Bin guide and instructions

Blue bins

We also provide every household with a blue wheelie bin and empty them every two weeks (on alternate weeks to your non recyclable/black bin waste). 

What to put in your blue bin

We will only accept the following clean items in your blue bin:

  • paper, including newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, wrapping paper (without foil/glitter) etc.
  • shredded paper (this should be placed in a clear plastic bag to the side of your bin on your bin day)
  • card, including flattened cardboard boxes, food sleeves, toilet and kitchen roll inners etc.
  • plastic containers, including margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, bottles, empty carrier bags and plastic food trays etc.
  • clean, empty plastic bags
  • aluminium foil, food trays or cans (foil that doesn't scrunch up can't be recycled)
  • cartons, including juice, milk and soup
  • glass bottles or jars and lids
  • aerosol cans and roll-ons

Please wash out empty containers before putting them in your bin. Card and paper should only be added if it is clean.

Please do not bag up your recycling - put items in the bin loose. You may use a clear plastic bag for excess recycling and place it to the side of your bin on your bin day.

If any other items are found in your bin or you use a bag, it will not be emptied.

Other waste

Please DO NOT put the following in your blue bin:

  • bin bags of any colour to bag up recycling*
  • general waste
  • food waste
  • nappies/sanitary products (clean or used)
  • pyrex
  • garden waste
  • animal bedding
  • polystyrene
  • rigid plastics such as garden furniture, toys, coat hangers etc
  • plant pots and garden trays
  • foil that doesn't stay together when scrunched up (such as crisp bags, tea/coffee packets and pet food pouches)
  • bubble wrap
  • textiles/fabric
  • mirrored glass
  • electricals and batteries (these should go to your local tip)
  • Wallpaper and wallpaper backing
  • Used tissues, kitchen roll or paper towels

*We have had loads of recycling rejected by our recycling partners because they contain filled plastic bin bags and it is not possible to see what is in them. If loads are rejected they are sent to landfill or to be incinerated, rather than being recycled. Please help us by putting recycling items into your blue bin loose.

Need an extra blue bin?

If your blue bin is regularly overflowing, you can order a second blue bin for free.

Order an additional blue bin

Alternatively, if you have too much recycling from time to time (such as at Christmas) and don't want an extra blue bin permanently, we take additional recycling if bagged in clear/see-through bags and placed next to your bin at the kerbside on your collection day.