Recycling Bin – clean, dry and loose
Please help us with our recycling by giving your items a quick rinse before placing them loose in the recycling bin.
- Glass bottles and jars
- Food tins and drink cans
- Aluminium foil
- Aerosol cans
- Plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays, bags
Please do not place any of the following items in this bin: black plastic bags, food waste, garden waste, food and drink cartons, textiles, polystyrene, bubble wrap, hard plastics (e.g. toys and plant pots), blister packs (eg. plastic and foil packaging for medicinal tablets) foil-lined plastic pouches and bags (e.g. crisp packets), Pyrex/ovenproof glassware, drinking glasses, crockery, window panes, mirrors, light bulbs, rubbish.
Please note, recycling bins issued before April 2013 are black.
- Grass cuttings
- Shrub and flower cuttings
- Branches (up to 10cm/4″ diameter)
- Herbivorous pet bedding (not paper)
Please do not place any of the following items in this bin: food waste (e.g. vegetable peelings), plastics, soil, compost, rubble, cardboard, paper, cat litter, dog waste, treated/ painted wood or Japanese knotweed.
For items you cannot recycle such as food waste, cat litter/dog waste and disposable nappies. Put any cat litter/dog waste, nappies, cold ashes and vacuum cleaner waste into a bag before putting them into your bin. Please do not place builders’ rubble, soil, hot ashes, electrical items or garden waste in this bin.
Batteries and Small Electrical Items
If you have small household batteries (not car batteries) or small electrical items (eg. toasters, mobile phones, hairdryers) for recycling, please place them in a separate bag on top of either your rubbish or recycling bin for collection. Always place batteries in a separate bag. If you can remove batteries from items first please do so! Please take any larger electrical items which don’t fit into a carrier bag to a Household Waste and Recycling Site.
For more information on the your recycling service please see our frequently asked questions page on the waste collection service
Each year we get asked what to do with unused or damaged fireworks and whether they can be taken to Household Waste and Recycling Sites.
There is a significant fire risk associated with fireworks and sparklers entering the waste management chain. In compliance with the law, please ensure you dispose of any used fireworks safely. See our frequently asked questions below which explain how.
Whilst we wish encourage recycling of any packaging, this must be done correctly to minimise the risk of fires and contamination of recycling.
Frequently asked questions
How do you dispose of used fireworks and sparklers?
Wear strong gloves and use tongs to collect used fireworks and sparklers.
- SOAK IT – soak them in water overnight to ensure there is no chance of them setting anything alight;
- BAG IT – collect all the spent fireworks in a bag; and
- BIN IT – put them in the rubbish bin (not the recycling bin).
Never ever put anything hot in your bin, such as fireworks, sparklers, bonfire/BBQ ashes or disposable BBQs.
How do you dispose of unused fireworks?
The safest way to dispose of unused fireworks is to set them off in accordance with the manufacturers instructions, then follow the guidance above for used fireworks.
If you have a large quantity of unused fireworks, for example from a cancelled display, you may need to contact a specialist disposal company to collect and dispose of them in a safe manner.
Please remember to store any unused fireworks away from sources of ignition and other combustible items. Keep them secure and don’t let them become wet or damp.
Unused fireworks cannot be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Sites and you must not put them in your rubbish bin at home.
Can fireworks be recycled?
Fireworks cannot be recycled, but you can recycle any cardboard or plastic film packaging that they come in as long as the packaging is completely empty.