New 'all-in-one' recycling bin
We operate an all-in-one recycling bin collection service, collected on alternate weeks. The recycling bin is larger than the standard AVDC waste bin and has a blue lid to distinguish it from the plain green waste bin. The lid has a notch in the front lip, to help blind and partially sighted people know which bin they're using.
Key tips for better recycling:
- Please don't put items in your recycling bin with things we can't recycle, in particular plastic sacks or carrier bags, even if they carry a recycling symbol.
- Contaminated bins won't be collected. When we find bins with items that we can't recycle, we'll leave a note to say what needs to be removed before your next collection day.
- Please ensure your recycling is placed loose, not bagged, into your bin.
- Wash and squash tins, cans, plastic bottles
- To fit more in your bin, please flatten cardboard.
- Please also rinse out glass bottles and jars, and make sure all containers are empty when they are put into the recycling bin.
What goes in your recycling bin
- Any paper, including envelopes, glossy or coloured paper
- Newspapers and magazines, shredded paper
- Catalogues and phone directories, even Yellow Pages
- Gift wrapping paper and greeting cards, provided there's no glitter or foil on them
- Cardboard food boxes, such as cereal boxes and pizza boxes
- Cardboard boxes used for laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets
- Cardboard tubes from toilet rolls and kitchen rolls
- Corrugated cardboard boxes, eg packaging for electrical goods
- Foil containers and sheets of foil, clean and scrunched up
- Aluminium and steel tins and cans
- Aerosol cans
- Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
- Plastic and cardboard egg boxes
- Milk and juice cartons, including TetraPak
- Glass bottles and jars used for food and drink.
What not to put in your recycling bin
- Cling film, plastic carrier bags or sacks, bin bags
- Dog mess and cat litter
- Drinking glasses or crockery
- Empty paint tins
- Engine oil containers
- Oven proof glass, eg Pyrex
- Plastic toys
- Nappies or hygiene products
- Plastic plant pots
- Polystyrene, eg packaging beads, drinks cups and hot food trays
- Scraped-off wallpaper
- Textiles, clothing or shoes
- Electrical items
- Syringes, hypodermic needles or sharps boxes
- Any food waste
Want a larger or smaller recycling bin? If you find your recycling bin is too big or not big enough, you can apply for a smaller, larger or an additional recycling bin. Smaller recycling bins are the same size as the standard waste bin; larger bins are half as big again as the normal recycling bin.