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:

  • paper, including newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, wrapping paper (without foil/glitter) etc.
  • 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.
  • aluminium foil, food trays or cans
  • waxed cartons, such as juice boxes or milk cartons
  • glass bottles or jars and lids
  • aerosol cans and roll-ons

Please make sure you wash out empty containers before putting them in your bin. Waste should be placed loose into the bins, and not in black bags.

Please DO NOT put the following in your blue bin:

  • black* bin bags - even if they are full of recycling items. Please only use clear bags/see-through bags (available at most supermarkets) or put recycling items into your bin loose. 
  • 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 packets and tea or coffee packets)
  • bubble wrap
  • textiles/fabric
  • mirrored glass
  • electricals and batteries

*We have had lots of loads of recycling rejected by our recycling partners because they contain black bin bags and it is not possible to see what is in them. If loads are rejected they are sent to landfill, rather than being recycled. Please help us by putting recycling items into your blue bin loose, or use clear/see-through bags (available at most supermarkets).

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 will always take additional recycling if bagged in clear/see-through bags (available at most supermarkets) and if placed next to your bin at the kerbside on your collection day.