Recycling centre bin

There are different types of recycling bins in use at flats. They may not look the same as the one shown here or on service leaflets but they can all be used in the same way 

They are normally located inside or close to the bin store area - please contact us if you can't locate them.

What you can recycle

All of these items can be mixed together in the recycling bins but please make sure they are clean, dry and loose – no plastic carrier bags in the bins

Mixed paper 

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Catalogues and brochures (including hardbacks)
  • Telephone directories
  • Office Paper (e.g computer paper, letters etc.)
  • Envelopes (no need to remove plastic windows)
  • Shredded paper (loose)
  • Remove any plastic wrapping

Food and drink cartons

  • Food cartons (e.g. soups)
  • Drinks cartons (e.g. juices, milk)
  • Leave plastic tops on cartons - these can be removed and recycled
  • Laminated plastic food/drink pouches (e.g. baby food pouches, cat food pouches, coffee pouches)

Mixed glass Bottles and jars

  • Bottles of any colour (e.g wine, beer, spirits)
  • jars (e.g sauce, jam, baby food)
  • Non-food bottles (e.g perfume, aftershave, face creams)
  • Empty and rinse
  • Put metal lids and caps back on - they will be recycled
  • Glass cookware(e.g. Pyrex)
  • Drinking glasses
  • Vases
  • Ceramics (e.g. crockery or earthenware)
  • Nail varnish bottles
  • Microwave plates
  • Mirrors
  • Broken glass
  • Window glass
  • Light bulbs - recycle at tips and some recycling centres

Metal packaging

  • All metal cans and tins
  • Aerosol cans (including deodorant and air freshener cans)
  • Aluminium foil and trays
  • Sweet/biscuit tins
  • Metal lids and caps
  • Empty and rinse
  • Labels can be left on

Card and cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes - remove plastic inserts, polystyrene and packing tape
  • Greetings cards and wrapping paper without glitter
  • Egg boxes
  • Brown paper
  • Please flatten or cut large pieces of cardboard into sections no larger than 1m x 1m
  • Don't worry about staples
  • Ensure boxes are empty of food (e.g. pizza)
  • Glitter covered greetings cards
  • Foil or plastic wrapping paper
  • Ribbons, bows and tape
  • Food and drink cartons

Plastic packaging

  • Pots (e.g. yoghurt, soup, etc.)
  • Tubs (e.g. margarine, ice cream, etc.)
  • Trays / punnets (e.g. raw meat or ham trays, take-away trays, fruit /veg trays)
  • Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays
  • Cleaning product bottles (e.g. bathroom cleaners, washing up liquid, bleach)
  • Cosmetics bottles and pots (e.g. shampoo, shower gel, beauty creams, etc.)
  • Drinks bottles (e.g. juice, squash, milk)
  • Non-black plant pots
  • Empty and rinse bottles, squash and replace lids/tops
  • Labels can be left on
  • Trigger sprays can be left on bottles for recycling but please remove pumps as these can’t be recycled
  • Remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays
  • Black plastic
  • Crisp and sweet packets/wrappers
  • Film lids from pots or trays
  • Laminated pouches (e.g. cat food/coffee)
  • Plastic toys
  • Medicine packs (e.g. headache pills, etc.)
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Polystyrene e.g. packaging inserts
  • Plastic bottles containing chemicals (e.g. anti-freeze)
  • Carrier bags/plastic wrapping film e.g. bread bags and bubble wrap (your local grocery store may have recycling bins for these)

Collection dates

Recycling is collected once a fortnight. Refuse is either collected once a week or once a fortnight.
To check your collection dates use the postcode search on this page.

Setting up a new recycling scheme

If you would like to set up a recycling scheme for your flats please contact us at

Your Managing Agents, Landlord or Residents Association need to approve the scheme and purchase the recycling bins. The collection service is provided free of charge.

Garden and food waste

You can use this service if you live in a green bin collection. Green bins would need to be presented at the kerbside for collection. Please contact us to check collection arrangements before ordering a green bin.

Waste collection enquiry.

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Flats recycling bag

Some complexes of flats have been provided with reusable bags to make recycling even easier. Just keep the bag inside your flat to collect your recycling in. When full, simply empty into the mixed recycling bins and use again and again.

Large household items 

We cannot collect large household items such as furniture or domestic appliances. However, you can take these items to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or arrange a bulky waste collection.