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Household recycling collections

Your household recycling will be collected every 2 weeks.

Depending on your circumstances, each household has been allocated one of the following two options:

  • standard: 240 litre wheelie bin
  • bag and box: 2 boxes with lids for mixed recycling

What you can put in your household recycling

Paper and cardboard, including:

  • wrapping paper (not foil based)
  • newspapers
  • envelopes
  • directories
  • magazines
  • shredded paper (small quantities)
  • cereal boxes
  • greetings cards
  • cardboard (including corrugated card)
  • photos

Most hard plastics (any colour) from food, drink and household products, including:

  • plastic bottles (including milk, soft drinks, shampoo, shower gel and cleaning products)
  • plastic pots (including yoghurt, cream and soup)
  • plastic tubs (including margarine, butter and ice cream)
  • plastic trays (any colour, including fruit and vegetable punnets)
  • plastic lids (they must be placed back on the plastic bottles, pots and tubs)

Household metal packaging:

  • tins and cans
  • aerosols (including deodorant, hairspray and furniture polish)
  • aluminium foil
  • metal lids

Tetra Pak cartons


  • glass bottles and jars

Items can be rinsed to remove excess food/liquid, but do not need to be cleaned thoroughly

What you cannot put in your household recycling

  • plastic/carrier bags (including compostable/biodegradable types)
  • plastic film
  • tissues and paper towels
  • disposable nappies
  • paper cups
  • polystyrene
  • commercial waste
  • crisp packets
  • clothes and textiles
  • plant pots and seed trays
  • food waste (use brown food waste container)
  • garden waste
  • clinical waste (such as syringes/medical sharps)
  • electrical items
  • batteries (use battery bag)
  • broken glass
  • light bulbs
  • oven proof glass (for example, Pyrex)
  • sheet glass and windowpanes
  • general rubbish

Plastic items can be rinsed to remove excess food/liquid, but do not need to be cleaned thoroughly.

Recycling household batteries

You can recycle household batteries at the kerbside alongside your other recycling. Please don’t put these extra items inside your recycling, instead use a carrier bag and leave them next to or on the lid of your recycling bin for collection on your recycling day.

It is important not to put batteries in with your other recycling. Batteries need to be collected, transported and recycled separately to make sure the heavy metals they contain (for example, nickel, cadmium) do not leak out, causing pollution in the local environment or damage to nearby wildlife and people. 

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