Bins and recycling
Advice on the disposal of personal waste
If you are self-isolating, personal waste such as used tissues must be 'double-bagged' and placed in your external bin after 72 hours. Please don't put masks, gloves or other PPE in the recycling. They cannot be recycled.
What goes in my bins?
Blue bin or bag (recycling)
Place all items loose in the bin - do not put them inside plastic bags:
- Glass (leave lids on glass jars and bottles)
- Cans (do not crush)
- Paper, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, catalogues, phone directories and wrapping paper (non-plastic/metallic)
- Envelopes (including plastic windows)
- Cardboard food boxes and egg cartons (flattened)
- Cereal, cardboard packages (remove plastic padding) and food boxes
- Toilet or kitchen roll inner cardboard
- Plastic drinks bottles (keep lids on, do not flatten)
- Plastic shampoo and cleaning bottles
We will not empty bins or recycling bags which contain the following:
- Black bag waste
- Plastic bags, cling film or plastic padding
- Metal objects, shredded paper or polystyrene
- Juice cartons (Tetrapak)
- Food or liquids
- Yoghurt pots, plastic tubs, food trays or foil containers
- Textiles, clothes and shoes (take clothes and bric-a-brac to your local charity shop or recycling bank).
- Paint tins (donate leftover paint to your local community repaint scheme)
- Electrical items (take these to your nearest recycling centre or arrange a Bulky Bob collection)
Green bin (garden waste)
- Grass cuttings, hedge clippings, dead plants and weeds.
- Cut flower and shrub prunings (woody waste).
- Bark, leaves and small twigs.
- Branches no larger than 7.5cm or 3 inches in diameter.
- Stone, concrete, timber or builder’s waste.
- Glass, plastic, metal, paper or cardboard.
- Plant pots, soil or turf.
- Household rubbish and food waste (food such as vegetable peelings can make good compost).