Blue bin

What goes in your blue bin

Blue Bin Open

Only the items listed below go in the blue bin-

  • paper
  • cardboard     
  • catalogues 
  • magazines and books
  • empty tins and cans
  • empty aerosols
  • clean kitchen foil 
  • empty plastic bottles
  • empty food containers (not polystyrene)
  • empty food and drinks cartons (Tetrapak)
  • empty glass bottles and jars        

We do not accept the following items in the blue bin -

  • bagged waste (this includes carrier bags, black bin bags and other bin bags).
  • food waste
  • nappies
  • sanitary products
  • wipes
  • clothes or textiles
  • hard plastics
    • toys
    • coat hangers 
    • storage boxes
  • polystyrene
  • plastic packets
  • wallpaper
  • kitchen cloths and sponges
  • electrical items or batteries

Please use the picture guide below for further information about what can and cannot go into your blue bin -


Do not put black bin or brown bin waste in your blue bin. We will not empty it because it risks contaminating the recycling wagon.

All items must be placed in the blue bin loose and clean. Items in carrier bags or bin bags will not be emptied.

If you are not sure if an item should go in the blue bin leave it out.

Used tissues should be bagged up and put in your black bin.


Keep it clean. 

Put any food waste from your tins, jars and food containers in your kitchen caddy. Give these items a quick rinse in the washing up water after washing the dishes.

Side Waste

Extra recyclables can be presented next to the blue bin in loosely tied clear bags.

If you are presenting side waste regularly you can request an additional blue bin.


  • the blue bin is emptied every two weeks
  • we empty bins between 7am and 4.30pm
  • bins need to be at the boundary of your property with the handle facing towards the road no later than 7am
  • number all your bins, so they are not mistaken for your neighbours' bins
  • make sure all bin lids are fully closed
  • return your bin to your property as soon as you can after it has been emptied
  • if your bin is missed, please contact us within 48 hours of your collection day

What happens to your blue bin waste

Blue bin recyclables are sent to a recycling processor and sorted into different material streams -

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • glass
  • plastic
  • aluminium cans
  • steel cans

They can then be made into new products.    

Where your plastic recycling waste goes

The plastic pots, tubs and trays are sent for recycling.

Visit WasteDataFlow to find out more

Request a new bin

You can request up to two additional blue bins per household to help you recycle more. You can order an additional blue bin free of charge.

Use the online form below to request a -

  • replacement bin
  • additional bin
  • kitchen caddy 
  • removal of a bin

Assisted collections

If you need help to move your bin we may be able to offer you an assisted collection.

Assisted bin collections are available for residents who -

  • have a medical condition or disability which prevents them from moving a wheeled bin to their collection point
  • have no one living at the property over the age of 16 who can assist
  • have short term medical conditions e.g. pregnancy - temporary assistance may be provided