Blue bin recycling – Clean, Dry, Empty and Flat

What can I place in my blue recycling bin?

You must use your blue recycling bin to dispose of recyclable waste including:

  • Newspapers
  • Paper
  • Envelopes (not padded)
  • Magazines
  • Tins and cans
  • Aerosol tins
  • Cartons
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles
  • Tubs and trays
  • Glass bottles and jars.

This will reduce the amount of material in your black or green landfill bin and it will also help the environment. Let’s all play our part and Recycle Right!

All material placed in your bin must be Clean, Dry, Empty and Flat:

  • Clean: please wash plastics, bottles and cans
  • Dry: wet cardboard and paper can turn to mush and stick to other materials
  • Empty: never stack or place items inside each other as they can be difficult to separate at the recycling facility
  • Flat: flatten items to save space in your bin and avoid other items being placed inside


What items can I NOT place in my blue recycling bin?

Plastic bags and wrapping including bread bags, crisp packets, frozen food packaging, salad and rice bags etc. cannot currently be recycled through kerbside collections.  They should not be placed in your blue recycling bin as this will result in your bin being contaminated.

These items can be taken to a front of store recycling point located at supermarkets.  To find your nearest recycling point visit Recycle Now.

See our Blue Bin Recycling Guide below for other items which cannot be placed in the blue recycling bin.


Download our blue bin recycling guide below.

Blue Bin Recycling Guide   CDEF 1
File Type Size Date
Blue Bin Recycling Guide CDEF pdf 866 KB 15th December 2021