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Blue recycling bin

Put your bin out the night before

Please make sure your bin is out by 6am on your collection day.

We suggest putting it out the night before.

blue bin
In Bracknell Forest, blue bins are for recycling paper and card, food tins, cartons, foil, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.


These are collected every 2 weeks.

What goes in your blue bin

Please quickly 'wash and squash' recyclable plastics, foil and cartons to reduce contamination and to free up space.

Table showing what to put in your blue recycling bin

Yes, please

No, thank you

aerosol canisters – empty

metal jar lids


cellophane, plastic film

cans and tins – rinsed food, drink and pet food (labels are OK)

crisp bags

card – cereal boxes, corrugated card, egg boxes, kitchen and toilet roll tubes, flattened boxes

electrical, electronic equipment and batteries

cards – greetings cards and Christmas cards (without glitter)

foil-based wrapping paper

cartons (Tetrapak) – juice, milk and soup cartons

food pouches and coffee pods

catalogues, brochures and directories

food waste

foil and foil trays (rinsed)


junk mail, flyers, letters and envelopes (including window envelopes)

metal – cutlery and pots and pans

newspapers and magazines


paper – printer paper (white and coloured)

plastic bags

plastic bottles (rinsed) – drinks, milk, toiletry, detergent, bleach

plastic toys

plastic punnets and trays – fruit punnets, meat trays

plastics which are black (other colours are fine)

plastic cosmetic pots or tubs


plastic pots – yoghurt, cream or soup pots

textiles – clothes, bedding, duvets

plastic tubs – ice cream and margarine tubs


shredded paper (please put in a small box, paper bag or wrap in newspaper)

toothpaste tubes

wrapping paper (not foil based)

paint tins

Black plastic goes in green general waste bins

Black plastic is not currently recycled as sorting equipment cannot detect the carbon black pigment. Please put any black plastic in your green general waste bin.

For more information about plastic recycling, visit the re3 website

Glass goes in bottle banks

We don’t collect glass along with other recyclable items because broken or ground glass makes paper and card unrecyclable.

When the government has passed the Environment Bill there will be statutory guidance on glass collection.  At this point we will assess options for glass recycling. 

In the meantime please take your glass to your local bottle bank.

More information

For more information on recycling please visit the recycle now website.