What goes in the recycling bin

(blue-lidded bin)

Blue-lidded bins are for recycling. If the item is not listed below please check the brown bin, green bin or black bin pages for further details.

Please recycle the following: 

  • Paper

  • Card

  • Glass

  • Metal packaging

  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

  • Food and drink cartons


Ensure that you empty out any liquid and rinse food or drink residue. This makes it easier for the staff at the recycling centre who sort through the recycling.

We can't collect a bin if it has the wrong items in it. We can't recycle carrier/plastic bags or any plastic that can be scrunched in your hand such as salad bags, so please keep them out of your blue-lidded bin.



  • Newspapers

  • Magazines

  • White paper

    • e.g. printer paper and letters

  • Telephone directories

  • Junk mail including leaflets and flyers

  • Envelopes including windows

  • Shredded paper 

  • Brown paper and envelopes

  • Plain wrapping paper (free from plastic or foil)


  • Cardboard boxes

    • e.g cereal boxes, delivery boxes

  • Corrugated cardboard

  • Plain greetings cards

  • Cardboard egg boxes

  • Food and drink cartons

    • e.g. Tetrapak

  • Cardboard sleeves

    • e.g. ready meal sleeves

  • Cardboard tubes

    • e.g. from inside toilet rolls and kitchen rolls

  • Cardboard sandwich boxes - including the plastic window, if clean from food residue


  • Bottles- any colour

    • e.g. wine, beer, spirits

  • Jars

    • e.g. sauces, jam, baby food

  • Other glass bottles

    • e.g perfume, aftershave, face/body cream

Metal packaging

  • Drinks cans

  • Food tins 

  • Metal lids and tops 

  • Biscuit/chocolate tins and lids

  • Aerosol cans

  • Aluminimum foil

  • Foil trays

    • e.g. take-away trays

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

  • Cleaner and detergent bottles

    • e.g. bathroom cleaners, washing up liquid, bleach 

  • Toiletries and other bathroom bottles

    • e.g. shampoo, shower gel

  • Drinks bottles

    • e.g. juice, squash, milk

  • Pots

    • e.g. yoghurt, soup

  • Tubs

    • e.g. margarine, ice cream

  • Trays/punnets

    • e.g. meat trays, take-away trays, fruit /veg trays, including black plastic

  • Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays

No thanks

  • Plastic bags and cling film

  • Crisp packets

  • Hard plastics (e.g. toys)

  • Polystyrene

  • Wipes

  • Nappies

  • Textiles

  • Sheet glass

  • Light bulbs

Food and drinks cartons

  • Drinks cartons

    • e.g. juices and milk

  • Food cartons

    • e.g. soups