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 using plastic carrier bags or by following our separation guidance below:

 

 

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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
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Food and drink tins and cans
  • Sweet and biscuit tins

 

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

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Magazines
  • Telephone directories
  • White envelopes
  • Shredded paper
  • Foil paper

 

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

  • Cardboard packaging
  • Cereal and egg boxes
  • Brown envelopes
  • Paper gift wrap and plain cards
  • Cardboard cartons for food and drinks

 

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
  • Running out of room in your black box? You can use supermarket carrier bags or white pedal bin liners for your plastics, tins and cans (these bags can be recycled)
  • 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)

 

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

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