What you can put into your blue bin

*What can’t go into the blue bin

Steel and aluminium cans and tins  Newspaper and magazines (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Clean aluminium foil and food trays Envelopes (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Empty aerosol cans Junk mail/flyers (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Glass bottles and jars of all colours (lids removed and placed into blue bin separately) Telephone directories (these should be placed into your blue bag)
Margarine and ice cream tubs Kitchen or food waste (This should be placed into your grey bin)
Yoghurt pots Garden waste (This should be placed into your brown bin)
Plastic cups, plates and cutlery Black bin bags/liners
Plastic containers and tubs All types of cardboard (this should be placed into your blue bag)
Plastic food trays (not black) Plastic carrier bags
Plastic drinks bottles (lids on) Waxed cartons including Tetra Pak (soup, juice, milk cartons)
Steel and aluminium bottle lids Nappies
Plastic milk bottles (lids on) Ceramics, ornaments or crockery
Shower and bath plastic bottles (lids on) Plate glass
Plastic drink bottle tops Mirrors
House cleaning plastic bottles (lids on) Batteries (including mobile phone batteries)
  Plastic cables, ties, strapping or banding
  Plant pots
  Christmas lights
  Plastic toys and hard/rigid plastics
  Plastic trims, frames or mouldings
  Shrink wrap or bubble wrap
  Polystyrene packaging or beads
  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 and sweet wrappers
  All wrapping paper
  Large pieces of sheet metal
  Burnt or fire damaged material
  Clinical waste, needles and syringes
  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 ensure all recyclables are clean before placing them into your blue bin and remember to squash items 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 taken to the local household waste site for recycling.  We CANNOT accept additional recycling at the side of the blue bin.  

Please ensure that recycling is placed loosely into the blue bin and not in bin liners/bags.  We cannot accept bagged recycling.

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

Download your guide to recycling.