The blue box collection (paper recycling) has been temporarily suspended. You can put your paper recycling in the brown bin until further notice - it will still be recycled.  

Please hold off from putting in shredded paper until the blue box collection resumes. 

Please check our service updates regularly for any further changes.

Mixed recycling
Your brown bin is collected every fortnight on the same day as your green bin. Make sure your recyclables are empty and give them a quick rinse. If they are too dirty they may not be collected e.g. grease covered foil or plastic trays/pots with food in.

What to put in


  • Glass bottles (any colour) e.g. wine, beer, spirit
  • Glass jars e.g. sauces, jam, baby food
  • Other glass bottles e.g. perfume, aftershave, face/body cream


  • Plastic cleaner and detergent bottles e.g. bathroom cleaners, washing up liquid, bleach
  • Toiletries and other plastic bathroom bottles e.g. shampoo, shower gel
  • Plastic drinks bottles e.g. juice, squash, milk
  • Plastic pots e.g. yoghurt, soup
  • Plastic tubs e.g. margarine, ice cream
  • Plastic trays/punnets e.g. meat trays, take-away trays, fruit/veg trays, including black plastic)
  • Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays


  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Metal lids and tops
  • Biscuit/chocolate tins (including lids)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Foil trays e.g. take-away trays


  • Drinks cartons e.g. juices and milk
  • Food cartons e.g. soup

Cardboard and brown paper

  • Cardboard boxes e.g. cereal boxes, delivery boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Plain greetings cards (no foil or glitter)
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Cardboard sleeves e.g. ready meal sleeves
  • Cardboard tubes e.g. from inside toilet rolls and kitchen roll
  • Brown packaging paper and envelopes

Items to keep out


  • Glass cookware e.g. Pyrex dishes
  • Drinking glasses
  • Vases
  • Ceramics
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Window glass


  • Full plastic bags
  • Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • Film lids from plastic pots and trays
  • Laminated plastic food/drink pouches e.g. baby food pouches, cat food pouches or coffee pouches
  • Rigid plastics e.g. toys, Tupperware, pipes and hangers
  • Medicine pill packets e.g. blister packs
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Polystyrene e.g. cups and packaging materials


  • Paint and solvent tins (full or empty)
  • General kitchen ware e.g. cutlery, pots and pans
  • Electrical items such as kettles, irons, pipes, white goods


  • Pringles/Twiglet style tubes
  • Single use coffee cups

Cardboard and paper

Paper usually accepted in the blue box can be put in the brown bin until further notice

  • Greetings cards with foil or glitter decoration
  • Paper towels and tissues
  • Gift bags
  • Wrapping paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • White paper e.g. printer paper and letters
  • Padded envelopes e.g. Jiffy bags
  • Sandwich boxes

What happens to my recycling?

Find out more about the journey of your recyclables from kerbside to end destination. Visit WasteAware and read some of the most frequently asked questions.

Flats recycling

Most flats have some form of recycling. It is important to only put the correct items in your recycling bin - see Recycling in Flats for more information.

Please note: you may need to cut up larger pieces of cardboard to make it fit in the recycling bins supplied to flats. Alternatively you can take any oversized/bulky items to a  Recycling Centre.