Bin Colours - What Goes In My Burgundy Bin?

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Please place recycling in your bin loose. Plastic bags and bin liners, including recyclable and biodegradable bags cannot be recycled in your burgundy bin and are classed as contamination. Please do not put plastic bags in your burgundy bin as this will result in your bin not being emptied.

Not all plastic items can be recycled in your burgundy bin. It is important to check which items may be placed in your burgundy bin before sorting your recycling. You can find this information below.

You must only put the items listed below in your burgundy bin. Lots of items may say that they are recyclable on the packaging but this does not necessarily mean we accept them in the burgundy bin.

Extra recycling that won't fit in your burgundy bin can be presented in a cardboard box / clear bag at the side of the burgundy bin on collection day. Large flattened cardboard boxes may also be placed at the side of your burgundy bin but please make sure all boxes are empty and free of plastic film and polystyrene packaging.

In the caddy bag/black caddy box:

  • Paper, magazines, junk mail, white envelopes.
  • Batteries, placed on top of the bin lid in a clear plastic bag: (please don’t tie to bin handle)
  • Textiles and shoes (placed on top of your burgundy bin in a clear plastic bag)

Items we do not want in the burgundy bin

The items below are examples of items which cannot go in your burgundy bin.

  • Food waste
  • All plastic bags (including recyclable and biodegradable ones)
  • Tissues, kitchen roll and wipes
  • Nappies, sanitary products, animal waste (including cat litter)
  • All plastic wrappings (e.g. cellophane, polythene, bubble wrap)
  • Crisp packets
  • Polystyrene
  • Windowpanes, pots and pans, Pyrex glass

Plastic bottles, food trays, yogurt pots and margarine tubs

We can only recycle:

  • Plastic bottles

All coloured plastic bottles including:

  • Drinks bottles (i.e. pop bottles, milk bottles, fruit juice bottles)
  • Sauce Bottles (i.e. ketchup/salad cream bottles)

Household cleaning product bottles 

  • bathroom cleaners,
  • washing up liquid,
  • bleach bottles (including trigger sprays and soap pumps) 

Personal hygiene bottles 

  • shampoo,
  • conditioner,
  • shower gel bottles

Plastic food trays, food pots and food tubs

Food trays

Including black and brown coloured trays (i.e. from raw meat, fruit and vegetables)
Please remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of the tray and put these in your black bin

Plastic food pots 

  • Yogurt pots,
  • soup pots,
  • coleslaw and cottage cheese pots

Plastic food tubs

  • margarine tubs,
  • ice cream tubs

Important to remember

  • Everything in your burgundy bin must be clean and free of food waste so please assist us by quickly rinsing any obvious food deposits from packaging or bottles. Leftover food can contaminate other recyclable items such as paper and cardboard and attract flies and maggots.
  • All bottles must be empty. Liquids can contaminate the rest of the recycling and damage processing equipment.
  • You can leave labels and bottle tops on.
  • Plastic film lids must be removed and placed in your black bin.

We cannot recycle:

Any type of plastic bags including plastic bags that say recyclable (i.e. carrier bags, bread bags, bin liners)

  • Crisp packets, food packets, cereal bags, sweet/chocolate wrappers
  • Film lids on food trays/pots
  • Laminated pouches (i.e. cat food pouches)
  • Medicine packs (i.e. tablet blister packs)
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Polystyrene (including takeaway chip trays and white polystyrene packaging)
  • Plant pots/plant trays
  • Coat hangers
  • Take away coffee cups/soft drinks cups
  • Any plastic wrappings such as cellophane, polythene and bubble wrap
  • Plastic knives, forks and spoons
  • Plastic bottles used to store hazardous chemicals
  • Paint tins/tubs
  • Hard plastics (i.e. children’s toys, plastic storage tubs, buckets, washing up bowls)


Food tins, drinks cans, aerosols and foil trays

We can only recycle:

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Empty Aerosols
  • Aluminium foil (i.e. clean foil used for baking or covering food)
  • Aluminium foil food trays (i.e. takeaway trays)

Important to remember

Please empty and rinse out your tins and cans. We ask residents to do this as leftover food and liquids can contaminate other recyclable items and encourage flies and maggots.

You do not need to remove labels, these get removed during the recycling process.

