A-Z Guide to Bins, Boxes & Collections

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A-Z Guide to Bins, Boxes & Collections Table

Item

Where does it go?

Useful tips

A

 

 

Aerosol cans

Blue Recycling Bin

Only empty aerosol cans can be recycled

Asbestos

For advice on asbestos please contact WasteAware

 

Aluminium foil

Blue Recycling Bin

Scrunch any foil into a ball roughly the size of a tennis ball as smaller bits may get lost down the sides of the recycling machinery

Ash (coal or wood – once cooled)

Black Bin

 

B

 

 

Baby / make-up wipes

Black Bin

 

Bags (plastic)

Black Bin

Reuse carrier bags on your next shopping trip. Alternatively, some supermarkets have a collection scheme for plastic bags

Bark

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Batteries

Alternatively, they can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre 

Some local supermarkets offer a collection scheme for used batteries

Biodegradable packaging

Black Bin

 

Biros

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for your used pens. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Biscuit/chocolate tins (including lids)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Black sacks

Black Bin

 

Blister packs (for pills)

Black Bin

 

Bones (meat or fish)

Brown Bin

 

Books (good quality)

Charity Shops

 

Books (beyond reuse)

Blue Paper Box - pages only (remove cover and spine)

 

Bottles, glass – any colour (e.g. wine, beer, spirits)

Blue Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled. Labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Bottles, plastic

Blue Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled.

Branches from trees (smaller than 3cm in diameter)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin 

 

Bread

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin 

Bread can be kept in the freezer until you’re ready for toast! Alternatively, you can blitz stale bread in a food processor to make breadcrumbs.

Brita water filter cartridges

Black Bin

Some shops accept returned Brita filters to be recycled.

Bricks and rubble – non-trade only

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Brochures

Blue Paper Box

 

Brown paper and envelopes

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Bubble wrap

Black Bin

Reuse bubble wrap when food shopping to protect delicate items. It will also help to keep items cooler for longer!

Buckets, old washing up bowls / tubs

Household Waste Recycling Centre or Black Bin

 

Builders waste – non-trade only

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Butter tubs

Blue Recycling Bin

 

C

 

 

Candles

Black Bin

 

Cans

Blue Recycling Bin

Left-over liquid or food residue can contaminate other recyclables so please empty your containers. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Cardboard boxes (e.g cereal boxes, delivery boxes)

Blue Recycling Bin

Please flatten before recycling. Remove plastic inserts, polystyrene and tape from boxes.

Cardboard egg boxes

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Cardboard packets lined with metal e.g. gravy granules, cocoa powder, Pringles tubes

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Cardboard sandwich boxes - including the plastic window, if clean from food residue

Blue Recycling Bin

Left-over food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling.

Cardboard sleeves e.g. ready meal sleeves

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Cardboard tubes (e.g. from inside toilet rolls and kitchen roll)

Blue Recycling Bin

Keep a recycling bin or bag in the bathroom to remind you to recycle your bottles and toilet roll tubes

Carpet

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Carrier Bags

Black Bin

Reuse carrier bags on your next shopping trip. Alternatively, some supermarkets have a collection scheme for plastic bags

Cartons (food and drink)

Blue Recycling Bin

Card with food residue should be placed in the general rubbish bin

Cat food pouches (with silver lining)

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Cat litter

Black Bin

 

Catalogues

Blue Paper Box

 

Cassette tapes (plus cases)

Remove all tape first and place in Black Bin - the plastic cassette case can then be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

CDs

Black Bin

If still in good condition, why not donate unwanted CDs and DVDs to Charity Shops?

CD Cases (hard plastic)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Cellophane

Black Bin

 

Ceramics

Black Bin

 

Cereal boxes

Blue Recycling Bin

Please flatten where possible, to take up less space.

Cereal packets - inner liners (plastic)

Black Bin

 

Chewing gum

Black Bin

 

Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Christmas cards

Black Bin

Upcycle or reuse as gift tags.

Christmas trees - real

Brown wheelie bin or a local garden centre for recycling

 

Christmas trees - artificial

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Cigarette ends

Black Bin

 

Cleaner and detergent bottles (e.g. bathroom cleaners, washing up liquid, bleach)

Blue Recycling Bin

Check they are empty first as left-over liquid can make other recyclables dirty.

Lids and labels can be left on.

Cling film

Black Bin

 

Clothes, textiles and shoes

Charity shop or Household Waste recycling centre

Have you considered holding a clothes swap with your friends or community group? WasteAware has advice and equipment available if you are looking for a cheap, easy and fun way to de-clutter and update your wardrobe.

