Houses: what goes in my bins?

Find out where you can recycle in your area

This page is an A-Z guide of what you can place in each of your bins and your blue box.

If you live in flats or you share communal bins, please go to our Flats and Communal recycling pages.

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Item

Where does it go?

Useful tips

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Aerosol cans

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Only empty aerosol cans can be recycled

Asbestos

For advice on asbestos please contact WasteAware

 

Aluminium foil

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Scrunch any foil into a ball roughly the size of a tennis ball as smaller bits may get lost down the sides of the recycling machinery

Ash (coal or wood – once cooled)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Baby / make-up wipes

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Bags (plastic)

Purple Rubbish Bin

Reuse carrier bags on your next shopping trip. Alternatively, some supermarkets have a collection scheme for plastic bags

Bark

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Batteries

Household batteries (AAA, AA, B, C, D) should be placed in tied plastic bags and placed on the lid of your grey recycling bin for collection. Please note we do not collect car batteries.

Alternatively, they can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre 

Some local supermarkets offer a collection scheme for used batteries

Biodegradable packaging

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Biros

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for your used pens. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Biscuit/chocolate tins (including lids)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Black sacks

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Blister packs (for pills)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Bones (meat or fish)

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Books (good quality)

Charity Shops

 

Books (beyond reuse)

Blue Paper Box - pages only (remove cover and spine)

 

Bottles, glass – any colour (e.g. wine, beer, spirits)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled. Labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Bottles, plastic

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled.

Branches from trees (smaller than 3cm in diameter)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Bread

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

Bread can be kept in the freezer until you’re ready for toast! Alternatively, you can blitz stale bread in a food processor to make breadcrumbs.

Brita water filter cartridges

Purple Rubbish Bin

Some shops accept returned Brita filters to be recycled.

Bricks and rubble – non-trade only

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Brochures

Blue Paper Box

 

Brown paper and envelopes

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Bubble wrap

Purple Rubbish Bin

Reuse bubble wrap when food shopping to protect delicate items. It will also help to keep items cooler for longer!

Buckets, old washing up bowls / tubs

Household Waste Recycling Centre or Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Builders waste – non-trade only

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Butter tubs

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

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Candles

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Cans

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Left-over liquid or food residue can contaminate other recyclables so please empty your containers. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Cardboard boxes (e.g cereal boxes, delivery boxes)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Please flatten before recycling. Remove plastic inserts, polystyrene and tape from boxes.

Cardboard egg boxes

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Cardboard packets lined with metal e.g. gravy granules, cocoa powder, Pringles tubes

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Cardboard sandwich boxes - including the plastic window, if clean from food residue

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Left-over food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling.

Cardboard sleeves e.g. ready meal sleeves

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Cardboard tubes (e.g. from inside toilet rolls and kitchen roll)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Keep a recycling bin or bag in the bathroom to remind you to recycle your bottles and toilet roll tubes

Carpet

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Carrier Bags

Purple Rubbish Bin

Reuse carrier bags on your next shopping trip. Alternatively, some supermarkets have a collection scheme for plastic bags

Cartons (food and drink)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Card with food residue should be placed in the general rubbish bin

Cat food pouches (with silver lining)

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Cat litter

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Catalogues

Blue Paper Box

 

Cassette tapes (plus cases)

Remove all tape first and place in Purple Bin - the plastic cassette case can then be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

CDs

Purple Rubbish Bin

If still in good condition, why not donate unwanted CDs and DVDs to Charity Shops?

CD Cases (hard plastic)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Cellophane

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Ceramics

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Cereal boxes

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Please flatten where possible, to take up less space.

Cereal packets - inner liners (plastic)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Chewing gum

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Christmas cards

Purple Rubbish Bin

Upcycle or reuse as gift tags.

Christmas trees - real

Brown wheelie bin (chargeable service - seasonal collection after Christmas only) or a local garden centre for recycling

 

Christmas trees - artificial

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Cigarette ends

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Cleaner and detergent bottles (e.g. bathroom cleaners, washing up liquid, bleach)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Check they are empty first as left-over liquid can make other recyclables dirty.

