Green recycling box

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

You can put in:

  • aerosols: empty, without lids
  • plastic drinks bottles including: milk, squash, cola, ketchup
  • plastic toiletry bottles including: shampoo, cleanser, shower gel
  • plastic cleaning bottles including: bleach, washing up liquid
  • bottle tops, lids and caps: metal and plastic
  • cans: rinsed food and drink cans
  • cardboard: remove tape and flatten to a size no bigger than the box
  • cartons: food and drink cartons rinsed and flattened
  • foil and takeaway containers: rinsed and squashed
  • plastic yogurt pots, ice cream and margarine tubs
  • plastic trays: meat, fruit, biscuit

You can’t put in:

  • black plastic: our machines can’t sort black plastic
  • bin liners: reuse or put in your black wheelie bin
  • bubble wrap: reuse or put in your black wheelie bin
  • carrier/plastic bags: take to your local recycling centre
  • cellophane: put in your black wheelie bin
  • cling film: put in your black wheelie bin
  • crisp packets: put in your black wheelie bin
  • hard plastics (e.g. flower pots, toys, videos, drain pipes): take to recycling centre
  • polystyrene: put in your black wheelie bin

check our Recycling centres finder for other ways to recycle.

Using your green recycling box

  • separate your items
  • use the net on your box to stop the contents blowing away: put it back in your box after use to reduce the risk of small animals getting caught up in it
  • flatten and fold cardboard to a size no bigger than your green box for us to collect it
  • cardboard can be placed in another cardboard box to hold it all together
  • put excess cardboard that won't fit into your green recycling box beside it
  • if there's a lot of cardboard that it should be put out over several weeks or can be taken to a waste recycling centre for free
  • rinse and flatten plastic packaging and tetra paks
  • rinse food cans and tin foil containers
  • extra recycling can be put in untied carrier bags, or you can order an additional green recycling box: do not use black bags
  • it is useful if you paint your house number on the side of your 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