 

Coat hangers (plastic or wire)

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

Be sure and refuse these if you make new purchases

Coffee grounds

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Coffee pods

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Coloured paper (except brown)

Blue Paper Box

 

Compostable packaging / bags

Home Composting or Black Bin

Please only use liners with the seedling logo in your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy.

Cooking oil

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Corks (real or plastic)

Black Bin

 

Corrugated Cardboard

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Costa cups

Black Bin

Return your cup to Costa to have it recycled.

Costa lids

Black Bin

 

Cotton buds

Black Bin

 

Cotton reels

Black Bin

 

Cotton wool/make up pads

Black Bin

 

Crisp and sweet packets or wrappers

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for all brands of crisp packets. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Crockery (broken)

Black Bin

 

D

 

 

Dairy

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Disposable cutlery

Black Bin

 

Disposable cardboard 'paper' or plastic plates (without heavy food residue)

Blue Recycling Bin

If you are hosting a party, why not look into local reusable party kits available to hire? These kits are cheaper and more environmentally friendly than buying disposable equipment!

Disposable drinking cups (plastic)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Disposable drinking cups (cardboard or polystyrene)

Black Bin

 

Disposable nappies

Black Bin

Why not give Real Nappies a try? Visit Hertfordshire WasteAware for more information

Disposable razor blades

Black Bin

 

Dog waste

Black Bin

 

Drinks bottles (e.g. juice, squash, milk)

Blue Recycling Bin

Please remove plastic film and place in the general rubbish bin.

Lids and labels can be left on.

Save space by squashing bottles.

Drinks cans

Blue Recycling Bin

Lids and labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Drinks cartons (e.g. juices and milk)

Blue Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled.

Left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Drinking glasses

Black Bin

Many glass items such as cookware, glasses and vases can be taken to charity for reuse if in good condition. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre

Duvets & pillows

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

DVD cases

Black Bin

 

E

 

 

Egg boxes (cardboard)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Egg boxes (plastic)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Egg boxes (polystyrene)

Black Bin

 

Egg shells

Brown Bin

 

Electrical items

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Engine Oil

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Envelopes including windows (brown)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Envelopes including windows (white)

Blue Paper Box

 

F

 

 

Film lids from the pots or trays

Black Bin

 

Financial Times

Blue Paper Box

 

Fish

Brown Bin

 

Flower pots - plastic (small only)

Blue Recycling Bin

Large pots are more rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or placed in Black Bin.

Flowers

Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Foam food trays and food packaging

Black Bin

 

Foil

Blue Recycling Bin

Please rinse to remove food residue.

Foil Trays (e.g. take-away trays)

Blue Recycling Bin

Any disposable BBQ trays must be completely cool before adding to your recycling container. Douse with cold water then leave overnight to cool completely.

Foil / plastic wrapping e.g. crisp packets

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for all brands of crisp packets. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point

Food and drink cartons e.g. TetraPak©

Blue Recycling Bin

Left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Food cartons (e.g. soups)

Blue Recycling Bin

Lids can be recycled.

Left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Food scrapings

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Food tins

Blue Recycling Bin

Lids and labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Fruit

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Fruit peelings

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Fruit punnets

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Frying pans

Black Bin

 

G

 

 

General kitchen ware (e.g. cutlery, pots & pans)

General kitchen ware (e.g. cutlery, pots & pans) and home goods can be taken to charity for reuse if in good working order. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Gift bags

Black Bin

 

Glass bottles and jars (lids can be recycled)

Blue Recycling Bin

Left-over liquid or food residue can contaminate other recyclables so please empty your containers. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Glass cookware e.g. Pyrex dishes; drinking glasses; vases; ceramics

Black Bin

Glass - many items such as cookware, glasses and vases can be taken to charity for reuse if in good condition. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Glass - window panes / sheet

Household Waste Recycling Centre or Black Bin

 

Glasses - drinking

Black Bin

 

Grass cuttings

Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Greaseproof paper

Black Bin

 

Greetings cards

Black Bin

 

H

 

 

Hair

Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Hard covers (from catalogues and books)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Hard plastic (children's toys, storage boxes, recycling boxes)

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Hay and straw

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Hedge cuttings

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Holiday brochures

Blue Paper Box

 

Hoover bags and dust

Black Bin

 

I

 

 

Ice-cream tubs

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Incontinence wear

Black Bin

 

J

 

 

J Cloths

Black Bin

 

Jars (e.g. sauces, jam, baby food) – lids can be recycled

Blue Recycling Bin

Labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Jiffy bag envelopes

Black Bin

 

Junk mail including leaflets and flyers

Blue Paper Box

 

K

 

 

Kitchen roll tubes

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Kitchen towels

Black Bin

 

L

 

 

Laminated plastic food/drink pouches e.g. baby food pouches, cat food pouches or coffee pouches

Black Bin

 

Latex gloves

Black Bin

 

Leaves

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin 

 

Leftover food

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

Visit Love Food Hate Waste for recipe ideas on how to use up leftovers.

