What goes in my bins?

You will have a green lidded bin for garden waste and food scraps; a brown bin for certain plastic items, food tins and drink cans, aerosols, foil, paper and cardboard; a recycling box for glass and a red bag for clothing.  A black wheeled bin is provided for general rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted.

Your bins are emptied on an alternate week cycle. In most instances your green lidded bin, brown bin, kerbside box and red bag are emptied one week and your black bin the following week.
You will receive an annual information leaflet with a calendar detailing your collection days.  The attached document provides hints and tips on how to help us empty your bins.

Please see the lists below for what is acceptable in each of your containers.

Green lidded bin

Yes please

  • Cooked & uncooked food waste
  • Vegetable & fruit peelings
  • Meat, fish & bones
  • Bread
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags & coffee grounds
  • Weeds & prunings
  • Grass cuttings & hedge trimmings
  • Straw and sawdust bedding from small vegetarian pets (e.g. rabbit or hamster)
  • Real Christmas trees (please remove the base & all decorations)

Your food waste can be wrapped in a single sheet of newspaper; compostable caddy and bin liners are also available from supermarkets. Please ensure that any liners you use show the EN13432 compostable logo.  Biodegradable bags and carrier bags are not acceptable.

No thanks

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic, glass, metal, paper or cardboard
  • Cartons e.g. Tetra Pak
  • Soil, rubble & stones
  • Wood, coal & ash
  • Japanese Knotweed & Ragwort
  • Large branches
  • General household rubbish

Kerbside box

Yes please

  • Glass bottles & jars

Please remove lids and rinse all bottles and jars before placing them in the box.
All colours of glass are acceptable.

No thanks

  • Food tins & drink cans
  • Aerosols & foil
  • Cartons e.g. Tetra Pak
  • Glass bottles from the milkman
  • Spectacles
  • Drinking glasses, crockery, Pyrex & ceramics
  • Window glass, mirrors & light bulbs

Red bag

Yes please

  • Unwanted clothing
  • Paired shoes
  • Bags, belts & hats
  • Bed linen & blankets
  • Curtains & towels

Please ensure that textiles and shoes are clean and secured inside the bag to keep them dry.

No thanks

  • Wet or dirty clothing
  • Duvets, pillows & cushions

Brown Bin

Yes please

  • Plastic bottles & lids
  • Yoghurt pots & margarine tubs
  • Plastic food trays & fruit punnets
  • Food tins & drinks cans
  • Empty aerosols
  • Foil
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Junk mail & envelopes (please remove the plastic packaging from junk mail)
  • Paper (including shredded)
  • Greeting cards & wrapping paper
  • Cardboard packaging & flattened boxes
  • Yellow Pages & phone books

Please do not put items in carrier bags; they should be placed in the bin loose. Please rinse all items before placing them in your bin.

No thanks

  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Carrier bags & cling film
  • Crisp packets, plastic film packaging from flowers, multipacks, bread & fruit bags
  • Cartons e.g. Tetra Pak
  • Expanded polystyrene trays & packaging
  • Food or garden waste
  • Metal objects such as saucepans & cutlery
  • Crockery, ceramics & Pyrex
  • Textiles

Last updated: 17th November 2014

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