Your blue bin is collected every 2 weeks from the kerbside or the agreed collection point.

Photograph of a blue bin

You can recycle paper, metal, cardboard and plastic containers in your blue bin. It is important all of these materials are recycled in the blue bin and not put in the wrong containers.

How do I use my blue bin?

  1. Collect and prepare your materials for recycling
  2. Rinse and squash cans, tins and plastic containers
  3. Flatten your cardboard and plastic bottles
  4. Place your paper, cans, tins, cardboard and clean plastic containers into your blue bin
  5. Place your blue bin at the kerbside on your collection day

Your bin must be at the kerbside or agreed collection point by 6:30am on the morning of your collection day.

What materials can I recycle in my blue bin?


  • Envelopes
  • Paper food packaging
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Yellow Pages
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Leaflets
  • Wrapping paper


  • Food trays
  • Drinks bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Sauce bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Hand wash bottles
  • Plastic lids


  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Brown corrugated boxes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Soup, juice and milk cartons
  • Egg boxes


  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Empty paint tins
  • Aluminium
  • Metal lids

Please DO NOT PUT the following materials in your blue bin:

If you are not sure if a material can be placed in your blue bin, please contact us:

If your blue bin contains the wrong material, we will advise you by placing a sticker on the bin. This will not be uplifted. Any wrong material must be removed and placed in the correct container; the bin can then be presented again on the next scheduled collection day.

Top tips on using your blue bin

  • Please rinse cans, plastic containers and cartons.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and squash plastic bottles to save space.
  • Remove plastic film lids and food tray liners from plastic trays and pots.
  • Make sure foil and foil containers are not contaminated by food waste.
  • Make sure aerosol cans are empty before recycling.
  • Remove plastic wrapping from junk mail or magazines.
  • You do not need to take off any labels.
  • Please do not place any material inside plastic bags.