We are committed to increasing recycling across the city
- Recycling is collected every 2 weeks. Find out your next recycling collection day.
- On collection day, your recycling should be out before 7am. It will be collected before 4pm. Your recycling container should be put at the edge of your property, where it meets the pavement.
- Put recyclables clean, dry and loose in your bin. Don’t bag them.
- If you live in a block of flats, you can put your recyclables in your communal recycling bin.
- If you need a new or extra recycling bin, you can request one online
What can I put in my recycling bin?
- Plastic bottles (please rinse and put the lids back on)
- Food and drink cans/tins (please rinse)
- Aerosol cans
Small electrical items (such as hairdryers, toasters etc.) can also be put out alongside your normal recycling collection.
- Remove any glass, such as lightbulbs
- Put items in a normal sized carrier bag
- Place on top of the lid of your recycling bin or box on collection day.
What can’t I put in my recycling bin?
- Plastic packaging such as food trays, yoghurt pots or margarine tubs
- Cartons such as juice or soya milk cartons
- Glass – find your nearest glass recycling bank here. See below about disposing of lightbulbs.
- Carrier bags
- Aluminium foil
- Clothes – you can take these to your local textile recycling bank.
- Lightbulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs and fluorescent tubes can be recycled at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Halogen lightbulbs should be disposed of in the black bin/bags – please ensure these are placed safely in a plastic container or wrapped up in newspaper. Please do not place lightbulbs in the glass banks.
- Batteries – these can be recycled at local shops and supermarkets, or at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre. For electrical equipment such as laptops and phones, leave the batteries in the equipment and recycle through the small electrical items collection.
What if I can't put my recycling out?
Where it goes and what happens to it
The recycling lorry takes the waste to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). Inside the MRF, the waste is emptied and sorted into the different types of material. These sorted materials are then sent to factories to turn the old waste into new items:
- Drink cans – more drink cans, foil, window frames
- Plastic bottles – fleece jumpers, garden furniture, sleeping bag filling
- Paper – new paper, newspapers
- Steel – paper clips, washing machines, cutlery
- Cardboard – toilet rolls, egg boxes
How to put your bin out
For details on how to put your recycling bin out for collection please read the guidelines.