Recycling right throughout the year

Here are a few top tips to help you recycle right:

  • Pop your empty drinks cans, glass, plastic bottles (no lids), aerosols, and clean aluminium food trays into your light green mixed recycling bin. We can't recycle any other plastic except plastic bottles.
  • If you have a takeaway, you can place your dry empty cardboard boxes and paper wrapping in your blue paper bin. Grease or leftover food placed in the wrong bin could mean a contaminated load or rejected bin.
  • Polystyrene boxes and plastic takeaway containers can't be recycled. Place these in your green general waste bin.
  • If you have any leftover food, place it in your brown bin and we can turn it into compost. Better still, save it for the next day and where possible, reuse any plastic containers or Tupperware.
  • Choose reusable cups, plates, napkins and cutlery instead of single-use or disposable ones.
  • If you've bought yourself a new TV or large appliance, please remember you may be able to donate or sell your old one. You can also book a bulky waste collection
  • Large items such as cardboard boxes should be emptied of any polystyrene or plastics and folded down to make them as manageable as possible and kept dry. We can't recycle any wet cardboard.
  • See a full list of what can be recycled
  • View our recycling centres

Recycling wrapping paper and greeting cards

Make sure you check if you can recycle your wrapping paper or cards before you put them in the bin.

  • If you can scrunch wrapping paper then it can be recycled in your blue paper bin. Simple paper wrapping can be recycled but foil or glitter-decorated paper can't and needs to go into the green general waste bin. Sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows can't be recycled, so please remove them before recycling any wrapping paper.
  • Don’t bin batteries or electrical items at home as they can start fires. Store them safely until you can take them to your local recycling points.