We all know the drill, trying to get the family to pay attention to what they put in which bin can be frustrating. No matter how old you are there’s always that pondering question, can this actually be recycled? Or maybe it’s just pure laziness. However, the war on plastic and recycling is still real despite the world-wide pandemic so it is now more crucial than ever that we do our bit to help reduce the amount sent to landfills and ultimately the amount ending up in the oceans.

So luckily for you we’ve created a handy little list that illustrates in black and white what can go in where!

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Books
  • Catalogues
  • Directories including the yellow pages
  • Corrugated cardboard etc.
  • Mixed glass bottles and jars, any colour – bottle tops are accepted bust must be separated
  • Plastic Bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Carrier bags
  • Detergent bottles
  • Food trays – including black food trays
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Yoghurt pots

Remember to remove lids and squash the bottle down to make more space in the bin

  • Metal
  • Aerosols
  • Clean foil
  • Steel and aluminium


All can go in the bin together however they must be loose. To reduce smells and mess ensure all products are fully clean. Alternatively, if bags need to be used ensure they are clear to allow operatives to identify the contents










To go in the non-recycling bin

  • Cling film
  • Polystyrene
  • Crisp Packets
  • Sanitary products
  • Tissue
  •  Nappies
  • Cat litter
  • VHS Tapes/Cassettes
  • Bagged domestic animal faeces

Do not place into bins

  • Large electrical items
  •  Televisions, microwaves, ovens, fridges and washing machines etc.

These need to be placed in a tied-up carrier bag and placed next to the grey bin on collection day.


  • Duvets and good quality clothes
  • Cushions and mattresses
  • Ropes and belts
  • Carpet and underlay

These need to be placed in a tied-up carrier bag and placed next to the green bin on collection

  • Soil
  • Rubble
  • Bricks
  • Plasterboard
  • Fibre glass
  • Tiles
  • Large items e.g. furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Batteries
  • Hot ash
  • Gas Cannisters and helium bottles



However, if you do end up with any of the items in the categorically cannot be taken list, don’t fret, we recycle over 94% of our waste. So give us a call on 01235 760555 to discuss our waste disposal options; whether that be a skip, man with a van, tonne bag or grab hire job. We’ll have a service to best suit your needs.