Recycling - Let's Bin Better

Recycling is a fast-changing world and there’s always more we can do. We’ve created some information to help everyone to recycle even more - and make recycling even easier: We’re on a mission to help you bin better.

On this page, we’ve pulled together some insider info and shared some top tips and easy-peasy rubbish habits you can adopt to make recycling, reducing and reusing a low-hassle part of your everyday life.

Search our A-Z of recycling (BETA)

Struggling to know what item should go in which bin? Quickly find out which bin is best for your rubbish, or if there is more life in it yet.  This is a new tool, which we'll be adding new items to each week.

Advanced search. You can also find a full list of items to search through, here.

Why contamination matters

The problem with contamination

Contamination is a big issue when it comes to recycling. It makes it much harder to recycle waste and costs more money to remove. Rubbish, right? ​​Contaminators are items that either spill over other recycling or are items that can't be recycled themselves.

You might think these can be recycled, but they cant!

Don't be caught out by these items

From lolly sticks to crisp packets, these sneaky items often end up contaminating our recycling as they are easily mistaken for recyclable rubbish. In actual fact, they cannot be recycled via your normal kerbside collections. 
Unsure whether an item can be recycled?
Check using our A - Z tool.

Top items that  contaminate our recycling

Recycling contamination: main offenders

These items are currently our top contaminators.  They can't be recycled through your kerbside dry recycling: food (which can go in your food bin), nappies (urgh!), gas canisters and textiles (e.g. cushions, clothing, soft furnishings). Unsure whether an item can be recycled? Check using our A - Z tool.

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