Household waste and recycling

What goes in your bins

Your 3 coloured bins take different waste:

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

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 3 bins

Blue Brown Green or Grey
  • paper - newspapers, magazines, junk mail, 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
  • plate scrapings
  • vegetable peelings
  • meat and bones
  • egg shells
  • cooked and uncooked food
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • cut flowers
  • garden waste such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
  • food waste may be wrapped in newspaper
  • general refuse and pet waste
  • plastic bags
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs, but not fluorescent bulbs
  • glassware such as Pyrex and mirrors
  • sanitary products
  • nappies

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 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
  • plastic of any kind
  • sacks 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, including soil or mud
  • DIY waste, such as rubble, bricks, plaster or tiles

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

Help deciding which bin to use

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.