What goes in your recycling bin?
There have been a few changes to what we accept in your blue-lidded recycling bin because we are using a different sorting facility. Check what you can and can't recycle.
If you've put the wrong items in your recycling bin, it will not be emptied. That's because the sorting facility could reject the whole truck load and everyone's recycling would then be thrown away. It's always worth checking what you can recycle to reduce what you throw away, as recycling services can change and packaging can be confusing.
- Dry cardboard and paper
- Tins and cans
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays
- Plastic bottles including cleaning bottles, toiletry bottles and drink bottles
- Glass jars (with lids)
- Glass bottles
- Junk mail
- Magazines and newspapers
If you are unsure if an item can be recycled please check the list of items we cannot recycle [291kb] or contact customer services.
- Any type of plastic bag, including carrier bags, bin bags or liners, recyclable plastic, soil and fertilizer bags, sandwich bags, fruit and vegetable packaging and nappy sacks
- Cling film and bubble wrap
- Light bulbs
- Wet paper or card
- Aerosol cans
Received a red tag and bin not emptied?
If there is a red tag placed on your recycling bin we were unable to empty it because it contained non-recyclable items. If you are unsure which item caused the bin to be left please check the list of what we cannot recycle [291kb] or contact customer services.
Please remove the non-recyclable items and we will be able to empty your bin on your next scheduled recycling collection day. We are able to take any excess recycling produced between then and your next collection if placed in a cardboard box next to your recycling bin. Alternatively, please take your recycling to any of our recycling sites in the county or to a Lyne Lane community recycling centre.
Why are there changes to what we can accept?
We have recently changed the sorting facility we use, due to the contract ending on the previous agreement. The new sorting facility is unable to accept certain items such as plastic bags, including carrier bags, bin bags, recyclable bags and bag-like packaging. If our recycling load contains these items, we will be charged by the sorting facility. This is why we can no longer accept your recycling if it contains non-recyclable material.
We can't accept all 'recyclable' items
Items that have the recycling logo on, or say it's recyclable, are only able to be recycled if the sorting facility has the right technology or the items can be sorted easily. This is why recycling guidelines vary in different areas, dependent on the technology available at the sorting facility used.
Please only put the items we have asked for in the recycling bin. If you are unsure if an item can be recycled please contact customer services or check the list of what cannot be recycled [291kb].
Our policy has always been that we are unable to take plastic bags however, due to the recent changes in the sorting facility we use, we are having to enforce this more. The sorting facility will not accept any recycling that contains plastic bags and we could potentially have to incinerate a whole lorry's worth of recycling as waste if it contains a high number of plastic bags. We are unable to accept plastic bags of any type (even if specifically recyclable) or any bag-like packaging.
Supermarkets are able to recycle any plastic bags as they send their plastics straight to a private recycling centre. Alternatively, you can now put your food waste in a plastic bag (not a black bin bag) in your green food waste caddy. For more information please go to our Food waste collection page.
Additional and larger recycling bins
If you feel like you need an additional or larger recycling bin please contact customer services and they will be able to advise you on our one-off costs.