Bins - what can I put in them?

Brown bin

Examples of plastic items which can be recycled

Anything plastic with a number 1, 2 or 5 in the recycling triangle can go into your brown bin, no matter what shape or colour it is. Just make sure you rinse it out so there's no food left inside.

Put in your brown bin:

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Clean foil
  • Clean foil trays
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Metal biscuit and sweet tins
  • Metal bottle caps and lids
  • Plastic bottles, including, for example, shampoo and detergent bottles
  • Plastic lids (either on or off the bottles)
  • Pots (e.g. yoghurt, soup)
  • Plastic lids, as long as they are firm plastic and not plastic film
  • Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream)
  • Trays/punnets (e.g. raw meat or ham trays; take-away trays; fruit and veg). Remove any film lids, film wrapping, and absorbent pads in the bottom of the trays, and put these in your general rubbish
  • Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays
  • Other clear plastic packaging
  • Plant pots

Do not put in your brown bin:

  • Paper and card
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic film
  • Polystyrene
  • Cat food pouches
  • Crisp packets
  • Paint tins or tubs - these can be recycled using the Community Repaint scheme
  • Any other metal