Blue bins

Your blue bin is for the collection of:


  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Brochures and catalogues
  • Leaflets
  • Envelopes (including window envelopes)


  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Large brown cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard tubes

Foil and foil containers

Aerosol cans

Food tins and drink cans

  • Soft drink cans
  • Soup cans
  • Food cans eg baked bean tins
  • Large metal tins (such as empty biscuit and chocolate tins)

Cartons - eg Tetra Pak

Rigid plastic food and drink packaging

Do not use your blue bin to dispose of:

  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Polythene bags
  • Glass
  • Sweet wrappers / crisp packets
  • Batteries
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Food contaminated packaging such as pizza boxes
  • Hard plastic items such as coat-hangers, toys, plant pots, CD/DVD/video cases
  • Food waste
  • General household rubbish

How to use your blue bin recycling collection service

Place all items directly into your bin - do not use plastic bags or bin liners

  • Rinse food and drink packaging to remove food or drink residue
  • Remove film lids or food tray liners from plastic trays or pots (place these in your grey bin)
  • Ensure foil and foil containers are not contaminated by food residue
  • Ensure aerosol cans are empty before recycling
  • Remove any plastic wrapping from junk mail or magazines (plastic film should go in your grey bin)
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and squash plastic bottles to save space (you can replace plastic bottle lids)
  • Do not put containers inside each other. For example: do not put plastic bottles inside cardboard boxes, or yoghurt pots inside food cans
  • Try to keep cardboard and paper dry


Your recycling is collected every fortnight:

  • When is my bin collection day?
  • Your blue bin must be presented at the kerbside by 07:00 on your collection day.
  • Ensure that all your waste fits securely into your blue bin and the lid is closed.
  • Additional material presented outside the bin will not be collected.