What goes in my bins?

A guide to what goes in what bin.

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One week your recycling and compost bins are emptied, the next your rubbish bin.

Your recycling and compost bins should contain acceptable items only. If in doubt, leave it out of your recycling bin or refer to our A-Z of rubbish for what waste goes where.

Week one

Week two

Recycling bin

(Black bin with blue lid)

Recycling should be loose, do not bag

Wash food and drink packaging, flatten cardboard and squash plastic bottles and cans. The more you can fit into your bin, the more we can fit into our lorry. That means less trips and less fuel! 

Compost bin

(Brown bin)

We will only empty your bin(s) if you have subscribed to the garden waste service.


Rubbish bin

(Black bin)

This is for your rubbish that cannot be recycled and will go to landfill.

In the bin you can recycle:

Glass, cans and plastic packaging including:

  • Tins and cans
  • Aerosols and foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

Cardboard and cartons

  • Corrugated boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Kitchen roll tubes
  • Juice, soup and milk cartons (Tetra Pak)
  • Brown paper and envelopes (with or without windows)

No crisp packets or sweet wrappers.

No polystyrene (foam).

No plastic bags or wrapping.

Compostable garden and food waste only:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Hedge cuttings and prunings
  • Flowers and plants
  • Small branches (cut up to fit)
  • Cut flowers
  • Hay and straw
  • Pet bedding (vegetarian pets only)
  • Food waste (if you have subscribed to the garden waste service and choose to do so)
  • Biodegradable/compostable bags (these must have the seedling logo on as seen below)

   Compostable Seedling

Non recyclables:

  • Polystyrene (foam) packaging
  • Crisp packets
  • Plastic bags and wrapping
  • Food waste


It is best to bag your rubbish before putting it in your bin.

In the inner recycling box you can recycle paper only

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogues and directories including yellow pages
  • White office paper and envelopes (including ones with windows)
  • Shredded paper

Please do not include:

  • Cardboard of any kind
  • Shredded Paper
  • Plastics including carrier bags
  • Pet bedding or waste from meat eating pets
  • Soil or turf

Please do not include:

Excess rubbish and recycling be taken to:

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