We cannot recycle:

  • Crisp packets, sweet wrappers and chocolate wrappers
  • Laminated foil (i.e. cat food pouches)
  • Metal containers for engine oil
  • Metal containers for chemicals (i.e. metal paint tins)
  • General kitchen ware (i.e. frying pans, saucepans, baking trays, cutlery)
  • Other random metal items (i.e. pipes, electrical wire/electrical items)

Glass food jars and drinks bottles (lids included)

We can only recycle glass packaging including:

  • Bottles of any colour (i.e. wine, beer and spirit bottles)
  • Food jars (i.e. sauce, jam, baby food jars)

Important to remember

Please empty and rinse your jars and bottles. We ask residents to do this as leftover food and liquids can contaminate other recyclable items. You can leave the lids on. This helps to stop any liquid leftover in the jars/bottles leaking onto other recyclables. These lids are removed and recycled during the recycling process.

We are unable to recycle any glass beer bottles that contain pieces of lime/lemon inside.

We cannot recycle:

  • Glass cookware (i.e. Pyrex)
  • Drinking glasses
  • Vases
  • Ceramics (i.e. plates, bowls, mugs)
  • Nail varnish bottles
  • Microwave plates
  • Mirrors
  • Picture frame glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Perfume/aftershave bottles
  • Any other random glass items

Why can’t I recycle these?

These types of glass melt at different temperatures when processed or may contain lead. This can cause lumps and impurities in the new product and cause them to be rejected.

Cardboard and Brown Paper

We can only recycle:

  • Cardboard boxes (i.e. cereal boxes, but please remove the bag and any leftover food)
  • Delivery boxes (please make sure you remove all the packaging such as bubble wrap and polystyrene)
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Brown paper/brown paper envelopes (these are made of the same type of paper as cardboard so please put them into the main part of your burgundy bin not the caddy bag/box)

We cannot recycle:

  • Wrapping paper, gift bags and greetings cards (due to laminate or metallic coatings)
  • Take away drinks cups (i.e. coffee, soft drinks and milkshake cups)
  • Any cardboard that is dirty with food (i.e. pizza box with sauce on or food inside)
  • Cardboard fast food packaging with food/sauce inside
  • Paper towels, tissues and kitchen roll (even if clean)


We ask residents to separate paper from the other recyclable materials in the burgundy bin. You must put paper in either the black plastic caddy in the top of your bin or in a white caddy bag. White caddy bags should be placed either on top of the bin lid or at the side of the bin on collection day. If you do not have one of these, please contact us and we will provide you with a caddy bag.

We can only recycle:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Junk mail
  • Telephone directories
  • Glossy pamphlets
  • Any coloured envelopes (except brown, which go in the main body of your burgundy bin)
  • Shredded paper (this must be loose but weighed down in the bottom of you caddy bag/box by other paper)

Important to remember

Please make sure you remove any plastic cellophane packaging (e.g. from around magazines).

If you have been supplied with a bag for recycling paper, place this either on top of the bin lid or at the side of the bin. Please don't place it inside the bin as there is a risk it could be tipped in the back of the vehicle.

Please make sure your house name/number is written on your caddy bag.

We cannot recycle:

  • Paper towels, tissues and kitchen roll (even if clean)
  • Baby wipes/make up wipes (including ones with no plastic)
  • Hygiene/sanitary products (i.e. nappies, sanitary towels, tampons)
  • Cotton wool
  • Wrapping paper, gift bags and greetings cards (due to laminate or metallic coatings)
  • Wallpaper

Waxed Food Packaging

We can only recycle:

  • Waxed drinks cartons (i.e. fruit juice cartons and UHT milk cartons)
  • Waxed food cartons (i.e. fish finger boxes, custard cartons)

Important to remember

Please make sure you empty out the cartons and give them a quick rinse. Leftover food or liquids can contaminate other recyclable items.

We cannot recycle:

  • Laminated pouches (i.e. cat food pouches)

Textiles and Shoes

Textiles and shoes need to be placed in a clear plastic bag. This bag must be placed on top of your bin lid on collection day. You should only put this inside your bin if it is windy. Please make sure it is right in the very top of your bin.

Please do not put loose clothing/textiles in your burgundy bin. This will result in your bin not getting emptied.

We can only recycle:

  • Clothes
  • Paired shoes (please tie them together by the laces)
  • Bed linen
  • Curtains (please remove the hooks)
  • Towels

We cannot recycle:

  • Dirty clothing
  • Duvets/quilts, pillows and cushions