Recycling guide

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

Paper

Yes please

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Computer paper
  • Envelopes
  • Catalogues and directories
  • Paper bags

No thanks

  • Shredded paper
  • Gift wrap
  • Plastic coated (laminated) paper
  • Paper towels, tissues and napkins
  • Wall paper
Cardboard

Yes please

  • Cereal packets/food boxes
  • Greetings cards
  • Kitchen and toilet roll holders
  • Corrugated card

No thanks

  • Any plastic or foam packaging left inside cardboard boxes. Please dispose of this in your rubbish bin
  • Food packaging e.g. boxes with food debris
Bottle shaped plastics

Yes please

  • Food and drink bottles e.g. milk, cooking oil
  • Detergent bottles e.g. washing up liquid, cleaning fluids, bleach
  • Toiletries e.g. shampoo

No thanks

  • Bottles containing liquid or bottles not empty
  • Bottle tops
  • Spray and pump dispensers
  • Plastic pots e.g. yogurt pots
  • Plastic tubs e.g. margarine tubs and plastic trays
Tins and cans

Yes please

  • Clean food tins including pet food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Sweet and biscuit tins

No thanks

  • Paint tins
  • Tin foil
  • Partially full food/pet food tins or dirty tins
  • Other metals or metal packaging
Aerosols

Yes please

  • Food e.g. cream and oil
  • Deodorant and hairspray

No thanks

  • Lids
  • Full or partially full aerosols

Don't forget your recycling needs to be clean, dry and loose to be of use! This means that the materials is less likely to be contaminated and can be easily sorted.

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: 

Symbols

Your rubbish and recycling 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.

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.