Household waste and recycling bins and caddies

What goes in your bins?

What goes in your waste and recycling bins -

Get bin smart

Avoid having your recycling rejected.

Each week, council staff carry out checks on the contents of the blue bins. These checks show that when residents tie up items in carrier bags or bin bags, they often contain items that contaminate the recycling. These items include -

  • nappies
  • dog waste
  • food waste
  • clothes 
  • textiles
  • feminine hygiene products

Removing these unwanted items manually at the sorting plant costs the council an additional £500,000 per year that could be better spent on other services.

Blue bins that contain bagged items or other items that shouldn't go in them will not be emptied. 

Where does my plastic recycling waste go?

The plastic pots, tubs and trays are sent for recycling in the UK, Belgium and Turkey at the moment. We do not publish this information because the outlets can change frequently, depending on demand and market price. However, the Council is required to report on all end destinations of waste to central government via wastedataflow.org. This is a publicly accessible website.

Visit WasteDataFlow to find out more

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