By putting the right stuff in the yellow bin, you’re making it possible for us to recycle. Remember to give your bottles and containers a rinse, make sure they are loose, and put the lids in the red bin. Collected every two weeks.

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The right stuff to recycle

The only items that can go in the yellow bin are: 

  • Clean plastic bottles and containers numbered 1 are things like soft drink bottles
  • Clean plastics bottles and containers numbered 2 are things like milk bottles
  • Clean plastic bottles and containers numbered 5 are things like family-sized yoghurt and ice cream containers
  • Metals: aluminium cans, metal tins or aerosol cans
  • Clean glass: clear and coloured glass bottles or jars
  • Clean cardboard and paper; newspapers, flattened cardboard boxes

Remember to put lids in the red bin

It's important to put any lids from bottles and containers in the red bin.

Want more info on how to bin good?

Make sure only the right stuff goes into your yellow bin. If the wrong stuff goes into the yellow bin, the entire truckload will have to go to landfill. We collect 20 to 30 trucks of recycling each day. Take a look at how good we have been.

Download the Wheelie Bins App or print off this handy recycling guide [PDF, 406 KB] if you need a reminder on how to bin good with recycling.

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