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

Your blue bin waste is taken to a materials recovery facility in Leicestershire where it travels along conveyor belts so that it can be separated into different types of material using various methods. Paper and cardboard are separated using rotating disks. Glass is smashed so that it drops out of the main waste stream onto its own conveyor belt. Plastics are separated and sorted into different types using an optical sorter. Steel cans are separated using magnets and aluminium cans using an eddy current. Around the site the conveyor belts will also pass through visual inspection cabins where missed items are removed by hand. Once the different materials have been separated they are baled up and sent to re-processors to make new things.