Waste bins

What can I put in my recycle bin?

If you’re new to the UK, or new to recycling, you may be wondering what goes in the recycling bin?

In the UK, you get three bins (in three different colours), which take different types of rubbish. Use our simple graphics to get an idea of what goes in the different rubbish bins.

Before we explain more about what goes into the recycling and other rubbish bins, let’s look at the topic of recycling in a little more detail.

Firstly, what does ‘recycling’ mean?

Recycling is the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products.

In the strictest sense, recycling of a certain material produces a fresh supply of the same material – for example, used office paper being converted into new office paper. In many cases, however, strict recycling is too expensive or difficult, so products or materials are reused to produce different materials.

What are the benefits of recycling?

By reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal, recycling:

  • prevents waste of potentially useful materials
  • reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials
  • reduces energy usage
  • reduces air pollution and water pollution, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production

What can I put in my recycling bin?

  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Textiles
  • Electronics

Is composting a form of recycling?

Although similar in effect, composting is not typically considered recycling.

What happens when items are recycled?

Generally speaking,

  1. Materials to be recycled are either picked up or brought to a collection centre;
  2. they are sorted and cleaned;
  3. then reprocessed into new materials bound for manufacturing.

What goes in the recycling bin?

It’s important to remember to put the right rubbish in the right bin so that your provider can recycle it properly.

Items that go into the dry mixed recycling bin

what can go into the dru mixed recycling bin

Items that go into the food waste recycling bin

what can go into the food waste recycling bin

Items that go into the glass recycling bin

what can go into the glass recycling bin

What goes in the green recycling bin?

Your green or grey bin is for non-recyclable waste

What to put in your green bin

What not to put in your green bin

  • general refuse
  • pet waste
  • plastic bags
  • light bulbs (excluding fluorescent bulbs)
  • polystyrene
  • glassware (e.g. Pyrex and mirrors)
  • sanitary products
  • nappies
  • electrical items – toasters, microwaves hairdryers
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • recyclable waste
  • Textile – including duvets and pillows
  • garden waste – including soil or mud
  • DIY waste – rubble, bricks, plaster or tiles

What goes in the brown bin?

Your brown bin is for kitchen and garden waste

What to put in your brown bin

 What not to put in your brown bin

  • plate scrapings
  • vegetable peels
  • meat and bones
  • eggshells
  • cooked food
  • uncooked food
  • coffee grounds
  • teabags
  • cut flowers
  • garden waste – prunings, grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
  • food waste may be wrapped in newspaper or kitchen paper towels
  • plastic of any kind
  • sacks of any kind
  • soil or mud, even small amounts
  • plant pots
  • pet waste
  • liquids
  • metal food or drink cans
  • glass bottles or jars
  • textiles or shoes
  • sanitary products
  • nappies
  • general refuse

What goes in the blue bin?

The blue bin is for recyclable waste

What to put in your blue bin

What not to put in your blue bin

  • paper – junk mail, newspapers, envelopes
  • phone directories
  • catalogues
  • cardboard
  • aerosols
  • food tins
  • drink cans
  • drink cartons
  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastic bottles
  • plastic food trays
  • yoghurt pots
  • Tetra Pak packaging
  • plastic bags
  • plastic wrap
  • plastic film
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs
  • Pyrex cookware
  • mirrors
  • children’s toys
  • Textiles
  • shoes
  • garden waste
  • food waste

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