Blue bin - recycling

Blue bin - recycling

Find out when your bin and recycling collection days are.

Bin collection day finder

Find out what you can and can't put into your blue wheelie bin, or take to the Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

What you can and can't put in your blue bin

Paper and cardboard

You can put in:

  • newspapers
  • magazines - no need to remove staples
  • food and drink cartons (multilayered Tetra Paks) such as juice or milk cartons
  • foil free wrapping paper
  • writing paper
  • computer paper
  • envelopes including ones with windows
  • telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • catalogues
  • books - hardbacks and paper backs
  • corrugated cardboard from electrical equipment / washing powder boxes 
  • thin cardboard - cereal packets and tissue boxes
  • greetings cards
  • junk mail (please remove envelopes and put in your blue bin separately and dispose of any associated plastic wrapping)
  • shredded paper
  • paper bags - including those from sugar and flour
  • photographs.

You can't put in:

  • wet paper
  • waxed paper and card
  • plastic coated paper/laminated paper
  • paper towels
  • tissues and serviettes.


You can put in:

  • fizzy drink bottles and squash bottles
  • milk bottles
  • detergent bottles
  • shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • yoghurt pots
  • margarine tubs
  • ice cream containers
  • meat trays
  • fruit punnets.

Please remove the caps from bottles and put separately in your blue bin to be recycled.

You can't put in:

  • plant pots
  • plastic garden furniture
  • carrier bags
  • expanded polystyrene
  • plastic films
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • CD cases.

Have a look at this Plastics Reborn video which explains how your household plastic packaging could be transformed through recycling.

Why we don’t recycle some plastics

Items such as carrier bags and plant pots are made from a very wide range of polymers, many of which are blends. These are much more difficult to identify and separate efficiently. Mixed plastics are not in high demand so are difficult to re-sell.

Aluminium and steel cans

You can put in:

  • aluminium drink cans
  • steel drinks cans
  • aluminium foil and foil trays
  • household aerosols - deodorant, hairspray, polish, air freshener
  • steel food cans - tomato tins, pet food cans
  • steel lids from glass jars/bottles
  • large tins - biscuit and sweet tins.

You can't put in:

  • industrial aerosols, paint, lubricant spray, car spray
  • any other metals
  • electrical appliances.

Glass bottles and jars

You can put in:

  • Any colour (brown, green, clear, blue) glass bottles and jars.

You can't put in:

  • ceramics
  • light bulbs
  • window glass
  • mirror glass
  • pyrex
  • vases
  • drinking glasses.

Using your blue wheelie bin

  • we’ll collect the contents of one closed wheelie bin, every 2 weeks
  • put your blue wheelie bin out for collection by 6am on your collection day 
  • make sure the bin is at the edge of your property, where the collection team can see it from the road and collect it easily
  • make sure your bin lid is closed
  • don’t put out any extra rubbish bags for collection
  • if your bin is too heavy to be wheeled to the back of our collection vehicle then we can’t empty it
  • take your bin back to your property as soon as possible after the collection.

Residents who are unable to put a bin out for collection can apply for assistance if there is no one else at the property who can help.

We collect bins during all bank holidays, except:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day.

If you fill your blue bin please take any additional waste to the tip.

Larger or additional bin request

You can apply for an additional bin if:

  • your household has six or more permanent residents
  • your household has five residents including a child in nappies
  • your household has three or more children in nappies
  • someone in your household has medical needs that create extra waste.
Page last updated: 02 August 2017
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