Recycling bins

Rubbish and recycling collections are taking place with a reduced workforce, with food and rubbish prioritised. Collection crews are working throughout day from 6am – 10pm. Please leave your bins and boxes out until 10pm if you are waiting for a collection. If your collection is missed, leave your bins at your normal collection point. We will try to return and collect as soon as possible.


What goes in your recycling - houses and converted flats

Any items that cannot be recycled in the boxes or bins should be taken to a reuse and recycling centre, or you can book a bulky waste collection.

Download and print our handy guide to what goes in your recycling bins.

Blue lidded wheelie bin or recycling box

This bin is for most types of paper and card:

  • paper
  • card
  • cardboard
  • greeting cards
  • flattened cardboard boxes
  • cardboard food packaging and boxes
  • envelopes
  • junk mail, with plastic wrapping removed
  • newspapers and magazines
  • Yellow Pages and other telelphone directories
  • shredded paper, inside a paper bag or envelope
  • wrapping paper, without foil

Do not put any of the following in this bin:

  • disposable paper masks and disposable gloves - these should go in your rubbish bin
  • paper or card containing foil or metal
  • plastic-coated cardboard
  • soiled food boxes
  • cartons, such as Tetrapak - these go in your grey recycling bin or box

Grey lidded recycling bin or recycling box

Rinse all containers, remove lids and squash plastic bottles flat.


  • juice
  • soup
  • sauce
  • milk

Mixed glass:

  • bottles
  • jars

Tins and cans:

  • drink cans
  • food tins
  • pet food tins
  • empty aerosol tins, lids removed
  • cooking foil
  • foil trays
  • sweet tins
  • metal bottle tops
  • jar lids


  • bottles and cap, with the caps off
  • food trays
  • fruit and vegetable punnets
  • margarine tubs, ice-cream tubs, and yoghurt pots
  • oven ready or microwaveable food trays

Do not put any of the following in this bin:

  • drinking glasses
  • Pyrex
  • mirrors
  • sheet window glass
  • any other metal items not listed above
  • crisp bags
  • food film
  • plastic bags
  • plastic food pouches
  • toothpaste tubes

Household batteries

Household batteries (apart from car batteries) should be be placed in an untied plastic bag, next to or on top of your recycling wheelie bins or boxes.

Textiles and shoes

These should be placed in a tied plastic bag, next to or on top of your recycling wheelie bins or boxes.

We accept:

  • clothes
  • linens
  • shoes, tied in pairs, dry and clean

We do not accept:

  • duvets
  • pillows
  • cushions