What goes in my bins?

Our recycling and rubbish collection service provides households with three wheeled bins, a recycling box and a bag .

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 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 attached document provides hints and tips on how to help us empty your bins.

The black wheeled bin is for general household rubbish that cannot be recycled. 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
  • Sawdust bedding from small vegetarian pets (rabbit, hamster & guinea pig)
  • Real Christmas trees (please remove the base & all decorations)

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
  • 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 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
  • 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: 14th October 2014

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