Recycling guide

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


Things you can...

 Things you can't...

  • 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
Bottle shaped plastics
  • 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

Don't forget your recycling needs to be clean, dry and loose to be of use!

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

Your local recycling centre can also receive: 

  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Unwanted clothes and shoes

Find details for your local Household Waste and Recycling Centres here (external link).


Your recycling and waste items have symbols (external link) on them. These symbols indicate whether this item can or can't be recycled. You may have to check locally to see if a certain item can be recycled.

Excess recycling

Extra recycling can be placed alongside the wheeled bin, in either a cardboard box or untied plastic sack. Please do not put in tied black sacks as these can be mistaken for domestic rubbish and will not be collected.Rubbish:

If you have a larger family living permanently at the property, then you may be eligible for an additional domestic or recycling bin. Please contact our Customer Services Team, 023 9244 6010, if you would like a Waste and Recycling Adviser to contact you.

Other types of waste

If you are unsure which category the waste you want to dispose of fits under, please clink on alternative routes (external link). This search facility will also list numbers of local community organisation and licensed private waste contractors who will, for a possible fee, collect or take delivery of other types of waste not accepted at HWRCs.