Your bins

Your blue recycling bin

  • Your blue bin is emptied once a fortnight
  • Items go in loose, give your cans, plastics, cartons, glass bottles and jars a quick rinse before putting in the bin
  • You can leave lids and labels on and you don’t need to remove the window from envelopes
  • We’ll take extra recycling left next to the bin in a box or bag (not black bags)
  • Recycle batteries by putting them in a small, clear bag on top of (not in) your bins
  • Small electrical or battery powered items like kettles, toasters and toys that can fit into a standard size carrier bag can be placed on top of (not in) your bins for recycling
     
  • What to put in your blue bin

What to put in your blue recycling bin

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Paper
  • Leaflets
  • Envelopes (with windows)
  • Shredded paper
  • Catalogues
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cans and tins
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic tubs
  • Plastic trays
  • Plastic pots
  • Cartons
  • Foil, foil trays
  • Aerosols

What not to put in your blue recycling bin

  • Carrier bags
  • Cling film
  • Wrappers
  • Nappies
  • Drinking glasses
  • Pyrex
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Textiles
  • Bedding
  • Pet food pouches
  • Crisp packets
  • Flower pots
  • Polystyrene
  • Toys
  • Wood

What happens to your recycling

All of the recycling collected in the blue bins is taken to Casepak’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester. Here it is separated into different types of material (eg paper, card, aluminium) using various mechanical and hand sorting methods.

Casepak sends us a monthly report of where the materials have been sent once they’ve been sorted and graded at the MRF. Most of these locations are in the UK, some of them are in Europe and other parts of the world. We work closely with Casepak to make sure that recyclable materials are dealt with safely and legally. Casepak’s state-of-the-art MRF sorts recyclables to a high standard, ensuring material goes to reputable reprocessors that are able to recover and preserve value of the material.

The UK has limited recycling capacity due to the fact that most mass market produced goods are manufactured in other parts of the world, such as China. Recycling is a global market and affected by issues of supply and demand and while it would be preferable if materials were recycled in the UK this is not possible with current infrastructure.

Recyclable material is an extremely valuable resource. A competitive marketplace operates worldwide, with different sectors sourcing and purchasing material for a range of reprocessing options.

As with all recycling schemes it is very important that people put the right things in the correct bin to make sure that waste and recycling is dealt with properly. This is particularly important for the blue bin and we do find that a minority of residents sometimes put the wrong things in their blue bin such as nappies, old clothes and food waste which cause real problems at the MRF. Please remember to check on what to put in each bin.

Thanks to our residents, we have an excellent recycling rate of over 60 per cent, making us the 7th best council for recycling in England. This is higher than the average recycling rate of 45 per cent.