What can I put in my recycling boxes?

What can I recycle?

The kerbside collection scheme enables you to recycle paper and card using your green box, glass bottles, jars and cans in your blue box and mixed plastics in your black box.

Please ensure that you only put the items listed below into each box. We are unable to empty boxes that contain mixed materials, for example plastic and cardboard mixed together.

Black Box - mixed household plastics

You can recycle the following items in your black box:

  • plastic bottles including plastic milk bottles       
  • yoghurt pots     
  • margarine tubs
  • ready meal trays            
  • plastic trays and fruit punnets   

You cannot recycle the following items in your black box:

  • plastic film
  • carrier bags
  • flexible packing covers
  • polystyrene

Please ensure you wash all your plastic and if possible squash your plastic bottles. Caps can be left on.

Green box - paper and card

You can recycle the following items in your green box:

  • Telephone directories including Yellow Pages    
  • Writing paper
  • Newspapers and magazines      
  • Junk mail            
  • Cardboard packaging - all types
  • Greetings cards (remove any additions such as ribbons, googly eyes or craft decorations)              
  • Catalogues         

You cannot recycle the following items in your green box

  • Drinks cartons such as Tetra Paks
  • Cardboard milk cartons
  • Foil and foil-lined packaging

If you have any extra paper or card that won't fit into your box you can either tie it in a bundle or put it in a carrier bag next to the green box. Cardboard boxes must be flattened and be no more than about one metre square. You can also take extra paper or card to one of the 25 recycling banks around the District. Please do not use black bin liners or cardboard boxes to put out extra materials.

Blue box - glass and cans

You can recycle the following items in your blue box:

  • glass bottles
  • jars    
  • tins and cans
  • drinks cans
  • empty aerosols            
  • washed takeaway containers and other clean foil           

You cannot recycle the following items in your blue box:

  • milk bottles
  • windows, light bulbs and broken glass
  • drinks glasses and Pyrex dishes
  • crisp packets, sweet wrappers and other foil lined packaging
  • pottery, ceramics and plastics

Extra cans can be put out in a carrier bag but all glass must go in the blue box for collection. We can't collect glass from carrier bags in case there is any broken glass that could injure one of our operatives. For this reason we also won't collect any material from boxes with broken glass in them. If you do have any broken bottles or jars, wrap them up and put them into your grey wheelie bin. Any extra glass can be taken to one of the 25 recycling banks around the district.

Please wash all your glass bottles, jars and cans and then try to squash any tins and cans if you are able. You do not need to remove labels. Please do not pierce or squash aerosol cans.

See our page on Frequently Asked Questions.

New recycling service coming from Spring 2020 

From spring 2020, we’re changing the way we collect your recycling. We're not changing the type of materials, we're just changing the containers you put your recycling in so you have more room to recycle.
You'll  receive two new 240 litre wheeled bins. These will replace your current recycling boxes. We’ll be giving out these new wheelie bins in the new year. You can start using them from the end of March. In the meantime, please continue to use your existing boxes for all your recycling.

Some more information about the new service

The new blue wheelie bin will be for glass, cans and plastic. The new brown wheelie bin will be for paper and cardboard.  Don't worry, we’ll attach some info to your new bins to tell you what can go in them. 

We’ll be reviewing our recycling and waste collections rounds too. This will mean some areas could see a different collection day. We’ll send you details of any changes directly to your home.  

Please continue to use your existing service for now.

Special collection arrangements 

Some of you have special arrangements for your collections. For example in flats with shared recycling collections. We’ll contact you directly about how your new service will work.