What goes in which bin

Which bin
What goes in it?
Blue bin and bag
  • Paper and card
  • Food and drinks cartons (tetra packs)
  • Egg boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Card packaging
  • Newspapers, magazines, brochures, envelopes and junk mail

If you have extra recycling, you should either take it to your local tip, or ask your neighbours if they have any extra space in their bins.

We are only able to take extra recycling if it is neatly bagged (left untied if possible) and clearly labelled as recycling.

If you find that you often have extra recycling, you can order bigger recycling bins.


  • Glass, plastic and tins
  • Plastic bottles (please remove lids)
  • Cleaning products and shampoo bottles
  • Food tins
  • Tin foil
  • Drinks cans
  • Aerosols
  • Glass jars and bottles (any colour)

Please note plastic bottles are the only kind of plastic we can accept in your brown bin. All other plastic packaging must be thrown away in your grey bin.

If you have extra recycling, you should either take it to your local tip, or ask your neighbours if they have any extra space in their bins.

We are only able to take extra recycling if it is neatly bagged (left untied if possible) and clearly labelled as recycling.

If you find that you often have extra recycling, you can order bigger recycling bins.


  • Food and garden waste
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Grass, flowers, hedge and plant cuttings
  • Out of date food (no packaging)
  • Meat and bones (cooked and uncooked)
  • Breads and pastries
  • Dairy (e.g. cheese) and egg shells

You may wish to use a compostable bag to line your indoor food caddy. These are available from over 100 stockists, including major supermarkets and public libraries across the borough.

Compostable bin liner stockists

Grey bin

  • Only for rubbish that can’t be recycled
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Plastic bags, including ‘biodegradable’.
  • Plastic packaging, including pots, tubs and trays.

If you regularly have extra rubbish and recycling please click here

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