Household waste and recycling

What goes in your bins

Your household wheeled bins take different kinds of waste.

Putting the right rubbish in the right bin helps us to recycle properly. Each household has 3 bins:

  • your blue bin is for recyclable waste
  • your brown bin is for garden waste
  • your green or grey bin is for non-recyclable waste and food waste

If your blue bin is full, we will collect extra recycling if:

  • your blue bin is left out for collection as usual, with your extra recycling next to it
  • your extra recycling – except large boxes, glass and cans with sharp edges – is put in clear or white plastic bags
  • large cardboard boxes are flattened and placed next to your blue bin
  • glass items and cans with sharp edges are put in your blue bin, not in bags

We do not:

  • collect bins or bags with the wrong types of rubbish in them
  • provide plastic bags for extra recycling
  • collect any other bags, sacks or side waste that would normally go in your green/grey or brown bin

What to put in your 3 bins

Blue Brown Green or Grey
  • paper – newspapers, magazines, junk mail, loose shredded paper, envelopes
  • phone directories and catalogues
  • cardboard
  • aerosols
  • food tins
  • drink cans and cartons
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic food trays and yoghurt pots
  • Tetra Pak packaging
  • glass bottles and jars, but no other types of glass
  • no compostable bags, bio-degradable bags or any kind of bag or sack
  • grass cuttings
  • prunings
  • leaves
  • cut flowers
  • clean straw or hay
  • branches under 10cm in diameter
  • general refuse and pet waste
  • plastic bags
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs, but not fluorescent bulbs
  • glassware such as Pyrex and mirrors
  • sanitary products
  • nappies
  • cooked and uncooked food
  • vegetable peelings
  • meat and bones
  • egg shells
  • plate scrapings
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • food waste may be wrapped in newspaper or kitchen paper towels

What must not go in your 3 bins

Putting waste in the wrong bin can increase the cost of waste disposal. The table below lists items most commonly put into the wrong bin by mistake.

Blue Brown Green or Grey
  • plastic bags
  • plastic wrap or film
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs
  • Pyrex and Vision cookware
  • mirrors
  • children's toys
  • textiles or shoes
  • garden waste
  • food waste
  • liquids
  • bags or sacks of any kind, including compostable or bio-degradable bags
  • plastic of any kind
  • soil or mud, even small amounts
  • plant pots
  • pet waste
  • liquids
  • metal food or drink cans
  • glass bottles or jars
  • textiles or shoes
  • sanitary products
  • nappies
  • general refuse
  • electrical items such as microwaves, toasters and hairdryers
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • recyclable waste
  • textiles, including duvets and pillows
  • garden waste
  • soil or mud
  • liquids, except bottled cooking oil
  • DIY waste, such as rubble, bricks, plaster or tiles

Where to dispose of items

Our A to Z of recyclable waste can help you check which bin to put your waste in, as well as suggesting other ways to dispose of unwanted items.

Bulky waste is collected separately.