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.

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 paperbacks
  • 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

These items can go in your black bin.

Plastics

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

These items can go in your black bin.

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

These items should be taken to the tip.

Glass bottles and jars

You can put in:

  • any colour glass bottles and jars

You can't put in:

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

These items should be taken to the tip.

Using your blue wheelie bin

  • you will have one standard size blue bin of 240 litres
  • 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

Assisted collections

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

When we don't collect your bin

We collect bins during all bank holidays, except:

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

If you fill your black 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

We will only consider applications by phone on 01202 261700. Each will be considered on a case by case basis. A request does not guarantee you extra capacity.

Page last updated: 08 November 2017
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