As your new recycling service is designed to maximise the quality of the collected materials, and to avoid the possibility of your bin not being uplifted by the collection crew, please be aware of the following:

  • No plastic bags should be placed in either the burgundy (paper & card) or blue (plastics, cans or cartons) bins. If you use plastics bags to collect your materials, please tip the content into the bin and place the emptied plastic bags in the green (landfill) bin
  • Food containers, such as plastic trays or pizza boxes should not contain food – if they contain food they can't be recycled and should be placed in the green (landfill) bin

New burgundy bin means changes to your blue bin

Once your burgundy bin is delivered, the materials you can recycle in your blue bin will change.

Until the burgundy bin is delivered; paper, card and cardboard should be placed in the blue bin alongside plastics, cans and cartons.


Your blue bin is collected every 4 weeks from the kerbside or the agreed collection point.

Photograph of a blue bin

You can recycle plastics, cans and cartons in your blue bin. It is important all of these materials are recycled in the blue bin and not put in the wrong bin/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 plastic bottles
  4. Place your plastic bottles, tubs, containers, cans, tins, and clean cartons 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.

Top tips on using your blue bin

  • Please rinse plastic containers and cartons.
  • Remove plastic film lids and food tray liners from cartons, plastic trays and pots.
  • Make sure foil and foil containers are not contaminated by food waste.
  • Make sure aerosol cans are empty before recycling.
  • You do not need to take off any labels.
  • Materials should be loose, not bagged.

What materials can I recycle in my blue bin?

Plastic (rinsed and squashed)

  • Food trays
  • Drinks bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Tablet and medicine bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Sauce bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Hand wash bottles
  • Plastic lids and bottle tops
  • Tubs
  • Cleaning products
  • Lids and tops

Cans (emptied and rinsed)

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Chocolate and biscuit tins
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Foil trays
  • Metal lids

Cartons (rinsed and squashed)

  • Soup cartons
  • Juice cartons
  • Other cartons
Example of a blue bin with clean, dry and loose plastics, cans and cartons

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. The bin will not be uplifted. Any wrong material must be removed and placed in the correct bin/container. The bin can then be presented again on the next scheduled collection day.