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Find out what goes in each container

Orange bag


  • Brown, white and grey cardboard
  • Brown paper
  • Coloured paper
  • Wrapping paper (not shiny)
  • Greetings cards

Please remove all staples, sticky tape and plastic bags.

If you have extra cardboard, please flat pack it, tie it up with string and put it out beside your recycling

It is not yet possible to put cartons and paper cups into your orange bag to be recycled.

Find out more about drink and juice cartons

Red bag

Household metal and plastics

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Aerosols
  • Clean aluminium foil
  • Plastic bottles 
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays 

Please remember to rinse and squash any dirty cans or tins, plastic pots, tubs and trays before recycling them. Bottles should be washed, squashed and lids back on. 

Blue bag


  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • BT and Thompson phone directories
  • Yellow Pages
  • catalogues
  • brochures
  • junk mail
  • white office paper
  • white envelopes (including window envelopes)

Shredded paper - Put it in a plastic bag and tie it up.

Black box

Glass bottles and jars

No broken glass, please.  If you have broken glass, put it in a rigid plastic box like an ice cream container, mark it clearly as 'broken glass' and put it out with your household rubbish.


Clean dry clothing, shoes, towels and sheets (no duvets or pillows). Put them in a plastic bag to keep them dry and put the bag on top of your recycling box.

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Order more recycling equipment

Whether you need more containers because you are so good at recycling or because you don't have any, you can request some using our Request equipment form

You can also collect them for free from most of our Information Service offices. 

You can check our stock list to see which locations have stock available. 

What to do if you have extra

If you have extra cardboard, please flat pack it, tie it up with string and put it out beside your recycling.

If you have extra plastic, cans or paper please collect into another bag and put it beside your recycling.

You can also take extra material to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre.