Recycling sites in the borough

8. What to put in each recycle bin

Paper and cardboard

We can recycle most paper and cardboard, the list is provided below.  Please flatten all boxes to save space.  With larger cardboard boxes please break them down into smaller pieces and remove any polystyrene or other non card packaging. 

Yes Please

  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Directories and brochures
  • Flat packed cardboard (large boxes must be broken down to save space in the bin)
  • Window envelopes
  • Photocopier paper
  • Junk mail (plastic wrapping removed)
  • Shredded paper (in small cardboard box or paper bag to prevent littering)
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cards (birthday, Christmas, Easter etc)
  • Non-foil wrapping paper

No thank you

  • Cartons or tetrapaks (these contain polythene and/or foil linings so are not suitable for paper mills
  • Polystyrene and other plastic packaging
  • Tissue paper
  • Plastic carrier bags

Cans, tins, aerosols and foil

Please ensure that the containers have been rinsed, are free of liquids and for aerosol cans fully emptied.  Please do not place them in boxes or bags.

Yes please

  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Biscuit and cake tins
  • Aerosol cans (fully emptied)
  • Foil cases or sheets - with any food removed
  • Metal lids and tops from bottles and jars

No thank you

  • Scrap metal
  • Old pots, pans and trays
  • Old cutlery
  • Plastic carrier bags

Plastic bottles, tubs and trays

We can recycle most types of plastic bottle, tub or tray.  It doesn't matter what colour or shape as long as they are clean and not placed in carrier bags.  Please remove the lids from the containers, as this increases the quality of the recycling.

Yes please

  • Plastic drink bottles
  • Plastic milk bottles
  • Plastic kitchen bottles eg washing up liquid, bleach, cleaning, sauces etc
  • Plastic bathroom bottles eg shampoo, conditioner, shower gel etc
  • Plastic food pots, tubs eg yoghurt/dessert pots, margarine/butter/ice cream tubs, meat/fruit/ready meal (food removed) trays etc.
  • Plastic bottle tops

No thank you

  • Polystyreme trays
  • Plastic film
  • Bubble wrap and cling film
  • Hard plastic containers eg crates, toys, plant pots etc
  • Hazardous chemical bottles
  • Plastic carrier bags

In October 2015 retailers will be charging you for carrier bags when you go shopping.  We support the reuse of carrier bags as reuseable shopping bags which can be used time and time again.

You will save money by reusing bags and at the same time helping the environment. If you have bags for recycling, most supermarkets now have in-store carrier bag recycling facilities for your use.

Glass bottles and jars

We can recycle all colours of glass bottles and jars in the same recycling bin.  Please make sure the containers have been rinsed, are empty and the lids have been removed.  Please do not place them in boxes or bags.

Yes please

  • Glass bottles - any colour
  • Glass jars - any colour

No thank you

  • Lids off bottles and jars (use the can recycling centre)
  • Window glass
  • Pyrex
  • Glassware
  • Plastic carrier bags

Textiles and shoes

You can recycle a wide range of textiles, paired shoes and similarly related items in our specially designed textile and shoe recycling containers.  Please ensure shoes are paired together in a bag or tied lace, and that the textiles are clean and dry to prevent them from going mouldy.

Yes please

  • Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillowcases and duvet covers)
  • Belts
  • Clothing
  • Curtains
  • Cushion covers
  • Gloves
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Old or worn textiles
  • Throws
  • Towels and tea towels
  • Shoes and boots (paired)
  • Purses

No thank you

  • Balls of wool
  • Bathroom mats
  • Carpets/rugs
  • Coat hangers
  • Doormats
  • Duvets, pillows or cushions
  • Electric blankets
  • Fire damaged items
  • Safety helmets
  • Single shoes
  • Soiled, dirty or wet items
  • String
  • Paint or chemically damaged items


Foil can be placed in the 'Cans, tins, aerosols and foil' bin, see above. Please note the labels on these bins will be updated soon to include foil and aerosols.

Books and music

At a limited number of recycling centres we are able to accept books and cd's.