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Flats: what goes in my bins?

This page is an A-Z guide of what can be placed in each communal bin.

An A-Z list of what can be placed in household bins can be found here.

A guide for each bin can also be selected from the attachments below.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y

ItemWhere it goes

A

 
AerosolsGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
AsbestosFor advice on asbestos please contact WasteAware

B

 
Baby / Make-up wipesBlack Rubbish Bin
Bags (plastic)Black Rubbish Bin
BatteriesHousehold Waste Recycling Centre, local supermarkets or NHDC Council Office in Letchworth
Biodegradable packagingBlack Rubbish Bin
BirosBlack Rubbish Bin
Black bin bagsBlack Rubbish Bin
Blister packs (for pills)Black Rubbish Bin
Books (good quality)Charity Shops
Books (beyond reuse)Blue Paper Bin - pages only (remove cover and spine)
Bottles (glass and all kinds of plastic) - please empty and rinse to remove food and drink residueGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
Brita water filter cartridgesBlack Rubbish Bin (or some shops offer recycling for these)
Brown paperGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
Bubble wrapBlack Rubbish Bin
Buckets, old washing up bowls / tubsHousehold Waste Recycling Centre or Black Rubbish Bin

C

 
CandlesBlack Rubbish Bin
Cans - please rinse out and crush where possible to take up less spaceGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
Cardboard (cereal boxes, corrugated boxes, toy boxes, toilet tubes, shiny card so long as it will tear - remove any tape)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Cardboard packets lined with metal e.g. gravy granules, cocoa powderGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
CarpetHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Carrier BagsSupermarket bag recycling points or Household Waste Recycling Centre or Black Rubbish Bin
Cartons (e.g. juice / soup, Tetra Paks) - please ensure they are empty and squash where possible, to take up less spaceGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
Cat food pouches (with silver lining)Black Rubbish Bin
Cat litterBlack Rubbish Bin
CataloguesBlue Paper Bin
CDsBlack Rubbish Bin (for music / DVDs take to local charity shop)
CD CasesHousehold Waste Recycling Centre or Black Rubbish Bin
CellophaneBlack Rubbish Bin
CeramicsBlack Rubbish Bin
Cereal boxesGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
Cereal packets - inner liners (plastic)Black Rubbish Bin
Chewing gumBlack Rubbish Bin
Children's Toys - PlasticCharity shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre or Black Rubbish Bin
Children's Toys - Soft TextilesCharity shop or Black Rubbish Bin
Christmas cards (if heavily decorated with glitter, foil etc.)Black Rubbish Bin
Christmas cards (plain)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Cigarette endsBlack Rubbish Bin
Cling filmBlack Rubbish Bin
Clothes, textiles and shoesCharity shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Coat hangers (plastic or wire)Household Waste Recycling Centre
Coffee groundsKitchen Caddy using a compostable liner, then liner to be tied and placed in your Brown Bin
Coffee Pods (separate plastic and foil)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Coloured paper (except brown)Blue Paper Bin
Compostable packaging / bagsBlack Rubbish Bin
Cooking OilHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Corks (real or plastic)Black Rubbish Bin
Costa CupsBlack Rubbish Bin
Costa LidsGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
Cotton budsBlack Rubbish Bin
Cotton reelsBlack Rubbish Bin
Cotton woolBlack Rubbish Bin
Crisp packetBlack Rubbish Bin
Crockery (broken)Black Rubbish Bin

D

 
Disposable cutleryBlack Rubbish Bin
Disposable cardboard 'paper' or plastic plates (without heavy food residue)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Disposable drinking cups (plastic)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Disposable drinking cups (cardboard or polystyrene)Black Rubbish Bin
Disposable razor bladesBlack Rubbish Bin
Dog WasteBlack Rubbish Bin
DVD casesBlack Rubbish Bin

E

 
Egg boxes (cardboard only)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Egg boxes (plastic)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Egg boxes (polystyrene)Black Rubbish Bin
Egg shellsKitchen Caddy using a compostable liner, then liner to be tied and placed in your Brown Bin
Electrical itemsHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Engine OilHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Envelopes - BrownGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
Envelopes - White or colouredBlue Paper Bin

F

 
Financial TimesBlue Paper Bin
Flower pots - plastic (small only)Green Mixed Recycling Bin (large pots are more rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre)
FlowersBrown Bin
Foam food trays and food packagingBlack Rubbish Bin (rinse clean)
Foil, including takeaway trays (please rinse to remove food residue)Green Mixed Recycling Bin (rinse clean)
Foil / Plastic wrapping e.g. crisp packetsBlack Rubbish Bin
Food WasteKitchen Caddy using a compostable liner, then liner to be tied and placed in your Brown Bin
Frying pansBlack Rubbish Bin

G

 
Glass bottles and jarsGreen Mixed Recycling Bin (rinse clean)
Glass - window panes / sheetBlack Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Glasses - drinkingBlack Rubbish Bin
Greaseproof paperBlack Rubbish Bin
Greetings cards (no glitter or foil trimmings)Green Mixed Recycling Bin

H

 
HairBrown Bin
Hard Covers (from catalogues and books)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Hard plastic (children's toys, storage boxes, recycling boxes)Household Waste Recycling Centre (if larger in size) or Black Rubbish Bin
Holiday brochuresBlue Paper Bin
Hoover bags and dustBlack Rubbish Bin

I

 
Ice cream tubsGreen Mixed Recycling Bin (rinse clean)
Incontinence padsBlack Rubbish Bin (wrapped)

J

 
J ClothsBlack Rubbish Bin
Jiffy bag envelopesBlack Rubbish Bin
Junk mailBlue Paper Bin

