By putting the right stuff in the yellow bin, you’re making it possible for us to recycle.
We take paper, cardboard, cans, glass, plastic bottles and containers. Collected every two

Yellow bin

What can go in the yellow bin

  • Paper and cardboard: magazines, cardboard boxes, junk mail, newspapers or books
  • Metals: aluminium cans, metal tins (lids in the red bin) or aerosol cans
  • Glass: clean glass bottles or jars (lids in the red bin).
  • Plastics: clean hard plastic household containers and bottles (lids in the red bin).

Bin good with recycling

By sorting your recycling, you’re helping us to recycle and reduce waste being sent to landfill. Remember to give your bottles and containers a rinse, make sure they are loose and put the lids in the red bin.

Bin check programme

We're doing bin checks across the city to make sure the recycling bins have the right stuff going into them. We’ve got a team spot-checking the contents of the yellow bin to improve people’s understanding of what stuff can be put out for recycling.

Top 10 tips to help you bin right

To help you bin good, we’ve put together a list of 10 handy tips(external link).

Download the Wheelie Bins App

The Wheelie Bins App has a handy lookup tool so you can find out what goes in each bin as well as reminders to take the bins out each week.

Not on this list?

Anything else needs to go in your red or green wheelie bin, or you can drop it for free at nearest EcoDrop.

    • household appliances e.g. kettles, jugs, toasters etc - Take these items to the EcoDrop 
    • metal items e.g. pots, pans, coat hangers, tools and machinery- Take these items to the EcoDrop 
    • clothing, shoes, fabric or bedding - Drop these to your local clothing bin or if damaged put them in the red bin
    • gas bottles, fire extinguishers or batteries - Take these items to the EcoDrop 
    • soft plastics, plastic film, plastic bags, or strapping - Put them in the red bin
    • disposable nappies  - Put them in the red bin
    • broken light bulbs, window glass - wrap well and put them in the red bin  
    • disposable coffee cups, liquid cartons or polystyrene  - Put them in the red bin
    • wet paper, used paper towels, food or green waste - Put them in the green bin
    • paint, automotive products, dry chemicals - Take these items to the EcoDrop 
    • drinking glasses or crockery - Take these items to the EcoDrop  or wrap and put in the red bin if broken