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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 bin is –  the green lidded wheelie bin or green sack

  • Green lidded wheelie bin - Most properties with a front garden are provided with a wheelie bin for their recycling.
  • Green sack -  At some properties there is not enough room in the front garden or yard for a bin, or there are too many steps down to the pavement for our collection crews to safely move a bin full of rubbish. In these locations residents will be asked to present their recycling in green sacks for the normal collection 
  • Communal containers for blocks and estates – look out for the large black bins with photos of recyclable items on them
  • Properties with front gardens also have separate containers to recycle their food and garden waste

What can I put in my green wheelie bin or sack?

Tins and cans

Yes please (please rinse tins and cans)

  • Food tins
  • Baked bean tins
  • Pet food tins
  • Biscuit tins
  • Sweets tins
  • Drink cans
  • Cola cans
  • Beer cans
  • Aerosols (only when empty)


Yes please (all bottles should be rinsed, with lids removed)

  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Milk bottles
  • Squash bottles
  • Mineral water bottles
  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Suncream bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Bleach bottles
  • Plastic trays
  • Fruit punnets
  • Plastic pots
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Plastic tubs
  • Margarine tubs


Yes please

  • White office paper
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes (including those with plastic windows, but not with padding)
  • Catalogues
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Shredded paper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard sleeves from food packaging
  • Greetings cards
  • Gift wrap (non-metallic)
  • Cardboard tube from toilet rolls
  • Drink cartons (such as 'Tetra Paks')
  • Juice cartons
  • Milk cartons

Glass bottles and jars

Yes please (Please remember to rinse out the bottles and jars and put the lids into your recycling container separately)

  • Wine bottles
  • Juice bottles
  • Mineral water bottles
  • Jam jars
  • Pasta sauce jars

No thanks

  • Books
  • Padded envelopes (such as 'Jiffy Bags')
  • Metallic gift wrap
  • Any paper or cardboard soaked with food waste
  • Paint tins
  • Cooking oil drums
  • Drinking glasses
  • Window glass
  • Mirror glass
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Light bulbs
  • Plastic or cellophane wrapping
  • Cling film
  • Bubble wrap
  • Polystyrene
  • Styrofoam
  • Netting