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Green recycling bin

Yes please

  • 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 rollsPlastics types 1, 2 and 3 symbols
  • 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.​

No thanks

  • Black bin bags
  • Syringes/needles
  • Kitchen food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Glass
  • Wood or timber
  • Plastic types 3 (PVC/V), 5 (PP), 6 (PS) and 7 (other plastics) for example some margarine tubs and yoghurt pots.
  • Dirty food cartons
  • Polystyrene
  • Cartons (Foil lined cartons such as Tetrapaks can be recycled at Owlcotes Shopping Centre and Sainsbury's at the White Rose Centre.)
  • 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.

Extra recycling

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 do not use black sacks as we will not 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Click to expandHow can I keep my bins clean?

With good housekeeping, your bins should remain reasonably clean. There are also independent companies that can provide a bin cleaning service for you.

Click to expandWhat recycling bins can people living in flats get?

Flats are usually provided with communal recycling facilities. They are assessed on an individual basis and the number of containers provided depends on the number of flats. If your flat complex does not have recycling facilities please contact your management company.​

Click to expandWhy can I recycle some types of plastic and not others?

There are several different types of plastic materials and each of these materials has slightly different properties and is recycled in different ways. Currently there is only an established market for the plastic types 1, 2 and 4 (type 1 PET, type 2 HDPE and types 4 LDPE). By asking residents for these types of plastic only we are making sure that the other types of plastic are not collected unnecessarily. Remember this includes bottles from the bathroom and kitchen too.

Click to expandWhy can't I put glass in the green bin?

Glass is not currently collected at the kerbside in the green recycling bin due to the costs associated with processing glass which is considered a problematic material when mixed with other dry recyclables. This mixing poses a risk of contamination of other recyclable materials by broken glass fragments. This is a big issue with paper, which is the most common material in our recycling bins, as quality is an important factor in achieving the best value for these recycled materials.

A separate collection for glass at the kerbside is also not possible as the value of glass collected would not cover the costs of the additional vehicles, containers and crews required for the service.​​

You can take bottles, jars and other small glass items to your local recycling bring site, or bottle bank. You can find out where these are in the Where I live section of this website.

Where I live

Click to expandWhy can't you collect shredded paper?

We do not collect shredded paper in the green recycling bin because the waste paper reprocessing site that receives all our collected paper does not accept it. Their reason is that it causes operational issues when sorting through the waste.

You will need to put shredded paper into your usual waste bin.

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