What goes where R+?

A reminder to residents that ONLY garden waste should be presented in clear plastic bags. If you need additional recycling equipment e.g. another white bag for plastics or carboard, please order online.

The guide below shows what you can and can't recycle as part of our Recycle+ service. You can also download our full Recycling Guide leaflet and the service leaflet for Recycle+ at the bottom of this page

What can I put in my:

What goes in your white recycling bags?

Side 1 is for cardboard and cartons


  • Cardboard boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
    (please remember to break up to fit in the bag)
  • Ready-meal sleeves
  • Cereal boxes
  • Toilet / kitchen roll tubes
  • Greetings cards
  • Egg boxes

Please do not include:

  • Large corrugated cardboard units that haven't been broken up (as it will not fit on our collection vehicles).
  • Plastic film - please remove where possible.


  • Drinks cartons e.g. milk and juice
  • Soup cartons

Please do not include:

  • Cartons that haven't been washed out first.
Side 2 is for plastics, cans, tins and foil


  • Plastic bottles e.g. pop, shampoo, milk, bleach bottles.
  • Plastic food tubs, pots and trays
  • Empty Plastic bags
  • Plastic bottle tops or lids
    (please remove from the bottle)
  • Bubble wrap

Please do not include:

  • Film (including pallet wrap).
  • Hard plastics e.g. garden furniture, coat hangers.
  • CD/DVD cases.
  • Polystyrene.
  • Crisp packets.
  • Pet food pouches.
  • Plastic plant pots or trays.
  • Containers for engine oil or paint.
  • Partially full containers.


  • Tins and cans
  • Metal lids and caps from jars and bottles
  • Aerosol cans e.g. deodorant or hairspray

Please do not include:

  • Paint tins
  • Plastic aerosol lids


  • Clean foil, scrunched up
  • Clean foil food trays

Please do not include:

  • Plastic foil (e.g. crisp packets).

Paper and textiles go in your black box with a lid

Mixed PaperMixed Paper

  • Paper and magazines
  • Phone directories
  • Catalogues and junk mail
  • Envelopes (plain / padded)
  • Shredded paper
    (please place at the bottom of the box)

Please do not include:

  • Animal bedding
  • Wrapping paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Kitchen roll
  • Tissues or wet wipes
  • Laminated paper

Mixed Textiles and ClothesMixed Textiles and Clothes

  • Clothing
  • Bedding covers and sheets
  • Shoes
  • Curtains

Please do not include:

  • Duvets, pillows or cushions
  • Good quality items that could be reused e.g. donate to a charity shop
Mixed glass goes in your black box without a lid

Mixed Glass, Bottles and JarsMixed Glass, Bottles and Jars

  • Glass bottles (all colours)
  • Glass jars (all colours)

Please do not include:

  • Toughened glass e.g. car windows
  • Window panes
  • China or crockery
  • Pyrex
  • Drinking glasses
  • Partially full containers

Garden waste goes in your clear plastic bags

Garden WasteGarden Waste

  • Grass cuttings, weeds and leaves
  • Flowers - both cut and contents of hanging baskets and potted plants
  • Hedge prunings, bark, twigs, sticks and branches (less than 5cm thick)
  • Sawdust and wood chippings
  • Real Christmas trees (broken up and bagged)

Please do not include:

  • Soil, compost, rubble, timber or stones
  • Invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Ragwort
  • Tree stumps or thick branches
  • Animal bedding

What goes in your food waste caddy

Food WasteFood Waste

  • Meat and fish - raw and cooked, including bones
  • Fruit and vegetables - raw, cooked and peelings
  • Dairy products e.g. cheese
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Rice, pasta and beans
  • Uneaten food from your plates and dishes
  • Teabags, tea and coffee grounds
  • Egg shells

Please do not include:

  • Packaging of any sort
  • Plastic bags
  • Liquids
  • Oil or liquid fat
  • Newspaper or kitchen roll
  • Food in packets (e.g. out of date items)
  • Animal waste of any sort
Batteries go in your small white recycling bag


  • Household batteries:
    From small-cell hearing aid or watch batteries to square batteries and mobile phone batteries.
  • Expired smoke and CO2 alarms

Please do not include:

  • Car and motorcycle batteries
  • Batteries that contain fluid
What goes in your black bags/wheelie bin

Househol WasteHousehol Waste

  • General household rubbish which cannot be recycled

Please do not include:

  • Any waste which can be recycled
  • Business waste
  • Liquids
  • Soil or rubble
  • Car parts or tyres
  • Hazardous waste e.g. Asbestos
  • Clinical waste e.g. syringes
  • Electrical equipment or batteries
File type Document File size
pdf Guide to Recycling 2016 2.72 MB
pdf Recycle+ 2016 4.76 MB