Communal service

What to put in communal recycling bins

The bins are for household waste and recycling only. You should not use them to get rid of waste or recycling from a business. 

Find your nearest recycling bin

If the bins are full please use the next available bin and don't leave waste beside the bins. 

Report a full or overflowing communal bin

Please make sure you put the right items in the correct bin.  You can download and keep the guide below for future reference.

Packaging recycling: green lidded bins

You can put these in your shared packaging bin:

  • Cardboard
  • Clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Clean cans and tins
  • Drink cartons, for example juice and milk cartons
  • Empty aerosols and foil

Remember to rinse your plastics, cans and tins and put your recycling in loose.

You can't put these in this recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Glass
  • Wrappers, crisp bags or photographs
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys or plant pots

Mixed recycling: green lidded bins

You can put these in your shared mixed recycling bin:

  • Paper, cardboard and envelopes
  • Cans/tins
  • Drink cartons
  • Clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Empty aerosols and foil

Remember to rinse your plastics, cans and tins and put your recycling in loose.

You can't put these in this recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Glass
  • Wrappers, crisp bags or photographs 
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys or plant pots

Paper recycling: blue lidded bins

You can put these in your shared paper recycling bin:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes and unwanted mail
  • Wrapping paper, not metallic
  • Printed and shredded paper
  • Other types of white paper

You can't put these in this recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Glass
  • Wrappers, crisp bags or photographs
  • Polystyrene

Glass recycling: purple lidded bins

You can put these in your shared glass recycling bin:

  • Clean glass bottles - all colours
  • Clean glass jars - all colours

You can't put these in this recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Light bulbs, glass dishes, broken glass, ceramics, pyrex and window panes

Food recycling: grey lidded bins

Food must be bagged in either a compostable liner or carrier bag. Liners are available at libraries for £1 per roll or at supermarkets.

You can put these in your shared food recycling bin:

  • All cooked and uncooked food
  • Pasta, rice and bread
  • Fruit and vegetables including peelings
  • Meat and bones
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds

You can't put these in this recycling bin:

  • Liquids including milk and cooking oil
  • Food packaging
  • Animal waste or beddin

Landfill bin: black lidded bins

This bin is only for household waste that can't be recycled. Only put items you can't recycle in this bin. Don't leave items or bin bags beside the bin or on the street, it's illegal.

Large items like DIY waste or furniture should not be put in the bins or left beside them. Please dispose of these items responsibly by booking a special uplift or taking them to a recycling centre

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