Recycling bins and advice

Please see below for more information on our kerbside recycling services. Need to check when your bins will be emptied?

Need extra recycling bins and bags?

If you need additional recycling bins, reusable bags or an indoor kitchen caddy (including compostable liners) you can order them free of charge by using our online reporting form.

Need extra kitchen caddy liners?

Simply tie an empty liner to the lid of your pink lidded bin or outdoor food bin and place out for collection as normal. We'll then deliver some more liners for free.

You can also collect two rolls of kitchen caddy liners, free of charge, from the Gateway centres and other locations across the city.

Take a look at our downloadable documents at the bottom of the page to see the full list of centres where you can collect caddy liners.

Blue binBlue recycling bin or bag

You can use your blue bin or bag to recycle the following items:

  • Paper and junk mail
  • Cardboard (all types)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes
  • Catalogues and yellow pages
  • Waxed food and drink cartons, eg milk and orange cartons, tetra pak
  • Corrugated packaging
  • Shoe boxes

Top tip: to maximise the capacity of your bin, break up and flatten materials where possible. Please do not use plastic bags as these cannot be recycled.

Brown binBrown recycling bin

You can use your brown bin to recycle the following items:

  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles, eg shampoo bottles (no lids)
  • Jars
  • Food cans
  • Drink cans
  • Foil and foil trays
  • Aerosols (empty)

Top tip: rinse out and squash plastic bottles to make more room in your bin. Please do not recycle yoghurt pots, food trays and plastic bags as these are different types of plastic that we cannot yet recycle.

Pink lidded binPink lidded bin

You can use your pink lidded bin (if you have one) to recycle the following items:

  • Grass and hedge cuttings
  • Leaves and small branches
  • Flowers and plants (no plant pots or soil)
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy products, eg cheese or yoghurt
  • Leftovers from your meals
  • Rice and pasta
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and meat - raw and cooked (including bones)
  • Tea bags and ground coffee
  • Pet food

23 litre outdoor food bin23 litre outdoor food bin

You can use your 23 litre outdoor food bin (if you have one) to recycle the following items:

  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy products, eg cheese or yoghurt
  • Leftovers from your meals
  • Rice and pasta
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and meat - raw and cooked (including bones)
  • Tea bags and ground coffee
  • Pet food
  • Flowers/plants (no plant pots or soil)

Kitchen caddyHow do I recycle my food waste?
You can recycle all of your food waste using your free seven litre indoor kitchen caddy. Simply line your caddy with compostable liners and fill it with food waste.

When the liner starts to get full, tie it and pop it into your pink lidded bin or 23 litre outdoor food bin. If you prefer, you can also place your food waste directly into the bin.

Find out more about using your food waste caddy and bin.

Find out more about sticking your rubbish in the right bin.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

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