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What can I recycle?

We no longer collect textiles at the kerbside and your recycling box (with a lid) should be used for papers and magazines only. You can still take textiles to your local recycling centre.

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?

Please place items loose within bag for collection and not in a carrier/other type of bag

Bag 1 or cardboard bag 


  • 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.

Bag 2 or plastic/tins/cans bag


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

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 goes in your black box with a lid

(Please do not include textiles)

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
  • Textiles

Mixed Textiles and Clothes

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
  • Broken glass

What goes in your green reusable sacks

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

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

Household WasteHousehold 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


  • Recycling Guide (PDF 730 KB)