What goes in each bin

Green bin or bag

What you can recycle

  • All glass bottles and jars
  • Mirrors
  • Sheet glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • PyrexLight bulbs

  • Food and drinks cans
  • Aerosols
  • Aluminium food trays and containers
  • Biscuit and cake tins
  • Clean sheet cooking foil
  • Metal lids, tops and caps
  • Paint tins
  • Oil cans
  • Shiny foil gift wrap
  • Dirty foil
  • Foil lined food packets

  • Plastic bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • All plastic food trays
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Margarine tubs
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Fruit punnets
  • Detergent bottles
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic film
  • Polystyrene

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Directories
  • Cereal packets
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail and cards
  • Catalogues
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Brochures
  • Drinks cartons
  • Shredded paper (placed in envelopes)
  • Paper decorated with glitter, bows, jewels and other similar items

Please give your pots, tubs, trays, bottles and jars a rinse to remove any food waste!.

Brown bin or bag

  • Household and food waste, and anything that can't be recycled

Please don't put the following in your brown bin:

  • Asbestos
  • Car batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Flammable items
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Hazardous waste
  • Hot ash
  • Liquids
  • Oil filters
  • Paint
  • Rubble or builders' waste
  • TVs and monitors

Garden waste bag

  • Branches up to 7cm in width (the width of a drinks can)
  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Plants
  • Twigs
  • Weeds

Please don't put the following in your garden waste bag:

  • Food
  • Japanese knotweed or ragwort
  • Plant pots or trays
  • Soil
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Any other non-plant material

Clinical waste

We can collect clinical waste from your home if you use the following:

  • Needles (in sharps box)
  • Dressings
  • Catheter bags
  • Incontinence pads

To arrange regular or one-off collections of yellow sacks or sharps boxes call 01752 668000.

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