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Recycling: blue lidded bin and black box

You should have a blue lidded wheelie bin and a black box to put your recycling in.

Your recycling is collected every two weeks. Please make sure your bin is out by 6am on the day of collection.

You can download and keep a guide to our recycling service.

If you have put non-recyclable items in your bin, the crew will leave a sticker on the bin. You will need to remove them before your next collection. Crews are unable to return for bins containing non recyclable items.

You can use the postcode search tool to find out what you can recycle and where to take different items.

What you can recycle and where to put it

These headings have more information on what you can put in your recycling boxes for us to collect.

Paper, card, tins and plastics: blue lidded wheelie bin

In your blue lidded bin you can recycle:

  • paper, shredded paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail
  • cardboard and cards
  • tins and cans
  • clean aluminium foil
  • plastic pots, tubs and food trays
  • plastic bottles and tops
  • empty aerosols, but not spray paint
  • cartons and tetrapak

Make sure items are clean, dry and not bagged.

If you have extra cardboard you can leave it loose next to your bin on your collection day. Make sure it is broken down, flattened and no more than a recycling box could hold. If you have more cardboard than the size of a recycling box then you can put it in your blue bin over a few weeks.

We cannot collect any of the following in your recycling bin:

  • bubblewrap and clingfilm
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • plastic bags
  • plant pots
  • tissue paper
  • glittery cards
  • hard plastics, for example, toys
  • foil lined plastic pouches
  • food waste¬†

Glass: black box

You can recycle glass bottles and jars in your recycling box.

Please do not recycle broken glass, glasses and tumblers, sheet glass, light bulbs or fluorescent tubes. Standard light bulbs can go in your general waste bin, everything else should be taken to a recycling centre. 

Batteries

Put household batteries in an envelope and leave it on top of your recycling wheelie bin.

We can arrange a collection for up to four car or motorbike batteries.

Request a car battery collection

Cooking oil and engine oil

Put the oil in a clearly labelled and sealed plastic bottle and leave next to your recycling wheelie bin.

We cannot collect any oil in glass bottles. Please do not mix engine and cooking oil.

Small electrical items

Anything that has a plug, batteries or needs charging can be put in your black recycling box.

Please keep separate from any glass.

We cannot collect tv screens or computer monitors.

Textiles and shoes

Put textiles in a carrier bag next to your recycling wheelie bin.

We will collect shoes, slippers, clothes, blankets, towels, bed sheets and curtains.

We cannot collect rugs, duvets, pillows and carpets.