Blue bin

What you can put into your blue bin

*What can’t go into the blue bin

Large brown cardboard boxes Newspaper and magazines (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Corrugated card Envelopes (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Cereal boxes Junk mail/flyers (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Card sleeves Telephone directories (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Washing powder boxes Kitchen or food waste (This should be placed into your grey bin)
Thin sheets of card Garden waste (This should be placed into your brown bin)
Egg boxes Black bin bags/liners
Glass bottles and jars of all colours Foil backed card
Steel food and drinks cans Card with bubble pack or padding attached
Aluminium food and drinks cans Corks
Steel and aluminium bottle lids Nappies
Plastic drink bottles Ceramics, ornaments or crockery
Shower and bath plastic bottles Plate glass
Plastic drink bottle tops Mirrors
House cleaning plastic bottles Batteries (including mobile phone batteries)
Light coloured plastic food trays Plastic cables, ties, strapping or banding
Yoghurt pots Plant pots
Margarine tubs Christmas lights
Empty aerosol cans Plastic toys
Waxed cartons Plastic trims, frames or mouldings
Empty plastic carrier bags Shrink wrap or bubble wrap
Clean aluminium foil and food trays Polystyrene packaging or beads
Greeting cards Gas bottles
  Video/tape cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s or their cases
  Electrical waste including hoses off hoovers
  Textiles or clothing
  Cushions and duvets
  Soil or rubble
  Paint tins
  Machine or engine parts
  Utensils or tools, knives and other sharp objects
  Wood and MDF
  Crisp packets
  All wrapping paper
  Large pieces of sheet metal
  Burnt or fire damaged material
  Clinical waste, needles and syringes
  Dead animals
  Hazardous waste
  Ropes and belts
  Pots and pans or any other types of metal
  Bagged waste

*The Council is unable to list every item that should not be placed in your blue bin.  If the item you wish to dispose of is not listed as being accepted, please DO NOT put it into your blue bin as we are unable to recycle it.  Please place it in your grey bin.

The collection crews are trained to check for contamination and are unable to empty any bin which contains the incorrect types of material. We accept that residents can sometimes place the wrong items in their bin by mistake, so the crews will help by identifying the reason for non-collection.

We then ask our residents to remove the contamination before the wheeled bin gets emptied on your next scheduled collection day.  Please view our contamination policy.

Please also remember to wash and squash where possible. By doing this you will be able to get more into your blue bin for recycling. If you have additional blue bin recycling this can be placed at the side of your bin in an open clear/white bag so that the crew can see that it contains recycling and it will be collected.

Recycling also needs to be placed loosely into the blue bin and not in bin liners.

We are unable to accept black bin liners or sacks.

When is your blue bin collected?

Find out when your bins are scheduled to be collected.

We collect on bank holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year).

If your bin has been lost, stolen or damaged

Let us know online

Please contact the Environment Team on 0800 269098.

Guide to recycling

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