Green Recycling - What's in and What's not...


Yes please

  • Paper - junk mail, office paper, newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, paperback books

  • Cardboard - brown card, glossy printed card, egg boxes, inner tubes from toilet and kitchen rolls

  • Metal Cans - drink cans, food cans, pet food cans

  • Aluminium aerosols (should be empty) - deodorant, cleaning products, hair products

  • Foil - food containers, take away trays, soft foil (should be clean and scrunched up)

  • Plastics - types 1 (PET/PETE), 2 (HDPE/PE-HD) and 4 (LDPE/PE-LD) these numbers can be found in a triangle on many plastic items. See the image on this page. Examples of items include plastic bags, plastic food containers and see-through plastic milk containers with lids removed

Some properties have a bag collection service instead of a green bin. The same items can be recycled whether you are using a bin or a bag.

No thanks

  • Black bin bags

  • Syringes/needles

  • Kitchen food waste

  • Garden waste

  • Glass

  • Wood or timber

  • Plastic types 3 (PVC/V), 5 (PP), 6 (PS) and 7 (other plastics) for example some margarine tubs and yoghurt pots

  • Dirty food cartons

  • Polystyrene

  • Cartons and hot paper cups(Foil lined cartons such as Tetrapaks and plastic lined hot drinks cups used in high street coffee shops, fast food outlets and supermarkerts

  • Electrical items (including batteries)

  • Textiles (clothes, shoes, belts, bags etc.)

  • Shredded paper

  • Any other household waste

Further information about the types of waste that can be recycled can be found in our A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal.

Wash and squash All drinks cans, plastic bottles and food cans should be washed out before placing in green bins/bags to avoid contamination. Squashing them will give you extra space in your bin.

Keep it dry It is important that your recycling is kept dry and your recycling bin lid is kept closed. Please ensure no wet paper or cardboard goes in your recycling bin and that all your cans and bottles are emptied first. If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and cannot be recycled.

Extra recycling We will collect any extra recycling if you leave it in a clear plastic bag or a green bag at the side of your bin on your collection day. Please do not use black sacks as we will not pick these up.


Ever wondered what happens to the stuff you put in your green bin? Green bin waste is taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for sorting. The materials are then used to make new products.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



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