Recycle Right - How to sort your recycling

Please remember to sort your recycling. The materials we collect are loaded into different compartments on our vehicles to keep them separate and ensure they are of good quality so they can go on to be recycled easily. Getting it right really makes a big difference and means we can recycle even more from the kerbside. You can download our handy recycle right leaflet to keep as a reminder.


Step 1 - Green recycling box 1 Cans and plastic in box

Use one recycling box for plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots as well as metal tins, cans, foil and empty aerosols.

How to recycle plastic bottles, tubs, trays, metal tins, cans and aerosols

  • Replace lids and tops. If the lid stays on the container it will get recycled
  • Squash bottles to save space
  • Empty and rinse bottles, tubs, trays, tins and cans. Leftover foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables and if they contain liquid or food residue they may not be accepted during the automated sorting process. Liquid can also damage the machinery
  • Labels and lids can all be left on but plastic film and plastic ring joiners must be removed and put in the general rubbish bin
  • Scrunch kitchen foil, tub and pot lids and wrappers together to form a ball - the bigger the ball, the easier it is to recycle.
  • Soap dispensers can be recycled but not the pump section itself as it contains metal. Please remove the pump and put in your general rubbish bin

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

Plastic recycling

Yes please

No thanks

Pots, for example yogurt, soup Medicine packs, for example headache pill blister packs
Tubs, for example margarine, ice cream Film lids from the pots or trays
Trays or punnets, for example raw or cooked meat trays; take-away trays; fruit & veg trays. Black plastic is accepted but not black polystyrene trays Laminated pouches such as cat food and coffee pouches that spring back when you try and scrunch them - these are not currently recyclable
Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays Paint pots - recycle these at your local recycling centre. Please check the website prior to visit
Other clear rigid plastic packaging Plastic toys - these are not currently recyclable, but if in reasonable condition you could dontate to charity
Dishwasher tablet and washing capsule tubs Expanded polystyrene such as packaging inserts, or black polystyrene trays
  Food and drink cartons or tetrapaks
  Medical plastic such as syringes or epipens
  Carrier bags or plastic bags, unless these contain items for recycling such as batteries or clothes
  PPE gloves or masks

Food tins, cans and aerosols

Metal recycling

Yes please

No thanks

Drink cans Laminated foil, for example cat food or coffee pouches that spring back when you try and scrunch them
Food tins: put tin lids inside the tin Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
Biscuit/chocolate tins and their lids Metal containers for chemicals, such as white spirits, paints or engine oils
Aerosols: remove plastic caps and recycle with plastics General kitchen ware, for example cutlery, pots and pans
Aluminium foil: scrunch foil together to form a ball Any other metal items, such as kettles, irons, pipes, white goods
Aluminium foil trays, for example take-away trays  
Aluminium tubes such as for tomato puree: remove plastic caps  

Step 2 - Green recycling box 2Glass in box

Use a second recycling box for all paper and any glass bottles and jars but please keep the glass and paper separate in the box - paper on the bottom, glass on top.  Help us further by using a third box to separate your glass from your paper if you can.

How to recycle paper and glass bottles and jars

  • Put lids and caps back on. This reduces the chance of them getting lost during the sorting process as they can be recycled separately
  • Empty and rinse - a quick rinse will do. Leftover liquid can contaminate other recyclables which may mean they aren't recycled
  • Paper is a valuable recyclable material but only when it is clean
  • Remove any plastic wrapping from newspapers and magazines - this can be recycled with plastic bags at larger supermarkets
  • If you scrunch paper and it doesn't spring back, then it can be recycled

Glass bottles and jars

Glass recycling

Yes please

No thanks

Bottles of any colour, such as wine, beer, spirits Glass cookware, such asPyrex, microwave plates
Jars such as for sauces, jam, baby food Drinking glasses
Non-food bottles, such as perfume, aftershave, face creams Ceramics such as crockery, earthenware
  Vases
  Nail varnish bottles
  Mirrors or window panes
  Light bulbs and tubes
  Broken glass

