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
(Ideally, sellotape should be removed). Cereal boxes, food packaging, egg boxes
(without glitter or ribbon)
Including drinks, milk, shampoo, cleaning products. Lids can be left on, but wash and squash bottles first.
Household aerosol cans, unless they have a 'skull and cross bones' logo or a black cross on an orange background
Items that can't be put in your recycling bin/bag
Yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic food trays
There are no recycling facilities for these materials
Cartons (soup, milk, juice, etc)
This is made from a different metal alloy to aluminium cans and needs to be recycled separately
This is often made from foil or lined with plastic so cannot be recycled.
Good quality clothes can be donated to a local charity shop or placed in a textile bank.
Pairs of shoes can be donated to a local charity shop or placed in a textile bank.
Your recycling is sorted using a lot of automatic sorting equipment which is unable to recognise small or shredded pieces of paper.
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.
Recycling in homes guide (PDF) [3 Mb]