Black recycling box

Find out what you can and can’t put in your black recycling box

Don't put your recyclable items in a black bag or bin liner as they will not be taken away.

You can put in:

  • batteries: including household rechargeable, they must be in a small clear untied bag
  • usable clothes and textiles: please put in tied carrier bags, not black bin liners, we do not collect wet textiles
  • engine oil: in a sealed container
  • glasses: spectacles
  • glass bottles and jars: rinsed out, the lids for these go with your cans in the green recycling box
  • newspapers, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, yellow pages and telephone directories
  • paper and envelopes: not brown, brown paper goes with your cardboard
  • paper that’s been shredded: put in an untied carrier bag
  • shoes: shoes must be paired, tied together, dry and in an untied carrier bag

Put next to your black recycling box:

You can’t put in your black recycling box

  • aerosol cans: put in your green recycling box
  • aluminium foil and containers: put in your green recycling box
  • broken glass: this goes in your black wheelie bin, wrapped in paper, bagged, and labelled
  • brown paper: put in your green recycling box
  • cardboard: put in, or next to, your green recycling box
  • cooking oil
  • foil crisp packets: put in your black wheelie bin
  • food and drink cans: put in your green recycling box
  • food waste: put in your brown food waste bin
  • glass: window, drinking, pyrex
  • household rubbish: put in your black wheelie bin
  • light bulbs: take to your local recycling centre
  • pillows, duvets, puffer jackets
  • pet food pouches
  • plastic bags: take to your local recycling centre
  • plastic: put in your green recycling box
  • wallpaper
  • wet textiles: put in your black wheelie bin

Using your black recycling box

Separate your items. If your box is full put extra recycling in untied carrier bags. Don’t use black bags or bin liners.

Paint your house number on the side of your black recycling box so we can tell which property the box has come from. It may also prevent people from taking a box that is not theirs.