Recycling guide

You can put a lot of recycling items in your black bins which are collected fortnightly.

What can I recycle?

Items Yes please! No thanks
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Computer paper
  • Envelopes, including windowed envelopes
  • Catalogues and directories
  • Paper bags
  • Shredded paper
  • Gift wrap
  • Plastic coated (laminated) paper
  • Paper towels, tissues and napkins
  • Wall paper
  • Cereal packets
  • Food boxes
  • Greetings cards
  • Kitchen and toilet roll holders
  • Corrugated card
  • Any plastic or foam packaging left inside cardboard boxes. Please dispose of this in the green bin.
  • Pizza boxes, due to food debris
Plastic bottles
  • Food and drink bottles e.g. milk, cooking oil, squash and fizzy drinks
  • Detergent bottles e.g. washing up liquid, cleaning fluids, bleach and fabric softener
  • Toiletries e.g. shampoo, shower gel and liquid soap
  • Bottles containing liquid or bottles not empty
  • Bottle tops
  • Spray and pump dispensers
Tins and cans
  • Food tins including pet food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Paint tins
  • Partially full food/pet food tins or dirty tins
  • Other metals or metal packaging
  • Food e.g. cream and oil
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray
  • Lids
  • Full or partially full aerosols

It is important that the right materials are placed in the container to avoid contamination/spoiling the quality of the other good recyclable material.

Listed below are common items that appear in recycling bins, please do not place any of the items listed in your bin.

  • Other plastic packaging - e.g. yogurt, margarine or ice cream tubs, carrier bags/bin liners, polystyrene, cellophane, food trays etc.
  • Cartons - e.g. fruit juice, soup and milk cartons.
  • Domestic waste
  • Shredded paper
  • Gift wrap
  • Garden waste
  • Textiles - e.g. clothes, shoes, linen etc
  • Glass Bottles or jars

Why can't I recycle plastic packaging?

Plastic pots, tubs and trays are made up of a wider variety of polymers – e.g. PS, PP, PET, PVC, and LDPE. This range of polymers cannot be successfully sorted in our Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) without investing significantly in new equipment, which at this stage would be prohibitively expensive.


Your rubbish and recycling items have symbols on them. These symbols indicate whether an item can or can't be recycled.

Excess recycling

We want you to recycle as much as you can. Our collection teams will always collect extra recycling which can be placed in a cardboard box or clear sack next to your black bin.

If you regularly overfill your black bin you can purchase additional recycling bins by contacting customer services on 0300 300 0013.