Paper

Paper recycling

Yes please

No thanks

Newspapers and supplements Paper that is stained with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt, such as greaseproof or baking paper, children's paintings
Magazines, brochures and catalogues Hygiene/sanitary products, such as nappies, wipes, sanitary towels
White paper, such as computer paper, letters Used paper towels
Shredded paper: please put this inside a paper bag Tissues
Telephone directories Cotton wool and make up pads
Junk mail and flyers Wet wipes
Envelopes, including those with a window Sticky papers such as Post-it notes, sticky labels or paper tape
  Non-paper gift wrap or bags such as foil-based gift wrapping
  Crisp or sweet packets or wrappers
  Wallpaper and decoration paper
  Brown paper: this should be recycled with card because it causes brown flecks in new paper
  PPE such as gloves or masks

Step 3 - Blue recycling bagcardboard in blue bag

Use your blue recycling bag for brown corrugated cardboard and light card.

All cardboard must be inside the bag.

How to recycle cardboard

  • Cardboard should be folded and flattened to fit inside your bag
  • Tape, polystyrene and plastic inserts need be removed from cardboard packaging.
  • Glitter, badges and batteries should be torn off greeting cards
  • Egg boxes and rolls from kitchen towel and toilet rolls can be recycled and can also be home composted

Cardboard

Cardboard recycling

Yes please

No thanks

Cardboard boxes, such as cereal and dishwasher tablet boxes Card that contains foodstuffs, dirt or paint
Corrugated cardboard Glitter covered greetings cards
Online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes Food and drink cartons
Greetings cards without glitter  
Egg boxes  
Brown paper  

Step 4 - Household batteries, small electrical appliances, textiles and shoes

Household batteries, small electrical appliance and textiles and shoes must be put in separate bags and put inside a recycling box with the lid closed. Please tie all bags.

Which types of batteries can be recycled?

  • All household batteries including 'button' batteries from watches
  • Battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote control units
  • Car batteries should be recycled at designated collection points at recycling depots

How to recycle small electrical appliances

It's easy to check if an electrical item, toy or game is recyclable if it has reached the end of its working life. Simply ask the following questions and if the answer is yes, to any of these, it is recyclable:

  • Does it have a plug?
  • Does it use batteries?
  • Does it need charging?
  • Does it have a picture of a crossed out wheelie bin on it?
Recycling small electrical appliances and batteries

Yes please

No thanks

Kitchen appliances such as toasters, kettles, food blenders TVs and monitors
Home appliances such as irons, radios, lamps, clocks, small dvd players Large appliances such as vacuums and microwaves
Personal care/grooming appliances, such as shavers, electric toothbrushes, hair dryers and curlers Light bulbs/fluorescent tubes
Hand-held power tools Car/motorbike batteries
Mobile/digital phones  
Cameras  
Small games consoles, tablets, e-readers  
Fairy lights, solar-powered lights  
Electrical cables and chargers  
Children's electronic toys  
Household batteries (including AA, AAA, C, D, 9v, button batteries, mobile and laptop batteries  

How to recycle unwanted clothes and textiles

  • Bag your items (using an old carrier or a bag of similar size or smaller) and put inside your green recycling box
  • Drop off your unwanted items at recycling centres and clothing and textile banks in supermarket and local car parks. Find your nearest recycling bank
  • Donate items to registered charities and re-use organisations
  • One of the most convenient ways to donate clothes is through registered charity collection services. Some charities, such as The British Heart Foundation, offer a free clothing collection service from your home. It's easy to arrange via their website. You don't even need to order a bag, just re-use your own bags and boxes from home
  • If you are fundraising for your school, church or organisations such as Girl Guides or Scouts, there are textile companies who can arrange a collection to help you to raise money for your cause.

Step 5 - Food waste

Use your green caddy for food waste. Bag your food waste to help keep your caddy clean.

Visit our food waste pages for more information on food waste recycling.


For a handy reminder of what you can recycle in the home please download our guide (pictured below) or for more information on how to recycle from your home, you can watch this video from our friends at Recycle Now.

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