How to sort your household waste

Blue Bin

The following materials can be recycled in your blue bin:

  • paper
  • cardboard (including food and drinks cartons)
  • steel and aluminium tins
  • plastic bottles and food containers

Please do not place the following items in your blue bin:

  • polythene bags or cellophane wrappers
  • glass bottles and jars
  • food waste

Brown Bin

The following materials can be recycled in your brown bin:

  • grass cuttings
  • weeds
  • shrub cuttings
  • hedge trimmings
  • flowers and plants
  • leaves & twigs

Seasonal brown bin collections take place between March and November.

Brown bin collections are being suspended for the winter months.

For the final garden waste collections of 2017, please place your brown bin beside your blue bin by 7am on your regular recycling collection day during week commencing 6 November OR week commencing 13 November.

Garden waste can still be recycled at Pottery Street and Kirn Drive Recycling Centres between 8am and 6pm.

There will be no changes to your other bin collection arrangements. 

Brown bin collections are due to resume in Spring 2018.     



Please do not place the following items in your brown bin:

  • cellophane type wrappers, cling film, plastic bags
  • vegetable peelings, tea bags, food scraps (due to risk of compost becoming infected with e.g. salmonella, picked up from kitchen surfaces)

Please DO NOT place the following items in your BROWN bin (these items should be taken to either of the Recycling Centres at Pottery Street or Kirn Drive. See Contacts on this page for more information on opening times and restrictions etc.):

  • garden tools
  • rubble (please note that a car boot load of rubble can be deposited free of charge, any amount greater than this will incur a charge)
  • garden equipment
  • garden furniture

Green Container

Your GREEN CONTAINER can be used to recycle all types of food waste including spoiled packaged food. Food waste containers are uplifted every week on your regular collection day.

Black Boxes

Your BLACK BOX can be used to recycle clear and coloured glass bottles and jars. Black boxes are uplifted on the same day as your black bin.

Black Bin

Your BLACK bin should be used for all the residual household waste which is not suitable for recycling.

Note: Do not pack bins too tightly - material can become stuck and your bin may not be emptied.

Page last updated: 18 October 2017