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What can go in your blue bin

Paper and cardboard

Yes please!

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines - no need to remove staples
  • Food and drink cartons (multilayered Tetra Paks) such as juice or milk cartons
  • Foil free wrapping paper
  • Writing paper
  • Computer paper
  • Envelopes including ones with windows
  • Telephone Directories and Yellow Pages
  • Catalogues -  Argos, Littlewoods
  • Books - hardbacks and paper backs
  • Corrugated cardboard from electrical equipment / washing powder boxes 
  • Thin cardboard - cereal packets and tissue boxes
  • Greetings cards
  • Junk mail (please remove envelopes and put in your blue bin separately and dispose of any associated plastic wrapping)
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper bags - including those from sugar and flour
  • Photographs

You can now recycle all plastic food containers and Tetra-Paks in the Blue Bins.

No thanks!

  • Wet paper
  • Waxed paper and card
  • Plastic coated paper / laminated paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues and serviettes

Paper recycling fact: One tonne of paper from recycled pulp saves 17 trees!

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Plastics

Yes please!

Any plastic bottles and food containers e.g.

  • Fizzy drink bottles and squash bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Detergent bottles
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Margarine tubs
  • Ice cream containers
  • Meat trays
  • Fruit punnets

Please remove the caps from bottles and put separately in your blue bin to be recycled.

No thanks!

  • Plant pots
  • Plastic garden furniture
  • Carrier bags
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Plastic films
  • Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • CD cases

Have a look at this Plastics Reborn video which explains how your household plastic packaging could be transformed through recycling.

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Why we don’t recycle some plastics

Items such as carrier bags and plant pots are made from a very wide range of polymers, many of which are blends. These are much more difficult to identify and separate efficiently. Mixed plastics are not in high demand so are difficult to re-sell.

Carrier bag recycling facilities are now available in some supermarkets locally.

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Aluminium and steel cans

Yes please!

  • Aluminium drink cans
  • Steel drinks cans
  • Aluminium foil and foil trays
  • Household aerosols - deodorant, hairspray, polish, air freshener
  • Steel food cans - tomato tins, pet food cans
  • Steel lids from glass jars/bottles
  • Large tins - biscuit and sweet tins

No thanks!

  • Industrial aerosols paint, lubricant spray, car spray
  • Any other metals
  • Electrical appliances

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Glass bottles and jars

Yes please!

  • Any colour (brown, green, clear, blue) glass bottles and jars

No thanks!

  • Ceramics
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass
  • Mirror glass
  • Pyrex
  • Vases
  • Drinking glasses

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