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Do you live in a flat?

Putting the right rubbish in the right bin helps us to recycle properly. It is your responsibility to put the right things in the right bin. We won't collect bins with the wrong types of rubbish in them.

What you put in each bin is determined on whether you live in a flat or house. Have a look to see what rubbish goes where.

Different properties have a different selection of bins. Flats receive weekly refuse collections and fortnightly recycling collection.

Please put all your rubbish inside the bins provided

Recycling (red or green bin or clear sacks)

Refuse (silver black lidded communal bin or black wheeled bin)

For a more detailed list of what goes in your bin visit our A to Z of recycling.

Click the button below if you need to re-order more clear sacks.

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Do you live in a house?

Enough space should be provided to enable the storage of bins away from the public realm and street scene, and for bins to then be placed at a designated collection point on collection days.

Here is a list of items that go in each bin.

Recycling (green bin)

Your green recyclling bin is collected fortnightly

What goes in?

Please remember Wash, Squash and Recycle  

  • mix paper including loose shredded paper (e.g. newspaper, books, directories, envelopes)
  • cardboard (e.g. cereal boxes, egg boxes, cardboard boxes, please remember to squash them)
  • food tins and drink cans (please remember to rinse and squash)
  • empty aerosols
  • clean aluminium foil
  • plastic bottles only (e.g. shampoo, washing-up liquid, milk, fizzy drink, water bottles, bleach and cleaning products bottles, cooking oil bottles, detergent and fabric conditioner bottles etc. – lids and tops are recycled either left on or off)
  • juice and milk cartoons or tetra packs
  • textiles and clothes (please put them inside clear recycling sack)
  • small electrical items (e.g. kettles, irons, hair dryers – no batteries and glass)
    If in doubt, leave it out 

Remember to place your items in the recycling bin loose. No plastic bags please.

What you SHOULD NOT put in your recycling bin 

    X nappies
    X black bags, rubbish
    X food waste
    X wood and garden waste
    X building waste
    X rubble, hardcore, soil
    X glass bottles and jars
    X other glass (e.g. mirrors, plates, glasses)
    X polystyrene
    X carpets, mattresses and furniture
    X plastic bags, other plastic packaging or rigid plastic 
    X rigid plastic like toys

Garden waste (brown bin)​

Glass bottles and jars (black box)

Rubbish (black bin or black sack)

For a more detailed list visit our A to Z of recycling.

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Hazardous waste

Household hazardous waste includes any material discarded by a householder which puts human health or the environment at risk because of it’s chemical or biological nature.

Examples of hazardous household waste:

  • decorative paints, varnishes, woodstains and paint stripper
  • flammable liquids eg. white spirit, petrol and paraffin
  • garden chemicals and wood treatments (nb creosote and many garden chemicals have been withdrawn from use)
  • mouse or rat poisons
  • household chemicals eg. toilet cleaners, drain cleaners and bleaches
  • swimming pool chemicals eg. chlorine additives. pH adjusters and algicides
  • motoring products eg. antifreeze, brake or clutch fluid
  • asbestos 

General points:

  • do not dispose of any hazardous waste down the toilet, sink or drains
  • do not burn any hazardous waste on garden bonfires
  • never mix products
  • ensure that containers are properly labelled and instructions for use are followed
  • store chemicals safely and away from children and pets

Household waste and recycling centres will accept small quantities of certain types of household hazardous waste:

  • used motor oil
  • household and vehicle batteries
  • fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs
  • TV's and computers
  • fire extinguishers (except Halon type)
  • paint which has completely solidified (no liquid paint).
  • Please note: Oil based paint may still contain liquid paint under a skin

Tips for reducing quantities of household hazardous waste

  • does someone you know have a suitable product before purchasing
  • try to use up leftovers eg. by adding an extra coat of paint or passing on to someone else to use (check shelf life of product before passing on)
  • find safer alternatives eg. water based rather than oil based products
  • only purchase quantity of product required for job 

Asbestos collection and disposal

  • if you suspect you have asbestos in your home or on your property call 01582 510333 for further advice
  • if you are in a council owned property you will be put through to our building technical services team who deal with asbestos in council properties
  • if you are the homeowner or it is a privately owned property you will be put through to the strategic waste team, who will help to deal with your enquiry
  • you will be asked how much asbestos there is, number of sheets etc. Dependent upon the number or amount a charge for collection and disposal is required


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