What goes in my bins?

The council's recycling and waste service consists of three wheeled bins, a kerbside box and a recycling bag .  Our aim - with your support - is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

You have a green lidded bin for garden and food waste, a brown bin for certain plastic items, food tins and drink cans, aerosols, foil, paper and cardboard, a smaller kerbside box for glass, a red bag for clothing and a traditional black wheelie bin for anything 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 Black Lidded Wheelie Bin is only to be used for general household waste that cannot be recycled. Please see the lists below for what is acceptable in each of your containers.

Green lidded wheelie 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
  • Animal bedding from small vegetarian pets (rabbit, hamster & guinea pig)

To keep odours and pests away your food waste can be wrapped in a single sheet of newspaper. Alternatively, compostable caddy and bin liners are available from supermarkets and homeware stores. 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
  • Drinks cartons
  • Waxed and foil-wrapped cardboard
  • Soil, rubble & stones
  • Wood, coal & ash
  • Japanese Knotweed & Ragwort
  • Large branches
  • General household waste
  • Nappies

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
  • Tetra Pak
  • Glass bottles from the milkman
  • Spectacles
  • Drinking glasses, crockery, Pyrex & ceramics
  • Window glass, mirrors & light bulbs

Red bag

Yes please

  • Old or unwanted clothing
  • Curtains or blankets
  • Towels & bed linen
  • Belts, hats & bags
  • Paired shoes

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
  • 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 and squash all items before placing them in your bin. This will prevent odours and mean there is more room in your bin.

No thanks

  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Carrier bags & cling film
  • Tetra pak (drink cartons)
  • Food or garden waste
  • Metal objects such as suacepans & cutlery
  • Crockery, ceramics & Pyrex
  • Textiles

Last updated: 3rd January 2014

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