What can I put in my recycling bag/bin?

It is very important that only items which can be recycled are put into your recycling bag/bin. Dealing with the wrong items is expensive and can sometimes lead to good recycling being sent for incineration.

Items that can be put in your recycling bin/bag

Newspapers and magazines
Newspapers and magazines
yes please
Junk mail
Junk mail
yes please
Envelopes
Envelopes
yes please
Telephone directories, brochures and catalogues
Telephone directories, brochures and catalogues
yes please
Cardboard packaging
Cardboard packaging
(Ideally, sellotape should be removed). Cereal boxes, food packaging, egg boxes
yes please
Greeting cards
Greetings cards
(without glitter or ribbon)
yes please
Drinks cans
Drinks cans
yes please
Food tins
Food tins
Please rinse clean
yes please
Plastic bottles
Plastic bottles
Including drinks, milk, shampoo, cleaning products. Please remove lids (find out how to recycle lids
yes please
Aerosol cans
Aerosol cans
Household aerosol cans, unless they have a 'skull and cross bones' logo or a black cross on an orange background
yes please

Items that can't be put in your recycling bin/bag

Plastic packaging
Plastic packaging
Yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic food trays
No thanks
Plastic carrier bags and black sacks
Plastic carrier bags and black sacks
There are no recycling facilities for these materials
No thanks
Drink and juice cartons
Drinks and juice cartons
Cartons (soup, milk, juice, etc)
No thanks
Aluminium foil
Aluminium foil
This is made from a different metal alloy to aluminium cans and needs to be recycled separately
No thanks
Polystyrene
Polystyrene
No thanks
Gift wrap
Gift wrap
This is often made from foil or lined with plastic so cannot be recycled.
No thanks
Glass bottles and jars
Glass bottles and jars
There is now a separate glass box collection service.
No thanks
Clothing
Clothing
Good quality clothes can be donated to a local charity shop or placed in a textile bank.
No thanks
Shoes
Shoes
Pairs of shoes can be donated to a local charity shop or placed in a textile bank.
No thanks
Shredded paper
Shredded paper
Your recycling is sorted using a lot of automatic sorting equipment which is unable to recognise small or shredded pieces of paper.
No thanks

Some of the items that can't be collected, but can still be recycled. You can take your clothes, shoes, books, aluminium foil and other items to one of over 75 recycling sites in the borough. There is also the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wade Road which accepts an even greater range of recyclable material, including batteries, fluorescent lamps, wood and green garden waste.

PDF document Recycling in homes guide (PDF) [3 Mb]

Contact details


Recycling team

If you have an enquiry about recycling, send a message to the Waste and Recycling Team

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    Basingstoke
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    Fridays
    8.30am to 4.30pm
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