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Recycling bins

Information on what can and cannot be placed in the blue recycling bins.

From April 1, 2017, we are changing the way we collect your recycling, making it easier for you to recycle.

The collection arrangements will be simplified: all your recyclates (paper, cans, plastic, glass and card) will be collected on the same day in the blue bin. This takes away the need for multiple visits and removes the need for blue bags.

For more information click here: New recycling arrangements from April 1, 2017

Requesting new, additional, or replacement blue bins

If you wish to request a blue bin or report a missing or damaged bin, please complete our Request a new/replacement blue bin form.

Please note that in cases where a bin is a first issue, has been damaged, lost or stolen or where a property previously provided with a container no longer possesses a bin, it is Council's policy to make a charge for the bin.

If you are moving into a new or previously empty property and wish to request commencement of waste and recycling collections, please contact Customer Services on 01756 700600.  You must be registered for Council Tax to be eligible for household waste recycling collections.

Blue Bin - glass, cans, plastic bottles, cartons (liquid food & beverage), paper and card

Collection Frequency: Every two weeks

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Please note: certain properties may not be suitable for a blue bin, in such cases we will issue a recycling pod for their recyclables.

What to put in your blue bin....


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All glass bottles and jars

We will not accept...

  • Pottery or ceramics
  • Window glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Spectacles

Please rinse out all glass and jars before placing in the bin

Tip: There is no need to remove the labels


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  • All food and drink cans
  • Biscuit/Confectionery tins

We will not accept....

  • Aluminium foil
  • Crisp packets
  • Pots and pans
  • Paint tins
  • Cutlery

Please rinse out and squash cans before placing in the bin.


Household aerosol cans
Please discharge all contents and air and remove caps.

Plastic bottles (Types 1 & 2 only) 

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  • Plastic milk containers
  • Pop/drink bottles
  • Shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Any plastic bottles that bear the Type 1 &  2 recycling logos

We will not accept...

  • Margarine tubs
  • Yogurt pots
  • Ready meal trays
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Plastic film
  • Plant pots
  • Vending cups

    Tip: Bottle tops can be placed in your blue bin

Cartons (Liquid Food & Beverage type only) 


  •  Soup Cartons
  •  Milk Cartons
  •  Drink Cartons

Please ensure that all contents have been disposed of before placing in the bin.


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  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Brochures
  • Junk Mail
  • Envelopes (excludes window envelopes)  
  • Wrapping paper (excludes foil/holographic)
  • Office/Writing paper

Tip: There is no need to remove staples, but please remove any tape


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  • Cardboard packaging
  • Food Packaging (e.g. cereal boxes, food sleeves, egg boxes)
  • Toilet/kitchen roll inserts
  • Greeting Cards

Please ensure there is no food waste on any cardboard placed in the bag


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  • White directories
  • Catalogues
  • Yellow Pages

We will not accept

  • Hardback books
  • Hardback directories
  • Window envelopes
  • Wallpaper
  • Jiffy Bags
  • Normal household waste

Only waste placed inside the wheeled bin will be collected.  Please ensure the lid is closed.