Lids (metal or plastic)

Blue Recycling Bin

You can keep lids on the containers, or put them separately into your mixed recycling bin.

Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Light bulbs (energy saving)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Light bulbs (halogen)

Black Bin

 

Light bulbs (LED)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Light bulbs (old style)

Black Bin

 

M

 

 

Magazines

Blue Paper Box

Remove any plastic wrapping and free gifts from newspapers, magazines and flyers. These should go in your Black Bin.

MDF

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Margarine tubs

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Meat – raw or cooked

Brown Bin

 

Medicines

Return to Pharmacy

 

Medicine pill packets e.g. blister packs

Black Bin

 

Metal items such as kettles, irons, pipes, white goods.

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Metal lids and tops

Blue Recycling Bin

Pop food tin lids inside the tin and gently squash the top to stop them falling out

Metal tins (biscuit/chocolate – including lids)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Microwave meal trays (including black plastic)

Blue Recycling Bin

Please remove plastic film and place in the general rubbish bin.

Milk bottles (lids can be recycled)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Mirrors

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Motor oil containers

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Moss

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin 

 

N

 

 

Napkins / serviettes

Black Bin

 

Nappies

Black Bin

Why not give Real Nappies a try? Visit Hertfordshire WasteAware for more information

Netting (plastic) e.g. orange nets

Black Bin

 

Newspapers

Blue Paper Box

Remove any plastic wrapping and free gifts from newspapers, magazines and flyers. These should go in your Black Bin.

O

 

 

Office paper

Blue Paper Box

 

Other glass bottles (e.g perfume, aftershave, face/body cream)

Blue Recycling Bin

Labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Other metals

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Other non-paper wrappings

Black Bin

 

P

 

 

Padded enveloped e.g. Jiffy bags

Black Bin

 

Paint and solvent tins (full or empty)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Paint including varnishes, gloss (over half full)

Ecowaste offer a paint recycling scheme

 

Paper (coloured except brown)

Blue Paper Box

 

Paper (office, mail, newspaper, magazines, white envelopes)

Blue Paper Box

 

Paper towels and tissues

Black Bin

 

Parchment / baking paper

Black Bin

 

Peelings (fruit and vegetable)

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

Pencils

Black Bin

 

Pet bedding for vegetarian pets (hay and straw)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Pet litter (carnivorous)

Black Bin

 

Pet faeces (bagged)

Black Bin

 

Pet food pouches

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Phone directories

Blue Paper Box

 

Photo negatives

Black Bin

 

Photographic paper

Black Bin

 

Pill (blister) packets

Black Bin

 

Pillows and duvets

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Plant pots - plastic (small only)

Blue Recycling Bin

Large pots are more rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or placed in Black Bin.

Plants (no soil)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Plastic bags e.g. carrier bags, compostable bags, bread, salad, fruit/veg bags, frozen food bags

Black Bin

Reuse carrier bags on your next shopping trip. Alternatively, some supermarkets have a collection scheme for plastic bags.

Plastic bottles (all drink, detergent, shampoo bottles)

Blue Recycling Bin

Check they are empty first as left-over liquid can make other recyclables dirty.
Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Try putting a bag or bin in the bathroom to remind you to recycle your bathroom bottles and toilet roll tubes.

Save space by squashing bottles.

Plastic films (from ready meals)

Black Bin

 

Plastic furniture

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Plastic food tubs, pots and trays – including black plastic

Blue Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Plastic sweet containers

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Plastic sweet wrappers

Black Bin

 

Plastic wrapping (including food wrappers)

Black Bin

 

Plastic toys

Donate to Charity Shop or Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Plastic sweet tubs

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Plate glass

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Polystyrene e.g. cups and packaging material

Black Bin

 

Post-it notes

Blue Paper Box

 

Potato sacks (thick brown paper)

Blue Recycling Bin (please cut off the string top and place in the Black Bin)

 

Pots (e.g. yoghurt, soup)

Blue Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Printer cartridges

Some supermarkets and schools and charities offer recycling collections (check with your local store) or they can be recycled at a Household Waste Recycling Centre or placed in your Black Bin.

