Recycling centre bin

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

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 recyclable

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

Food and drink cartons recyclable

  • Food cartons (soups)
  • Drinks cartons (juices, milk)
  • Leave plastic tops on cartons – these can be removed and recycled

Food and drink cartons non-recyclable

  • Laminated plastic food/drink pouches (baby food pouches, cat food pouches, coffee pouches)

Mixed glass bottles and jars recyclable

  • Bottles of any colour (wine, beer, spirits)
  • jars (sauce, jam, baby food)
  • Non-food bottles (perfume, aftershave, face creams)
  • Empty and rinse
  • Put metal lids and caps back on – they will be recycled

Mixed glass bottles and jars non-recyclable

  • Glass cookware (Pyrex)
  • Drinking glasses
  • Vases
  • Ceramics (crockery or earthenware)
  • Nail varnish bottles
  • Microwave plates
  • Mirrors
  • Broken glass
  • Window glass
  • Light bulbs - recycle at household waste recycling centres

Metal packaging recyclable

  • 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 recyclable

  • Cardboard boxes (cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes – remove plastic inserts, polystyrene and packing tape
  • Greeting 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 (pizza)

Card and cardboard non-recyclable

  • Glitter covered greetings cards
  • Foil or plastic wrapping paper
  • Ribbons, bows and tape
  • Food and drink cartons

Plastic packaging recyclable

  • Pots (yoghurt, soup)
  • Tubs (margarine, ice cream)
  • Trays / punnets (raw meat or ham trays, take-away trays, fruit /veg trays)
  • Chocolate and biscuit tubs and trays
  • Cleaning product bottles (bathroom cleaners, washing up liquid, bleach)
  • Cosmetics bottles and pots (shampoo, shower gel, beauty creams)
  • Drinks bottles (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

Plastic packaging non-recyclable

  • Black plastic
  • Crisp and sweet packets/wrappers
  • Film lids from pots or trays
  • Laminated pouches (cat food/coffee)
  • Plastic toys
  • Medicine packs (headache pills)
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Polystyrene packaging inserts
  • Plastic bottles containing chemicals (anti-freeze)
  • Carrier bags/plastic, wrapping film, bread bags and bubble wrap (your local grocery store may have recycling bins for these)

Collection dates

For all schools, recycling will be collected fortnightly from 1 August 2022.

Collection dates

For all schools, recycling will be collected fortnightly from 1 August 2022.