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We colour code our bins to help you remember what to put in them:
We might not collect your bin if you put the wrong items in your bins.
Because if your bin is 'contaminated' it means we can't take it to the correct processing centre.
Find out more about what happens to your recycling after we collect it.
Please make sure items are clean and dry before you put them in the recycling bin or sack.
Recyclable items include:
If you’ve got large recyclable items which won’t fit inside the green bin, leave them next to the bin on your collection day (flatten large cardboard boxes).
Items we collect such as:
Tins, cans and trays:
Please do not put these items into your green recycling bin or sack:
Please do not put these items in your green bin and place in your general rubbish instead:
Please do not put in your green bin or sack and take these to one of our reuse and recycling centres:
For information on what exactly can be recycling please look at our you can recycle more than you think document.
In your brown bin, you can put:
These are examples of non-food waste. Do not put them in your food waste bin:
Excess garden waste that is not food can be:
You can leave up to 5 open bags, no bigger than 20 inches (51 cm) by 30 inches (76 cm).
We've teamed up with Get Composting, to offer residents reduced-priced home composting bins, wormeries and water butts. To find out more, or to order, call 0844 571 4444 or visit Get Composting.
Any leftover household general waste that can’t go in the either the green recycling bin, or the brown food and garden waste bins, goes into the black refuse bin.
We do not collect any side or excess waste presented on top or next to the refuse bin.
Please do not put any non-household waste into your refuse bin such as DIY waste or building waste.
Never dispose of hazardous or clinical waste in black bins. Find out how to arrange safe collection of hazardous and clinical waste.
If you have a communal black bin and you don’t have a food waste bin, you can put your food remains in here.