative is in place)

If we decide your household is unsuitable for wheeled bins, we will provide reusable bags for recycling - residents will have to supply their own general waste sacks.