Blue recycling bin

Blue recycling binContents

What can go in my blue bin?

Your blue bin is where you can put all your recyclable household rubbish. This includes the following items:

  • paper and cardboard
  • tins and cans
  • aerosols
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • glass bottles and jars
  • food and drink cartons.

For a full list of items and which bin they can go in, please visit our A-Z of recycling.

Please wash and squash all tins, cans, cartons and plastic items before putting them in the recycling bin. This makes them clean of all food or chemical waste, and stops them being a contaminant. 

If you are a business looking to dispose of your recyclable waste, we offer a commercial recycling collection service.

Wash and Squash 

(Animation by Mair Perkins, 2018.)

You can make more room in your blue bin by washing and squashing your recyclables! This also means your materials take up less room in our trucks - they take longer to get full, and this helps us have fewer vehicles on the roads and reduce emissions. 

Clean recycling is the best recycling - it makes the best quality new products. Please help us recycle top quality products by washing any food waste or chemicals out of your bottles, tubs, jars, cartons, and trays before you put them in the blue bin.

‌Additional blue bins

We are happy to provide additional blue (recycling) bins at no extra cost if you regularly fill the one you have.

We want to encourage people to recycle as much as possible, so please get in touch if you would like to request another blue bin.

If your bin is full on collection day, please do not leave any extra bags next to your bin for collection.

If you need an additional or replacement bin, please complete the household bin delivery and collection form online.

How do I recycle plastic bags?How to recycle plastic bags

‌Unfortunately, we cannot accept plastic bags in your blue bins. We can't see what is inside plastic bags to confirm that the contents are all recyclable and we don't have the time or resources to check each one.

Please do not put plastic bags in your blue bin to be recycled.

We recommend taking your empty plastic bags to supermarket recycling points around the city. From there, they will be recycled into new products.

How do I recycle electrical items?

These can be recycled, but should be taken to Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Please do not put electrical items in your blue bin - this is a fire hazard. 

If electrical items are put in the blue bin, this can also cause contamination issues when the materials are sorted at the materials recycling facility.

Please help us recycle as much as possible by taking your electricals to Raynesway

Bin collections and missed bins

Your recycling bin will typically be collected every fortnight. To check your bin collection schedule, please use our bin day look-up tool.

If your blue bin has been missed, you can get in touch with us for help. Please visit our missed bin page to report if your bin has not been emptied.

Assisted blue bin collections

If putting the bin out on bin day is difficult for you physically, we can look into setting up an assisted collection. This means the refuse collectors will take your bin from a pre-agreed spot which is more accessible for you. This is arranged on a temporary basis, with assisted collections reviewed on an annual basis.

Other options - Raynesway or composting

We offer kerbside recycling in most areas of the city. However, if you are in an area which does not get recycling waste collected, you can take your recycling to Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling site

You can also put a lot of recyclable items in a compost bin, such as cardboard or shredded paper. To find out more about how composting works, please visit our compost webpage.

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