- Paper - junk mail, office paper, newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, paperback books
- Cardboard - brown card, glossy printed card, egg boxes, inner tubes from toilet and kitchen rolls
- Metal Cans - drink cans, food cans, pet food cans
- Aluminium aerosols (should be empty) - deodorant, cleaning products, hair products
- Foil - food containers, take away trays, soft foil (should be clean and scrunched up)
- Plastics - types 1 (PET/PETE), 2 (HDPE/PE-HD) and 4 (LDPE/PE-LD) these numbers can be found in a triangle on many plastic items. See the image on this page. Examples of items include plastic bags, plastic food containers and see-through plastic milk containers with lids removed.
Some properties have a bag collection service instead of a green bin. The same items can be recycled whether you are using a bin or a bag.
- Kitchen food waste
- Garden waste
- Plastic types 3 (PVC/V), 5 (PP), 6 (PS) and 7 (other plastics) for example some margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, white plastic milk bottles.
- Dirty food cartons
- Cartons (Foil lined cartons such as Tetrapaks can be recycled at the Meanwood, Wetherby and Yeadon recycing sites)
- Electrical items (including batteries)
- Textiles (clothes, shoes, belts, bags etc)
- Shredded paper (please see the drop down heading on this page for a full explanation as to why you can't recycle shredded paper).
- Any other household waste
Further information about the types of waste that can be recycled can be found in the A to Z of reusing, recycling and waste disposal in the Related Pages section.
You can also download our Recycling guide which is found in the Documents section of this page.
Wash and squash
All drinks cans, plastic bottles and food cans should be washed out before placing in green bins/bags to avoid contamination. Squashing them will give you extra space in your bin.
Keep it dry
It is important that your recycling is kept dry and your recycling bin lid is kept closed. Please ensure no wet paper or cardboard goes in your recycling bin and that all your cans and bottles are emptied first. If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will become soggy and cannot be recycled.
We will collect any extra recycling if you leave it in a clear plastic bag or a green bag at the side of your bin on your collection day. Please don't use black sacks as we won't pick these up.
Ever wondered what happens to the stuff you put in your green bin?
Green bin waste is taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for sorting. The materials are then used to make new products.