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What goes in your recycling bin?

There are certain items which we are unable to accept in your blue-lidded recycling bins. Please check below to find out what we can and cannot recycle in Runnymede.

If you've put the wrong items in your recycling bin, it will not be emptied. If you put the wrong thing inside your bin it could:

  • Spoil the whole lorry load of recycling and it would potentially have to be disposed of as waste
  • Be dangerous and unpleasant for the people who sort it
  • Waste Taxpayers' money

Yes please!

  • Dry cardboard and paper
  • Tins and cans
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (lids included but separate)
  • Plastic bottles including cleaning bottles, toiletry bottles and drink bottles
  • Glass jars (with lids)
  • Glass bottles
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Clean aluminium foil - scrunched up into a ball

If you are unsure if an item can be recycled please check the pdf icon list of items we cannot recycle [291kb]  or contact customer services.

No thanks!

  • Any type of plastic bags, 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
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Polystyrene
  • Wet paper or card
  • Aerosol cans
  • Shredded paper
  • Dirty aluminium foil
  • Crisp packets
  • Cartons and tetrapak
  • Nappies and sanitary/incontinence products
  • Wood and metal objects
  • Takeaway pizza boxes

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 pdf icon 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 Lyne Lane community recycling centre or any other Community Recycling Sites in Surrey.

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 pdf icon list of what cannot be recycled [291kb].

Plastic bags

Where we send your recycling will not accept any material that contains plastic bags as it can damage their machinery. Therefore, 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 delivery costs.

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