What you can put into your blue bin *What can’t go into the blue bin Steel and aluminium cans and tins Newspaper and magazines (these should be placed into your blue bag) Clean aluminium foil and food trays Envelopes (these should be placed into your blue bag) Empty aerosol cans Junk mail/flyers (these should be placed into your blue bag) Glass bottles and jars of all colours (lids removed and placed into blue bin separately) Telephone directories (these should be placed into your blue bag) Margarine and ice cream tubs Kitchen or food waste (This should be placed into your grey bin) Yoghurt pots Garden waste (This should be placed into your brown bin) Plastic cups, plates and cutlery Black bin bags/liners Plastic containers and tubs All types of cardboard (this should be placed into your blue bag) Plastic food trays (not black) Plastic carrier bags Plastic drinks bottles (lids on) Waxed cartons including Tetra Pak (soup, juice, milk cartons) Steel and aluminium bottle lids Nappies Plastic milk bottles (lids on) Ceramics, ornaments or crockery Shower and bath plastic bottles (lids on) Plate glass Plastic drink bottle tops Mirrors House cleaning plastic bottles (lids on) Batteries (including mobile phone batteries) Plastic cables, ties, strapping or banding Plant pots Christmas lights Plastic toys and hard/rigid plastics Plastic trims, frames or mouldings Shrink wrap or bubble wrap Polystyrene packaging or beads Gas bottles Video/tape cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s or their cases Electrical waste including hoses off hoovers Textiles or clothing Cushions and duvets Soil or rubble Paint tins Machine or engine parts Utensils or tools, knives and other sharp objects Wood and MDF Crisp packets and sweet wrappers All wrapping paper Large pieces of sheet metal Burnt or fire damaged material Wire/cable Clinical waste, needles and syringes Ropes and belts Pots and pans or any other types of metal Bagged waste *The Council is unable to list every item that should not be placed in your blue bin. If the item you wish to dispose of is not listed as being accepted, please DO NOT put it into your blue bin as we are unable to recycle it. Please place it in your grey bin. The collection crews are trained to check for contamination and are unable to empty any bin which contains the incorrect types of material. We accept that residents can sometimes place the wrong items in their bin by mistake, so the crews will help by identifying the reason for non-collection. We then ask our residents to remove the contamination before the wheeled bin gets emptied on your next scheduled collection day. Please view our contamination policy. Please ensure all recyclables are clean before placing them into your blue bin and remember to squash items where possible. By doing this you will be able to get more into your blue bin for recycling. If you have additional blue bin recycling this can be taken to the local household waste site for recycling. We CANNOT accept additional recycling at the side of the blue bin. Please ensure that recycling is placed loosely into the blue bin and not in bin liners/bags. We cannot accept bagged recycling. We are unable to accept black bin liners or sacks. When is your blue bin collected? Find out when your bins are scheduled to be collected. We collect on bank holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year). If your bin has been lost, stolen or damaged Let us know online Please contact the Environment Team on 0800 269098. Guide to recycling Download your guide to recycling.