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What goes in my bins?

A guide to what goes in what bin.

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One week your recycling and compost bins are emptied, the next your rubbish bin.

Your recycling and compost bins should contain acceptable items only. If in doubt, leave it out of your recycling bin or refer to our A-Z of rubbish for what waste goes where.

Week one

Week two

Recycling bin

(Black bin with blue lid)

Recycling should be loose, do not bag

Wash food and drink packaging, flatten cardboard and squash plastic bottles and cans. The more you can fit into your bin, the more we can fit into our lorry. That means less trips and less fuel! 
In the bin you can recycle:

Compost bin

(Brown bin)

We will only empty one bin per scheduled collection

Compostable waste only:

Rubbish bin

(Black bin)

This is for your rubbish that cannot be recycled and will go to landfill.

Glass, cans and plastic packaging including:

  • Tins and cans
  • Aerosols and foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

All food waste including: 

  • Tea bags
  • Egg shells
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Plate scrapings

Non recyclables

  • Polystyrene (foam) packaging
  • Crisp packets
  • Plastic bags and wrapping

Cardboard and cartons

  • Corrugated boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Kitchen roll tubes
  • Juice, soup and milk cartons (Tetra Pak)
  • Brown paper and envelopes (with or without windows)

No crisp packets or sweet wrappers.

No polystyrene (foam).

No plastic bags or wrapping.

Organic garden waste

  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Hedge cuttings and prunings
  • Flowers and plants
  • Small branches (cut up to fit)
  • Hay and straw
  • Pet bedding (vegetarian pets only)

Shredded paper

It is best to bag your rubbish before putting it in your bin.

In the inner recycling box you can recycle paper only

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogues and directories including yellow pages
  • White office paper and envelopes (including ones with windows)

Please do not include:

  • Cardboard of any kind
  • Cornstarch 'plastic' looking compost bags
  • Plastics including carrier bags
  • Pet bedding or waste from meat eating pets
  • Soil or turf

Please do not include:

Excess rubbish and recycling be taken to:

If you have extra organic garden waste, you can also purchase our garden sacks which we will collect.

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