What goes in my bin?

Blue bin

For recycling (only paper/card/plastic bottles/tins and cans/aerosols)

Table showing what can and cannot be recycled.

Yes, please

No, thank you

aerosol canisters (empty)

bottle tops and metal jar lids


cartons (Tetrapak) eg juice, milk and soup cartons

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

cellophane, plastic film

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

crisp bags

cards – greetings cards and Christmas cards

electrical, electronic equipment and batteries

catalogues, brochures and directories

foil-based wrapping paper

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

food pouches

newspapers and magazines

food waste

paper – printer paper white and coloured


plastic bottles (rinsed) with tops removed (drinks, milk, toiletry, detergent, bleach)

metal eg, cutlery and pots and pans

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

microwavable trays/pots

wrapping paper (not foil based)


plastic bags

plastic pots, microwaveable trays, tubs, yoghurt pots

plastic toys


sweet/biscuit tins

textiles (clothes, bedding, duvets etc)


Green bin

For general waste (that can not go into the blue bin or to a local recycling site)

Table showing what can and cannot go into green bin.

Yes, please

No, thank you

broken toys

any items you can recycle or compost

cooked food waste

builders rubble/soil

disposable nappies

car parts

plastic pots, microwaveable trays, tubs, yoghurt pots, plastic film

corrosive or hazardous materials such as pesticides, oil and paint


electrical, electronic equipment and batteries

any other general waste which you can't recycle or compost

fluorescent tubes/low energy light bulbs

garden waste

hot ashes

For tips on how to reduce your food waste visit the love food hate waste website.

Find out how to receive a free home composter

Residents can downsize their current green landfill bin for a smaller one and receive a free composter. Complete our green bin enquiry form.

Brown bin and biodegradable sacks

For garden waste.

Table showing what can and cannot go in brown bin and biodegradable sacks.

Yes, please

No, thank you

chopped up Christmas trees

animal waste

grass cuttings

branches over 7.5cm (3 inches) wide or over 1.2m (4ft) long

hedge and tree trimmings

bricks and rubble


flower pots or plant trays

small branches

food waste including fruit and vegetables or peelings (including windfall fruit)

small plants/flowers

glass or metal


soil, turf or stones

tree stumps

any item that should be in the recycling or general waste bin