Household waste and recycling

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – waste and recycling

Household waste and recycling – there are temporary bin collection changes from March 2020

Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre ('the tip') will remain closed until further notice.

What goes in your bins

Your coloured bins take different kinds of waste.

Each household has 3 bins:

  • your blue bin is for recyclable waste
  • your green or grey bin is for non-recyclable waste
  • brown bins are currently not being collected and should not be used

Putting the right rubbish in the right bin helps us to recycle properly. We won't collect bins with the wrong types of rubbish in them.

Side waste and excess bags or sacks will not be collected. Bulky waste is collected separately.

What to put in your bins

Blue Green or Grey Brown
  • paper – newspapers, magazines, junk mail, loose shredded paper, envelopes
  • phone directories and catalogues
  • cardboard
  • aerosols
  • food tins
  • drink cans and cartons
  • glass bottles and jars, but no other types of glass
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic food trays and yoghurt pots
  • Tetra Pak packaging
General waste:
  • general refuse and pet waste
  • plastic bags
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs, but not fluorescent bulbs
  • glassware such as Pyrex and mirrors
  • sanitary products
  • nappies

Food waste:

  • plate scrapings
  • vegetable peelings
  • meat and bones
  • egg shells
  • cooked and uncooked food
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • food waste may be wrapped in newspaper or kitchen paper towels

Garden waste:

  • small amounts of grass cuttings

All brown bin collections are suspended until further notice.

Please do not put any kinds of waste in your brown bin.

What must not go in your 3 bins

Putting waste in the wrong bin can contaminate the recycling process and increase the cost of waste disposal. Here's a list of items of items most commonly put into the wrong bin by mistake.

Blue Green or Grey Brown
  • plastic bags
  • plastic wrap or film
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs
  • Pyrex and Vision cookware
  • mirrors
  • children's toys
  • textiles or shoes
  • garden waste
  • food waste
  • electrical items such as microwaves, toasters and hairdryers
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • recyclable waste
  • textiles, including duvets and pillows
  • large amounts of garden waste
  • soil or mud
  • DIY waste, such as rubble, bricks, plaster or tiles

Electrical items should go to the Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre

All brown bin collections are suspended until further notice.

Please do not put any kinds of waste in your brown bin.

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.