Using your bins correctly

Red-top rubbish bin

All general rubbish, food and organic household waste goes into your red-top rubbish bin. The contents of your red-top bin are collected weekly.

Below are items which should not go into your red-top bin:

  • NO glass bottles (these can be placed in your recycling bin)
  • NO hot ashes
  • NO construction or building materials
  • NO household hazardous waste
  • NO motor oil
  • NO car batteries
  • NO heavy items.

If you have a compost bin, click here for a full list of items that can be put in this bin.

Yellow-top recycling bin

The contents of your yellow-top recycling bin are collected fortnightly, then sorted and bailed at the material recovery facility (MRF) and sold to industry for re-processing.

Items should be loose (do not put recyclable items in plastic bags), and if possible rinsed or scraped out clean.

Items you can put in your recycling bin:

  • Plastic - bottles (no lids), margarine and ice-cream containers (up to 5 litres in capacity) and flower pots (clean). Look for the recycling symbol.
  • Steel - food/drink cans.
  • Cardboard - cereal boxes, pizza boxes (empty), boxes and egg cartons.
  • Glass - bottles and jars.
  • Aluminium - cans, clean foil and foil trays.
  • Paper - magazines, newspapers, office paper, envelopes and glossy paper.

Items you should not put in your recycling bin:

  • NO plastic bags
  • NO food or garden waste
  • NO electrical goods
  • NO clothing, textiles or bedding
  • NO nappies
  • NO ceramics or pyrex
  • NO disposable coffee cups
  • NO meat trays
  • NO oil or paint
  • NO aerosols
  • NO shredded paper
  • NO polystyrene

Lime green-top greenwaste bin

The contents of your lime green-top greenwaste bin are collected on alternative weeks to your yellow-top recycling bin.

No sand, soil or plastic bags should be placed in this bin.

Place the following into your lime gtreen-top greenwaste bin:

  • Grass, leaves and weeds (but no soil)
  • Small branches
  • Prunings and small plants

Contents of your greenwaste bin are processed into a soil conditioner.

For a more detailed list of what can go in each bin, see our A-Z of Waste.