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Recycling collections

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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 that 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 and plastic bottles
  • To fit more in your bin, please flatten cardboard.
  • Please rinse out glass bottles and jars, and make sure all containers are empty when they are put into the recycling bin with lids off.

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:

  • Batteries
  • 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.