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How should I sort my recycling boxes?

Separating the recycling within your boxes helps:

  • to make recycling easier at home;
  • eliminate contamination from other materials, and;
  • our staff to load the collection vehicles safely and efficiently. 
You can do this by following our separation guidance below: 




Using one or more box(es), the following materials can be loose and mixed:

  • Plastic drink bottles
  • Other plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Food and drink tins and cans
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Foil


Either using one box by stacking the materials at each end, using plastic carrier bags or two boxes to separate the following:

  •  Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper
  • Newspaper/ directories
  • Magazines/ junk mail
  • White envelopes
  • Shredded paper (please place in a clear plastic bag not black in colour)



Using one box only, the following materials can be loose and mixed:

  • Cardboard packaging
  • Cereal and egg boxes
  • Brown envelopes
  • Brown paper gift wrap and plain cards
  • Cardboard cartons for food and drinks
  • Mobile phones, ink and toner cartridges (place inside a carrier bag not black in colour)

We also collect dry, clean textiles as well as batteries and carrier bags.  These items can be placed loose or bagged in/next to black recycling box 2.

If you only have room for one black recycling box, as long as it's clean and tidy, we'll hand sort it by the kerbside for you.

Need an extra recycling box?

If you need additional boxes, please use our online form: Request a new waste container.

Helpful tips:

  • For more room in your black box, squeeze the air out of plastic bottles and replace the lids (these can also be recycled)
  • Remember to flat pack all cardboard
  • Please squash or stack your plastic packaging to give you more space and prevent the contents from overflowing
  • Remember to put metal lids from cans and jars in your black box
  • Stack your boxes for more floor space and prevent loose contents from being littered by the wind
  • You don't need to remove plastic windows from envelopes
  • Please recycle your textiles, keep them as clean and dry as possible (they are reused by charitable organisations)
  • Running out of room in your recycling boxes? You can place your recycling within carrier bags (not black in colour) but please only put one type of recyclable material per bag. example a carrier bag for cans, a carrier bag for paper, please don't mix also Please don't put glass in carrier bags for safety reasons. 


Note: please do not use black sacks to put out extra recycling, these can be mistaken as non-recyclable waste!

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