Lids and labels can be left on.

Cling film

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Clothes, textiles and shoes

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin - textiles MUST be tied in a bag (not black sacks) and placed at the side of your bin. If you share a bin or live in a flat please take textiles to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or to a local charity shop if they are in good condition

Have you considered holding a clothes swap with your friends or community group? WasteAware has advice and equipment available if you are looking for a cheap, easy and fun way to de-clutter and update your wardrobe.

 

Coat hangers (plastic or wire)

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

Be sure and refuse these if you make new purchases

Coffee grounds

Kitchen Caddy or directly into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Coffee pods

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Coloured paper (except brown)

Blue Paper Box

 

Compostable packaging / bags

Home Composting or Purple Rubbish Bin

Please only use liners with the seedling logo in your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy.

Cooking oil

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Corks (real or plastic)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Corrugated Cardboard

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Costa cups

Purple Rubbish Bin

Return your cup to Costa to have it recycled.

Costa lids

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Cotton buds

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Cotton reels

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Cotton wool/make up pads

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Crisp and sweet packets or wrappers

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for all brands of crisp packets. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Crockery (broken)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Dairy

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Disposable cutlery

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Disposable cardboard 'paper' or plastic plates (without heavy food residue)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

If you are hosting a party, why not look into local reusable party kits available to hire? These kits are cheaper and more environmentally friendly than buying disposable equipment!

Disposable drinking cups (plastic)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Disposable drinking cups (cardboard or polystyrene)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Disposable nappies

Purple Rubbish Bin

Why not give Real Nappies a try? Visit Hertfordshire WasteAware for more information

Disposable razor blades

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Dog waste

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Drinks bottles (e.g. juice, squash, milk)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Please remove plastic film and place in the general rubbish bin.

Lids and labels can be left on.

Save space by squashing bottles.

Drinks cans

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Lids and labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Drinks cartons (e.g. juices and milk)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled.

Left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Drinking glasses

Purple Rubbish Bin

Many glass items such as cookware, glasses and vases can be taken to charity for reuse if in good condition. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre

Duvets & pillows

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

DVD cases

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Egg boxes (cardboard)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Egg boxes (plastic)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Egg boxes (polystyrene)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Egg shells

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Electrical items

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Engine Oil

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Envelopes including windows (brown)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Envelopes including windows (white)

Blue Paper Box

 

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Film lids from the pots or trays

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Financial Times

Blue Paper Box

 

Fish

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Flower pots - plastic (small only)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Large pots are more rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or placed in Purple Bin.

Flowers

Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Foam food trays and food packaging

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Foil

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Please rinse to remove food residue.

Foil Trays (e.g. take-away trays)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Any disposable BBQ trays must be completely cool before adding to your recycling container. Douse with cold water then leave overnight to cool completely.

Foil / plastic wrapping e.g. crisp packets

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for all brands of crisp packets. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Food and drink cartons e.g. TetraPak©

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Food cartons (e.g. soups)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled.

Left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Food scrapings

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Food tins

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Lids and labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Fruit

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Fruit peelings

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Fruit punnets

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Frying pans

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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General kitchen ware (e.g. cutlery, pots & pans)

General kitchen ware (e.g. cutlery, pots & pans) and home goods can be taken to charity for reuse if in good working order. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Gift bags

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Glass bottles and jars (lids can be recycled)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Left-over liquid or food residue can contaminate other recyclables so please empty your containers. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Glass cookware e.g. Pyrex dishes; drinking glasses; vases; ceramics

Purple Rubbish Bin

Glass - many items such as cookware, glasses and vases can be taken to charity for reuse if in good condition. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Glass - window panes / sheet

Household Waste Recycling Centre or Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Glasses - drinking

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Grass cuttings

Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Greaseproof paper

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Greetings cards

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Hair

Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Hard covers (from catalogues and books)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Hard plastic (children's toys, storage boxes, recycling boxes)

