A-Z of Recycling and Rubbish

Please follow the guidelines issued by us regarding what you can and can't recycle, not that written on the packaging itself.


If you can't find an item you're looking for on this page, please let us know and if we think it will be helpful we will add it to the A-Z. Alternatively, if you are unsure whether an item is recyclable, please put it in your black bin.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

A

Aerosols Blue bin
Asbestos For advice click here
Ash (coal)    Black bin
Ash (wood)                                 Garden recycling bin

 B

Baby and make up wipes       Black bin
Bags (plastic) Black bin (or some supermarkets have a recycling point)
Baking trays (metal) Black bin
Bark Garden recycling bin (or home composting)                     
Batteries Household waste and recycling centre (or some supermarkets have a recycling point)
Biodegradable packaging Black bin
Biros Black bin
Biscuit tins A guide to recycling in Derby.
Blister packs (for pills) Black bin
Books (good quality) Charity shop
Books (beyond use) Blue bin

Bottles (glass and all kinds of plastic, even those with non removable lids)                                                                                                

Blue bin
Branches                              Garden recycling bin
Brita water filter cartridges                                     Black bin
Brown paper Blue bin
Bubble wrap                                                  Black bin
Bulbs (light bulbs)                                          Household waste and recycling centre

C

Candles                                           Black bin
Cans Blue bin

Cardboard (cereal packs, corrugated boxes, toilet roll tubes,

shiny card- (remove tape if present)                                                 

Blue bin
Cardboard cans, lined with metal with plastic seal (cocoa powder or gravy granules container)    Blue bin
Carrier bags Black bin (or some supermarkets have a recycling point)
Cat food pouches (with silver lining) Black bin
Cat litter Black bin
Catalogues Blue bin
CDs Black bin
CD cases Black bin
Cellophane Black bin
Cereal boxes Blue bin
Cereal packet inners (plastic bag) Black bin
Christmas cards (heavily decorated with glitter and foil) Black bin
Christmas cards (plain) Blue bin
Cigarette ends Black bin
Cling film Black bin
Clinical waste visit Clinical waste
Clothes, textiles and shoes Household waste and recycling centre
Coat hangers (plastic or wire) Household waste and recycling centre
Coffee filters Black bin
Coffee grounds Black bin (or home composting)
Coffee pods
Blue bin
Coffee shop cups Blue bin
Compostable packaging/bags Black bin  (or home composting)
Cooking oil Household waste and recycling centre
Corks (real or plastic) Black bin
Cotton buds Black bin
Cotton reels Black bin
Cotton wool (used) Black bin
Crisp packets Black bin
Crockery (broken) Black bin 
Crockery (good condition) Charity shop
Cutlery (broken) Black bin
Cutlery (good condition) Charity shop

D

Disposable cutlery, plates Black bin
Disposable plastic drinking cups (not polystyrene) Blue bin
Disposable razor blades Black bin
Dog food/treat pouches (with silver lining) Black bin
DVD cases Black bin

E

Egg boxes (cardboard)                                                    Blue bin
Egg boxes (plastic) Blue bin
Egg boxes (polystyrene) Black bin
Egg shells Black bin (or home composting)
Electrical items Household waste and recycle centre
Engine oil Household waste and recycle centre
Envelopes - brown (with or without windows) Blue bin
Envelopes - white (with or without windows) Blue bin

F

Fast food drink cups                                                                        Black bin
Fish shells Black bin
Flower pots Household waste and recycle centre
Flowers Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Foam trays and packaging Black bin
Foil, including take away trays Black bin
Foil/plastic wrapping eg crisp packets Black bin
Food waste (all)                                            Black bin (or home composting)

G

Gas canister                                                                         Return to supplier or household waste and recycling centre
Glass bottles and jars                                                         Blue bin
Grass cuttings                                                                    Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Grease-proof paper Black bin
Greetings cards (no glitter or foil trimmings)                                                                           Blue bin

H

Hair Black bin (or home composting)
Hard covers (of catalogues) Black bin

Hard plastic (children's toys, storage containers,

recycling boxes/bins)                                                                       

Household waste and recycling centre
 Hay and straw Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
 Hedge cuttings Garden recycling bin (or home composting) 
 Holiday brochures Blue bin 
 Hoover bag and dust Black bin 

I

Ice cream tubs Blue bin
Incontinence pads (wrapped)                                                                                     Black bin (for more advice visit our clinical waste page)

J

J Cloths Black bin
Jiffy bag envelopes Black bin
Juice cartons (no straws) Blue bin
Junk mail Blue bin