 

Prunings

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Pyrex

Black Bin

Many glass items such as cookware, glasses and vases can be taken to charity for reuse if in good condition. Otherwise, please dispose of in the appropriate container at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

R

 

 

Razor blades

Black Bin

 

Reading glasses

Donate to Charity Shop

 

Resealable plastic packets (e.g. containing cheese, sandwich bags)

Black Bin

 

Rigid plastics e.g. toys and hangers

Donate to Charity Shop if in good condition or put in your Black Bin

 

Ring binders

Black Bin

 

Rubber gloves

Black Bin

 

S

 

 

Sanitary products (wrapped)

Black Bin

 

Sanitary towels

Black Bin

 

Saucepans

Black Bin

 

Seed trays - no larger than 30cm

Blue Recycling Bin (larger seed trays are rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre)

 

Sellotape

Black Bin

 

Shellfish

Brown Bin

 

Shiny cardboard (that will tear and has no plastic coating)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Shiny cardboard (that has plastic coating)

Black Bin

 

Shoes, in pairs, any condition

Charity shop or Household Waste recycling centre

 

Shower curtain

Black Bin

 

Shredded paper

Blue Paper Box

Put shredded paper into a paper bag or envelope to stop it blowing away

Shrink wrap

Black Bin

 

Shrubs and flowers

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Soil / turf / rubble

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Spectacles

Donate to Charity Shop

 

Sponges and loofahs

Black Bin

 

Sticky labels and backing paper

Black Bin

 

Straw

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Styrofoam

Black Bin

 

Syringes (sharps)

Clinical Waste

 

T

 

 

Tablet packets (plastic and foil)

Black Bin

 

Tape

Black Bin

 

Tea bags

Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Telephone directories

Blue Paper Box

 

Textiles, clothes and shoes

Charity shop or Household Waste recycling centre

Have you considered holding a clothes swap with your friends or community group? WasteAware has advice and equipment available if you are looking for a cheap, easy and fun way to de-clutter and update your wardrobe.

 

TetraPak© /Cartons

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Tins (food, biscuit, chocolate)

Blue Recycling Bin

Lids and labels can be left on, but any left-over liquid or food can make other recyclables dirty. Please empty your containers before recycling. It does not need to be spotless, a quick rinse will do.

Tins (paint and solvent – full or empty)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Tin foil

Blue Recycling Bin

Scrunch any foil into a ball roughly the size of a tennis ball

Tissues

Black Bin

 

Toiletries and other bathroom bottles (e.g. shampoo, shower gel)

Blue Recycling Bin

Check they are empty first as left-over liquid can make other recyclables dirty.

Lids and labels can be left on.

Try putting a bag or bin in the bathroom to remind you to recycle your bathroom bottles and toilet roll tubes.

Toilet roll tubes

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Toner cartridges

Supermarket and school recycling points, Household Waste Recycling Centre or Black Bin

 

Toothpaste tubes

Black Bin

Terracycle offer a recycling service for some of these products. Visit the website for more information and to find your closest drop-off point.

Toys (plastic or soft)

If in a good condition - a charity shop, if not then Household Waste Recycling Centre or Black Bin

 

Toys (cardboard packaging)

Blue Recycling Bin (remove any plastic / film or polystyrene)

 

Trays / punnets (e.g. meat trays, take-away trays, fruit /veg trays, including black plastic)

Blue Recycling Bin

 

Tree cuttings (branches no larger than 3cm in diameter)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Treated wood e.g. fence panels, painted doors, furniture, wicker baskets

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

 

Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream)

Blue Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Tupperware

Black Bin

 

Turf / soil / rubble

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

U

 

 

Uncooked food

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

V

 

 

Video cassettes

Remove all tape first and place in Black Bin - the plastic cassette case can then be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Vegetable peelings

Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Outdoor Food Caddy

 

W

 

 

Washing powder boxes

Black Bin

 

Wallpaper

Black Bin

 

Water filter cartridges (e.g. Brita)

Black Bin

Some shops accept returned Brita filters to be recycled.

Wax crayons

Black Bin

 

Weed control fabric

Black Bin

 

Weeds

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Wet wipes

Black Bin

 

White paper (e.g. printer paper and letters)

 

 

Window frames (wooden or plastic)

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Window glass

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Window panes

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Wire and cables

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Wood

Household Waste Recycling Centre

 

Wood shavings (untreated)

Home Composting or Brown Wheelie Bin

 

Woodchip wallpaper

Black Bin

 

Wrappers (e.g. from sweets, biscuits)

Black Bin

 

Wrapping (plastic) e.g. from around magazines

Black Bin

 

Wrapping paper - plain or containing foil, plastic or glitter

Reuse or Black Bin

 

Y

 

 

Yellow Pages

Blue Paper Box

 

Yoghurt pots

Blue Recycling Bin

Firm lids can be recycled. Plastic film goes in the general rubbish bin.

Yoghurt pot lids

Black Bin