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Hay and straw

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Hedge cuttings

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Holiday brochures

Blue Paper Box

 

Hoover bags and dust

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Ice-cream tubs

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Incontinence wear

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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J Cloths

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Jars (e.g. sauces, jam, baby food) – lids can be recycled

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Jiffy bag envelopes

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Junk mail including leaflets and flyers

Blue Paper Box

 

K

 

 

Kitchen roll tubes

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Kitchen towels

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

L

 

 

Laminated plastic food/drink pouches e.g. baby food pouches, cat food pouches or coffee pouches

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Latex gloves

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Leaves

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Leftover food

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

Visit Love Food Hate Waste for recipe ideas on how to use up leftovers.

Lids (metal or plastic)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

You can keep lids on the containers, or put them separately into your mixed recycling bin.

Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Light bulbs (energy saving)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Light bulbs (halogen)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Light bulbs (LED)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Light bulbs (old style)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Magazines

Blue Paper Box

Remove any plastic wrapping and free gifts from newspapers, magazines and flyers. These should go in your purple bin.

MDF

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Margarine tubs

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Meat – raw or cooked

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Medicines

Return to Pharmacy

 

Medicine pill packets e.g. blister packs

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Metal items such as kettles, irons, pipes, white goods.

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Metal lids and tops

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Pop food tin lids inside the tin and gently squash the top to stop them falling out

Metal tins (biscuit/chocolate – including lids)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Microwave meal trays (including black plastic)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Please remove plastic film and place in the general rubbish bin.

Milk bottles (lids can be recycled)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Mirrors

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Motor oil containers

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Moss

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

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Napkins / serviettes

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Nappies

Purple Rubbish Bin

Why not give Real Nappies a try? Visit Hertfordshire WasteAware for more information

Netting (plastic) e.g. orange nets

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Newspapers

Blue Paper Box

Remove any plastic wrapping and free gifts from newspapers, magazines and flyers. These should go in your purple bin.

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Office paper

Blue Paper Box

 

Other glass bottles (e.g perfume, aftershave, face/body cream)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Other metals

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Other non-paper wrappings

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Padded enveloped e.g. Jiffy bags

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Paint and solvent tins (full or empty)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Paint including varnishes, gloss (over half full)

Ecowaste offer a paint recycling scheme

 

Paper (coloured except brown)

Blue Paper Box

 

Paper (office, mail, newspaper, magazines, white envelopes)

Blue Paper Box

 

Paper towels and tissues

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Parchment / baking paper

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Peelings (fruit and vegetable)

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Pencils

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Pet bedding for vegetarian pets (hay and straw)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Pet litter (carnivorous)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Pet faeces (bagged)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Pet food pouches

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Phone directories

Blue Paper Box

 

Photo negatives

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Photographic paper

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Pill (blister) packets

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Pillows and duvets

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Plant pots - plastic (small only)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Large pots are more rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or placed in Purple Bin.

Plants (no soil)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Plastic bags e.g. carrier bags, compostable bags, bread, salad, fruit/veg bags, frozen food bags

Purple Rubbish Bin

Reuse carrier bags on your next shopping trip. Alternatively, some supermarkets have a collection scheme for plastic bags.

Plastic bottles (all drink, detergent, shampoo bottles)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Check they are empty first as left-over liquid can make other recyclables dirty.
Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Try putting a bag or bin in the bathroom to remind you to recycle your bathroom bottles and toilet roll tubes.

Save space by squashing bottles.

Plastic films (from ready meals)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Plastic furniture

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Plastic food tubs, pots and trays – including black plastic

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Plastic sweet containers

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Plastic sweet wrappers

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Plastic wrapping (including food wrappers)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Plastic toys

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Plastic sweet tubs

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Plate glass

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Polystyrene e.g. cups and packaging material

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Post-it notes

Blue Paper Box

 

Potato sacks (thick brown paper)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please cut off the string top and place in the Purple Bin)

 

Pots (e.g. yoghurt, soup)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Printer cartridges

Some 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 Purple Rubbish Bin.