K

Kitchen cleaner bottles Blue bin
Kitchen towels Black bin
Kitchen knives (securely wrapped) Black bin

L

Latex gloves                                                                          Black bin
Leaves Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Lids from bottles (plastic and metal) Blue bin
Light bulbs (energy saving) Household waste and recycling centre
Light bulbs (fluorescent tubes) Household waste and recycling centre
Light bulbs (halogen) Black bin
Light bulbs (LED) Household waste and recycling centre
Light bulbs (old style) Black bin

M

Magazines                                                                              Blue bin
Margarine tubs Blue bin
Meat, fruit and ready meal plastic trays Blue bin
Metal coat hangers Household waste and recycling centre
Metal toys Household waste and recycling centre
Mirrors Household waste and recycling centre
Moss Garden recycling bin (or home composting)

N

 Napkins/serviettes Black bin 
 Nappies Black bin 
 Netting (plastic) eg orange nets Black bin 
 Newspaper Blue bin 

O

Office paper Blue bin

P

Paint pots                                                                   Household waste and recycling centre
Paper (office, mail, newspaper, magazines, envelopes)         Blue bin
Paper towels Black bin
Pencils                                                                        Black bin
Pet bedding for vegetarian pets (hay, straw, sawdust)                                                        Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Pet food pouches (with silver lining) Black bin
Pet litter from meat eating pets Black bin
Phone directories                                                          Blue bin
Photo negatives Black bin
Photographic paper Blue bin
Plants Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Plastic carrier bags Black bin (or some supermarkets have a recycling point)
Plastic bags (e.g. those used to contain/wrap food) Black bin
Plastic bottles (all; drink, detergent, shampoo, cleaner) Blue bin
Plastic films (e.g. from ready meal trays, cooked meat trays) Black bin
Plastic sweet wrappers Black bin
Plastic wrapping (including food wrappers) Black bin
Plate glass Household waste and recycling centre
Polystyrene Black bin
Polystyrene (Styrofoam/foam) trays Black bin
Post it notes Blue bin
Potato sacks (thick brown paper) Black bin
Printer cartridges Black bin (some charities/shops/workplaces have a recycling point)
Prunings Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Pyrex (or similar) Black bin

Q

R

Razor blades Black bin
Resealable plastic packets (e.g. containing cheese) Black bin
Ring binders Black bin
Rubbish gloves Black bin

S

Sanitary products (wrapped)                                                                Black bin
Sanitary towels (wrapped) Black bin
Saucepans Household waste and recycling centre (or charity shop)
Seed trays Household waste and recycling centre
Sellotape Black bin
Shoes (reusable) Charity shop or charity bank (please put pairs together)
Shoes (non-reusable) Black bin
Shower curtain Black bin
Shredded paper Blue bin (or home composting)
Shrink wrap Black bin
Shrubs and flowers Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Soft plastics (bags, films, wrappings) Black bin
Soil and rubble Household waste and recycling centre
Sponges and loofahs Black bin
Sticky labels and backing paper Black bin
Straws (drinking) Black bin
Styrofoam Black bin
Syringes (sharps) see Clinical waste

T

Tablet packets (tin, foil and cardboard)                                                  Black bin
Tape (music tape) Black bin
Tea bags Black bin (or home composting)
Tea light holders Blue bin
Tetra paks (juice/soup cartons) Blue bin
Tins Blue bin
Tissues Black bin
Toothpaste tubes Black bin
Toys (plastic) Household waste and recycling centre (or charity shop)
Trays (plastic food trays, ready meals) Blue bin
Tubs (margarine, butter) Blue bin
Tupperware Black bin
Twigs Garden recycling bin (or home composting)

U

Umbrella Black bin
Uncooked food Black bin

V

Video cassettes Black bin

W

Wallpaper                                                                                               Black bin
Washing up bowl Household waste and recycling centre
Washing up liquid bottle Blue bin
Water filter cartridges (e.g. Brita) Black bin (or some supermarkets provide a recycling point)
Wax crayons Black bin
Weed control fabric Black bin
Weeds Garden recycling bin
Wet wipes Black bin
Window frames Household waste and recycling centre
Window glass Household waste and recycling centre
Wood (treated) Black bin
Wood shavings Garden recycling bin (or home composting)
Woodchip wallpaper Black bin
Wrappers (e.g. from sweets, biscuits) Black bin
Wrappers, plastic (e.g. from around magazines) Black bin
Wrapping paper Black bin

X

Y

Yellow pages Blue bin
Yogurt pots Blue bin

 Z

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