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What can I put in my recycling bin?

(Click on your council's logo to access your local recycling web pages)

Your recycling bins are – the green box or bag and blue bag

What can I put in my green box or bag and blue bag?

Green Box or bag


  • yoghurt pots
  • food trays
  • fruit punnets
  • ice cream tubs
  • margarine containers
  • wax-lined, poly-lined and foil-lined cartons (e.g. milk cartons, Tetra Pak)
  • water and fizzy drink bottles
  • cooking oil and milk bottles
  • Shampoo, bath and shower bottles
  • household cleaning, washing and fabric conditioner bottles
  • all bottle caps
  • plastic bags (empty)
  • magazine wrappings. 

Metals - tins and cans

  • drink and food cans (rinsed)
  • aerosol cans (fully emptied)
  • aluminium foil (clean and dry)
  • metal screw tops and jar lids.

Mixed glass - all colours

  • drinks bottles
  • food/spice jars
  • jam/spread jars
  • sauce bottles

Blue bag

Mixed paper

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • catalogues
  • telephone directories
  • yellow pages
  • envelopes (including those with windows)
  • junk mail
  • office paper
  • coloured paper
  • wrapping paper
  • small quantities of shredded paper
  • cardboard cereal boxes
  • corrugated card
  • egg boxes
  • greetings cards

Note:  Please place all items in your bag loose and not in plastic bags 

No thanks...

  • pane or toughened glass
  • mirrors/broken glass
  • light bulbs/fluorescent tubes
  • crockery
  • pyrex
  • broken drinking glasses 
  • foil-lined packets/sweet wrappers and crisp packets
  • black sacks
  • bio-degradable and degradable bags
  • polystyrene packing or beads
  • tupperware containers
  • plastic furniture
  • liquid waste
  • food waste
  • Paint tins and any other metals
  • soiled paper/tissue
  • wallpaper
  • waxed paper
  • foil backed card
  • card with padding
  • bubble packs