 

Prunings

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Pyrex

Purple Rubbish Bin

Many glass items such as cookware, glasses and vases can be taken to charity for reuse if in good condition. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

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Razor blades

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Reading glasses

Donate to Charity Shop

 

Resealable plastic packets (e.g. containing cheese, sandwich bags)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Rigid plastics e.g. toys and hangers

Donate to Charity Shop if in good condition or put in your Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Ring binders

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Rubber gloves

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Sanitary products (wrapped)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Sanitary towels

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Saucepans

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Seed trays - no larger than 30cm

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (larger seed trays are rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre)

 

Sellotape

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Shellfish

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Shiny cardboard (that will tear and has no plastic coating)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Shiny cardboard (that has plastic coating)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Shoes, in pairs, any condition

In a separate bag (not black sack) placed at the side of your Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Shower curtain

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Shredded paper

Blue Paper Box

Put shredded paper into a paper bag or envelope to stop it blowing away

Shrink wrap

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Shrubs and flowers

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Soil / turf / rubble

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Spectacles

Donate to Charity Shop

 

Sponges and loofahs

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Sticky labels and backing paper

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Straw

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Styrofoam

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Syringes (sharps)

Clinical Waste

 

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Tablet packets (plastic and foil)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Tape

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Tea bags

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Telephone directories

Blue Paper Box

 

Textiles, clothes and shoes

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin - MUST be tied in a bag (not black sack) and placed at the side of your bin. If you share a bin or live in a flat please take textiles to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or take them to a local charity shop if they are in a good condition

Have you considered holding a clothes swap with your friends or community group? WasteAware has advice and equipment available if you are looking for a cheap, easy and fun way to de-clutter and update your wardrobe.

 

TetraPak© /Cartons

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Tins (food, biscuit, chocolate)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Lids and labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Tins (paint and solvent – full or empty)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Tin foil

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Scrunch any foil into a ball roughly the size of a tennis ball

Tissues

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Toiletries and other bathroom bottles (e.g. shampoo, shower gel)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Check they are empty first as left-over liquid can make other recyclables dirty.

Lids and labels can be left on.

Try putting a bag or bin in the bathroom to remind you to recycle your bathroom bottles and toilet roll tubes.

Toilet roll tubes

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Toner cartridges

Supermarket and school recycling points, Household Waste Recycling Centre or Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Toothpaste tubes

Purple Rubbish Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Toys (plastic or soft)

If in a good condition - a charity shop, if not then Household Waste Recycling Centre or Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Toys (cardboard packaging)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (remove any plastic / film or polystyrene)

 

Trays / punnets (e.g. meat trays, take-away trays, fruit /veg trays, including black plastic)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

 

Tree cuttings (branches no larger than 3cm in diameter)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Treated wood e.g. fence panels, painted doors, furniture, wicker baskets

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

 

Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream)

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Tupperware

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Turf / soil / rubble

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

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Uncooked food

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

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Video cassettes

Remove all tape first and place in Purple Bin - the plastic cassette case can then be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Vegetable peelings

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

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Washing powder boxes

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Wallpaper

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Water filter cartridges (e.g. Brita)

Purple Rubbish Bin

Some shops accept returned Brita filters to be recycled.

Wax crayons

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Weed control fabric

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Weeds

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Wet wipes

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

White paper (e.g. printer paper and letters)

 

 

Window frames (wooden or plastic)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Window glass

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Window panes

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Wire and cables

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Wood

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Wood shavings (untreated)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin (chargeable service)

 

Woodchip wallpaper

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Wrappers (e.g. from sweets, biscuits)

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Wrapping (plastic) e.g. from around magazines

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

Wrapping paper - plain or containing foil, plastic or glitter

Reuse or Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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Yellow Pages

Blue Paper Box

 

Yoghurt pots

Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Yoghurt pot lids

Purple Rubbish Bin

 

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