K

 
Kitchen towelsBlack Rubbish Bin

L

 
Latex glovesBlack Rubbish Bin
Lids (from bottles and jars)Black Rubbish Bin
Light bulbs (energy saving)Household Waste Recycling Centre
Light bulbs (fluorescent tubes)Household Waste Recycling Centre
Light bulbs (halogen)Household Waste Recycling Centre
Light bulbs (LED)Household Waste Recycling Centre
Light bulbs (old style)Black Rubbish Bin

M

 
MagazinesBlue Paper Bin
MDFHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Metal biscuit tinsGreen Mixed Recycling Bin
MirrorsHousehold Waste Recycling Centre

N

 
Napkins / serviettesBlack Rubbish Bin
NappiesBlack Rubbish Bin
Netting (plastic) e.g. orange netsBlack Rubbish Bin
NewspaperBlue Paper Bin

O

 
Office paperBlue Paper Bin

P

 
Paint potsHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Paint including varnishes, gloss (over half full)Ecowaste offer a paint recycling scheme
Paper (office, mail, newspaper, magazines, white envelopes)Blue Paper Bin
Paper (coloured except brown)Blue Paper Bin
PencilsBlack Rubbish Bin
Pet beddingBlack Rubbish Bin
Pet litterBlack Rubbish Bin
Pet faecesBlack Rubbish Bin (bagged)
Pet food pouchesBlack Rubbish Bin
Phone directoriesBlue Paper Bin
Photo negativesBlack Rubbish Bin
Photographic paperBlack Rubbish Bin
Pill (blister) packetsBlack Rubbish Bin
Plant pots (plastic)Household Waste Recycling Centre
Plants (please remove all excess soil)Household Waste Recycling Centre
Plastic BagsSupermarket bag recycling points or Black Rubbish Bin
Plastic bottles and loose lids (all drink, detergent, shampoo bottles) - empty and squashed where possibleGreen Mixed Recycling Bin (rinse clean)
Plastic films (from ready meals)Black Rubbish Bin
Plastic food tubs, pots and trays (rinse clean)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Plastic sweet wrappersBlack Rubbish Bin
Plastic wrapping (including food wrappers)Black Rubbish Bin
Plate glassHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Polystyrene packagingBlack Rubbish Bin
Polystyrene food trays, cups, platesBlack Rubbish Bin
Post-it notesBlue Paper Bin
Potato sacks (thick brown paper)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Printer cartridgesSome supermarkets and schools and charities offer recycling collections (check with your local store) or they can be recycled at a Household Waste Recycling Centre or placed in your Black Rubbish Bin.
Pyrex (or similar)Black Rubbish Bin

R

 
Razor bladesBlack Rubbish Bin
Resealable plastic packets (e.g. containing cheese, sandwich bags)Black Rubbish Bin
Ring bindersBlack Rubbish Bin
Rubber glovesBlack Rubbish Bin

S

 
Sanitary products (wrapped)Black Rubbish Bin
Sanitary towels (wrapped)Black Rubbish Bin
SaucepansBlack Rubbish Bin
Seed trays - no larger than 30cmGreen Mixed Recycling Bin (larger seed trays are rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
SellotapeBlack Rubbish Bin
ShellfishKitchen Caddy using a compostable liner, then liner to be tied and placed in your Brown Bin
Shiny cardboard (if it tears and has no plastic coating)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Shiny cardboard (that has plastic coating)Black Rubbish Bin
Shoes, in pairs, any conditionHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Shower curtainBlack Rubbish Bin
Shredded paperBlue Paper Bin (please do not put this in your box loose as it may blow away)
Shrink wrapBlack Rubbish Bin
Sponges and loofahsBlack Rubbish Bin
Sticky labels and backing paperBlack Rubbish Bin
Syringes (sharps)Clinical Waste

T

 
Tablet packets (plastic and foil)Black Rubbish Bin
Tea bagsKitchen Caddy using a compostable liner, then liner to be tied and placed in your Brown Bin
Tins (small or large including biscuit and sweet tins)Green Mixed Recycling Bin
Tins (paint)Household Waste Recycling Centre
TissuesBlack Rubbish Bin
Toner cartridgesSupermarket and school recycling points, Black Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Toothpaste tubesBlack Rubbish Bin
Toys (plastic)Household Waste Recycling Centre or Black Rubbish Bin (if small)
Trays (plastic food trays, ready meals) - empty and rinse outGreen Mixed Recycling Bin (rinse clean)
Tubs for food, e.g. butter tubs and ice cream tubs - empty and rinse outGreen Mixed Recycling Bin (rinse clean)
TupperwareBlack Rubbish Bin

U

 
Uncooked foodKitchen Caddy using a compostable liner, then liner to be tied and placed in your Brown Bin

V

 
Video cassettesCharity shop or Black Rubbish Bin

W

 
WallpaperBlack Rubbish Bin
Water filter cartridges (e.g. Brita)Black Rubbish Bin (some supermarkets take these for recycling)
Wax crayonsBlack Rubbish Bin
WoodHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Wood shavingsHousehold Waste Recycling Centre
Woodchip wallpaperBlack Rubbish Bin
Wrappers (e.g. from sweets, biscuits)Black Rubbish Bin
Wrapping (plastic) e.g. from around magazinesBlack Rubbish Bin
Wrapping paperBlack Rubbish Bin

Y

 
Yellow PagesBlue Paper Bin
Yoghurt pots - empty and rinse outGreen Mixed Recycling Bin (rinse clean)
Yoghurt pot lidsBlack Rubbish Bin

Attachments

Flats Brown Bin Guide

Flats Blue Bin Guide