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Recycling box

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 (in a tied carrier bag)
  • Remove any plastic wrapping

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

Recycling bags

Card and cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal boxes, dishwasher tablet boxes, Easter egg 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)
  • Easter egg packaging
  • 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 (clean and free from soil)
  • 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)

Recycling shoes and textiles

Mixed textiles, shoes and clothes

Advice on recycling textiles

  • Clothing and paired shoes
  • Bags, hats, belts
  • Duvet covers, pillow cases and bedsheets
  • Towels, blankets and curtains
  • All items must be in a clean, dry and odour-free condition
  • Put textiles in any suitable bag such as an inside out charity bag, label it and seal it to keep contents dry
  • Duvets and pillows
  • Bric-a-brac and books/media

Recycling batteries and oil

Batteries and car batteries

Engine oil

  • Engine oil
  • Cooking oil
  • Place engine oil in a sealed container

Recycling textiles, shoes and clothes

We are finding it increasingly difficult to recycle textiles, shoes and clothes that we collect through the red box/bag scheme due to tougher restrictions on quality. Recycling companies will not accept textiles that are unsuitable for re-use or are damp/wet.

We are still collecting textiles, shoes and clothes but would encourage residents to take them to a local charity shop or put them in a textile recycling bank instead where there is more certainty of them being re-used or recycled.

Wrapping paper and card recycling

Recycle wrapping paper and gift cards with your cardboard in your recycling bag.

Please keep out foil wrapping paper, glittery wrapping paper and cards, ribbons, bows and tape – these cannot be recycled.

Recycling in flats

Some complexes of flats have communal recycling bins. You can recycle paper, glass, cans, cardboard, plastic and cartons (e.g. juice, milk and soup) all together in these bins. Recycling scheme for flats.

A to Z of recycling

What can be recycled and where (Warwickshire County Council website)