Help us save £90,000 a year!

Waste companies reject contaminated loads

Just a little non-recyclable material in your blue bin can cost the council thousands.

Where your recycling goes

This means:

  • what was good quality material is no longer suitable for recycling
  • we pay an extra cost for removing it
  • tonnes of good material going to landfill, or to energy from waste.

We all need to know how to avoid this.

We could spend another £90k on services if everyone recycled properly

How to ensure your paper and containers can be recycled 

Food scraps

  • Rinse out plastic and metal containers. No need to scrub them with detergent, but they must be free of scraps and residue.
  • Any sauce, liquid or food waste means the container, and anything it drips onto in the bin, can't be recycled.


  • Empty and rinse all bottles and cartons.

Greasy pizza boxes

  • Oil that’s seeped into the cardboard means the fibre can’t be recycled.
  • However, if lid of the box is clean, tear this off and put it in your blue bin.
  • If you have a garden, the whole box can be composted! Tear it into pieces and put it in your home compost bin.

Plastic bags

  • These can plug up sorting machinery. Put them in your grey bin.

Used nappies

  • Disposable nappies are made of several materials, so can’t be recycled.
  • After use, they contain human waste. They must go in your grey bin.

What else can’t we recycle?

  • Tissue and kitchen roll
  • Plastic wrap, cling film, bubble wrap
  • Crisp and sweet wrappers
  • Polystyrene
  • Hard plastic: toys, coat hangers, plant pots etc

Put all these materials in your grey bin.

A to Z of recycling

We could spend another £90,000 on essential council services if everyone recycled properly!